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Learn To Sing With These Tips In Mind
Don’t believe the mindset that learning how to sing can be hard. Learning the art of song may seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be! The hardest part of vocal mastery may actually be convincing yourself that you can actually sing! Once you’ve got that part down, all the rest is just a matter of a little work. Here are several things you need to remember if you want to tune your voice properly to become a great vocalist.
Always remember to warm up. Your vocal chords are just like any other muscle; they need to warm up before heavy use. To warm up, you can do simple scales, choose a relatively easy song, or hum. Don’t try to shock your voice by trying to go up and down your entire range right off the bat. Pace yourself. Only try to push the boundaries of your range (the lowest and highest notes)… gradually.
Sing every chance you get. Practice is very important in any art or discipline, and singing is no exception. In addition to “official,” undistracted practice, try to work on your voice while you do other things too, like while cooking, doing chores or driving. Making this a near constant element in your life will condition your voice, making singing basically second nature, and help take away some of the “seriousness” of it all. This will help you immensely with stage fright and performance anxiety as well, which brings us to:
Practice in front of others. Many first timers find that gathering enough confidence to perform in front of an audience for the first time is one of the biggest hurdles to leap. Start out by recording yourself until you are happy with your results then graduate to rehearsing in front of family or friends you feel comfortable with. With time, you will eventually build a steady confidence, helping you to handle the stage in front of larger groups.
Watch your posture. The quality of your voice depends on many factors; your posture is one of them. Keeping your body in the proper position allows for the best air flow possible. Keep your back straight, and keep your gaze more or less parallel to the floor; don’t look up or down. Keep both of your feet planted flat, and don’t shift your weight back and forth between them. If you are performing seated, don’t lean back in your chair. Keep the upper half of your body straight, the same way you would do if you were standing. Try to sit closer to the edge of your seat; this way, you won’t “pinch” your diaphragm, allowing you to project more powerfully. Always position yourself in a way where your body provides minimum “resistance” to your breathing and voice..
Stay hydrated. When you let your throat get dry, your voice is impacted in a very negative way. It can get hoarse or raspy, and forgetting to hydrate before going out on stage can, over time, cause permanent damage to your vocal cords. To avoid this, always remember to drink plenty of water every time before practice or performance. Take small sips of water during a session as well, as there are many stage factors that will dehydrate you. Avoid taking substances that can dehydrate you, especially right before singing, such as coffee and alcohol. Milk is another to avoid as it causes the oesophagus to build up mucus. There are many other health benefits to drinking plenty of fluids, so for your own sake, drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
Keep your lungs healthy. There are many things that can, over time, slowly cause your lungs to deteriorate. Smoking for one, is one thing you should not be doing; even without considering how it hurts you as in general, it will prematurely shorten the life of a great set of vocal chords. This is especially important if you want to sing higher notes. Regular cardiovascular exercise, like aerobics or running, helps increase your lung capacity and healthy.
Take from other singers/artists, but develop your own style. While there’s nothing wrong with trying to incorporate certain aspects of the voices of other artists you admire into your own singing style – it’s also important that you develop your own unique style. Practice in a fashion that is truly yours. If you want to learn how to sing well, it isn’t about perfectly reproducing the performance of another performer; it’s about putting your own spin on a song that fits your unique sound.
Set goals, but know your limits. One thing that can really help with motivation is setting goals. Goals can be different for everyone, depending on what they want to achieve, what they find difficult, or feel they need to work on. You should also make sure that you aren’t subjecting your vocal cords to undue stress by trying to reach notes that you aren’t capable of or ready for. Remember, everyone’s voice is different. Some vocalists naturally have a wider vocal range than others. You can always choose songs that are out of your vocal range – up or down in a different key to make them more accessible to you.
Consider online singing lessons. Before you go out and spend a wad of cash on a face-to-face vocal instructor, consider learning how to sing better with the most comprehensive and up-to-date singing software like Singorama first. The entire course will probably cost you about the same amount as one session with some singing instructors. But with Singorama, you receive every technique and method there is to know about singing – with the luxury of practicing at your own leisure. Experiencing vocal breakthroughs no matter what stage your voice is at.
Watch other singers perform. Before you ever started singing, you might not have noticed some of the nuances that professional artists did while performing, like their posture or their breathing technique. Armed with the basics of the methodology, you can now look at the artists you idolize and be able to analyze why they perform the way they do. Watching other singers can also help you with your own technique targeting certain factors that you might be having difficulty with.
While you can’t expect progress overnight, anyone with the right mindset, enough determination, and access to the right material and information can learn to sing quickly and easily. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t progress as quickly as you expected to; everyone has to start somewhere, and if you want to reach your goals higher and faster, check out Singorama.