Can’t Carry A Tune In A Bucket? New Hope with Edwards Method!
Have you heard? “You sound horrible! Please don’t sing!” If you or someone you know can’t sing on pitch, take heart! NOW, the embarrassed can sing in tune! My method is simple, 99% effective and has worked for everyone except a set of twins encountered over 40 years ago.
My Method was developed while I taught General Music at a Junior High School in the 1960s. I’ve effectively used it to teach members of the High School Varsity Football Team’s Defensive Unit to join our “Quire” and those who wanted to sing in church choirs. I used the method on boys, men, girls and women.
Requirements for Success
Before starting, I like to tell the student "it isn’t your fault you don’t sing on pitch. It really started when they were very young and someone told you that you sang beautifully, when you were really on the wrong pitch. So I’m going to help you find the right pitch."
The Edwards Method will not in itself make you a great singer; that requires a trained voice teacher and strong desire. However, after mastering this technique, there’s nothing to stop anyone from great achievement. (After teaching my son to sing on pitch, he joined a boy choir, had parts in several musicals and is now a church worship leader.)
What Causes Out of Tune Singing
My unproven theory is – when a child is young and at a pivotal moment in their life, someone told them they were singing beautifully – when in fact they were singing in harmony. Most likely they were actually singing notes harmonizing with the melody.
Another situation is found among 10 to 14-year-old boys, who want to sound more masculine. They try to sing the low notes like others whose voices changed. This leads to singing their lowest note, resulting in a monotone. To date I have never encountered anyone who consistently sings random notes!
Why Don’t People Sing “in Tune”
My research shows “off-key or off-pitch” subjects rarely sing a random note. Instead they almost always sing a major or minor third higher or lower than the actual pitch. Occasionally, a subject may sing a perfect 4th lower or perfect 5th higher than the actual pitch. In each situation they sing part of a triad chord or some inversion.
The Edwards Method only requires seven things: 1) a willing subject that really wants to learn to sing on tune; 2) an instructor; 3) any instrument, however any keyboard instrument is easiest, especially piano; 4) a quiet location such as a private office or studio; 5) 3-6 thirty-minute appointments each several days apart; 6) patience; 7) Occasional 30-minute touch up lessons over the next 6 months to re-adjust the pitch and your technique.
There are not many common things more embarrassing to a person as when others make fun of them for singing “off-key.” Now, they’ll grin ear to ear, because they can sing in tune. They’ll never have endure those awkward, uncomfortable stares ever again.
It doesn’t matter whether more people will sing in a choir or not. Use the Edwards Method to just help people gain confidence. You are now empowered to help others sing in tune!