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Starter Course Lesson 5: Pitch Commitment

Starter Course Lesson 5: Pitch Commitment

The primary singing trait that separates less and more experienced singers is their commitment to their pitches.

A singer’s pitch commitment refers to his/her ability to nail a pitch from the moment it is created until the moment it ends. And let me emphasize the words, “ability to.” I’m not saying you can’t choose to slide up to a note, or to fall away from a note as a matter of artistic choice. But to be a polished singer, you need the ability to nail and maintain your pitches.

Even if you are someone who sings with a lot of ornamentations and vocal runs, there have to be times within those runs when you land solidly (with commitment) on certain notes.

How do you do that?

If your body creates pitches automatically based on your intention, then you have to know in your head exactly what pitches you intend to sing.

That’s what this lesson’s workout is all about. As always, be patient with yourself! You’ve spent a lifetime not thinking about these things. Breaking old habits and building new ones can take time. Stick with it and you’ll get there. I promise!


Lesson 5 Videos:

Lesson 5 Workout:


  1. Warm up your body: You know the drill. Stretch your neck, shoulders, back, etc… as needed.


  1. Palm Press Counting: Do three sets.


  1. Na Na Octave: Keep your jaw still and let your tongue do all the work.


  1. Ah Ee Staccato: Use the normal staccato rules with the added task of paying close attention to nailing each pitch.


  1. Pitch Commit 1: Throat open, pitch on target from the moment it sounds.


  1. Pitch Commit 2: Bottom and top pitches should be as focused and spot-on as in Pitch Commit 1.


  1. Nasal Ee Eh Ah: Use the same pitch commitment and focused sound as you used in Pitch Commit 2.


  1. Song Work: You guessed it. Work on focused, committed pitches in whatever song you’re working on. No scooping up to your notes and falling away from them too soon. Big ribs, relaxed shoulders, neck, and tongue, and solidly committed pitches.