5 Tips to Becoming a Better Singer
Well since i am a voice teacher, i figured i would write one of my first hubs on voice technique, and how to make yourself a better singer. Now before i start, understand that singing is not a straight forward task to "master." With singing, there are many different tones and techniques that many think would make you a good singer. What i like my students to understand is that there are many different ways to sing, but you need to make sure these ways are done so your vocal chords are not damaged. So if you are someone who just wants to improve there voice, or you are a beginner wanting to learn basic technique, here is a look at my top 5 tips that are sure to make you ready for your singing debut!
1. Stand up straight and with no tension.
Now before you start your singing, it is key to make sure that your torso is straight up with your shoulders back, also keeping your arms to your sides. That is a very typical technique that many people have heard, but many people don't seem to always do. So now that your body is in the correct position, make sure your feet are planted while keeping the rest of your body, loose and tension free. Your knees should be slightly bent, and your neck and jaw need to stay 100% relaxed while you sing. This will allow your tone to come out with ease instead of it beeing forced out.
Have you ever heard someone say "Sing from your diaphram?" Well when i say breathe deep that is basically what i am talking about. Like the step and pivot of your hips give a ball power when you throw it, your breath is what gives your voice power when you sing. So it is important that you specifically control your breath and what it is doing to make sure you sing the best possible. When singing, instead of bringing the air up into your chest causing your shoulders to lift, you need to breathe deep. You breathe deep by keeping your shoulders still, and sending the air you breathe in, down to your lungs and abdomin area. This will cause your abdomin to expand, and when you exhale will go back to normal. This technique is not easy, and may take some practice. I recommend practicing in front of a mirror to make sure you are doing it correctly.
3. Pay attention to mouth shapes.
This is a pretty simple and easy technique to remember and follow. In singing it is just known that your mouth should be more vertical than horizontal. This way of singing will not feel the most natural but you will get used to it. When it comes to paying attention of your mouth shapes, basically make sure that they are refined not sloppy.
If you are singing an "ahhh" sound, open up your mouth and drop your jaw.
If you are singing an "ohhh" sound, make your mouth the shape of an "O."
If you are singing an "ooo" sound, make your mouth the shape of a closed "o."
The hardest shape is the "E" shape because you want to avoid it sounding whiny or nasal. When singing an "eee" sound try to keep your mouth more vertical,and less horizontal.
4. Enunciate your words
Enunciating your words will refine your singing. Say the phrase " The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue." Do you notice how you are saying all your words at the front of your mouth? Well, do this with all the words you sing, we call that a forward tone. You can achieve this by enunciating and putting emphasis on your consanants like K, T, D, and S. This will truly change the tone of your voice, making it polished and clear.
5. Create a story with your song
Lastly, music is an emotional tool. It's a way to express yourself, and not just words on a page. I truly think what makes someone a good singer compared to a great singer is how they connect with the song they are singing. Is it believable and heart felt, or just words coming out of the singers mouth? Make sure you understand the song you are singing so you can come up with your own way of relating to it, and presenting it.
So there you have it! 5 tips to help you improve your singing voice. If you have any questions on these techniques, let me know and i would be happy to answer your question!