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The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside. ~Rabindranath Tagore
The Three D's to Better Singing
The secret to change, any kind of change is a result of the application of the Three D’s –
My goal in this article, is to convince singers that by following the tips I have laid out for them, they can change their own sound for the better. During the time that I was a guest on radio and television talk shows, the question that I was asked the most was “How long should I practice each day?” My answer was “it is not how long we practice, but HOW we practice that brings fast and lasting good results.” The singer must strive for consistency. To sing with a strong vocal sound, with clear diction and beautiful tone each and every time we sing is not only our goal, but our prime responsibility as singers.
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Singing Tip #1 - The Desire to Change
The desire to change and improve upon our present singing sound requires action. We will not change our singing voice by just thinking about it. And we cannot change our tone by repeatedly singing a song over and over again. In fact, repeating a wrong or incorrect habit only ingrains the bad habit, making the desire for change frustrating and even at times impossible.
If we have the desire to lose a few pounds, but continue to eat the same way and avoid exercise, we have not taken action. Nothing has changed. We continue eating the same way and refuse to move our bodies. Our habits can shorten our life span and invite health problems all because we have not taken action.
Our desire to sing better finds us studying with the finest vocal coach. We are given proper vocal techniques to learn and study. We are excited about the possibilities that await us. Now that we have a qualified teacher, we will surely hear a magnificent difference in our singing. We clearly understand how to make the necessary changes in our voice. We set up our weekly practice schedule, full of good intentions. Then, the distractions occur. The phone rings, a family member interrupts our concentration, we are called to dinner, our favorite television show is about to begin and on and on.
The desire to change calls for a plan. Design your practice sessions during a quiet time and stick to it. (This is a whole other lesson, coming soon).
Great Singing Requires Dedication and Discipline
Singing Tip #2 - Discipline - and Plenty Of It!
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
It has been said that Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state. I like this analogy – by Steve Palina - “Self-discipline is like a muscle. The more you train it, the stronger you become. The less you train it the weaker you become.”
So it is with the singing voice. The more you train and practice correct vocal techniques, the stronger the voice becomes. Train and discipline yourself to stick to a practice routine. In time, it will become a habit and one that you will enjoy and benefit from.
Surround yourself with supportive people.and avoid those who are negative and critical.
Breathing For Singing Is Different Than For Speaking
Singing Tip #3 - Determination – Never Give up
Determination is the key to developing the kind of voice you would like to have. How much do you really want to sing and sound just great? The basic keys to a great voice are:
- Total control over your voice. Practice proper breathing techniques Nothing else works right until you learn this basic principle. Be determined to spend the time needed to develop this magnificent tool.
- Singing on key. There is no excuse for singing flat or sharp. If you have trouble with pitch or don't know if you are singing on key, get help by hiring a teacher or coach.
- Proper Diction - If you have not learned how to shape the vowels that make up the words you sing, learn how now. Sloppy pronunciation of lyrics cause your voice to lose tonal energy as well as muffle the sound.
- Open Throat. If the soft palate is not activated (lifted) during phonation your sound is trapped. It cannot "travel" and project. This is an important technique to learn.
- Vibrato. Some styles of music call for a nice, controlled vibrato. Keep the neck and shoulders relaxed when using vibrato. Control the speed of oscillations.
- Posture. Your body is your instrument, therefore you must use correct posture each time you sing. Your singing muscles must be supported properly.
- Vocal registration (resonating areas). Learning how to place your singing in the right resonating chamber adds richness and quality to your voice.
Determination builds character. The first step is to set goals. Keep these goals simple to help you in following through and establishing small increments of success.
The 7 basic keys to a great voice as listed above can only be achieved one step at a time. As you master one singing technique and skill only then are you ready to tackle the next one. The order at which you practice these techniques will depend on your present voice. A qualified instructor will know which technique needs to be addressed after hearing you sing.
Whether you plan to be a professional singer or just sing for the love of it the discipline required for learning how to sing also relates to other areas of life. Those who study a musical instrument tend to be disciplined throughout life.
We all want a richer singing and speaking voice. In a sense, our voice defines who we are. We recognize this truth when we feel angry. Our voice is elevated, harsh and out of control. And so are we.
The Three Singing Tips you've just read about develop the necessary tools for a more successful and rewarding life.
One thing is for sure,singing is a wonderful way to express yourself. Vocal lessons help to improve a person's self-esteem because they are working to better themselves. Sing because you're happy and sing when you're sad. Sing about the good times and sing about the bad.
Singing is your birthright. Avoid being over critical and hard on yourself. Free the voice that lies within . . . let is fly!
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Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin
© 2011 Audrey Hunt