Tips to become a better singer
Believe in your skills
If you don’t believe in yourself, don’t expect somebody to do it. Your singing must ring authentically and with confidence. Confidence is one of the keys to sing with a better voice.
There is something that defines a confident sound: a well-projected tone. Your tone must also be rich and ringing. If you think you are not confident enough, you should enrol in a program of visualization; that maybe help you to know more about your factual skills.
Read the following affirmations, they may be useful to gain confidence:
I thank God for my ringing voice
I feel confidence every time I sing
People admire me because of my awesome voice
I forget about fear when I sing
I want to touch the hearts of others with my beautiful voice
I accept myself as I am. My voice is unique in the world
You can make other affirmations if you wish. Repeat those sentences over and over again. Envisage yourself singing in a crowded place. Listen attentively to the way your voice rings: it sounds confident, it is nothing short of grateful and it allows you to share the most beautiful messages and ideas to the public.
Imagine the moment. Try to guess how many there are in the place just for you. Describe how big the room is, and the look of it. Also, describe the stage and the members of the band that is with you.
Imagine the lighting and your assistant’s look. Then, try to visualize the clothes you are wearing and how you are feeling at that moment.
Remember that the best decisions are sometimes made when there’s no time.
Belief in yourself is essential to succeed. Not having confidence will get you way from success. No matter how many tips you are taught, they will be useless if you don’t feel confident.
Proper mouth position for singing the “Ah” vowel
Consider opening your mouth properly for singing the vowel. You can practice by placing two fingers between the teeth while making the sound “AAH”
Sing with a more powerful and confident voice
Open your mouth properly to get a more powerful voice. If you remain your mouth barely open, the ringing of your voice will sound really suppressed, as if it were hidden-sounding. So opening the mouth is a way to create space for the sound to come out smoothly.
Forget about being self-conscious or generous; open the mouth so that your voice can be projected. There is no other way for your tone to ring unless you follow this tip.
Have you ever witnessed a singer close-up or something similar on TV? They open their mouths so much that you can even see their throat.
So, if you are looking to give a boost to your singing, open the mouth and the sound will come out with power.
Make sure that you are doing it by putting two fingers in the mouth and then make the sound AH. Remove the fingers while singing the AH sound. Try to remain your mouth open once you remove them.
There is an exercise you can do in order to remain your mouth open enough when singing. Let’s read:
- Use a mirror to monitor the openness of your mouth. Use a comfortable tone to sing these words: broad, bars, far, fall, hall.
- Pay attention to sustain the “ah”. Don’t close the mouth until you pronounce the final consonant of the word.
- Practice each word repeatedly. Do it slowly preferably. You will be gradually improving in speed.
Shape each vowel
Use a mirror to look at the position of your lips. Shape your mouth according to the vowels.
Control your breathing
There are two essential things you should learn for a better sounding: belly and diaphragmatic breathing. The air is exhaled as you sing while your tone rides on it.
When you speak or sing, air produces vibrations that pass through your throat and mouth until you run out of breath. Avoid breathing with the upper portion of the lungs only since it will cause your sound to come out weak and breathy.
But it’s not easy to inhale by inflating your waistline. Nonetheless, you will be learning how to do it by practicing the belly breathing exercise.
Connect with your breathing
To unlearn the wrong way to breathe, lie on the floor with a book on your belly. Expand your abs and lower ribcage by inhaling.
Learning more about belly breath
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Put a book on your belly. You can choose a heavy one like the yellow pages book.
Once relaxed, use your belly to lift the book slowly. Hold for up to 10 seconds. Then exhale very slowly. When you do this, you are doing almost the same process as if you are singing.
You need to learn how to master this technique in order to measure your air correctly. Control of the amount of air will permit you to finish every word and phrase when singing. Use a hissing sound when exhaling.
Repeat the exercise. If you don’t want to use a hissing sound, choose a singing tone. You will be gradually learning how to release the air through exhalation. Breathe through your nose and mouth at the same time.
Once you have perfected the belly
Activate your resonators
It is necessary to find out how to activate the resonators. What are they? They are your nostrils, chest, head areas and of course, your mouth.
If you want your tone to resonate, even more, you will need to move the sound forward. To master this, practice with “ee” whenever you sing. However, you might as well practice with other vowel sounds depending on your evolution. You feel your resonators much easier with this method.
In case you don’t want to sing from the back of the throat, try with other primary vowels and don’t swallow them.
Pay attention to the following terms: register, and chest.
Sing songs you are comfortable with
Make much of this tip. It is vital in auditions. Some singers are not comfortable with very high tones while others prefer using middle range ones.
- Your vocal range is high if you are soprano.
- Middle and low tones are preferred by altos.
- Be careful and avoid putting your vocal cords at risk. Stay with your singer’s range.
Stay with your comfort zone once you find out where your range is. Avoid vocal damage and don’t try to hit some notes, in other words, don’t sing higher than natural.
But how do you figure out that note is too high for you? If you feel your throat is tightened and gripped, that note is absolutely out of your range. Going hoarse is another sign that the note should be avoided because it’s too high. Stop vocalizing after feeling hoarseness.
Try to sing a song your own way if you see that it contains too many high and low notes.
Sing with your heart
The human being is music and singing is their birthright. Master a technique because it will set you free. Also learn how to sing expressively by following the above tips.
Singing is like breathing life into each phrase. Feel the emotion when you sing. Pay heed to the moment to create your own. Don’t get distracted by negative voices. Remember that we can communicate through songs. We can communicate almost everything in life, which includes love, pain, joys, and fears. But avoid over-dram, be authentic and original instead.
Use your experiences as tools for reawakening feelings. Reveal what’s inside you through your singing.
Singing calls upon things that have been probably long tucked away: memories, past experiences, insecurities.
Your vocal folds will vibrate every time you open the mouth to say a word or sing. The air goes in and passes through the vocal cords. They start vibrating like guitar strings. But they are not empty vibrations, they are filled with emotions. The vibrations can remind you of past experiences and mental pictures, but they can also teach us how to be more vulnerable and expressive.
Be truthful when singing because you are sharing your feelings when you do it. Nobody can judge feelings.
Singing is energy and it’s considered as something holistic. It is an art that supports our wholeness.
This is the most important tip that beginners should do to the letter, according to the specialists in this field. Music students, especially singers tend to change their ways when they start the singing journey.
Singing implies connecting all our senses. Every word of a song triggers feelings, sad and happy memories.
When we sing, we express our feelings and things that had been long hidden. This art has changed the life of many people around the world.