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There are quite a large number of people who love to sing and do so despite the fact
that they sing out of tune. Almost as a rule, it’s only after they become adults
that they think of the idea to start musical ear training.
I will say quite frankly that musical ear training given to adults is much harder
than that given to children. Why? Before answering this question, I would like to
explain why people have such a problem.
The category of people singing out of tune perfectly hear the melody, and that means
their hearing is all perfectly in order. Many of them have the ability to quickly
learn new tunes, which confirms the presence of a good musical memory. But as soon
as they open their mouth and try to sing a melody, what others hear is something
extraordinary and far from ideal.
There are people who cannot even recognize their fake singing. They think that it
sounds exactly what it sounds like in their head. Only one thing should be recommended
them: “Close one ear with your hand while singing.” And they will immediately recognize
that they just need musical ear training.
So, their hearing and musical memory is in order. What makes them sing out of tune
is a lack of coordination between hearing and voice. Coordination – that's what you
must try to do during the musical ear training.
Just as it is difficult to treat an old disease, giving musical ear training to adults
is complicated. You can engage in musical ear training alone but it will not bring
positive results. To do this you need an expert who can solve such problems, since
there are special exercises to be done in order to make your throat muscles work
harmoniously with the inner ear and to obey signals from your brain.
And there is musical ear training that you can do yourself:
Rule number one: never sing loudly. Loud singing does not focus on the accuracy of
Second rule: Try to sing along with your favourite tune. The sound of this melody
should be louder than your solo singing.
Rule number three: During the singing, whenever possible, cover one ear with your
palm. This will give you the opportunity to hear the great original tune, and to
monitor how well you sing it. As soon as you hear the singing out of tune – start
to sing more quietly, listening carefully to the original; and try to repeat it exactly.