10 Top Singing Secrets for a Better Voice
Transform Your Singing Voice Now
Not happy with your singing voice? Well, you're in good company. Ninety-Eight percent of everyone on the planet feels the same way. And let's get one thing clear. You don't have to be born with a great voice to sing with a great voice. Singers have come to me with little or no training. All they had was a dream and a desire to improve their singing.
With that dream and a desire to work hard on just the right vocal exercises, dramatic results were soon recognized. In fact, some of these dedicated singers have ended up with lead singing roles in Broadway Musicals as well as stints on television's American Idol and America's Got Talent. A few even landed jobs on cruise ships as singers, started their own groups and make a decent living.
The point is - anyone can sing with a better voice and improve upon their present sound as long as they know what to do.
You'll notice a difference in your singing right away with the following key elements as I present them to you.. I'm excited about sharing these singing secrets with you, because they work!
Isn't it time for you to apply these proven singing tips to your own voice? Just follow these 10 top singing secrets and I guarantee you'll be singing better than ever.
Important Tip For Better Singing
10 Top Singing Secrets
Here are my 10 top singing tips for a better voice:
- Incorporate a passion for singing. German Philosopher, Georg Willhelm Friedrich Hegel said, "Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” Get excited about learning good vocal tips and techniques. I promise you that if you do this you will reach your goal. Use your passion to feel the emotion surrounding the lyrics of the song.
- Open your mouth and don't be embarrassed to do so. How can you project sound with your mouth barely open? Your mouth is the gateway to your singing. So free your tone by generously opening your mouth.
- Sing songs that are within your vocal range. I can't tell you how many vocalists make the mistake of choosing songs that are too high or too low for their voice. They end up straining the vocal bands (chords) causing a hoarse voice or sore throat. Transpose any material to fit your vocal range. If it's a stretch to hit those high notes, the key that the song is written in is wrong for you.
- Rid your body of tension. A tense neck, facial muscles (including the tongue), and shoulder area will most certainly cause tension in the tone. You don't want that! Release body tension by doing the ragdoll exercise before you sing. This includes practice time as well.
Reduce Tension In The Body Before Singing
“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”
― Stephen Sondheim
The Rag Doll Exercise Demonstration Photos
Take A Tension Break
Before continuing with the next 6 top singing secrets for a better voice, take a quick break with me. Your body will love you for doing this and your mind will be more clear and focused. Here's all you have to do.
- In a standing position, take in a big breath of air and hold it while bringing your arms straight above your head.
- Still holding your breath, slowly bring your arms down to your side and tuck your chin into your chest.
- Release your breath very, very slow as you lower your body one vertebrae at a time.
- Continue rolling down-ward as pictured in the ragdoll photo above.
- When your fingertips are at ankle level, take another big breath and slowly allow the breath to escape as you roll the body back up.
Note: DO NOT extend your neck as you roll your body downward. Allow it to hang loosely in a complete relaxed position.
Why is it so important to release tension before singing? For one thing, if your body is holding tension particularly around the shoulder and neck area, you can bet that this same tension will be transferred to your singing. Tension keeps the voice from sounding relaxed and pleasing.
And speaking of tension please remember to keep your tongue relaxed as you sing. Practicing a few tongue trill is an excellent exercise just before singing. If you find that you can't execute tongue trills, this is a sign that your tongue is holding too much tension.
Trilling the tongue is difficult for some. If you just can't seem to master this exercise follow these steps:
- Allow your tongue to lay on the bed of your mouth
- Take a deep breath and trill the tongue, holding the trill as long as you can. Pretend you're making the sound of a motorboat. Repeat several times. Then trill from a low to a high sound, as if you were singing a scale. Try to hold the trill throughout the scale ascending and descending. The correct position for the tongue is to rest on the floor of the mouth with the tip touching the lower front teeth.
Congratulations! You've now completed one of the best exercises on the planet. The more you practice the rag doll, the easier it will be.
And now that you're nice and relaxed let's continue with more exciting singing secrets and tips.
How To Do Tongue Trills
Which of the following do you consider yourself?
Breathe Right to Sing Right
You may be breathing, when you sing, the same way you do when you speak. But this won't work. Why? Because singing is sustained speech. So more air is required. To breathe in (inhale) enough air to help you sing a phrase all in one breath, the air must come from a muscle found below your ribcage called the diaphragm. This type of breathing is also referred to as the belly breath.
If you need help this easy step-by-step lesson will have you breathing from the diaphragm in no time. Learn how to use your diaphragmatic muscle and watch your singing soar to new heights. Using this area of the body for inhalation and exhalation will give you an edge for better singing.
Want to increase your vocal range? You absolutely need to breathe this way to reach those high notes.
And as an added benefit diaphragmatic breathing promises improved health and longer life!
A Favorite Singing Quote
Follow These Important Singing Tips To Transform Your Voice
6. Tune-up your voice. Always give your voice a tune-up before singing. When you warm up your voice with the right exercises it's like giving your voice insurance. You will be assured that your voice won't crack or break during singing. Vocal warm-ups will help to keep your voice flexible for those great runs you love to do.
7. Avoid dairy products as these foods will produce phlegm in your throat. Also, don't drink cold beverages or have ice. This will cause your tone to be restricted when you sing.
8. Stop pushing your voice. With just this tip alone, your tone quality will improve drastically. You'll hear an immediate improvement in your singing. When you stop forcing your singing, the tension and strain will disappear like magic.
9. Believe in yourself. That's right! Regardless of what others may say about your singing, you must remain confident. Confidence in yourself will result in a confident, better sound.
10. Learn as much as you possibly can about singing techniques. There's a quote that I have always lived by and have taught to my students. "Technique will set you free." What exactly does this mean?
It means as we become familiar with how to sing correctly and practice daily, we will be free of vocal flaws. The list below contains some of the more serious flaws in our singing:
- Running out of breath.
- A vocal break or cracking during singing.
- Inability to reach high notes.
- Inaudible singing. (Weak tone or pronunciation.)
- Poor diction.
- Shaky voice.
- Uncontrolled vibrato.
- Inability to control our singing.
- Singing without expression and feeling.
Every single flaw listed above can be corrected when you apply these 10 top singing tips and practice regularly.
Amazing Facts About The Voice
- Men and women have different size vocal cords (folds.) The male vocal folds measured vertically are between 17 mm and 25 mm in length. The female vocal folds are between 12.5 mm and 17.5 mm in length. It's because of the difference in size that causes a difference in the vocal pitch.
- The oldest known account of singing that is verified is about the 3rd millennium BC.
- When we sing, our sound comes out of our mouths at approximately 75 miles per hour. And it's 1/2200 second from the time the sound is made until it exits your mouth.
Birthplace of Jazz And Louis Armtrong
Birthplace of Jazz Great, Louis Armstrong.
Vocal Problems And Solutions
Avoid all dairy products
Do not clear the throat
Limited Vocal Range
Increase Breath Intake
Exercise the head voice by laughing up high
Use the Siren exercise
Increase breath upon inhalation
Weak vocal sound
Increase the mouth opening
Feel for more vibrations across the bridge of the nose
Use diaphragmatic breathing (belly breath)
Connect one word to another (legato)
Fear of singing in public
Sing with a group or choir
Sing for those who will support you
Sing for joy and fun
Work on self-esteem problems
Some Final Thoughts And A Bonus Tip
Singing should bring us joy no matter what kind of voice we have. We can all improve and in fact, improvement should be a lifetime goal. And shame on any of us who give up on our singing. Rehearse (practice) daily. Our bodies change over time and we can lose control when we sing. This is one reason practicing often will help our voices to improve for the better.
Keep your emotions in check. Your emotional health affects your singing. If you're locked up inside, your voice can't respond. You may need to re-write your internal dialogue. Negativity brings fear and doubt. Practice positive, supportive inner-dialogue.
Singing should bring you joy above all else. Try to avoid being judgmental and critical. Stop comparing your voice to other singers. Sing for the joy of singing!
© 2015 Audrey Hunt