Are You New To Singing? Here are some tips!
Breathing is essential for singers. Good breath support = better control and pitch. Good posture is required for good breathing, so make sure your posture is straight and relaxed!
- Start by using your hands to find your rib cage around your waist. Found it? Now expand your rib cage and stomach as far as possible (refrain from moving your chest). You are now breathing through the diaphragm.
- Inhale slowly on 4 counts and exhale slowly with a long ‘sss’ sound. Take your time with the exhale.
- Inhale slowly on 4 counts again, but this time exhale with a sharp staccato ‘sss’ sound. It should feel as if your stomach is pumping air out. If it feels like you just did a couple of sit-ups, that means you are doing this exercise right!
Congratulations! You have just completed the first step to proper singing technique. Let’s continue…
Similar to stretching before exercising, vocal warm-ups are required before singing. Your vocal chords are muscles that require ‘stretching’.
- Use your diaphragm to vocalize the vowels.
“Ah” “Eh” “Ee” “Oh” “Oo”
- Practice singing your major scale with the vowels. Try starting on G4 on the piano.
Move a half step up after every cycle, making sure you are singing in pitch.
- If it gets too high for you, commence the warm up down the scale.
While doing this, observe your range. You might be surprised how regular warm-ups and vocal exercises can slowly expand your range.
Singing loud and clear can be quite challenging to some. Here are some useful voice training tips that may help you project your voice:
- Pinch your nose and say “Milton Mallard mailed a mangled mango”. You will realise that you may need some force to do this exercise. Now let go of your nose and try saying that above phrase again. You will instantly hear the difference by just using a bit of force for projection.
- Dropping your jaw can drastically improve on your pronunciation, clarity and tone of your voice.
- Start with singing the lowest note you can sing with “Ooh”. Drag the note to the highest note you can reach. As you go higher, drop your jaw and slowly change to singing “Aah”. Do this exercise slowly so you can feel the placement changes in your body. The order of placement of this exercise is chest – nasal – head. Ensure the transition of one placement to another is smooth. This will also strengthen your mixed voice – a very common struggle for many singers.
Your best critic is yourself. It is good to record yourself singing so you can play back and take note of what you need to improve on. Analyse whether you’re singing in tune and in pitch.It also helps if you share the video with someone else to get their opinion. As a singer, it’s important to always be open to constructive criticism to improve your voice.
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If you are serious about improving and learning more, it is highly recommended that you seek professional voice training for you to practice with the proper techniques. Find out more here about voice teachers!