How to Sing Better for Beginners - Easy Tips
You must be wondering why some of your friends have a better singing voice than you, even though we all have the same body parts (mouth, vocal cords, lungs, stomach, etc.)? The good news is everyone can sing, as singing is as easy as speaking. If you want to achieve this ability to sing well, I am going to share with you a few easy but very important tips on how to (a) sing better for beginners like you, and (b) avoid some common pitfalls while singing.
The human voice is really the foundation of all music - Richard Wagner
Tips for Beginners - How to Sing Better
15 EASY TIPS on How to Sing Better for Beginners
These are easy but very important tips for beginners to sing better.
Tip #1 - Correct Breathing Technique
You must learn diaphragmatic breathing, that is you must breathe deep, and not shallow, into the lower parts of your lungs. Breathe such that your stomach goes out rather than your chest when you inhale. Control the air that you're exhaling, in a sustained and smooth manner, when you sing.
Tip #2 - Care of Vocal Cords
Your voice is one of the most fragile and delicate musical instruments, and your vocal cords can get damaged if you do things that it is not ready for. If you ever feel like your voice is straining, or if you feel soreness or pain in your mouth, stop immediately. Do not sing your notes too high immediately without slowly moving higher up the notes with constant practice.
Do you know that Mariah Carey has one of the highest vocal ranges among great singers?
Tip #3 - Posture, Mouth & Face
Straighten your back, and open your mouth wide when you sing. Also open the back of your mouth - this is equally important as allowing the front of the mouth to open. Sing in front of a mirror whenever you can, so that you can watch your correct upright posture, facial expressions, movements and breathing, and determine what is working. Relax the tongue so that it is dominantly resting in the bottom. Monitor your jaw when singing to be sure it is truly relaxed.
Tip #4 - Vocal Warm Up
Prior to singing, you should perform vocal exercises to warm up your vocal chords. They improve your singing performance, and prevent injury to your vocal chords.
Some common warm up exercises include:
- Stretching the neck and back
- Making a humming sound going up and down the scales
- Singing vowel sounds (A E I O U), from the bottom of the scales to the top, then back to the bottom again.
Tips #5 - Sing Naturally
Everyone of us is different physically and psychologically, so that we have our own unique voice and style of singing. Try not to imitate styles of other singers but let your true voice be heard. Eliminate strain and tension from your voice. When singing naturally you can achieve tones, notes and emotions you could never do when restricted. Pay attention to all the little details in a song like rhythm, words, phrasing and diction.
Tip #6 - Eat & Drink Well
Don't do things that can dry out your voice. Drinking caffeine is bad, as is anything that causes mucous buildup, like dairy products (e.g. milk). Don't smoke and don't drink too much.
Tips #7 - Sing With Emotion
Singing is about emotions, expressions, and acting through a song. It conveys stories, messages and feelings, and can influence listeners. Get emotionally involved with the lyrics in the song, believe what you are singing, and inject it with so much vitality and life. Try to connect to the song through some personal life experience. However you cannot let your feelings rush into your breath and adversely affect your singing.
Tips #8 - Sing With Energy
Singing is a very physical activity and you must be energized and excited about what and while you're singing, or else it lacks passion. Singing with power helps you hit higher notes better. Do some light physical activities like walking around a bit before getting started to get you excited.
Tips #9 - Sing On Pitch
The human voice is a lot less accurate in pitch than a musical instrument like a piano. To get your correct sense of pitch you need to practice music scales a lot.
Tip #10 - Enjoy Your Singing & Stay Positive
Sing with grace and feel the enjoyment of singing, and you will naturally improve and will not be afraid to be heard! Stay positive! Mindset forms a big part of singing, and if you don't think you sound good, neither will anyone else.
Tip #11 - Record Your Singing
Recording is a good way to hear your singing problems, because you can separate yourself from your voice and listen to what other people hear. Make the necessary changes after listening to your recording, and you will improve progressively and start to notice good things you like about your voice and really expand on those good things.
Tip #12 - Practice Regularly
You need lots of consistent practice, for example an hour or so a day, then extend the period if you feel like it. With practice comes an increase in your range between the higher and lower notes.
Tip #13 - Commitment
You must be committed and focused wholeheartedly on learning everything you can about every aspect of singing. Learn from your mistakes and short comings and keep trying. Take small steps and actions each day towards your singing success, and before you know it, you will be singing like a professional.
Tip #14 - Vocal Instruction
Learn the correct vocal technique and basics of singing. To discover your true singing voice you must train your voice with proven and effective exercises that eliminate all of the strain and bad habits. For your singing lessons, find the right vocal coach who really understands the science behind how the voice works and has a proven record of successful students, and you can reach great heights of success.
Tip #15 - Take Action NOW!
Enjoy yourself! If you take all these tips to heart, singing could become a habit. These tips above are so easy and simple, and the problem is that too often we fail to observe these points to be able to sing better as beginners. Stop procrastinating and start taking action now to begin singing better. One thing you should always remember is that every professional singer was once an amateur, and all of them at the beginning have had the same thought like you about "how do I sing better as a beginner?"
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