You’re NOT Tone Deaf – How To Sing On Pitch – Roger Burnley Voice Studio – Tone Deafness

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I've had SOOOO many singers come to me over the years and tell me how they're tone deaf, or they were told they were tone deaf and couldn't sing on pitch. However, I've yet to see anyone that is truly tone deaf!

If you can hear one note and sing on pitch, then you can hear all of the other notes, and you can ultimately learn great vocal technique to sing on pitch every time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK4P-VWSwLg

37 thoughts on “You’re NOT Tone Deaf – How To Sing On Pitch – Roger Burnley Voice Studio – Tone Deafness”

    1. Navin Kumar Bayak

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  1. Lyidia Godfrey

    i can hear myself singing very well but listeners says I can’t sing. do i have problems?

    1. It’s the dunning kruger effect, also you’re brain makes you sound comparatively better than you actually are, especially when you’re singing a song you’ve heard before. In your head, you’re perfectly on pitch with the song.

    2. BooknerdJebbi

      I had the same problem and only just recently discovered that I actually can’t match pitch for sh*t. People aren’t being mean just to be mean. But we can get better!!!

    3. Try covering one of your ears. By doing that you can hear how you sound. Notice how singers when they record they usually have their headphones only on one ear.

  2. Aaron Tafoya

    I’ve been a drummer most of my life and you speak directly into my lack of confidence with vocals even though I’ve done back up here and there whwn I was younger. Ive noticed the longer I am involved with music the more inapiration is coming to me to write songs. Ide like to eventually record these tunes as thumbnails and not sound lousy to perhaps shop out the tunes. Anyway, your a great teacher Roger!

  3. ghoshwhowalks

    Thank you! This is so encouraging. I am able to pick up guitar parts by ear, but whenever i try to sing, I am like an off-key frog. I am going to try what you suggested, thanks again!

  4. I feel so encouraged by your video. My voice is somewhat flat. I have believed for most of my life that I’m tone deaf. Or that’s what I was told by a school teacher at a young age. I never tried to sing again. I can now see that there’s a lot of improvement I can make make…even if it is only to sing Happy Birthday!

  5. AnotherLover

    That was freakin’ awesome. I could immediately hear the note in my forehead when I tried it. Like magic. Thank you!!

    I’ve been trying to sing for a LONG time, and I’ve made progress in things like breathing and voicing technique. In fact, I’ll just throw this out because I’m going through it right now. I’ve had bad shape to my spine for a long time, and a physical therapist just told me this technique that’s done two things: one, it straightens out my back. I have a kyphosis shape — the lower part of the middle back bends out too far. This breathing technique actually pulls my back right into shape, so it’s amazing, but it’s hard to explain. It might just be plain old diaphragmatic breathing, and “new” part to me was just the thing I was experiencing because my muscles were so completely out of tone in the region.

    So, it’s abdominal breathing, where the diaphragm is pulled down when breathing in — standard breathing for singing. So I breathed in and it was all good. Then when I breathed out, all the pressure in that belt that goes around the abdomen say just below the belly button (including the sides and the back. I push a couple fingers into that soft spot just above or actually in line with the top of the hip bone to find out if I’m doing it right. I’m trying to feel pressure pushing out against my fingers, and I want to feel that pressure the whole time, inhale and exhale), all that pressure would release immediately. The therapist told me to focus on that belt and KEEP THE PRESSURE OUT during the exhale.

    It felt very unnatural at first, because I felt like I was doing the same thing breathing in that I was doing breathing out. I don’t understand just what’s happening because it’s all very complex, but when it all lines up and I get it, my stomach flattens and my spine finds the correct alignment. Really dramatic difference. The other thing that happens is more control for breathing while singing. Before I learned this technique I would breath diaphragmatically, but I would release too much pressure on the exhale. I got a good amount of air and could hold a note (well, you know….) or whatever, but the pressure wasn’t there so the control was lacking. So I’m getting much better voicing with this technique.

    But, again, I don’t know if any of this applies to anybody that doesn’t have the same problem I do with my back. Most people might keep that pressure out habitually. Don’t know. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

    Thanks again for the awesome technique!

  6. Denis Morissette

    In my case, I’ve just discovered that the left ear is the cause of my singing out of tune. When I block it, and focus on the right ear, it is much less often out of tune. I’m still struggling, but I think it is mainly because of my breathing.

  7. Mr.EpsteinsIsland

    If I’m listening to a song in my headphones I can match the voice perfectly but if I sing with matching I go flat

  8. Kate Cosette

    love this! thank you! your videos are always amazingly helpful, thank you for sharing your invaluable advice!

  9. Vanessa Lora

    Roger, you are so right about the “third eye”! What a different yet wonderful idea. Thank you!

  10. Hidora Ahvedir

    I recorded my myself doing my singing voice
    when I listened to it I thought there was a dog howling

  11. Helen Wilding

    Hmmm, I always ask my pupils to sing a note, then I match their note on the piano; because it’s the note that resonated with them-the one their voice naturally chose-they are able to relate to it more successfully. From there I move to the note above or below and see if they can match that. They learn to listen more attentively if i start from the note they naturally chose to sing?.

  12. Genius! I tried this on my husband. For the first time, hearing him he finally matched the pitch! Lol very clever! I almost thought there was no hope for tone deaf folks. I’m glad I was proven wrong

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