Do You Want To Learn To Sing Better?
Singing is one of the most fun and enjoyable activities you can do. Whether you’re singing for an audience or just serenading someone special, you want to impress them.
No one wants to hear a poor singer. So don’t be one. Learn how to sing. You can improve your voice with these lessons and tips today.
The Value of Proper Vocal Technique
You can quickly make improvements in your voice by following a just few simple steps. These steps will have an immediate effect on your voice that only improves with time. By making a few small changes you can start to sing with an ease and power that you may have thought you were incapable of.
You can learn how to sing the way professionals do. You can improve your range and the overall quality of your voice. Anyone can improve. Anyone can learn how to sing. And it takes as little as 15 minutes a day.
The key to singing better is having the proper technique. Learning how to sing with these techniques is the only way to safely improve your voice. Learning these techniques and being careful to apply them to your singing is the difference between a good singer and a great one.
A Quick Overview of How the Voice Works
As much as you may want to just start singing it’s important to have at least a general understanding of how the voice works. When you speak or sing you are blowing air through your larynx. The larynx or voice box is a system of muscles, cartilage, and bones that work together to produce sound.
The pitch is determined by how large an opening there is between the vocal cords. The sound produced by the vocal cords is then amplified by the resonator. The resonator is a collective term for the mouth, lips, tongue, and teeth. The resonator in addition to making voice louder also can contribute too the pitch (in good and bad ways).
As you can see there is quite a lot going on when you sing. The muscles of the larynx need to be strong to produce the proper pitch, and the resonators need to be properly aligned to produce a good vocal sound. Your voice is the sum of its parts. Make sure all the parts are working correctly by learning the proper vocal techniques.
Things you must learn to sing well
There are so many things you can do to improve your voice that I could never fit them all on this page. The opera singers spend their entire lives perfecting their craft. The odds are you don’t want to sing opera. Which means you don’t have nearly as much to learn. Don’t think that means you’ll be able to learn everything in an afternoon it will still take time.
On this page I want to go over the things that are most important to your success as a singer. If you learn to do these things well you will see rapid improvement in your voice.
Warming Up Your Voice
Warming up your voice is an important part of learning how to sing. It helps you learn how to control you voice and helps builds the endurance necessary for performing. It also helps you develop your sense of pitch.
The simplest way to warm up your voice is to sing scales. You should sing up and down the scale a few times. Arpeggiating chords is also good. If at anytime during your warm up
you feel pain STOP!
Your doing something wrong. If you feel pain its best to try singing in a more comfortable part of your voice and work in the direction of the pain. Never sing if you feel pain it is extremely unhealthy and can lead to vocal cord damage.
Breathing and Posture
Breathing is vitally important to good singing. Without proper breathe support you will never be able to sing with ease. You will find yourself fighting to hit the high notes and you will never be able to sing long phrases. So it’s worth working on.
Equally important is having good posture. Having good posture is fundamental to being able to sing well. If you are slumped over you will not be able to get a good breath. You will also make it much harder get your resonators into the optimal positions.
When you sing try to be aware of you posture. Make sure you are relaxed but not slumping, this is a key area to focus on if you wish to improve your singing. This is a vital step in learning how to sing. It is the foundation. Don’t neglect it.
How to Breathe Diaphragmatically
- Lie flat on your back and put one hand on your chest and the other below your rib cage.
- Breathe through your nose making sure your stomach rises as if fills with air (it doesn’t really fill with air but it is a useful image). Make your chest remains still throughout the exercise.
- Now tighten your stomach and pull it inward (with your abs) forcing the air out of your mouth. Again make sure your chest doesn’t move.
Blending Your Head and Chest Voices
To sing well you must learn how to blend your chest and head voices. If you’ve ever had your voice crack then you know where the voices meet. Your goal should be to try to bring your head voice lower so it blends with the chest voice. At the same time you should try to take your chest voice higher so it will blend with you head voice. The key to all of this is to make sure that you do have any unnecessary tension.
Learning how to sing takes time. And learning to blend the different parts of your voice is one of the most important techniques but it’s not easy. Proper blending requires muscle strength and a level of coordination that most people do not naturally have. So patient and don’t expect results overnight. If you stick with it you will see improvements.
The Health Benefits of Singing
Singing is a great benefit to your overall health.
- Singing releases endorphins. This gives you more energy throughout your day.
- Singing improves lung function.
- Singing tones your Abs.
- Singing improves the immune system.
- Singing reduces stress
- Singing increases longevity
That list is reason enough to take the time to learn how to sing. Don’t you think?
How Often Do You Sing?
One of the best ways to improve your voice is to sing everyday this allows you to build muscle strength and coordination. However, if you don’t use good techniques you may form bad habits.
“He who sings scares away his woes.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra