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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)
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.
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Singing Lessons vs. At-Home Methods
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.
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)