Tuning

Singing in tune is very important when you are part of a choir. When we sing, we want the note to sound exactly as it is written in the music. However, sometimes we might push the sound of the note slightly higher or lower than it should be. When this happens, your conductor might talk about tuning.

Posture, breathing and listening will help you learn how to sing in tune.

In this video, our choir don’t look interested in singing. They’re looking around the room, they’re not standing up straight and their breathing is shallow. This makes them sound out of tune.

But when they correct their posture, breathe correctly and listen to their conductor - it completely transforms their sound.

Posture

Correct posture is the first step to singing in tune. Stand up straight with your toes anchored to the ground, your shoulders relaxed and your neck long. This will create an open posture to help with the next important step – breathing.

Breathing

Breath is the fuel of the singing voice. Learning how to breathe properly is the most important part of singing in tune and making a great sound.

When you breath make sure you are taking a deep breath into the lower part of your tummy. Be careful your shoulders do not rise up when taking in a breath as this creates a high, tight breath which is not good for singing.

Make sure your chin doesn't stick out as this can cause tension on your voice. Keeping your neck straight and long will help with this.

Listening

When you are singing in a choir you are part of a team.

To make a great sound, each singer needs to blend with the other singers, so that no one voice sticks out. By developing your listening skills you can make sure you're not louder than the singers beside you.

You also need to listen carefully to the musical accompaniment as this will help you keep in tune.