WHAT IS INTONATION FOR SINGERS & PIANISTS?

When you sing, intonation refers to the WAY your voice rises and falls as you sing. If you were telling a story and got to a scary part, you may raise you pitch higher and no one does it exactly alike. As you tell the story your voice will become softer or louder depending on words.

It’s the same with singing. The accuracy of your pitch (hitting the note or notes) is also part of it. The rise and fall of your voice as you singing and the way you make your voice rise and falls creates a sense of mood, as well as meaning. To really make your voice shine and stand out, work on molding and shaping your words with the slight rise or drop in pitch. The difference between inflection and intonation is, intonation deals with a whole sentence or phrase, where as inflection deals with a specific word.

Musical instruments rise and fall in a similar melodic way to create the mood, just like the voice. You can play the piano and the tone will rise and fall in a similar melodic way to create a sense of meaning. Intonation is putting musical thoughts (chunking phrases), to create meaning that is being received by the audience. A musical piece can start quietly and crescendo into higher, louder story lines. Just like the ending of a song can have a big finish or the melody can quietly come to a softer ending.

Whether you are singing or playing the piano, you want to keep your audience’s attention and make a connection with them by using intonation. This helps a song breath, build, and add variety to the sound. This will add meaning, emotion, and color to the what you are singing or playing.

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