Why Your Pitch is Bad (And How to Fix it)

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Why Your Pitch is Bad

Hey! Chris Liepe here. Have you ever struggled with your pitch? Have you ever thought your pitch is bad? Could it be a breathing problem? Could a sinus infection or head cold affect your pitch? Could you just be tone deaf and hopeless as a vocalist? Before you give up on your vocal pursuits, I have some help for you in this lesson!

Some people don’t even give themselves a chance to fix their pitch. They just think, “I’m tone deaf; you either have it or you don’t. There’s no way I’m ever going to be able to improve my pitch.”

That is ALL such a HORRIBLE way of looking at it! We all (everyone) have a feasible way to improve our pitch. We just have to know what we are looking for and how to approach it. 


If you find yourself going sharp, or higher than your target notes, the problem is often that you can’t hear yourself well. We tend to push a little more because we don’t want to be FLAT, so we end up pushing our voice slightly sharp. If you’re going flat, odds are your placement might be off. Sometimes what we think is a pitch problem, is actually a placement problem.

How to Fix It

We need to concentrate on bringing that resonance forward and the pitch problems, particularly flat pitches, correct themselves. I speak a lot about forward singing in other videos, as well as my free course. 

You can use a phone app, guitar tuner plug, a digital chromatic tuner or anything that has a mic to do the same thing with your voice. Simply sing the note that you are hoping to sing, and the meter will determine if your note is flat, sharp or on pitch.

One Last Thought

One major problem that usually happens in pitch, usually happens in the third of a chord or in songs. We have an easier time grounding to our root, or grounding to the fifth for sure; but that third can be a problem. So, what you can do is practice harmonizing in thirds with a major scale.

I can start putting that intervallic difference against a root in my ear. This is a classic and fundamental ear training drill that you can do to help your pitch. Learn to sing thirds above roots in a standard major scale setting.

You can watch my video here and get a better idea of how to do the above exercises!

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Get More Vocal Help!

Need more help with pitch? Feel free to enjoy free voice lessons at chrisliepe.com/free-your-voice

How can these lessons help to improve your voice? Do you have other vocal needs or problems? I’d love to help! Check out my other blog posts here and subscribe to my YouTube channel for even more examples and instruction. 

And, you can always participate in one of my training courses. Check out what I have to offer and see how it meets your performance needs. 


Rock On! 


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