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If you want to learn how to sing better, there are a number of methods and techniques that almost anymore can utilize to improve his or her singing ability. Though many would-be vocalists think they can sing like a professional and immediately become Susan Boyle or Josh Groban, and any other talented singer from the present or past, they need to understand that innate ability coupled with lots of training, practice and voice development are the crucial factors that have made amateur and professional singers successful.

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Key Components on How to Sing Better

Basic Steps

Posture
Correct posture has an effect on singing better. The proper form used for vocalization is either sitting or standing with a straight back without any leaning to the right or left, and the head should also be in straight alignment rather than tilting forward or backward.

Breathing
Vocal music teachers adamantly give their first instruction in beginning chorus, which goes something like, “Breathe from your diaphragm” as it is one of the most important aspects of singing. You want to take in air through the diaphragm as opposed to the chest.

Breathing Practice
The simple process of placing the hand on the stomach area and inhaling through the nose will cause the abdomen to enlarge and move outward when taking in a breath. The chest should not make any movement in an outward or upward direction. When the air is exhaled, the abdominal muscle area should push down and contract. This practice technique should be repeated until it becomes a natural movement with singing.

Open Throat Technique
One way to sing better is to utilize the open throat technique, which simply means to say the vowel letters (a-e-i-o-u) in such a way that your jaw is extended downward without widening it. The tongue should be in the bottom jaw area and not touching the roof of the mouth. Try repeating the vowels without closing the jaw and continue to say them with an open mouth. Now, try singing the vowels in the same fashion. You will notice a difference in the quality and expansion of the voice with this technique.

Chin Down
Keep your chin area pointed downward when attempting higher notes and aiming for power and strength. Attempting to reach higher notes can make the head move upward, which causes vocal chord difficulties. Concentrate on keeping the chin down and your voice should exhibit more control and power.

Vocal Range
In order to broaden vocal range and obviously sing better, and in a broader fashion, any singer wants to find their current vocal range. This process involves technique as vocal range encompasses the scope or distance between both the higher and lower pitches that a singer is able to perform.

Once vocal range has been determined (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) it can be increased or broadened with incremental practice, say in half-steps that lead to full steps in range. Practice is initiated with short scales with the achievement of the half-steps first before moving on or pushing the voice to higher or lower levels. One of the most efficient ways of increasing range is to work with a vocal coach.

Voice Areas
The voice consists of three (3) different areas, which affects the resonance (voice vibrations that increase tone) of the voice. Singing better is influenced by the ability to control the changes within these areas.

Head Voice, Chest Voice, Middle Voice
With high notes, head voice refers to singing higher notes that will resonate in the head area, while chest voice is identified as the lower area of the singing voice that will resonate in the chest area. Middle or mixed voice is the mid area between the chest voice and head voice. The mid area controls where the voice shifts from the chest to the head to sing the notes appropriately.

The transitioning from higher notes to lower notes requires going from the head to chest voice, and the singer will experience the feeling of the notes moving to the head and then down to the chest as singing commences. Voice quality is limited when the notes stay in the same place.

Fluid consumption
Though it may seem trivial, singers know that drinking water moistens the vocal chords and maintains flexibility, so the area can easily open and close. Other fluids can be consumed as long as they are semi-warm, not cold, unsweetened, caffeine free and nonalcoholic. Throat muscles can become tense with consumption of cold food and drink, and every budding singer should consume a sufficient amount of water, at least a pint a day.

Voice Exercises
Singing better takes everyday practice along with serious commitment to training. Exercising the voice once or twice a week or on a monthly basis won’t cut the muster. Daily exercise is imperative if you want to train your voice and develop the necessary muscles to enrich your voice.

Humming
Humming is one exercise that goes along with the musical scale. In humming the scale, you want to be able to feel a pulsating or buzzing feeling in the nose, eyes, head and chest area to know that you are doing it properly. While executing the up and down scale with humming, be sure to think about and utilize correct pitch.

Lip and Tongue Trills
Blowing air through the lips is what trilling is all about. The lips should move and vibrate and make a burr like sound. Lips should be relaxed when attempting this exercise. Try tongue trills as well as they help with relaxation of throat swallowing muscles that are critical for singing.

Larynx Stability
The larynx, or the part of the throat that contains the vocal chords, needs to remain in a stable position, particularly when a singer is trying to reach higher notes. When the larynx is steadily positioned, there is better control of the voice and less strain.

In order to keep the larynx in a stable mode, utilize the word “mum” repeatedly. Place the thumbs under the chin, swallow and feel the throat muscles catching. With singing, these muscles need to be in relaxation mode. Continue to sing musical scales while making an “mmm” sound with a closed mouth. The throat muscles should be relaxed at this point. The most important part of this exercise is that the throat muscles remain calm while performing the scales.

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Singing Better Requires Self-Confidence

Sing Alone
The confidence factor is extremely important with singing better and one way of accomplishing self-assurance is to practice in the privacy of your home, secluded studio, vacant recording cubicle or in front of a mirror. Not only sing, but sing loudly and fearlessly and use movement and outlandish actions to free inhibitions.

Emotional Release
Singing is an emotional experience, just like acting, and you want to learn how to exhibit your feelings and love of music to others through practice first that transfers later to actual performance. You may feel vulnerable exposing your emotional singing self in front of others but with sufficient training and practice, your voice will come off as natural, pleasing and captivating to others when self-confidence, practice and training trio up for heart-felt musical expression.

Gaining More Confidence
You’ll have to step outside of yourself to gain added confidence when it comes to singing, and this usually entails singing in the presence of others. It could mean performing in front of an audience, vocal coach, family member(s), friends or strangers. Once you have practiced and have acquired sufficient skill, specifically ask those you trust to listen to you sing and ask them for their honest opinion of your singing ability and any mistakes they may catch that you have overlooked. This will not only give you more confidence but will help with singing in front of others.

Additional confidence can be attained through switching styles, broadening your range, performing your own music, singing in your community, singing karaoke style, singing familiar songs before tackling more difficult pieces, and simply investing in further development of your voice to adapt to various vocal strategies and unfamiliar singing styles and environments. Every singer has to be able to take risks and alter his or her repertoire.

Conquering Stage Fright
Even the best of singers encounter bouts with stage fright and there are ways to compensate for this fear through strategies such as looking beyond your audience and focusing on the back of the room or simply pretending that no one is there listening to you sing. Knowing your material backwards and forwards and applying breathing techniques can help with stage fright as well. Even singing with a recorded background rather than live music can help with stage fright.

Final Note

Learning how to sing better has a learning curve of its own and naturally talented singers can tell your from their own experience that singing is a whole lot more than getting on stage in front of an audience. It doesn’t happen overnight without commitment and input from you through daily practice, specific exercises, development of range and style, confidence building and actual performance. Singing for yourself and others can be an exciting talent when pursued with resolve.

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