How to Sing Better
If you’re not a naturally good singer, you might find yourself despairing over your situation and giving up on singing altogether. However, there’s NOTHING that can’t be improved with practice, and the same goes for singing. You’re not stuck with a bad voice – you just need to train it up until it becomes good.
Of course, this will take a lot of effort, but if you know what to do and work hard, you’ll make it there eventually. In this article you’ll learn ALL the methods you need to employ to practice the right way and improve your singing voice.
Even those of you that know how to sing will benefit here since these techniques will help you learn how to sing better. So, let’s get started and learn how to sing!
The Benefits of Learning How to Sing Online
The first step where most people go wrong when thinking about learning how to sing is that the FIRST thing they reach out for is a voice coach. These teachers can be incredibly expensive, and that’s a thing that puts a lot of people off even trying to get singing lessons.
However, while getting a vocal coach can be an effective way to improve your singing, it has some major flaws. It is expensive, as mentioned, but it’s also slow. The coach will be available to teach you only on certain days and for an hour or two at most. If you want to improve quickly, this is NOT the way to do it.
Luckily, online singing lessons have become more and more popular in recent years. With some of these programs, you can find great pre-recorded lessons as well as tips that will help you learn much faster. You will be able to practice as much as you can, and you’ll see tangible results in a matter of weeks.
The best part is that some of these online lessons cost next to nothing, or absolutely nothing – you can find a lot of free online singing lessons as well.
So, to sum up, online singing lessons are:
How to Sing Better
In this part of the article you’ll learn how to sing better and improve your singing voice, no matter how good or bad you are. There’s nothing that can’t be achieved with enough hard work, as you’ll see
Working on the Basics
To start training properly, you need to have a good base to start from. You can’t start singing opera pieces straight away. Lots of people start trying to master singing without paying attention to the basics, and then they wonder why nothing is working – you shouldn’t be one of those people.
Here’s some advice on how to properly start training your vocal chords.
First, you need to start by working on your posture. Most voice coaches might just tell you to “stand up straight” or “sit up straight,” but they will rarely explain what that entails.
Well, here’s how to maintain correct standing posture with a few easy instructions:
The correct sitting posture is not much different:
Once you’ve got a handle on that, you’re almost ready to start singing. Still, there’s one more crucial thing you need to watch out for – your breathing. The one CONSTANT with bad singers is that they constantly run out of breath, but if you know the proper breathing techniques for singing, that won’t happen to you.
Here are a few quick tips on how to breathe properly when singing:
However, there’s more to it than just that. You need to practice your breathing thoroughly until you’re sure you can properly inhale and exhale. Over time you will get better at this and your lung capacity MIGHT even increase through the exercises you’ll see described below.
By the way, if you’re wondering how to find your diaphragm and breathe into it, here’s how:
Another way to do this is something called “the book method,” which you can do by lying on the ground with a book placed on your stomach. Try to make the book rise when you inhale. Sing a note while you exhale and try to make the book lower.
Of course, you should train until you’re able to do this quickly since your backing music won’t wait for you to catch your breath.
If you want to learn how to breathe in effectively and quickly, you’ll get some tips on that as well:
Just with this simple exercise, you should be able to learn how to quickly fill your lungs with air and, over time, it will start increasing your lung capacity. Regular cardio exercise like running should also help with this.
You should also practice inhaling through your nose and mouth at the same time to keep your vocal chords healthy. If you inhale only through your mouth, you’ll quickly end up with a sore throat.
Of course, inhaling is not the only important thing – properly exhaling is just as important. This will allow you to avoid breaks and keep your voice nice and smooth while singing.
One method for practicing your exhaling is known as the ‘feather method’ and here’s how to do it:
Of course, that’s not the only method you can try. Another effective exercise is this one:
And there you have it! If you work on your posture and breathing using these tips and exercises, you should start improving in no time. Even if you’re already singing regularly, this might be helpful since many self-taught singers are hindered by poor basics and are straining too much when they don’t have to.
Once you’ve got that down, it’s time to move further.
Moving on to Singing Better
Now that you’ve got your basics right, you can start training to sing. Of course, you’re not ready to start belting out full songs yet. Again, you need to start with some basic stuff and move up from that.
Before you do any singing though, even the most basic, you SHOULD warm up to protect your vocal chords from getting damaged. Here are some of the most basic vocal warm-ups:
Press your lips together and exhale, letting air escape through them, making a sound similar to a motorboat. Repeat it three times, starting at a certain pitch and then increasing or decreasing in pitch.
Start at a low note and make a siren sound, slowly moving up in pitch until reaching the end of your range, then moving down. Do this in one continuous sound, without breaks. Repeat it a few times while also stretching out your face.
This warm-up exercise helps you avoid stumbling over words when singing. Just do some regular tongue twisters that you can remember easily and repeat them a few times.
The tip of your tongue should be placed behind your top teeth and vibrate while you exhale. Start at a certain range then go up or down for the repeats.
This can be done for cooling down as well. Make sure your jaw and shoulders are relaxed and inhale normally. Then, hum the ‘m’ sound while exhaling slowly; you should feel a tickling sensation in your lips and nose.
With this, you should be sufficiently warmed up and ready to start working on some of your vocal basics.
One of the first things you could try is opening your vowels, also called the ‘open throat technique.’ With this, you’ll learn how to sing vowels more clearly without letting consonants get in the way, thus projecting more power and resonating better.
These are the five basic vowels:
Learning how to identify them and properly sing them will help you massively improve the way you’re singing. If you’ve ever heard anyone sing unclearly and like they’re straining it’s probably because they’re not opening their vowels properly. If you’ve ever heard a local rock garage band, you’ve heard it.
However, you’ll avoid that by following just a few simple guidelines. Here’s how to open your vowels, one by one.