New Year’s Resolutions for Actors

It’s a new year which means you have the opportunity to work on personal goals you’ve otherwise been putting off. If you’re searching for New Year’s resolutions for actors, look no more! From your friends at Lionheart, we’ve compiled the goals to aim for in 2017.


Perfect Pitch vs Relative Pitch: How to Train Your Ear

A large part of becoming a better singer means becoming a better listener first. Some are brought into this world with perfect pitch, but not all of us can be so lucky. Don’t fret if you don’t naturally have such an ability, because there are ways you can train your ear in order to develop better pitch. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to perfect pitch vs relative pitch and being able to sing more in-tune.

Perfect Pitch vs Relative Pitch

Just to clear things up a bit, “perfect pitch” means that you are able to identify a single pitch. For instance, if you hear a C sharp, you know that it is a C sharp. Relative pitch still means you can identify the C sharp, but you are able to do so based off of the note’s relationship with others.

How You Benefit from Perfect Pitch

With the ability to identify notes as you hear them, you can oftentimes sing more in-tune because you are able to hear the quality of your own pitch. Of course, you still have to rehearse just as others do, but having perfect pitch is beneficial. Perfect pitch is an innate ability that can’t necessarily be taught, which is why relative pitch is so important.

Learning to Have Better Relative Pitch

Many agree that relative pitch is a “logical” way of interpreting pitch, whereas perfect pitch is the more “artistic” way, as each uses different parts of the brain. In order to train your left brain and ears with relative pitch, you have to have a basic understanding of music theory. This understanding will go a long way as you are able to relate pitches to one another, whether that be by the type of chord or interval you are hearing.

If you know which key you are in, you will be able to use your relative pitch to define specific notes. However, if you aren’t sure which key you are in, you might not be able to do so. This is where individuals who have perfect pitch and relative pitch are really unstoppable, because they are able to identify chords, intervals, and pitches without any reference point.

Training and Practice

One of the best ways to start training yourself to have better relative pitch is to practice interval training. You can do this by listening to a piece of music and trying to transcribe the notes. Allow yourself to know which key the piece is in, so that you can focus solely on the relationship between the notes. As you practice, you will become familiar with common intervals and even be able to hear and transcribe different chords.

Putting Theory into Practice

When you’re at rehearsal, remember your interval training and use this to your advantage. You no longer will have to be searching for notes when singing, because you will have a better understanding of the melodic line.

If you’re looking to put your hard work to the test, Lionheart Theatre Company is the place to do it. Contact us today to learn about upcoming auditions and productions.



Arts and Crafts in the Theatre

When you think of the theatre, you likely think of just a stage and actors, but there is so much more to it than that. Local theatres are the creative staple for many communities as they likely offer various classes which are involved in the arts. There are many ways you can learn and benefit from arts and crafts in the theatre, no matter your age or your artistic abilities.


Lighting and Scheme

Lighting is a very important aspect of theatrical performance. It has multiple purposes, but it is not enough to simply illuminate the stage, actors and set. Lighting should enhance the production and bring depth to each scene in a way that nothing else can. Good lighting can make a play great, but poor lighting can send an audience out the door wishing that they had spent their time elsewhere. Lighting and scheme work hand-in-hand. All productions have a scheme, and that should be embraced by a light design. Some colors, props and set pieces might need to be illuminated, while others should remain in the background as small details for wondering eyes. Actors have a relationship with their surroundings, which is not easily distinguished within the scheme without the help of good lighting. Different types of productions focus on different schemes and require a different lighting plan.