I am an experienced musician, I'm a music ed major, having studied piano for over 10 years and singing for 4 years. I have sang in a couple musicals, a vocal jazz ensemble, and a choir. I also passed my aural skills exam in college with an A.

However, my intonation can be annoyingly screwy! I always sing just a bit out of tune. I have a good sense of pitch, as I can identify pitches very easily (100% score on dictation exams consistently) but when my mouth opens it's never super great. Always a bit flat.

I was told to apply my inner ear to singing more. So that means 'audiating' the pitches in my brain before I sing them. Sometimes when I attempt this, the pitch is kind of fuzzy, which probably is the root of my problem. I was told to take a book of sightreading excercises and just read them in my head, and occasionally check the pitches out loud with a keyboard. Might take a long time to see results.

If anyone else has any suggestions or ideas, I'd love to hear it! I'm looking for daily practice tips more than anything.

Here's an example of me singing, and you can very easily tell I'm not super in tune, but it's not horrible:

Don't judge me it's a hard song!

  • See also: How do I practice to create a finer tone? and Develop a richer singing tone?. Plus, search for the tags voice and intonation.
    – Aaron
    May 23, 2022 at 20:17
  • You may also find helpful advice here: Improving breath support.
    – Aaron
    May 23, 2022 at 20:18
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    I think your intonation is quite good in general. I noticed that when you went a bit flat it was generally at the end of a phrase. I wonder if it's primarily a concentration problem -- when you get to the end of the phrase, you perhaps are feeling that you've passed that particular hurdle, and you're taking an opportunity to relax and rest your diaphragm and concentration a bit. Note that many singers have problems with intonation -- you're not alone. I agree with the others that the solution lies in continuing to work on your breath support. (Bravo, no shoulder hunching visible!) May 24, 2022 at 5:01


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