Acting in Plays, Singing/music
How can I train myself to sing perfectly, what can I do to sing together with the beats and to maintain a given pitch
Hi, Tse --
Thank you for the question.
Singing “perfectly” is a life-long effort.
Singing on pitch starts with ear training. For most students, that means matching pitches with an instrument such as a piano or some variety of keyboard, a guitar, or a pitch pipe. On-line, check out this example of a virtual keyboard:
Following and maintaining a beat is also about listening -- and watching. Look for sites on the internet, i.e., YouTube, etc., that are about improving your sense of rhythm. You must also learn about “Time Signatures” -- such as 4/4 -- the time signature of a march and all of Rock. The time signature 3/4 indicates a Waltz, etc.
Then it’s about applying these two separate skills to a song, specifically something that you love and may want or need to perform. That’s where I come in as a professional vocal coach and singing teacher.
My job is to first determine my clients’ true vocal category, i.e., soprano, tenor, baritone, etc. Then it’s about building their overall vocal strength, expanding their range, and to prepare them for some variety of performance, audition, or competition.
None of this easy, especially if you are doing it on your own or with limited resources. But it’s not impossible.
Your voice is your instrument. As with all instrumentalists, you have to learn how it works. It helps tremendously to listen to others who are successful in the type of music you want to sing. But as time goes by, you must take what you have learned on your own and then work with someone who can help you get to the next level.
I am a vocal coach to working singers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact me at: BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com.
I am also published on:
HuffingtonPost.com -- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-martinfield
Examiner.com -- http://www.examiner.com/classical-music-in-san-francisco/sean-martinfield
FabulousFilmSongs.com -- http://www.fabulousfilmsongs.com
Below are links to my recent articles, interviews, and YouTubes:
On Jeanette MacDonald: Why should we care?
‘Susannah’ at San Francisco Opera – Final Performance, 9/21
The Alloy Orchestra Meets ‘Son of the Sheik’ at San Francisco’s Silent Film Festival
Bass-Baritone Christian Van Horn – A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera
Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton Shine in New Production of 'Norma' at San Francisco Opera
In Tune with Tenor George Komsky – at the Napa Valley Opera House, 9/7
“Veda Pierce” – Lounge Lizard or High Toned Viper?
‘The Women’ – Classic Hollywood at the Napa Valley Opera House, 7/29
Julie Adams and Thomas Gunther – On ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
A Profile of Soprano Tony Arnold – Guest Artist at Santa Fe Chamber Festival 2014
A Conversation with Pianist Stewart Goodyear
Tenor Stuart Skelton on Peter Grimes
Alexandra Silber and Cheyenne Jackson in New Recording of West Side Story
A Conversation with Dmitri Hvorostovsky – This Week at Davies Hall
Jeffrey Biegel Is Rainbow High on New CD: Life According To Chopin: Chopin's Greatest Piano Solos
JEANETTE MacDONALD and The Great American Songbook, Pt. 1 — Close encounters with “Dinah” and “Some of These Days”
A Conversation with Mario Frangoulis – International Tenor Debuts in San Francisco, April 4th
Anita Monga – Talking with the Artistic Director of the SF Silent Film Festival
NOIR CITY 12 – ‘It’s A Bitter Little World’ – Talking with Producer Eddie Muller
A Conversation with Maestro James Conlon
Ricardo Bustamante – Profile of A Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet
In Conversation with Stewart Copeland – Famed Drummer Composes New Soundtrack for ‘Ben-Hur’ (1925)
A Fabulous Debut at Davies Symphony Hall for Natalie Dessay
Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet – Heartaches by the number
A Conversation with Organist Paul Jacobs - This Week at Davies Hall
Zuill Bailey Triumphs in New Recording of Benjamin Britten’s Cello Symphony and Sonata
SY SMITH – Just the Thought of You
Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke: Unmasked at SF Symphony's Masquerade Ball
A Conversation with Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz Band
A Conversation with Lucas Meachem - San Francisco Opera’s Barber of Seville
Joshua Gersen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in screenings of Hitchcock Classics, 10/30--11/2
GREG FEDDERLY – A Comprimario Tenor Extraordinaire
A Conversation with Soprano Alexandra Silber – This week at Feinstein’s, 10/11-12
Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne—A Daring World Premiere at San Francisco Opera
Introducing Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber as San Francisco Symphony’s Tony & Maria in “West Side Story”
THE GERSHWINS AND ME – A Conversation with Michael Feinstein
A Conversation with Ted Neeley, Hollywood’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
Nathan Gunn Is ‘Yeshua’ in San Francisco Opera’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene”
Natalie Dessay on ‘Becoming Traviata’—French Soprano bids ‘Adieu’ to opera stage
Philippe Sly Debuts In 'Cosi fan tutte' at San Francisco Opera
Marnie Breckenridege, A Modern Soprano for Contemporary Opera
A Profile of Choreographer John Neumeier and his "Nijinsky"
Melody Moore steps into Tosca — Opening Night at San Francisco Opera
'Moby-Dick' opens at San Francisco Opera: A Conversation with Composer Jake Heggie
'Drama Queens' – A Conversation with Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato
Organist Christopher Houlihan Makes A Powerful Debut at Davies Symphony Hall
A Look At "Giselle" with Ballerina Lorena Feijóo