Can every one learn to sing on pitch?
This is an interesting thing. I will say that I believe there are people who have the misfortune of being absolutely “tone deaf”, and can not fix it. I do think however that that is a very small percentage of us. More often I will get a student who sings off pitch most or some of the time. I think that those people definately can me helped. If you can find the pitch at all sometimes then you must not be tone deaf. Clearly you may not have a natural musical ear, but there are a few different things that can attribute to singing off pitch that you can work on and improve other than being completely “tone deaf”.
Training your ear to “tune” to the accompaniment.-
I have had some students who can repeat a melody perfectly after I give examples with my voice and can not begin to do the same after hearing an example off the piano. In these cases, I use my voice to help tune them to the piano. First I sing to them, then I play the same melody on the piano, etc… Taking care to get them to memorize the sensation of singing off my voice and matching it to the piano.
Bad vocal habits that hold your voice down from getting to the correct notes.
Sometimes people sing in such an unhealthy way, whether it be to mimicking some one on the radio who’s voice does not match their own or, muscle pressure they create in their throat with incorrect singing. I find that after these people start to train with a healthy technique, their voice begins to free up and naturally jumps to the correct pitches. Imagine having heavy weights holding your voice down, how could you reach your melodies in such a case.
Lack of confidence
I know I speak about confidence regularly in my blogs. It is because it is such a huge part of successful singing. If you are to shy to “go for the note” whether it be the height or volume of the note, you can hold yourself and your pitch down. I always tell my students that they should just go for it when they sing, because if they don’t and they sing in front of people they are going to be judged anyway. Why not just show them what you really have in there. Sing with pride, it will show in your sound and pitch.