How to Sing
If you want to learn how to sing, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about sing. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can either be sung a cappella (without accompaniment) or accompanied by musicians and instruments ranging from a single instrumentalist to a full symphony orchestra or big band. Singing is often done in a group of other musicians, such as in a choir of singers with different voice ranges, or in an ensemble with instrumentalists, such as a rock group or baroque ensemble.
Easy Steps to Sing
Below are simple steps to learn how to sing. Go step by step, and check your progress.
- Find a tape recorder with a built in mic, or find one that a microphone can be plugged into. (A karaoke machine works also.), you can also use the record function of your mp3 player if the quality is good.
- Warm up your voice before singing. This is very important step, because like any muscle in your body, your vocal chords need to stretch to avoid injury when you sing. To do so, you can do a lip roll exercise with piano scales or replace the song lyrics with the lip roll. When doing lip roll keep the jaw relaxed and lips closed and try to make a motor boat sound. When doing lip roll try to keep your stomach relaxed and don't push, just let the sound flow out.
- Breath from the diaphragm, not the lungs. You have to control the air that you're expelling, and breathing from the diaphragm will give you more air to work with. To do this, breath so that your stomach goes out rather than your chest when you inhale. Try to use the same amount of air when you are practicing, for low notes and high notes. While you do this the break between your registers will be erased and give you more steady tone.
- Run through scales a lot. It wouldn't be different if this was guitar, but human voice is a lot less accurate than a guitar. So you have to get your sense of pitch down, and also you need to train your voice to reach higher and higher if you want to really hit all the notes in your range.
- Don't strain your voice. Practice is a good thing, and you'll probably need it everyday but over practice might damage your vocal cords if you sing too high. So step by step and steady and you'll sing well in no time. Keep your practice time to an hour or so a day, then move up if you feel like it. If you ever feel like your voice is straining, or if you feel soreness or pain, stop right away.
- Listen to criticism. It will takes a long time to be a good singer, and in the meantime you may hear people say a lot of bad things about your voice. If you notice a trend, recognize that people are probably making a good judgment and try to work on the problem aspect of your voice. Try to do not let anyone to get you down who really don't have idea what they're talking about.
- Use a recorder to check if you are singing well. This method will help you to progress very quickly. This is the only way to hear your problems, because you can separate yourself from your voice and listen to what other people hear. You may not like this at first, so that is why practice daily is important, you'll improve vastly, and you'll start to notice stuff you like about your voice and really expand on those things.
- Talk to established singers. Almost all of them will be happy to give you some tips and exercises that helped them out, and any time you need to ask for directions, the best idea is to ask the person that's already at your destination.
- Health. eat and drink well, don't do anything that'll dry out your voice and stop you from singing well. Caffeine is bad, as is anything that causes mucous buildup like dairy products (milk in particular is a very bad choice). Don't smoke or drink too much; this can really make you sing poorly.Always have water or cough drops ready for when your throat hurts.
- Sing for the style. To gain confidence, sing a song you already know. If you're singing country, listen to country singers; if you're singing rock, listen to rock singers. Notice things that are the same in each style and emulate those. Be careful, however, to keep your voice unique, and not to simply copy another singer's voice. Make your personality come out in your music.
- Experiment with different sounds. Certain noises, like a really nasal note, can help you expand your range if you practice with them. Ask singers for their suggestions, and take them up on it.
- The last step is to stay positive! Don't get down on yourself if you've had a few bad scales, and don't think that your voice is bad, or it certainly will be. That doesn't mean your voice is going to be bad all day. Relax and drink some warm tea and try again.
Practice makes perfect, don't hesistate to practice to achieve the desired goal. Try to combine the steps above with the video below in order to obtain the most information about how to sing.
How to Sing Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Sing.
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