- Entertainment and Media»
- Performing Arts
3 Easy Tips To Better Singing
Singing Will Always Be In Style
Singing is something that most everyone likes to do. We sing to celebrate, praise, soothe, entertain and sometimes to say goodbye. While some sing for a living, others sing to relax after a long day at work or just because they feel like it. Whatever the reason might be for breaking out in a song one thing is for sure. Singing will always and forever be in style.
You'll also be doing your body a favor when you sing because of the many health benefits that accompany singing. And if you want to sound a little better when you sing, just follow these 3 easy tips to better singing
Haven't I seen your face before?" a judge demanded, looking down at the defendant. "You have, Your Honor," the man answered hopefully. "I gave your son violin lessons last winter." "Ah, yes," recalled the judge. "Twenty years."
Singing Is Your Birthright
Tip #1 ~ You Must Sing With Confidence
Lack of confidence in oneself "smothers" the sound of your natural voice and restricts the tones freedom. Your singing sounds weak and the lyrics are not believable. You are robbing yourself of the most natural way to express yourself.
A confident sound is a strong sound, unleashing desires and emotions. Give your singing voice freedom. Unleash your power and let it soar. Afterall, you've done this before. It happened the minute you were born in the form of a cry. This time you're going to do it in the form of a word. (Hello.)
Now, grab a bottle of room temperature water (ice cold will restrict the vocal chords) take a few sips and begin the following exercise.
Using your imagination:
Pretend that you are on a mountain top and miles away from the listening ear. Speak the word "hello" as though you were calling out to see if anyone is near. Think of the riccola television commercial only substitute the word hello for the word riccola.
- Take a nice full breath, starting from the belly and up through the lungs expanding the rib cagel as you inhale. Then phonate the beginning of the word hello with just "he" as you let out a small amount of air. Finish with "llo" holding onto this final syllable until you are almost out of air. He...llooooooooooooooooo!
- Repeat this about 6 times using your speaking voice. Let your voice slowly slide and fall downward in sound on the "lloooooooooooooo" . Hang onto the sound letting it fall or slide to a stop. Keep your body as relaxed as possible throughout this process. Keep the neck and shoulders as loose as possible. Unlock the knees.
- Now repeat the entire exercise. But this time instead of speaking hello, sing hello.Sing any tone or pitch you like as long as you do not strain your voice Choose a comfortable tone. Carefully follow the same rules. You will be setting your singing voice free, allowing it to soar. You are building singing confidence.
- Keep your voice well hydrated by taking sips of water throughout the exercises.
How do you tell if a Wagnerian soprano is dead?
The horses seem very relieved.
Mouth position - wrong and right for "Ah"
Tip #2 - Open Your Mouth Wide Especially When Singing Words With The 'Ah' Sound
Why is it so important for a singer to "open wide" when singing words with an "Ah" sound?
For one thing, the mouth is the biggest resonator of sound and if we vocalize with the mouth barely open the sound will not project. Even with correct breath control and proper posture, unless the jaw is dropped when singing the vowel "Ah", the sound will be weak:and the tone is confined.
To find the correct mouth opening, place two fingers in your mouth vertically and sing "hah" or "ah" on an easy tone. This opening is just about right for singing any word with an "ah" vowel such as fall, ball, tall, all and call.
Don't overdue when trying to open your mouth wider than you're used to doing. You can actually close off the backspace of the throat when singing if it's too wide open.
And remember to keep the tongue flat and relaxed on all primary vowels (Ah Eh Ee Oh Oo. ) If there's tension in the tongue there will be tension in the tone and you don't want that.
What's the difference between a puppy and a singer-songwriter?
Eventually the puppy stops whining.
- When taking a deep, full breath (inhalation). refrain from moving/lifting your shoulders up. Keep the chest area high and quiet. There should be no visable sign of taking a breath.
- Your breathing should not be audible (heard.) If, upon inhalation, one can hear you taking in air,and your chest moves as well, you ARE NOT using your diaphragm to breathe.
- Always, always, drink plenty of room temperature water to keep the throat hydrated and in good vocal health.
- Avoid all screaming, shouting and continuous talking to avoid vocal abuse.
Tip #3 Breathe From Your Belly
Breathing is different for singing than it is for speaking. When we breathe normally, we automatically make a shallow inhalation. We don't even have to think about it. But when we sing we do the following:
- Inhale quickly.
- exhale slowly as we sing each phrase of a song.
This manner of breathing doesn't come naturally so we must train our body to breath for singing.
Inhalation refers to air moving into our body - breathing in. Exhalation occurs when we exhale or blow out the air. When we exhale to sing, we must control our exhalation. If we fail to do this, we run out of air to soon. As this happens, we have to take a breath (inhale) in the middle of the phrase which breaks up our singing. We also find that we can't hold a note as long as we should, especially at the end of the song.
Our goal as singers is to have a sustained and smooth exhalation. This control helps us to sing those demanding high notes and long slow phrases.
What's the difference between a pig and a symphony orchestra conductor?
There are some things a pig just isn't willing to do.
Will you use these 3 tips when singing?
Watch this video for learning belly breath
Devote Yourself To Learning New Singing Concepts
By learning these 3 Easy Tips To Better Singing, you are guaranteed to build and improve your present singing.
Because you will be correcting bad habits that have been ingrained and feel right, the only way to replace these habits is to teach yourself new concepts. This can only be done by consistent practice. Consistent is the key word here. Just set aside a few minutes each day preferably at about the same time. and just watch what happens.
Thank you for being here and Sing With Joy!