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A cappella - Any keys you have trouble holding?
« on: April 11, 2015, 10:17:40 PM »
I tend to do a lot of a cappella singing, and I’m quite good at staying in tune for the most part. However, there’s one bugger of a key in which I always end up going sharp. It’s always F major. I can feel and hear it happening, yet I can’t stop. I can stay in tune just fine when I have a reference or I’m casually singing along to the radio or something, but a cappella is just a mess when I’m trying to sing something in F major. So I was curious, anyone else ever have a similar experience?

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Re: A cappella - Any keys you have trouble holding?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2015, 12:19:40 AM »
I tend to do a lot of a cappella singing, and I’m quite good at staying in tune for the most part. However, there’s one bugger of a key in which I always end up going sharp. It’s always F major. I can feel and hear it happening, yet I can’t stop. I can stay in tune just fine when I have a reference or I’m casually singing along to the radio or something, but a cappella is just a mess when I’m trying to sing something in F major. So I was curious, anyone else ever have a similar experience?

Not a singer, (saxophone player), but getting notes to stay in tune is essentially the same thing. Air support! And as it sounds like you have experience singing in many different keys, I would just practice the heck of tunes in F major. Sing F Major scale as you're walking around. Make up F-Major licks. The only you'll get more comfortable in the key is to shed the heck out of it.

Easier said than done I know as I avoid working in C# and Ab, because I'm bad at playing in those keys, and my soloing/playing suffers because of it.

Re: A cappella - Any keys you have trouble holding?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2015, 02:38:48 AM »
Yeah, I used to do community theater, mostly musicals. I bombed a couple of auditions back in the day thanks to that dang F major being my kryptonite, haha. I do find that when I make it a point to stop avoiding that key, I do get better. So yeah, deliberately focused practice is a good thing for sure. I actually just taught myself one of my favorite songs on guitar, but I need to sing it in a higher key than the original. So I’ve transposed it to F major and have been practicing that regularly.

Weirdly enough, Ab major is one of my favorite keys in general. Different strokes for different folks, huh?

Re: A cappella - Any keys you have trouble holding?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2015, 09:18:59 AM »
There is nothing worse than that! Knowing it is going to happen and not being able to stop it, I have a very low voice and I work with that and never stray out of what I know I can do, I should, I know that as it would definitely make me a better singer but I am just a wimp!