Day 1: Principles, Terms & How To Use A Chromatic Tuner

From: 14-Day Pitch And Intonation Course With Camille
by Camille van Niekerk

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Welcome to your 14-day course on pitch and intonation for beginners!

In our lesson today, Camille will introduce you to some helpful terms and tools that we’ll use throughout the remainder of the course. Within this first week, we’ll learn and practice different intervals - an interval being the distance between two notes - ending with a full major scale. In the second week, we’ll jump around the scale with chords, song examples, and games to develop your tonal memory. 

Our long-term goal is to trust our ear, listening to ourselves as we sing and being able to tell - instinctively - whether we are singing in tune or not. But if you’re a beginning singer or lack musical experience, you might not be able to trust your ear yet! So to help with your training, we’re going to use a chromatic tuner. My current favorites are the vocal pitch monitor on Singing Carrots and the SingSharp app for both iPhone & Android - but any chromatic tuner (either website or app) will do just fine. Whichever tuner you choose, you’ll need to give it permission to access your device’s microphone before it functions properly. If you’re using the tuner on your own, you probably don’t need headphones. But if you’re practicing with me, I do recommend you grab a pair of headphones so you can hear me, but the tuner will only hear you. 


Instructor: Camille van Niekerk

Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.