How Can I Sing Better? Improve your Singing Voice

Tips & Resources to Help Improve Your Singing

So you want to improve your singing? Whether you're looking to reach higher notes, improve your pitch or increase your volume, there are resources available to help you do so. With the rise of talent shows like American Idol, more and more wannabe pop-stars are starting to wonder what could happen if they were able to develop their singing abilities. 

Singing can be a wonderful hobby whether you are in a band with friends, in the school choir, competing in talent competitions, singing karaoke on Friday nights, or even recording a small budget album at your local recording studio (you could even conceivably do this on your own computer with the proper equipment).

This article will cover:

  • Why you need to set realistic expectations for developing your voice
  • Singing Lessons vs. At-Home Learning
  • Additional resources (free videos to improve your singing)

Realistic Expectations

First off, you absolutely need to have realistic expectations. The fact of the matter is that some people are tone deaf and some are born with phenomenal singing capabilities. There are vocal instructors out there who issue false claims and you should be wary of "too good to be true" claims. Vocal lessons can be very expensive and this article will provide advice on how to pick a good vocal instructor.

No matter your current ability, it is possible to help you acheive, at minimum, a pleasant singing voice. If you're looking to become the next American Idol or Celine Dion, don't get your hopes up too high unless you already have a very good voice.

Children are much more able to correctly train their voices that adults are. If your child shows interest in singing, then you may want to consider voice lessons for them. The older you get, the more difficult it is to train your vocal chords. Again, even if you are an adult, it's not too late, however your results will not be as dramatic.

Singing Lessons vs. At-Home Methods

Singing Lessons

Singing lessons are going to give you the fastest and most targeted results in the shortest period of time. They also cost more money.The average price of singing lessons will run you anywhere from $15-$60 a session, depending on the length of your session, the instructors experience and your local market area.

Shop around for the best instructors. Ask for recommendations from friends and read reviews online. If you hire an instructor that you're not comfortable with (are they pushing your voice to hard?), certainly look into hiring another.

Also make sure that your instructor specializes in your preferred style of singing. You're not going to want an opera instructor to teach you pop music. Your not going to want a musical theater instructor to teach you jazz. Many vocal coaches will cover several disciplines, which is fine for beginners (this might actually be a good thing; you can try different styles out!). If you are considered an intermediate to advanced singer and want to further develop your genre, consider trying out a vocal instructor who specializes in your area.

At-Home Methods

There are tons of books, dvds & cds that will definitely help you develop your voice. They are much more cost effective than voice lessons. Amazon.com is a good place to look at products since many users rate their products. 

Also consider joining your local choir, whether it's at your school, church or college. Many liberal arts colleges will offer singing courses. Your local adult education center may also offer an affordable singing class.

There are also many free resources online (see below for videos & tips).

Additional Tips & Resources

  • Do not overdo it. You don't want to damage your vocal chords. Refrain from screaming or trying to exert too much force when singing.
  • Record yourself to play back your voice and listen. Are you really a good singer or does it sound that way when you're singing? Remember, your family & friends will not always be honest with you.
  • Practice. While individuals certainly are born with talent, the more practice and experience you accumulate, the better you will get.
  • Join a choir. If your school, university or church has a choir, consider joining. It's a great way to practice singing and a lot of fun, too.


FREE ONLINE RESOURCES

If you're interested in casually improving your voice, consider looking online for free resources. Below are two great videos to help you get started. The first video gives good advice about how to properly & safely warm up your voice. The second video covers how to reach higher notes (a frequently desired talent)

How to Hit High Notes When Singing

Warm Up Your Vocal Chords

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

As a man who made his living singing for 20 years, I conclude your Hub gives good advice. Thank you for providing the general public this valuable information about singing.


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girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States Author

Hi James! Thanks for stopping by. That's wonderful that you've been able to make a career out of singing! It's a personal hobby of mine and I think it'd be very fun to make a living out of it.


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Because it came natural for me, I thought my kids would have good pitch. I was wrong. I used to think whatever talent you were born with is what you had. I have been glad to find that it is possible to improve pitch. Your article will help me, instruct my children in how to do so.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I think of all the gifts I've been given this is the one I've wanted the most. I had a teacher in 3rd grade tell my mom I was good and get me lessons. She got me baton twirling instead. I sing, but only for myself.. I would love to take lessons, but I don't know at my age if it'd be worth it..


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girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States Author

If you already sing, I think that singing lessons would definitely not be lost on you, no matter your age! :) You should go for it! You could always go for one or two sessions to see if they are right for you.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Thanyou, tho I must say I will feel silly, but it's something I'd like to do.. Thanks for this hub! Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Dooooooo.. Thought I'd start right away ! memememememe! Ahem!


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keep walking 7 years ago from ChangChun

seems interesting!!! I will have a try!


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Jim Farguson 7 years ago

Hey, these are good tips for singing whether or nor your'e a beginner or not. Good job.


 6 years ago

great trick


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vtotheyouknow 6 years ago

Great Hub!

I love emphasis on the major scale...it's a must!

Good Vibes~

Vic


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Elearn4Life 5 years ago

Excellent information, It's very true to have realistic expectations but you never know you could be the next Macy Gray who is very comfortable with her voice.


FreeSingingLessons 5 years ago

Great information about behind the scenes expectations about singing.This career or hobby choice can end up being something pretty incredible in our world. Thanks!


Frances 5 years ago

Vocal cHords I think there is nothing chordal in it surely Vocal CORDS and actually its vocal folds these days


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happysamal 5 years ago from Delhi

Wohh It's Good Hub..

Nd the main thing is very usefull tips available there!

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