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Sing Lessons For Beginners-How to improve your volume
Singers often wonder how they can add volume to their
voice while maintaining their melodic quality. As a
singer, you want to share your song with the audience,
which means they need to be able to hear you clearly.
However, you don't want to have to scream at them.
Here are some tips for increasing your volume without
compromising your voice control and quality:
Work Those Vocal Chords
If you want to have strong vocal chords, you need to
give them a regular workout. How do you work your vocal
chords? By singing! Sing whenever you have the chance. In
the car, in the shower, while you do chores, etc. Your
vocal chords grow stronger through regular use, and
stronger chords mean a stronger voice.
Try to increase your volume just a little more each day
by using the techniques below.
Regulate your Breathing
Singers use different breathing techniques for
different notes. For example, when singing at the top of
your vocal range, you will need to use longer, deeper
breaths to push out the notes.
Lower notes typically require less breath to sustain,
but you can use deep breathing to project those notes at a
higher volume, just as you would the high notes.
Sing through your scale as a warm-up exercise, and take
note of how much breath you expend on high notes versus
Use Your Diaphragm
Your diaphragm is the muscle beneath your rib cage.
Exhale hard and you will feel it contract. Take a deep
breath and you will feel it expand.
The lungs and diaphragm are a singer's best tools,
especially when it comes to volume. Fill your lungs with
air before you sing a series of loud notes, and use your
diaphragm to project those notes to the audience.
You can also strengthen your diaphragm by singing while
you bend forward at the waist. Before you breathe or
speak, take a deep breath and then bend forward and push
the words out as strongly as possible without straining
Increase Your Lung Capacity
You can increase your lung capacity and volume by
practicing your breathing techniques on the floor. It
might sound funny at first, but it will produce beautiful
results. Lie down flat on your back with your arms behind
your head. Breathe deeply for 2 to 3 minutes.
This is a great warm-up before you start singing. Take
note of how much air your lungs can hold in this position
compared to how much they hold when you're standing. Do
this regularly, and your lungs will expand to hold more
air at all times. More air in the lungs means more power
behind your voice.
Hydration is vital for singers. With a well-lubricated
throat, your words and breath will flow more freely.
Keep your pipes lubed with room-temperature water or
decaffeinated tea. Keep your voice smooth by stirring in a
bit of honey. You can also buy special "Throat Coat" tea
to keep the notes flowing smoothly.
Always keep a drink on hand to sip between songs and
during breaks. Avoid dairy products and heavily
caffeinated beverages. Dairy products are notorious for
producing phlegm, and caffeine may actually tense up your
Get Advice from a Pro
If you're a beginner, it could be worth your time and
money to consult a voice coach. You could learn priceless
skills after just two or three lessons. A voice coach will
demonstrate ways to increase your volume without straining
your voice or yelling.
These tips will have you singing loud and proud in no
Just a reminder, for the ultimate guide to adding
volume to your voice, including how to breathe correctly,
seamlessly move between chest voice and head voice and
maintain a beautiful tone, check out Singing Lessons for beginners