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 '19 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 '19 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 '19 at 14:51
  • How much higher are we talking? If you're singing a C, what note are they singing? – user45266 Mar 4 '19 at 2:25
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    @user45266 probably an E or F? – Jose Mar 4 '19 at 14:22

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

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