When I am at the karaoke with my friends, I often sing with them and realize, when I sing alone, I can sing the song perfectly but when I sing with someone that is of higher pitch/lower pitch, I tend to automatically switch to a higher/lower pitch, depending on the person I am singing with, which affects me. Are there any methods I can use in order for me to not fall into their pitch? Thank you in advance.

  • @piiperi If OP is talking about singing harmony or with singers who are in a different octave, then there's no issue. Of course, if that's the question, it's almost certainly a dupe.
    – user45266
    Mar 3, 2019 at 1:04
  • Jose, are the other singers doing a harmony part, or are they simply unable to sing the melody in tune?
    – user45266
    Mar 3, 2019 at 1:05
  • @user45266 , they are singing just fine, just that their singing pitch might be higher, making me automatically sing in a higher pitch subconsciously
    – Jose
    Mar 3, 2019 at 14:51
  • How much higher are we talking? If you're singing a C, what note are they singing?
    – user45266
    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:25
  • 1
    @user45266 probably an E or F?
    – Jose
    Mar 4, 2019 at 14:22

2 Answers 2


This is a very common problem, particularly when singing harmonies. It's easy to slip onto the other person's part!

If you want to study methodically, get a hymn book and practice singing the alto or bass part while a friend sings the tune.


Instruments -- piano, tanpura etc -- are more kind and tolerant than fellow humans. They will put up with any amount of fumbling patiently!

And nowadays there exists a "universal instrument" -- computer (or cellphone). Just make sure it has a half decent speaker.

And spend your time -- alone with this patient harmonizing friend!

PS Can share some musescore exercises if you like

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.