Ever watched divas going all out on concerts and wishing you could sing just like that?
Well, we’ve all heard those wishes and comments, like a million times over!
People who wish to become a great singer but, trapped with the all-too-common belief that singing is “Something that you are born with” and “You either have it in you or don’t,” I’ve got some good news for you!
Singing— like any skill set, CAN be learned!
And although some individual might sound amazing naturally on their own, while some of us might sound awful when we first try, it all gets better with practice.
So, let me show you some strategies and tips to build an effective routine which can vastly improve your singing!
1. Warm Up Properly
First things first:
You will need to get serious about your warm-up routine.
This is a very major problem which amateur singers have. If you like to think that you do not need to warm up, then you are gravely mistaken.
All professional singers and divas warm up— with some even having such crazy routines, particularly when they need to perform for long periods of time.
Check out some great singing warm-up routines and consult instructors for proper guidance. This is a big must!
2. Proper Mouth Position
This may sound silly, but it is not.
Your singing tone will be suppressed with your mouth barely open. You need to make enough space in order for your voice and sound to come out. Do not be self-conscious about generous mouth opening.
Give your singing a big boost by keeping your mouth wide open as you sing. In order to assure that your mouth is wide open, try placing 2 fingers between your bottom and top teeth. Keep the fingers in the mouth and sing “ahh”, then remove your fingers while retaining the sound.
Also, every song uses five basic vowels. The mouth changes position for each vowel, so you need to practice the correct mouth positioning for each vowel in order to sing better.
3. Breathing Management
Another important thing for aspiring singers to master is breathing management. If you cannot manage your breathing, then you can’t sing. It’s that simple!
When breathing, you will need to make sure that you are taking air from the diaphragm rather than the chest. This only means that when breathing in, your abdomen needs to expand rather than your chest.
To practice this, place a hand on your stomach and inhale through the nose. The abdomen needs to expand and jut out when breathing in while the chest should not move out or up. Exhaling, contract and push don your abdominal muscles that it should feel like doing a sit up. Repeat until this feels natural when singing.
4. Fix The Breaks and Cracks
Forcing your voice is not a great idea. If you cannot trust your voice, then that lack of confidence will cause you problems when singing in front of other people or singing on stage.
Breaks and cracks typically happen between registers (head and chest). IF your vocal muscles are weak, then your voice will crack and break as you try to increase your range or power.
To fix it, you will need to do some vocal exercises and build your muscles up. A great exercise if the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 descend. Also, you need to avoid being scared or tensed.
Most beginners cannot distinguish between a chest and head voice, so it is also advisable going through a step-by-step course that covers the topics.
5. Mastering Power
If you wish to sing with power, then you need to learn how to master it.
Just think about this:
Rich people love to get Ferrari. Such cars come with too much power, but people don’t really know how to control it. So, they tend to crash.
In order to get more power, you do not always need to force or push your voice to the limit. Remember, more volume does not always equate to more power.
More power means that you need to learn how to control your tongue. Tongue placement may cause a problem as you sing with more power. Pulling your tongue back can block your airway.
A great tip is to keep the tip of your tongue pressed on your bottom teeth. Try this exercise and see how it can affect your voice power.
6. Improve Your Vocal Range
Firstly, you will need to find your vocal range.
After that, you can now begin to improve or increase your vocal range. In order to do this, you need to learn proper techniques. You also need non-airy vowels and proper resonance before you improve your vocal range.
When improving your vocal range, you need to do it full step or half-step at a time. Just practice with short scales and get comfortable singing new notes properly before you try pushing your voice any lower or higher.
Try great technique that jumps from staccato to legato. Such exercises can help you transition from short notes to longer notes and help build muscle memory on your vocal cords and allows you to expand and improve your vocal range more quickly.
7. Take Online Lessons
The reason for this is simple:
You need to practice proper techniques and exercises. Also, online lessons are structured and quite affordable.
If you choose to get free lessons from YouTube, then you will get frustrated. Online lessons offer you proper guidance in a step-by-step progression which allows you to move from one technique or exercise to the next. And you can’t just find this for free on YouTube.
Online singing courses are cheaper than a real in-person lesson. Plus, it gives you flexibility.
If you think that you are a bad singer, then don’t worry, for there is still hope!
AS a matter of fact, you probably sound better than you think. Just believe in yourself and do not dwell on how bad you think you are. Instead, think about the good points in your singing voice.
With these few tips, you can develop your inner ear, improve your singing voice, and build some confidence.
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