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BenAlex
10-01-2012, 12:16 AM
I always find it much easier to find my pitch while I'm playing the piano than while playing the uke. This confuses me to no end. Do any of you experience similar things, finding it easier to sing on key while playing some instruments versus others?

sillymonky
10-01-2012, 01:06 AM
No, but I do find it helps if I play a chord before singing as opposed to picking notes. Usually, once I have the beginning, I'm good.

It also helps if I know the song well without any instrument. I think there's some vocal muscle memory involved as well.

sillymonky
10-01-2012, 04:05 AM
Also, I was thinking, if you have a low singing voice, you might be "tuning in" to the bassier sounds on a piano to get your singing key, but you're not finding that on your uke. I'd assume that practice would make that perfect. Perhaps even practicing getting your key by going to the piano, then the uke, then singing it. It might help re-program your brain to look for your starting note using different cues.

Anyways, my 2 cents. Good luck!

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-01-2012, 06:06 AM
While we're at it, its the INTROs and OUTROs that can really make a difference.

While practicing your favorite songs, just go ahead and work out an INTRO (if you're not too imaginative take the last line in the song as the Intro)
and an ending (may need to be more creative here, or just repeat the last line and ritard/slow down) :)

Anyway, all that to say that playing an INTRO can also help in recognizing and aligning with the proper notes to start the song strongly :)

keep uke'in',

lovinforkful
11-01-2012, 03:18 PM
Not quite what you're looking for, but when I took voice lessons, we'd warm up on the piano but she would accompany me otherwise on a guitar because it matched my voice much better.

coolkayaker1
11-01-2012, 03:45 PM
I always find it much easier to find my pitch while I'm playing the piano than while playing the uke. This confuses me to no end.

It's very logical. You can keep your pitch singing with the piano because it is a musical instrument.

You cannot keep your pitch singing with a ukulele because it is a child's play toy.

kaizersoza
11-02-2012, 08:44 AM
ha ha ha, you are a star Steve, i love you posts m8, so entertaining