Your voice is a “physical” instrument that you must learn to use to get the most from it. About 95 to 98% of the population can sing passably, but “passable” isn’t what you need to be a professional.
Every singer has a different or unique singing voice and vocal range. Learning to sing and improve that unique voice has to do with learning to make the best of the tools you already have in your toolbox.
It goes without saying that there are certain things you need to know and do as a singer to maintain a strong voice and vocal consistency. If you desire to sing with power, clarity, and less effort, a good mix of balance, coordination, and the right exercises are required.
Here Are Tips That Can Help You Get The Improvement You Need To Sing Better
- Warm-Up Your Body First Before Your Voice
Before getting down to warming up your voice, warm up your body. This is because your voice responds faster when your body is energized. Try some aerobic exercises to get out some sweat first.
When you are done warming up your body, take advantage of the lots of vocal warm-up exercises like practicing scales, repeating tongue and lip trills, simply humming, and improving your tongue-soft palate coordination for vocal training. These exercises will help loosen your vocal cords and get them ready for business.
- Begin With Breathing
Breathing is an awareness and relaxation exercise, starting with it helps you lower stress and promote a healthy state of mind. Inhale deeply and exhale gently. Your singing voice will be stronger if your breathing is very good. Ensure to maximize your full lung capacity when you breathe.
- Sing With Your Chin Down To Achieve More Power Without Strain
You surely want your voice to sound powerful with little effort; the good news is that you can achieve this by simply keeping your chin pointed slightly down and your pectoral muscles slightly flexed when you go for more power.
Many a time, singers lift their chin or reach forward to sing with more power; although this may work temporarily, it only results in vocal problem. However, when you tip your chin down, it works better, helps you sound better, and saves your voice.
- Think “Down” When You Sing High Notes
When you have to sing a high note, think that it goes down instead of up. Consider the way an elevator works. When a heavyweight is attached to a pulley, the weight pulls down while the elevator goes up to the top floors. When the weight is heaviest, the elevator gets to the highest floor. In the same way, to sing your high notes, you need to use the most “weight,” that is, the oomph “down” for a pop at the other end.
- Control Your Vocal Vibrato
In contemporary singing, whether pop, rock, or R&B, no vibrato isn’t really a good thing. However, the overuse of vibrato isn’t a good thing either. Consider ending phrases with a straight tone and then into a slight vibrato. Note that you are to do what is best for you.
- Use Headphones To Hear Yourself Singing As An Audience Does
A good vocal tone is established at medium volume, not by singing loudly. You get a good tone when your vocal folds are strong enough to have a good closure without touching.
If you release too little air while singing, you’ll produce a nasal tone, and if you release too much air, you’ll sound breathy. If you are not trying to make a stylistic choice with those tones, the perfect balance is somewhere in between the two.
When you wear headphones, you get to actually hear yourself sing and work on your tone at medium volumes.
- Care Deeply About What You Are Singing
Understanding the lyrics you are singing in a deep and personal way is important for a good performance. As your thoughts are on what you are singing, your voice relaxes and opens in response to those thoughts, just as it happens when you speak passionately about something in your life. This helps to make your singing better.
- Work With A Good Coach
A good coach makes it safer, more fun, and faster to learn to sing well. Coaches assess your voice functionalities and train your voice and body to be flexible and strong. Also, if you get into a vocal health crisis, your coach will be there to help you through it.
In conclusion, singing well requires a lot of commitment to art. Also, there’s always room for improvement in what you are already doing. These tips discussed here aren’t just for people who are just starting; they also help professionals maximize their potentials. Use them to get the improvement your singing voice needs.