Do you want to become a better singer but can’t afford singing lessons? Don’t you worry it is still possible! Here we will give you 4 things you can do to improve your vocals and become a better singer. This how ever is NOT a replacement for professional singing lessons (Singing teachers know advanced techniques which can bring your vocals to a whole other level) But this will help you improve your overall skills so let’s get this started.
1. Practice Singing All The Time
Any skill requires practice. There is a saying which goes like this “Spend 10.000 hours doing something and you will become an expert”
Just like athletes, chefs or painters you need to practice your craft to become as skilled as possible. If you want to become a professional singer practicing every day is a must! A lot of singers take singing lessons on a weekly basis but neglect to practice valuable exercises they are given. The problem with not practicing enough, is that it gets harder to remember what was good and what was bad about your last session, making it difficult to build upon the things you struggle with. Ultimately if you practice infrequently it will be like starting all over every time!
Singing every day will also have another side effect. It will give you a psychological benefit when it is time to sing in front of an audience, because you will be much more comfortable doing it. You will also be able to record vocals faster and cleaner in the studio, resulting in less money spent. When you practice it’s very important to do it using proper techniques. If you spend hours practicing bad techniques it will become habit and those can be very hard to correct. I will give you some general pointers to improve your technique in this guide, but some techniques can only be learned through professional singing lessons.
Another crucial reason for daily practice is to strengthen the vocal cords. Just like an athlete working out every day, you need to do the same with your voice. A runner not training will surely loose a marathon right?
2. Analyze Your Own Recorded Voice
This is very hard for most singers, since your voice sounds different in your own head from what everybody else is hearing. If you have tried recording a voice-mail message and played it back you know what i’m talking about. At first you might not even like your own recordings because they sound all wrong, but don’t worry in time you will get used to it. The purpose of this exorcise is to hear what everybody else is hearing, and from there figure out what you might be doing wrong. Another really useful exorcise is to record yourself singing along with a song you know well. When you listen to your recording afterwards, you should ask yourself if your voice is sharp or flat, and if its on key.
When you have analyzed your recording, try doing it again a couple of times. After a couple of recordings you should see improvements! This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and show you where you need to improve as a singer. You will not only improve your vocal skills but also your ear for music.
3. Always Warm Up Your Voice Before Singing
No serious athlete would run a marathon without warming up. Singing is no different from running in that sense. In practice or performance warming up your vocal cords are essential, because without doing this you might strain or injure them. No matter how long you have been singing you should not start until your voice is properly warmed up.
Since singing is physically demanding In general it is a good idea to warm up your entire body. You should do some low strain exercises at first and loosen up your upper body, your jaws, lips and tongue. Too much tension in your body will shine through and ruin your performance.
4. Correct Breathing Technique
Breathing properly in general is very important for your body and mind. This very important aspect of singing is often overlooked. The right breathing technique is one of the most crucial skills any singer needs to learn. The breath behind a voice give it power and control. The right breathing technique will make you able to have as much power behind your voice from the start until the end of each phrase of the song.
When trying to master breathing, you should check out live performances by professional singers. You can learn a lot from watching how they do it (make sure they don’t lip sync) Try and apply what they do on stage to your own singing. In time with practice breathing correctly when singing will come naturally to you.