Training Your Ears

From: How To Sing In Tune For Beginners Part 1
by Camille van Niekerk

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The first step to singing in tune is training our ears to discriminate between pitches. In this lesson, Camille will give you a crash course in pitch letter names, followed by four practices to help you learn how to discern pitch, and octave. 

Practice one will have you guess whether the two pitches played are the same, or different.
Practice two will have you guess whether the pitch is going up or going down 
Practice three will have you guess whether the pitch is in unison(same pitch) or octave
Practice four will have you guess whether the pitch is unison, octave, or going up or going down. 


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.