Having a good singing voice is something that all of us want. Not to be a star perhaps, but to break into song at parties, or be the one to sing beside the fire during camping nights with friends.
Thankfully, there are a myriad of ways and avenues through which you can improve your singing capabilities and learn to pull off a note like none other. However, if you have no prior experience, learning can be more complicated than expected. Which is why, before you do so, it is important to keep in mind certain tips that can make the journey easier.
In this article, we’re listing down some tips that can make learning how to sing easier and more fun, without taking away your skill development.
- Start With The Bare Basics
Jumping right into the deep of it and learning how to sing complicated runs seems like the most exciting thing to do, but not the right one. While it might seem boring, it is truly best to start with the basics, which include learning how to maintain and change your breathing according to your singing style, maintaining the right kind of posture, practicing scale, and of course, finding your range. Things like these ensure that you have a good foundation to start off with and that you will actually be able to cope and pull off the harder techniques that follow.
- Always Remember To Warm Up
Your vocal cords, just like any other part of the body, need to be prepped and warmed up before you put them to use. So it is crucial that you warm your vocal cords with a lip or tongue trill or a hum. You can start with a smaller range and then increase it till you’ve covered the entirety of your vocal range. Another great way to prep and warm-up is to take a song that you are fluent in and to trill it or hum it quietly. You can also alternate between humming softly and trilling loudly. Such exercises all help in targeting and essentially waking up your vocal folds, which will ensure you have a smooth, stable voice throughout.
- Don’t Forget Good Training
While making your own efforts is important, you cannot progress much without proper training. If you want to be confident in the way you sing, and you want to progress as a singer, then the right kind of training is a must. Thankfully, availing of singing training is much easier nowadays, and you can find a variety of online courses, tutorials and even get real-time singing training virtually from tutors. With the right kind of resources, you can improve singing voice within a week. If you are lucky, you can even avail yourself of seasonal discounts and offers.
1. Always Monitor What You Eat
What you eat and drink, and how much of it, can have a big impact on your singing voice and vocal cords. First off, it is best to stay away from spicy and sour foods, as they can severely irritate your vocal cords and put more of a strain on you than usual. It is crucial to keep this in mind before you have a big performance, as it can significantly affect your voice quality. At the same time, it is important to always keep yourself hydrated. Drinking water and keeping your throat lubricated while singing and practicing is necessary and crucial for proper voice quality. Water helps you vibrate and modulate your voice, and makes runs and note changes much smoother. It also keeps your tongue hydrated and slick, which ensures that you can pronounce words properly while you’re singing.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
Regardless of whether you are taking classes or not, practice is crucial. Make sure to dedicate an hour or a few of your days to proper practice, and go through your warm-ups, lessons and practice the songs that you are currently working on, and no this doesn’t include bathroom singing. Even if you are looking to just become a better casual singer, it still requires you to practice since you want your vocal cords to become more attuned to singing and become stronger as well. For best results, create a proper schedule that accommodates any lessons you are taking and your other commitments and stick to it. Another way you can enrich your practice is by recording yourself and listening to it later, which can help you catch possible mistakes with ease.
The process of learning how to sing from scratch is not easy. Even if you have a good voice but no experience, differentiating between notes and tones, developing your scale, singing high notes, and even maintaining good breathing can be a long, complicated process. Keeping such tips in mind will make the journey much easier for you, and help you develop as a singer with ease.
Hi music fan! I am Jeff. Hope that you enjoy some stuff I shared here in my personal blog.
About myself, Currently I am in charging as Artist Manager/Music Supervisor at 72 Music Management. I did managed album to Grammy Award in 2017 with 7 Nominations from 2014-2020 and had the opportunities to work with : A.J. Croce, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bobby Rush, Dom Flemons, Dustbowl Revival, Sarah Grace
Governor of the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy is one of a award that I am lucky to achieved. My profile: Linkedin.