The music is in all of us! Each person owns a unique voice. Like any fine instrument, it’s important for each of us to understand what enhances a good voice into a great one, and a great voice into a star. There are many tips to singing better, try implementing even a few and see how it can help you. Music is the universal language, imprinted on each human’s soul. We believe that anyone who can talk has the full capability to sing. Here are a few things we recommend to help you take your voice to a whole new level.
1. Own Your Own Voice
While it’s great to find characteristics of vocalists you like and emulate them, to some extent it’s important to own your own voice. Each voice is a beautiful tool and will sound different to everyone. There are very few vocalists who don’t have critics. Think of how many professional singers have “unconventional voices”. Love the way you sound and be responsible for taking care of and learning how to use your own unique voice. Forget your shyness and embrace your individual style.
2. Learn to Breathe
Not knowing how to properly control your breath is a huge mistake. Nerves can make you hold your breath, as can many other things. However, the more aware you are of your breath, and the muscles associated with it, the better your singing will sound. A common mistake is to hold one’s breathe while singing. It takes practice and being conscious of your breath to know when in the song to pause and inhale, and how to appropriately exhale during sections of the song. Constant, aware exhalation is crucial to being able to hold long notes and hit the high notes you want. It’s impossible to achieve your full range while holding or restricting the breath. Learn to control your diaphragm and practice breathing exercises regularly.
3. Sing to Yourself
Mirrors are also a great tool to help you to have more control over your voice. By being more aware of your body’s posture, you can help yourself to become more aware of your breathing. If you experiment with your facial muscles, posture and breathe, you can determine what helps you personally to sing your best. Notice how different notes change as you experiment with different posture, mouth expressions, and neck positioning.
4. Take Great Care of Yourself
Drinking, smoking, yelling and the bad diet can all be culprits of a strained voice. Try eating foods that nourish your body, and therefore nourish your voice! Also, try drinking teas instead of alcohol. There are many herbs and plants, including foods that will help to sooth your voice and your nerves. Your voice is as delicate as an instrument and will respond according to how you treat it.
5. Practice Makes Perfect!
You may believe that everyone who sings was born that way. Think again! The human voice is a wonderful and touchy instrument, needing practice and care the same as an old violin. Every master of their craft has put in hundreds and sometimes thousands of hours honing and perfecting their craft. A vocalist is no different. Every person you may idolize has put a huge amount of effort into becoming a professional. There is no talent so great that did not need a massive amount of time to achieve. Without constant singing and testing of your limits, you may never realize your dreams of becoming a better singer. With practice comes an increase in range if you continually hunt higher or lower notes, it will ingrain good breathing into your performances and you will develop your style a lot more with confidence also. Make times to sing. Sing in the shower. Sing brushing your hair. Sing making dinner. Sing and feel the enjoyment of singing wherever you can as well as more formal sessions of practice and you will naturally evolve and don’t be afraid to be heard!