So I have been practicing the piano for a few months now.
I'd like to get started on ear training and interval training. Parts of it is the constant recommendation I keep finding that I need to sing the notes.
I have two main concerns:
First concern: So piano has 88 keys, 7 octaves. Since I'm a guy it seems I will be in a tenor or baritone range. How does this play with ear training? Does it mean guys can't use their voice to train in the mezzo soprano and soprano range pitches for example? Will I hurt my voice if I do that or is it ok to push my voice since it's a single note? Or do you learn the pitch in your octave range and somehow your ear can transpose that skill to the out of range octaves?
Second question is vocabulary to use. meaning should I hum? Should I try a choir type "Ahh"? Does that change as you move through range? Should i try solfege all around? (since it uses different words I feel it will distract from hearing the pitch) or should I use scale numbers? I'm not thinking within 12 keys, I'm thinking what is the strategy across the 88 keys? Not to sing in the full range ofcourse but singing for ear training purposes.