Five quick steps to become a great singer
Most people think that you are born to sing and if your not "born" with it, you won't become a good singer.
This is NOT TRUE. Let me show you how to start exercising your voice in 5 simple steps of becoming a great singer.
Great vocal warmups so that you don't hurt your voice
1. Don't hurt your voice
A common mistake for those of us who haven't had a teacher when learning to sing, is that you don't get the technique right. The big difference between your voice and other instruments is that you can end up hurting your voice big time if you do it all wrong. You can think of it as in body building. Lets say a body builder wouldn't warm up before lifting a lot of heavy weights. That doesn't seem too smart. Now it's the same with your voice!
It's important for you to know that SINGING SHOULD NEVER HURT! Take this with you and you're halfway there. If you try sing a song and it hurts, you're doing something wrong. Don't continue at this point because it will hurt your throat and vocal cords. Stop instead and examine what it can be that you're doing wrong. Just by knowing this you can save yourself from a lot of troubles.
2. How to use your support
Finding your support
Put you hands against the side of your body just underneath your ribs. Try coughing or singing an sss-sound. Feel how the muscles move your hands out. There you have your support which should be used in all singing. The difficuties with using your support is that it should be a constant resistance and not something you turn on or off. To understand this we have to understand why we need our support in the first place.
How does it work?
When you make a sound or sing a tone air comes up and your vocal cords vibrate. What your support do is that it stops the airflow so that all air won't come up at once. That's why it should be a resistance and almost constant. If you want to sing a beautiful tone you wouldn't want it to be very airy and end almost instantly?
The support also will also help you with:
- Pitch control
- Nice ending on all tones
- Tone improvement
I suggest working with your support by having your hands to your side every time you start singing for at least 5-10 minutes to see that you're actually using it.
3. You should practise your voice like an instrument
What do I mean by this statement?
I mean that too many people believes that singing is so different to other instruments such as guitar or drums. But it really isn't! Imagine someone telling you that he was born to play drums and haven't trained anything. It doesn't work that way and don't believe anybody trying to convince you that either. "Talented" people are often those who think it's fun to practise.
To become a great singer you have to train your voice. This can be done in a millions of ways and I won't tell you everything here. The point is that starting to see your voice as a real instrument will give you wisdom.
Free ear training sites
- Ricci Adams\' Musictheory.net
- Good Ear - Online Ear Training Site
This free ear training site helps you to develop good ears. Exercises: Intervals, Scales, Chords,...
- Musical Mind: Online Ear Training
Free online ear training exercises. Aural practice for dictation, solfege, and intervals.
- Learn2hear - Online Ear Training - intervals, scales, triads and tetrads
Online ear training - freeware - learn to distinguish between intervals, scales, triads and tetrads. It is a student project and is completely free
4. Improve your pitch and ear
This can not be forgotten or ignored. Many people don't train their ears because it might seem boring or hard. Ear training can be fun if you want it to be. The best singers in the world have great ears and that's why they can sing so beutifully. Ear training is all about listening and analysing and I suggest you to do some ear training exercises everyday for 10 minutes or so and you will improve everything in both your singing and your ear. Trust me on this one. There are lots of great and free ear training sites too so don't excuse yourself by saying that your don't know how to do it.
5. Learn the basics of guitar or piano
This is not something absolutly critical to become a good singer but it will help you in many many ways.
Both guitar and piano are instruments with great chord advantages and therefor they are perfect for singing. The advantages you will have by learning the basics of any of this two instruments are:
- You will begin to understand how music theory works
- You can play and sing a song just by yourself
- It will be much easier to compose
The list goes on.