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How To Sing

Updated on August 4, 2013

Do You Want To Learn To Sing Better?

Singing is one of the most fun and enjoyable activities in the world. Whether you're singing for an audience or just serenading someone special, you want to impress them.

No one wants to hear a poor singer. So don't be one. Learn how to sing. You can improve your voice with these lessons and tips today.

The Value of Proper Vocal Technique

You can quickly make improvements in your voice by following a just few simple steps. These steps will have an immediate effect on your voice that only improves with time. By making a few small changes you can start to sing with an ease and power that you may have thought you were incapable of. You can learn how to sing the way professionals do. You can improve your range and the overall quality of your voice. Anyone can improve. Anyone can learn how to sing. And it takes as little as 15 minutes a day.

The key to singing better is having the proper technique. Learning how to sing with these techniques is the only way to safely improve your voice. Learning these techniques and being careful to apply them to your singing is the difference between a good singer and a great one.

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Brett Manning's Singing Success
Brett Manning's Singing Success

This is the best course you can buy to learn to sing at home. In some ways you may prefer it to a teacher since this course teaches all of the fundamental singing techniques but focuses on pop styles not opera.

 

A Quick Overview of How the Voice Works

As much as you may want to just start singing it's important to have at least a general understanding of how the voice works. When you speak or sing you are blowing air through your larynx. The larynx or voice box is a system of muscles, cartilage, and bones that work together to produce sound. The pitch is determined by how large an opening there is between the vocal cords. The sound produced by the vocal cords is then amplified by the resonator. The resonator is a collective term for the mouth, lips, tongue, and teeth. The resonator in addition to making voice louder also can contribute too the pitch (in good and bad ways).

As you can see there is quite a lot going on when you sing. The muscles of the larynx need to be strong to produce the proper pitch, and the resonators need to be properly aligned to produce a good vocal sound. Your voice is the sum of its parts. Make sure all the parts are working correctly by learning the proper vocal techniques.

The Human Voice

Things you must learn to sing well

There are so many things you can do to improve your voice that I could never fit them all on this page. The opera singers spend their entire lives perfecting their craft. The odds are you don't want to sing opera. Which means you don't have nearly as much to learn. Don't think that means you'll be able to learn everything in an afternoon it will still take time.

On this page I want to go over the things that are most important to your success as a singer. If you learn to do these things well you will see rapid improvement in your voice.

Warming Up Your Voice

Warming up your voice is an important part of learning how to sing. It helps you learn how to control you voice and helps builds the endurance necessary for performing. It also helps you develop your sense of pitch.

The simplest way to warm up your voice is to sing scales. You should sing up and down the scale a few times. Arpeggiating chords is also good. If at anytime during your warm up you feel pain STOP! Your doing something wrong. If you feel pain its best to try singing in a more comfortable part of your voice and work in the direction of the pain. Never sing if you feel pain it is extremely unhealthy and can lead to vocal cord damage.

A Good Warm up

The Musicademy Essential Vocals Warm-up Cd
The Musicademy Essential Vocals Warm-up Cd

This is a good warm up. A great choice if you don't have access to a piano, and wonderful for practicing in the car.

 

Breathing and Posture

Breathing is vitally important to good singing. Without proper breathe support you will never be able to sing with ease. You will find yourself fighting to hit the high notes and you will never be able to sing long phrases. So it's worth working on.

Equally important is having good posture. Having good posture is fundamental to being able to sing well. If you are slumped over you will not be able to get a good breath. You will also make it much harder get your resonators into the optimal positions. When you sing try to be aware of you posture. Make sure you are relaxed but not slumping, this is a key area to focus on if you wish to improve your singing. This is a vital step in learning how to sing. It is the foundation. Don't neglect it.

How to Breathe Diaphragmatically

1. Lie flat on your back and put one hand on your chest and the other below your rib cage.

2. Breathe through your nose making sure your stomach rises as if fills with air (it doesn't really fill with air but it is a useful image). Make your chest remains still throughout the exercise.

3. Now tighten your stomach and pull it inward (with your abs) forcing the air out of your mouth. Again make sure your chest doesn't move.

Blending Your Head and Chest Voices

To sing well you must learn how to blend your chest and head voices. If you've ever had your voice crack then you know where the voices meet. Your goal should be to try to bring your head voice lower so it blends with the chest voice. At the same time you should try to take your chest voice higher so it will blend with you head voice. The key to all of this is to make sure that you do have any unnecessary tension.

Improving Your Voice

One Step At A Time

The only surefire way to improve your singing voice is to practice daily. That doesn't mean that you should just sing everyday (which is also a great idea). It means you should spend time focusing on specific problems or weak points in your technique. If you can fix one problem or improve slightly everyday you're doing excellent. This is a key concept in learning anything but especially singing. Start by identifying a problem or two and determine that you are going to correct it. Work on that particular problem for a few minutes in isolation everyday. If you do this consistently you will improve much more rapidly than if you try to fix everything at once. It's also a good idea to return occasionally to old problems too make sure that you haven't slipped back into any bad habits.

Be Patient

Learning how to sing takes time. And learning to blend the different parts of your voice is one of the most important techniques but it's not easy. Proper blending requires muscle strength and a level of coordination that most people do not naturally have. So patient and don't expect results overnight. If you stick with it you will see improvements.

Use The Proper Vowel Sound

If you find your voice breaking and are sure you have the proper amount of breath, it may be that your vowels are not correct. I don't mean you are singing the "Ah" when your supposed to sing "Ooh". I mean that you are singing a vowel that doesn't work as well in the part of your range you are in. You see, certain vowels work better in the higher ranges while others work better in the lower range. You can make use of this by practicing "vowel modification". Vowel Modification is simply substituting a similar vowel in the place of one that is harder to sing. The next time you find yourself having a problem getting the sound you want try using a different vowel if it doesn't work you may have to try something else. But if it works it's like magic. Also, don't worry that people will notice that you used a different vowel. Since this is usually don at either the top or bottom of your vocal range most people won't notice.

Voice Lessons to Go V.3- Pure Vowels
Voice Lessons to Go V.3- Pure Vowels

This program will help you learn to use the proper vowel sound.

 

The Health Benefits of Singing

Singing is a great benefit to your overall health.

1. Singing releases endorphins. This gives you more energy throughout your day.

2. Singing improves lung function.

3. Singing tones your Abs.

4. Singing improves the immune system.

5. Singing reduces stress

6. Singing increases longevity

That list is reason enough to take the time to learn how to sing. Don't you think?

Developing Vocal Stamina

Performers need to be able to sing for at least 20 minutes without becoming tired. The only way to develop this ability is to sing daily (as always making sure you use proper technique). Remember the act of singing requires that you use hundreds of muscles. Its like when you do couple of sets of pushups you develop an increased stamina allowing you to do more the next day. Sing everyday and you'll be singing for 20 or 30 minutes without tiring in no time.

How Often Do You Sing?

One of the best ways to improve your voice is to sing everyday this allows you to build muscle strength and coordination. However, if you don't use good techniques you may form bad habits.

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Choosing Répertoire

Picking the right song to sing is very important to your success as a performer. If you pick a song that is out of your range, either too high or to low, can negate even the best singer's technique. Singing outside of your range almost always adds tension which can often cause pain and injury. Even if you are fortunate enough to avoid injury your vocal tone is going to be far from your best.

Assuming you've determined your vocal range you will want to pick songs that are in the center for most of the time. Not only will this be more comfortable and sound better, it will also fix most pitch issues. When your in the outer notes of your range you will tend to either flat or sharp the the note so that it is closer to the center of your range. An odd fact is that the closer your sing to the pitch zone of your speaking voice, the more solid your pitch will be.

It's also important to make sure you don't choose songs that are too difficult. If a song has a difficult rhythm or the lyrics are hard to pronounce the audience may not be able to understand you. It's best to pick songs that are within your ability to preform easily. This is a key thing to remember because all the difficulties you have will be magnified if you get just a little bit nervous.

Also remember who your audience will be. One of your main goals in performing is to entertain the audience (right up there on the list with having fun). Knowing what your audience likes is a key to planing repertoire, especially if it is for a concert or recital. Try to imagine who will be in the audience and what music they would like to hear, you don't want to perform a heavy metal song for a renaissance fair (or maybe you do). It's also a good idea to have a couple of back up sets in different styles. Many times I've been performing with a band and the audience was just not enjoying the music. We always had a set of medleys in various styles and from different eras. Once we hit one that the crowd went wild for we would switch to a backup set that was similar. We often had to do this several times throughout a gig as the crowd changed.

While it's easy to just start trying to sing your favorite songs, it's important to remember that they may not show off your abilities as well as a slightly less difficult song. Preforming well should always be your goal and the correct song makes this much easier to accomplish.

Singing While Sick
Singing While Sick

Help! I'm Sick

How To Sing While You're Sick

Last spring I had a the flu for two weeks. During that time I had an aunt die and was asked to sing at her funeral. This left me with a problem how was I going to sing beautifully while I was this sick. I didn't know the answer so I called my doctor and my old voice professors. Using the methods they recommended I was able to make it through the performance. And while it wasn't the best performance of my life, it wasn't too terrible either.

Now what exactly did I do to manage my illness. Well first I got as much rest as I could and drank water constantly, try to drink at least a gallon of water a day. And I took my normal vitamins and supplemented them with additional vitamin C. My doctor recommended I take Mucinex and a decongestant. This along with the water took care of a lot of congestion. But what about the pain and swelling? My voice coach recommended that I drink lots of hot tea. I tried this and found it was a bit beneficial. But what was most effective was throat lozenges. I alternated between Ricola and Halls Defense. This along with tylenol made the pain bearable.

With the pain and symptoms under control I still needed to be able to sing without making the audience cringe. Normally I would have warmed up and practiced. However, with the swelling and pain it was possible to damage my vocal cords. So I decided to do a very abbreviated warm up (just a few scales (up and down) and a a couple of arpeggios) then I practiced the song 2 or 3 times. (This was all the night before.) Right before the funeral I did an even shorter warm up and ran through the songs once. When I listened to the recording later that week I was surprised at how decent my performance was.

If you have to sing while sick I recommend you do something similar to what I did. Just make sure you check with your doctor before taking any medications. Also when you're picking the songs your going to be singing make sure you pick very simple songs that are well within your range. If you're like me when you get sick your brain isn't functioning at 100% so don't try to do complex songs.

Hopefully by following this sort of routine you will be able to make it through your performance. When performing while sick all you can hope for is that you will survive and not do to badly. Good luck.

"He who sings scares away his woes."

- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      After reading this I'm getting my confidence back now - a lot of it is about anxiety and, as you say, picking the right song for my voice. Great lens. Thanks.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      This was fascinating. I've never thought of myself as a good singer, but perhaps it is because I haven't had the proper training!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @TenPoundTenor: Thanks so much for your help. Since I wrote this I paid for one singing lesson with an opera signer! She said my son is using his voice properly (whew!) I was worried about that. She also said he has a very beautiful voice and that he's perfectly in tune! He has to work on everything of course so I will be getting the CDs you recommend. Thank you. x

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I love singing. I sing everyday to praise my God. Nice singing lens, TenPoundTenor!

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      reasonablerobby 3 years ago

      My mother was a music teacher and whilst I learned the piano she was never able to get me to have the guts to sing. Recently I've been watching Gareth Malone and the choir On UK TV and am seriously thinking about singing now.

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      TenPoundTenor 3 years ago

      @mommyplus3kids: jmom, thanks. In my opinion most important thing when teaching children to sing is to make it fun so they keep at it (this holds true for all ages actually). If their voices haven't changed then focusing on blending registers is not useful. The main things are:

      1. Using straight but relaxed posture.

      2. Making sure they breathe properly

      3. Making sure they don't strain (if they do the first two things this will take care of itself).

      4. Make sure the songs are in their range.

      5. Try to make sure they are generally on pitch.

      If kids do these things from an early age they will develop habits. Most of what I do as a voice teacher is break bad habits.

      Again, make sure they are having fun. If it stops being fun then why would anyone (especially kids) want to keep singing.

      Thanks for asking this question. I'll add a section addressing this in more detail.

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      Great information. I was wondering was the best way to teach children to sing? They love music and singing since there were babies.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      My son i sings everyday he is only 13. He's very good but he's never had a lesson. he needs to learn so many things. I was thinking of lessons but they cost so much. Could you recommend a video for him. He sings pop/folk and accompanies himself on guitar.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      I love to sing. Mostly for myself. Not feeling real sure about my singing abilities. Thanks for the tips.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I love to sing and dance! Learned in the shower and while driving alone. Thanks for the tips.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      this is a good recommendation. i have used brett manning's course myself and got great results. i would start learning the basics using free lessons online. there are a few good ones.

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I hate to be negative, but I did take singing lessons in college and the professor gave me an "A" with the understanding that it was not for my voice but for the amount of effort and desire that I had put into trying to sing. He had never met anyone who tried so hard to be able to sing. Unfortunately, I still sing Happy Birthday off key.

      My instructor did say that, "If you can talk, you can sing". I believe, I am the exception.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Great points, but singing is so much knowing when it feels right, you just can't beat private lessons from a professional. This is a great lens for basic tips though - and a good reminder list for people who already sing. Good job.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I've just started sing in with the Sweet Adalines on a trial basis. I have never sung in a group before and there is so much to learn. It looks like you have a lot of great info for me to go over. I'm pinning this so I can go back to it frequently. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If it works the abs...I'll be singing all day!

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I sing every day. The people that have to listen to me may not appreciate it, but oh well ;-)

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Wow, had no idea there are so many health benefits of singing!

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great lens.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Always best to start in the shower :-)

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love to sing, but I'm not very good. I'll have to try some of your exercises. Thanks.

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, lot's of useful information. Thanks for sharing!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Thank you for your singing advice :) Very helpful!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Very unique and interesting lens!

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      allpositive 4 years ago

      If you exercise you can achieve everything you want. This also applied for singing. All my 52 years life I thought singing not for me, not for my voice. Now people who know me were surprised a little when listened to how I could perform. So practice, practice and practice....!!!1

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      espio007 4 years ago

      I sing a lot, so much so that I tend to annoy my family with the 'vibrations' that they feel as a result of it, add in the fact that I can't sing in tune very well and you should get the picture. Maybe with these techniques I can become a bit better and not annoy everyone so much :P.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A great informative and well constructed lens. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013 and also on How to Make Good Music.

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      WebWriteGirl LM 4 years ago

      awesome tips!

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      MBradley McCauley 4 years ago

      I sing more than I talk and that's saying a lot.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love singing, Great lens ! Best Wishes (I am a Poet) :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I write and sing my own songs I love to sing :)

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Thank you for this awesome tips on how to sing. I love singing. It was interesting to see how the voice works :)

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Wonderful advice. I used to sing fairly well. Not so much anymore.

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      DataRet 4 years ago

      Very professional advices.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      What a great advice!

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      bennettgarner 4 years ago

      Really liked the section on health benefits of singing. Thanks for the lens!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Great tips!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Great lens - useful tips presented in a concise format - thanks for sharing!

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting, I was in a choir when I was younger though I didn't like it.

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      mjoonline 4 years ago

      I grew listening to music everyday of my life, I cannot help but sing, it just comes naturally to do so. Plus my brother has a recording studio (he's a singer/songwriter), so it's aways fun being in a studio. I've never had professional lessons, it's on the cards thought as I'd love to improve the strength of my voice.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      I am always humming Om Nama Shivaya in the back of my mind or when I am feeling brave, out loud. My daughter has a lovely voice and sure could use lessons to perfect her singing.

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      rnelson83 4 years ago

      Great Lense & Entertaining too!

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      appelonia 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      lizwilley 4 years ago

      In my opinion. The passion to establish and improve your singing skills is the most important factor in singing.

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      kophyo-gtu 4 years ago

      thanks for all of yours advices concern with these techniques...

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      viva10 4 years ago

      I like to sing but only when i am alone and nobody is listening. Thanks for the information. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for your lens and advice! I am going to start singing. :)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I like to sing in the shower...thinking no one is listening! I'd love to be able to sing properly. Great lens

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      anasaj 5 years ago

      great lens,..I really love to sing so this kind of lenses and informations really suit me,..thank you very much:)

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      SimplyHolly 5 years ago

      Great information! Love the instruction on how to breathe diaphragmatically!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I love to sing old fashion Country Gospel and Patsy Cline. Thank you for your information.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      If the world needs a few good listeners, I'm one of those. I love to hear singing, it always brightens my day.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish I can sing very well. Maybe I will try some of the tips you placed here.

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      tylerabernethy22 5 years ago

      Wow! This is a great lens! You really are good at teaching people, that is for sure!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Singing is so fun. I sang all through my school days. Now I sing in the car, mostly.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Excellent tips. We have many singing friends and keep plenty of Throat Coat tea on hand for them.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very fun lens - Angel blessed! I also would like to hear about your own personal journey in singing .

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      This was very interesting and informative. I like to sing, and I'm not all that bad if I may say so myself:~) See you around the galaxy...

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I sing in my car when I am on the road. This is an interesting and unusual lens. Thanks for sharing. Blessed *****

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      beinpulse lm 5 years ago

      music is a great way to relieve stress, bring on the joy (or let out the pain) and it's a uniter. good to remember is that we all don't have to sing in front of people, the shower is fine, but do it!

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      BobBlackUK 5 years ago

      I sing out loud if I am on my own, like in the car, but I often have a tune in my head and can't stop humming. I think singing and happiness go hand in hand. One leads to the other. I like this lens. Thanks.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      Interesting but I still suspect I am hopeless as a singer. I have much to overcome.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      It looks very helpful. Thank you very much!

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      sponias lm 5 years ago

      I loved singing when I was a child, but my talent didnât last long. This is a wonderful lens! It was blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I liked this, very inspiring and good info! Squid Angel blessed!

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      sujathayder 5 years ago

      I have bad voice..lol..no confidence to sing

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Sigh. I am afraid I am hopeless when it comes to being more than a listener. I can't even play a kazoo, unlike my wife and son who are quite the musicians and sing a lot better than I can.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      So very informative. Good resource for any music field. I have to admit, I don't do warm ups all the time, but practice using various styles of music.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I love to sing... I just don't sing very well... so my audience is usually my two dogs !...

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I used to sing with the family and did some performing for others but I lost that ability when my thyroid quit. Now I have a smoker's voice. I can sing an octave lower but my voice is not as melodic. Maybe I'll start practicing again.. can't hurt.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Very informational! I love to sing...loudly...in the car with the windows rolled up and stereo loud! :)

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Oh, but if it were only that easy. Regardless, you've put together a wonderful article that might just help some with some sort of talent. I think I'll continue to hum. But, I am leaving behind a little blessing! La la la.

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      greg2biz2 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have to show it to my husband. he always wanted to learn to sing.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      It helps a lot to have a nice voice! I can't carry a tune in a sack, but good tips!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great tips! I'm going to try them!

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Great lens -- very educational and well-written.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I used to take lessons singing when I went to school, I still remember a lot of the breathing techniques. Now I sing with joy and preferably when I am alone!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      This lens has so many wonderful tips and exercizes. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      @dwnovacek: Thanks for the blessing. A lot of people assume that you are either a good singer or your not. However most people can learn to sing if not great at least very good. It does take quite a bit of work though.

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      I've always loved to sing - but only in private. I never thought that I could improve my singing voice - I assumed you just "got what you got" when it came to voice. You've given me hope, and I leave behind an Angel Blessing!

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: Thanks for posting a comment. You know after all my years of studying and teaching voice I'm starting to believe that other than learning and implementing a few basic things (some of which I highlighted here). The most important thing is doing. So well done to you and all the other autodidacts, you have my respect and admiration.

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      @marigoldina: Yes, your dad is right. You can improve your range with exercises. Such as singing scales and doing lip trills. If you like to sing then you should.

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: It's never too late to learn to sing better. However, as we age it becomes harder to develop and maintain muscle. This is why older people sometimes have a shake in their voice (and some younger voices). But if you like to sing nothing, and especially not age, should stop you. Singing is fun thats a big part of why we do it.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I do my best singing in the shower. :)

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I was a music student for a lot of years, but never contemplated voice lessons. Now, my mom was blessed with the vocal chords in our family. How late is too late for someone to learn how to sing?

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I have a good voice but very little range. My dad, who participates in a choir, says that this can be remedied with a few simple lessons. After reading your lens, I think he might be right!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge! As a college music major, I took several semesters of private and group singing lessons along with training in multiple choral groups. As a music teacher, I get the impression that many people think incredible singing comes naturally from birth; although some singers have strong voices from the beginning, good singers put much work and thought behind what they do. ~ Squidoo Angel blessings to you and featured on "Musical Instrument Angel"! (Voice is an instrument, after all!)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting --just today I was fooling around, singing, and someone told me I had a beautiful voice. As a child, everyone in the family made fun of my singing, so I stopped singing even around the house. Today, I thought maybe I should take singing lessons. This was so interesting to me

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great ideas to help singers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good tips. I learned a lot of this in college. Keep up the good work.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      This lens will provide help and encouragement to the stars of tomorrow. Excellent job!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Thanks for this great lens! I love to sing and am good at it, but have never had formal training. I want to study your lens better and pick it up a notch!