Module 2: Pitch

In this module…

We will learn how to sing with accuracy the most common note patterns used in western music – the major and minor scale, in any key. We suggest you choose a level and the range of notes associated with it that you are most easily able to continue developing for the duration of the program. When you finish the program, you may wish to return to the beginning and attempt the program at a higher level with a higher range of notes.

Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced… What Level Am I?

We suggest moving through the program as either a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student for the whole program. In contemporary styles of signing, because higher notes in a full voice become significantly harder, one should first master the lower (beginner) and middle (intermediate) ranges of the voice, before attempting the highest (advanced) ranges of the voice. In this program, we use these three levels to choose both your level of commitment and the range of the voice you are ready to develop. 

  • Beginner: Lower vocal range, as indicated in the keyboard image. For young children, or singers with little experience. Introduction to concepts with only minimal practice might be expected. Range of notes to be explored include as low as is comfortable to as high as D4 (just above middle C, C4) for men and G4 for women.
  • Intermediate: Lower and middle vocal range, as indicated in the keyboard image. For more serious students. Moderate practice and a moderate degree of mastery might be expected of each skill before moving on the next. Range of notes to be explored include as low as is comfortable to as high as G4 for men and D5 for women (just above high C, C5).
  • Advanced: Lower, middle, and high vocal range, as indicated in the keyboard image. For professional or working singers. Significant practice, and precise execution and complete mastery of skills is required before moving on the next skill. Range of notes to be explored include as low as is comfortable to as high as D5 (just above high C, C5) for men and G5 for women.

2.1: Full & Half Steps

Follow the exercises given in the lesson book using the scale patterns below:

Intermediate

Full-Tone 3-Note Scale – Moderate speed:

Note: The following scale has repeating half-steps at the bottom and top parts of the scale, with full-steps in between.

Half-Tone 5-Note Scale – Moderate speed:

 Advanced

Full-Tone 3-Note Scale – Moderate speed:

Note: The following scale has repeating half-steps at the bottom and top parts of the scale, with full-steps in between.

Half-Tone 5-Note Scale – Moderate speed:

2.3: Full Major Scale

Follow the exercises given in the lesson book using the scale patterns below:

2.6: Natural Minor Scale

Follow the exercises given in the lesson book using the scale patterns below:

Beginner

Natural Minor Scale (not yet available)

Intermediate

Natural Minor Scale (not yet available)

2.7: Natural Minor Scale From 5th

Follow the exercises given in the lesson book using the scale patterns below:

Beginner

Natural Minor Scale From 5th (not yet available)

Intermediate

Natural Minor Scale From 5th (not yet available)

 Advanced

Natural Minor Scale From 5th (not yet available)

2.8: Natural Minor Scale From 3rd

Follow the exercises given in the lesson book using the scale patterns below:

Beginner

Natural Minor Scale From 5th (not yet available)

Intermediate

Natural Minor Scale From 5th (not yet available)

 Advanced

Natural Minor Scale From 5th (not yet available)