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Overcoming Stage Fright

  • September 12, 2019



What is stage fright?

A survey once reported on the top feared things by most people. Of course things like financial problems, deep water, sickness, and death made the top ten. But… the number one fear out of all of them was stage fright.

Stage fright is anxiety, fear that is triggered by what we also know as performance anxiety. The body's biological response to a the fear of singling yourself out on a stage or open setting where all attention is directed upon you. Your throat can begin to close, your heart begins to pound, you feel out of breath, yours hands and legs are shaky, dizziness, and jitters, excessive perspiration, body tingling, dry mouth, and of course have butterflies in your stomach. Not to mention the desire for avoidance at all costs. It can develop into a phobia that is often turned on by the act or even the thought of performing in public like singing, speeches, or acting.

  • Lack of Confidence. Even though you’ve practiced a thousand times. You just don’t see yourself to be good enough to sing in front of others. Especially if you don't have a lot of practice performing in front of other people. Fear of making mistakes or worrying about geetting the right reaction from them.
  • Over thinking. When your mind gives you a list of reasons to question whether you are ready. Unless these conditions are fully and perfectly met, you may feel you will fail. In a world where we expect bad things to happen, we imagine and play every single event and expect the worse. Sit in a quiet place when you begin to feel your mind snowballing. Take deep breaths and imagine yourself performing at the top of your game.
  • Lack of preparation. The importantance of rehearsal cannot be over emphasized  . Unless you commit the time necessary to warm-up, do regular voice exercises, along with mastering your singing material, you won’t feel the confidence of being truly prepared. Remember that part of preparing is not only the part you are playing but also preparing yourself for the type of setting and audience you will be performing for.
  • Fear of crowds. Sometimes the more isn’t always the merrier. It’s you against all of them. And worse, they’re all staring right at you. Just the thought of having so many people staring at you all at once can be pretty intimitating for some. Keep in mind that they are all there to listen to you because they recognize the value in coming to see you. Focus your attention on individual people and smile at actual people rather then a massive crowd.
  • Past failures. “I could tell by the lack of applause that my last performance stunk.. I knew I should have picked a different song..I’m not sure I could get up again..”, you say to yourself. You might feel paralyzed and shut down. Keep your chin up and keep moving forward. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. That's how everyone gets better. Not even the best have strted out doing everything perfectly.
  •  Fear of being judged. With all of the eyes on you comes the realization: What they are likely thinking of you? Did they notice your timing was off at the start and how you were a little off key hitting that high note? In a crowd of onlookers you are literally outnumbered. All of these people are going to judge you. Some of them will like you and some of them won't. Can you deal with that? Here's how: realizr that in every crowd you may almost always find someone who doesn't like your performance as much as others. Now that you know that you can sit back and take a little critisisim without getting your feelings hurt.
  • Comparing yourself to others. Have you ever got up to sing a song at Karaoke, right after the most amazing singer in the room? You thought you were pretty good, but now you are feeling really intimated. Stop and remember why you are singing in the first place. Isn't it to enjoy yourself? So, don't let your ego get in the way of that. Also be happy for others and appreciate how colorful the world is with so many different voices to make it that way.

10 Ways To Overcome Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety)

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Visualization

Have you ever heard of a remedy to public speaking? Some recommend that you pretend your audience is naked, therefore placing you in a position of confidence. Well, it’s not necessary to view your audience naked, but visualizing is a very powerful way to build confidence. It allows you to ‘experience’ success before the event and it prepares you to ‘see’ yourself at your best.

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Posture 

How many times has your mom or dad ever told you “not to slouch”? Good posture not only makes you appear more confident and appealing. It is also one of the most important parts to singing. First it supports great air flow, which is key to a great singing. Also it helps you avoid tension, which can be detrimental to your voice.

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Breathing

Focusing on your breathing when you are singing will enable you to relax, but more importantly keep you in tune with the movement of your diaphragm as it moves up and down. Each song requires different breathing patterns according to the pitch, pace, and power.

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Warm Up Stretches

Performing a few warm up with stretching exercises before you perform will help you loosen up and ready yourself. Start with some deep breaths in and slow as you do some gentle stretches in your neck, shoudlers and in you back. This will prepare you to sing an entire set list of songs without having the immediate muscle tenseness from nerves.

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Work with other singers.

If you don’t see it as a competition, you can greatly benefit by singing with others. Listen to and watch as they perform. You can learn a lot just by observing others sing. If you’re feeling really brave, give singing harmony a try. Blending one or more voices can be fun and improve your ear to music. If you don’t see it as a competition, you can greatly benefit by singing with others. Listen to and watch as they perform. You can learn a lot just by observing others sing. If you’re feeling really brave, give singing harmony a try. Blending one or more voices can be fun and improve your ear to music.

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Feeling the emotion 

Projecting our emotions in the words and the music is a very powerful way to create energy and a connection to your listeners. We listen to music because of the way it makes us feel. So it is vital to understand and be able to express what the song is trying to convey. Is it heart break or happiness? Find out and sing accordingly!

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Practice. 

If you really want to eliminate fear and build confidence, then repetition is necessary. That means, you need to set aside time to practice the stuff that makes a great singer. The more you can train your voice through practice, the more natural your voice will develop. Review vocal exersises from books, videos, or with a singing coach.

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Connect with your audience

Whether you are new to singing in public or not, one little trick used by some professionals is to look for friendly faces in your audience. Observing them sing along and cheering for you can help you to remain calm and have fun. Look at each person and smile at them. They love being part of the experience by you welcoming them into your focus as they sing along with you.

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Try Karaoke

 Have you ever sang in public before? If not, how about trying Karaoke? If you consider yourself amateur than it’s a good place to start. None of the other aspiring singers in the crowd are likely to be professionals, so there’s no need to feel self conscious. In fact, seeing others push their own fears aside and sing in public can be a great support to your ability to sing before others. Remember to show your support for others and they’re likely to support you.

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Make sure to reflect

Getting an objective view of yourself can be difficult. So it might be suggested to rehearse either in front of a mirror or perhaps you could ask a friend or two if you can rehearse in front of them in order to get some honest feedback.

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Take voice lessons

There’s more to singing than simply mimicking someone else’s voice to their song. It’s about developing your own voice and singing style. For some, online singing lessons have proven beneficial. Especially when it comes to properly breathing and the use of the diaphragm muscles.




Famous Despite Fears


According to an article by the Huffington Post, famous singing stars as Adele, Barbra Streisand, and many others have suffered from stage fright from time to time. Johnathan Knight from New Kids On The Block reportedly once walked off stage during a concert due to anxiety. But that never stopped him from performing.


Just like these stars, you too can overcome fear of singing in public. Remember, you’re not alone.Take the time to review the outlined singing tips.Eventually you will not only enjoy yourself by focusing on your originality when you are out on the stage, but your spectators will be having fun with you. At this stage you are unstoppable!

How to Practice Singing Like A Pro

  • August 23, 2019


The old expression practice makes perfect certainly applies when it comes to singing. Developing good singing techniques during your practice sessions will enable you to carry such develop skills into your performance. Learning to sing takes considerable time, effort, and especially dedication. Devoting such time to expanding your singing abilities is a necessary requirement.

Not only repeating your chosen singing materials, but also rehearsing things like breathing exercises, mouth shapes, and various scales will help you perfect and hone in your singing voice.

As you develop these critical skills, they will play a major role in the foundation of great tone, pitch, clarity, and projection. Make sure to set goals from the very start of your practice times. Commit to learning and doing what is necessary to nurture a great singing voice.


10 Tips For Practicing Your Singing

If you are looking to get the most out of your practice sessions when singing, please consider some of the following suggestions below:

 1. Your Location is Key. Before you begin any kind of singing practice session, you will want to locate an area of the house where you can have privacy and will not bother others.

Make sure you give yourself some space to move around and that’s open enough to carry the sound throughout the room. No dead space if you can help it.

 2. Warm-up first. Always take the time to warm up your vocal apparatus. This includes stretching your body to relieve any tension, and of course warming up the vocal cords by including hunting exercises and practicing scales.

You should spend at least 10 to 15 minutes warming up prior to each singing practice session in order to prepare the body and vocal cords for their workout.

 3. Use a mirror. Find a mirror in your bedroom, bathroom or closet and stare into it. Notice your posture, your breathing, and the position of your head.

 It is important to pay close attention to the mechanics of your body when singing. Using a mirror can be a great way to monitor such things as your posture and the positioning of your mouth, making adjustments accordingly.

 4. Connect your emotions. During practice, take the time to think about the premise of the song your singing. What is the feeling that is being created? Now ask yourself how you would express those feelings, and put them into your song while singing. Close your eyes and as you sing feel the words and the sounds, allowing yourself to connect to them.

 5. Lie down while singing. Locate an empty space on the floor. Gently lie down on your back, arms to their sides, with your back flat on the floor. Keep your body parts aligned. Begin singing randomly, noticing the movements of your breath and diaphragm.

After giving you this a few minutes practice, try standing up now, close your eyes and imagine that you are in the same position you were while lying on the floor. This is the kind of posture we are looking for what we are singing. Your body will be perfectly straight allowing airflow without any restriction.

 6. Break your songs down. When tackling a song, rather than rehearsing the entire song from start to finish. Why not break the song into parts, thus focusing on trouble areas first. As you work through each problem area, you can gently blend all the pieces together in harmony.

 7. Learn the messa divoce technique. In Italian this means the placing of your voice. It’s basically a simple technique in which you take a single pitch all the way up to a crescendo. Then down into a diminuendo. You begin singing quiet and then work up to louder volume, and then quiet again all the time using the same pitch.

 8. Get your timing right. Get yourself a metronome. Better yet, there are many apps you can choose from that are free.

Even if your pitch and tone are perfect, when your timing is out is very noticeable. Timing is a very important aspect of your singing practice sessions.

Especially when articulating and pronouncing words according to the tempo of the song similar to how it was written. You must stay in time.

 9. Record your sessions. There are some fantastic personal recording studio mics on the market. But if you’re on a free budget, we recommend just using the microphone on your smartphone.

The idea is to enable you to review your practice sessions. Taking note of such things as your pitch, your tempo, your tone, and other areas you wish to improve on.

If you want to take it a step further, you can even video record yourself with a camcorder or your cell phone. This way you can even get a look at your posture and see if you can make adjustments in that area as well.

 10. Hit more notes per breath. Being able to sustain notes for longer periods of time are the very foundations of the great singing voice. With that being said try the following exercise.

Take the deepest breath you can comfortably take and hold. Slowly control your exhalation using your diaphragm and muscles.

Move up and down a scale in order to incorporate supporting muscles while moving through the various registers.

Focus on the proper resistance of airflow while maintaining good pitch and a strong volume. Time yourself is necessary and continue to challenge yourself.

Try your skills out be using the video below to practice your ability to singing through scales as this will strengthen your voice and help you gain greater control over your singing apparatus.


The Last Word


Singing takes lots of practice and preparation if you want to improve your skills as a singer. Make sure to set time aside each day to setting, work on, and achieving singing goals like increasing vocal range, improving your tone, or mastering your ear for pitch. Before each practice session, be sure to give yourself time to warm up your voice. For more information on singing warm up exercises, please click here. 

Vocal Warm-ups For All Types Of Singers

  • September 21, 2017

Warming up your vocal apparatus is extremely important in the care and preparation needed to sing your very best.  We should become greater connected with the various parts that make it possible to sing.

These consist of breath support (the lungs and diaphram), vibration (vocal cords in the larynx), and a series of resonant chambers (the pharynx, the mouth, and the nasal cavities. These are all made up of delicate parts that need control, development and and expansion without the cause for straining. Starting with some gentle stretches and sing exercises can get you ready for your next singing session.

Vocal Stretches For Warming up The Body


As you know, tension can be detrimental to your capacity to sing. Keep in mind just how many large and tiny muscles you are flexing, and the amount of energy it requires to engage all of those muscles while belting out your favorite tune!

Essentially we are creating muscle resistance, which in turn causes tension. It is, therefore, crucial to warm up those larger muscles and prepare them, as a long distance runner would before a run. How? Simply by stretching and using vocal warm-up exercises, thus reducing stress, relaxing those muscles, in effect fine 'tuning' our body the way you would a guitar.

If the strings are too tight, the guitar will sound out of tune.Not to mention over stressing the strings can cause them to break. Do you see the connection?

Here are 10 simple and fun stretches to get you warmed up and ready to howl the night away! There's no doubt you'll look and feel really silly, but these are highly effective at relaxing you and reducing tension.

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    Chest Stretch: You can sit or stand. Lace your fingers together behind your head or lower back. Inhale a deep breath in, and slowly exhale, while pressing your elbows behind you as far as you can, squeezing your shoulder blades together.Arch your back slightly to stretch out your chest, abs, and shoulders. Hold for 15-20 seconds. Exhale fully, relax and repeat.
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    Neck Stretch:. Tilt your head to the left. Place your left hand on the top right side of your head. Take a breath, and as you exhale, gently press downward. To increase the stretch on your left side of your neck, drop the right shoulder to increase the distance between your left ear and your left shoulder. Don't force it. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat on the right side
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    Hip Stretch: Sit on the edge of a chair. Place your left ankle across your right knee. Then place your right hand on the top of the left knee. Take a deep breath in. As you exhale, gently press the knee downward to stretch the outer left hip. Hold for 15-20 seconds, and repeat once on the other side.
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    Lower Back Stretch: Lie down on your back. Keep your left leg straight on the floor. Bend and hold your right knee. Gently clasp the top of your right shin, below your knee, and slowly pull it towards your chest, hold 15-20 seconds. Repeat on the other side. This will release tension in your lower back, hips, and glutes.
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    The Yawn: It's fairly self-explanatory. Yawning, also known as 'opening the throat' will ease and relax your face and neck muscles, but more importantly, raise the soft pallet( the soft fleshy part at the top of your throat). This creates a vocal release in the throat lowering the tension and possibility of constricting. Caution: do not hyperventilate! Take full and deep yawns to be most effective. Try and stay awake!
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    Jaw Stretch: These stretches supplement tyawningawn stretch, warming up and relaxing the same muscles. Move the bottom of your jaw up, down and side to side.
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    Pucker Up: Your lips play a significant role towards your singing ability. Start by pretending to park a wet one on your significant other, so to speak. Then try sucking your lips in completely as possible – into your mouth. Believe it or not, there are 3 muscles groups that control lip movement, and this is how you stretch them. Have fun with that one!
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    The Silly Smile: Hold your lips shut, then try slowly raising the corners of your mouth as much as possible. Viola! You look like an idiot!, but trying this a couple of times shows you're a good sport!
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    Eyebrow Lift: Part of relaxing that irresistible face of yours is to warm up the muscles in your eyes. Begin by raising and lowering your eyebrows. You will start to notice other muscles like your scalp, nose, and jaw.
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    The Eye Roll: Yup, more eye stretches! Picture yourself in an aerobic class for your eye balls. Move them up and down, and up and down. Take your time. Too easy? You're not allowed to move your head. Now, side to side, and side to side. Lastly, roll them round and round, and finished. 



Warming up Your Vocal Cords 

Now we will begin to cover a few basic vocal exercises to now prepare your muscles in your mouth, throat, tongue, and diaphragm. Applying these simple warm-up techniques will make your breath control, articulation, projection, range, and tone much easier to produce when about to perform or practice. All professionals will set aside time for warm-up before a performance. Running through a number of scales, breathing exercises, and stretching.

In this lesson will we cover 4 simple exercises including Lip Rolls, Humming, Slides & Sirens, and Tongue Trills. Provided below are explanations of the movements.

As you try each of the exercises, keep in mind that you perform these using good posture, standing balanced keeping your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Take some deep breaths, employing the full power of your diaphragm. Avoid anything that could constrict the throat including alcohol, coffee, soda pop, and never practice singing when you have a throat infection.

  • Lip rolls. This is an excellent way to warm up all areas of your range immediately without causing strain, as well as freely upping your range, compressing cords to hit higher notes, while loosening the jaw, tongue, and lips.Rather than being concerned with other elements like tone, enunciation, and pure vowels, you are free free to simply work on hitting the notes without the extra tension.The idea is to blow through your lips, causing them to vibrate rapidly. Take a deep breath, then blow out between your lips. Not too loose.Keep your lips tight enough together to create the right amount of resistance.
  • Humming.  Another simple exercise for vocal warm-up is humming. Boosting the "internal resonance" your vocal chords create will raise your capacity to hear and better perceive your tone internally, enabling you to tune before you begin singing.This is strongly encouraged by vocal coaches as it correctly enhances the positioning of the diaphragm, mouth, throat and nasal passages.Begin by making an hmm sound.  You should allow the pitch to shift upwards as you hum.As your pitch increases, you will start to feel a buzzing like feeling in your nose. You may even feel it in your it in your eyes, all the way to your head. the voiced pitches.Try this exercise: Hum the first 4 notes of the basic scale. Hum do re mi fa, then try in reverse, back to do.
  • Slides & Sirens.  You want to open up your throat and allow the air to move forward, sliding up and down your pitches in a smooth, gentle transition. Increase your volume and pitch by stretching. Not pushing, avoiding any tension.
  •  Tongue Trills. An excellent alternative to the lip trill, especially if you are struggling with monitoring your controlled air flow. You may be able to sustain your tone longer if the lip trill is too difficult.The tongue trill uses the same principle in that you exhale and gently resist the flow in a controlled manner as the tongue vibrates with the passing air. See the video above for a visual description.

 Now that your body is stretched out and relaxed, you can begin a 5 minute warm up. Follow along with th video below to complete your singing warm up session. From there you should be ready to start practicing the songs you want to improve upon.

Learn - Practice - Repeat


The real key to strengthening your voice is singing as much as you can. But in order to accomplish this, you need to habitually build up your singing stamina through the above exercises and techniques. So commit a little time before you begin your practice or performance. Think of what an athlete does to prepare even before practicing...they warm-up!

We hope you enjoyed some of these basic warm-up exercises, and encourage you to put them into practice daily.If you are serious about taking your singing to the next level, please don't forget to get your copy of "How To Improve Your Singing Voice" eBook free for signing up to our newsletter program that shares free singing tips as well as offering specific training on different singing goals.

Can Anyone Learn To Sing?

  • September 18, 2017


Is Learning To Sing Impossible?

Do you personally enjoy singing? There's no question that being able to use our voice to express ourselves in song is both beautiful and a great way to lift our spirits. Singing can be a very personal thing when it comes to genre and song choice. However, we may find it difficult to sing the way we hear the music. 

Even though we love the tune, we may struggle to hit the right notes or be off timing with the words. If this is the case, you may ask whether anybody can learn to sing or is it something you are born with? As long as you can speak and have relatively good hearing, the the answer is yes you can learn to sing. 

When you begin to understand that singers use the same body parts when singing as we all do when speaking it helps us to erase the myth that only certain people can actually sing. All of the active muscles in our chest and head are used to produce sounds for speaking and singing. The difference depends on how we use and conciously control these. Learning skills and working at further growth is a part of any musicians journey whether a singer, drummer, or any other player.

What do the experts say? Is it in fact a roll of the "genetic dice" that decides who can sing or can anyone learn to sing?The results are in and the good news is that according to professor of music education Joanne Rutkowski, "Everyone who can speak can learn to use a singing voice". 

This is encouraging for any who've ever been so self-conscious about singing, that they are silenced into mouthing the words of a song in settings such as birthday parties, religious ceremonies, or when singing the national anthem.

On the other, you may see yourself as having or have even been told that you have a lot of singing potential, a great voice, and a natural talent. But you recognize that natural ability will take you so far, and quite frankly.. you want to go further. Stay tuned. The next part of our discussion will involve a variety of elements that will help you to build your singing confidence.





Finding Your Voice Type


Understanding which voice type category you fall under will help you best determine which types of music and songs your voice is suited to. There are 4 basic voice types you need to familairize yourself with including Bass, Tenor, Mezzo, and Saprano.

If you have a very low voice you are likely to be somewhere near a Bass voice. If you have a low to mid range, you will likely be a Tenor or Mezzo, and higher voices, usually females are in the Soprano category.

Each of these voice types will have unique traits based on voice tone, range, and register transitions. Your age, sex, and voice strength will also play a role in what your voice type is and where you will sing the most comfortably (also known as your tessitura).

Indentifying the voice types of your favorite singers will also help you locate the kinds of music that make sense with your voice and present singing abilities. For more of a discussion on voice types, use the link provided.

Overcoming tone deafness. Part of the struggle for some when singing is they have a hard time distinguishing the differences in pitch. The technical term for this is called amusia. Althought there is no quick fix or cure for tone deafness there are effective methods of reducing tone deafness. One is to engage in an ear training program that focusses on helping you improve your sense of pitch and ability to identify notes. 

Singing voice vs Speaking voice. Especially for those who may not have grown up around music and instruments played in the house, may lack musicality. This means that their sensitivity to and talent for music doesn't come as natural as for some. So when attempting to sing they end up using their every day speaking voice. The sound usually comes out flat, lifeless and out of key. That's because your singing voice requires greater range, a wider variety of registers, and much more breath support. 



8 Ways To Develop Your Singing Ability


 1. Appreciate Your Unique Voice. Rather than just opening your mouth and trying to mimic someone else, you need to understand that everyone's singing ability is unique. Let's face it, it's unlikely that someone like Celine Dion could create the exact sound as Adele? Both are fantastic singers, but each has different strengths. I think you get the point. A side note to mention: Did you know that Elvis Presley was told by his music teacher that he had no aptitude for singing? And we all know how that turned out. So yes, anyone can learn to sing, if they do the following:

 2. Decide To Become A Better Singer. It's going to take some work. Whether you are a decent singer or cannot hold a tune, you can very likely develop your voice through a knowledge of how we produce sound in the first place, along with learning and practicing basic techniques. This becomes a habit with the goal of training ourselves to move from regular speaking voice to our higher singing voice. You need to ask yourself how bad do you really want it? This basically means that you need to be fully committed. Albert Einstein once said, ”Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person”. 

 3. Use Proper Singing Techniques. Understand how the voice works by acquiring proper training. If those same contestants reentered the competition without knowing what they needed to work on and did not seek out advice and the skills needed to improve, what do you think the result will be? Are they insane? Maybe. Insanity has been defined as repeating the same process (right or wrong) and expecting a different result. What do you currently know about singing? Are you presently working with a vocal coach? Do you read books or immersed in programs to advance your vocal skills?

 4. Set Realistic Goals. Keep in mind that most if not all famous singers have had professional training and have spent many hours practicing the tedious things that most people quickly get bored of and procrastinate. If you develop the same passion and mental attitude, you too will eventually reach your goals. But, you must first set those goals. Rather than expecting to increase your range in a month or less. Work on and master the basic skills like breathing, posture, etc...We'll focus on that a little later. These “little exercises” are like bricks that stack one on top of another, that will eventually form the entire building, so to speak. Make sure to continually and consistently stack every successful practice on top of the next. It's only a matter of time.

 5. Learn Your Singing Voice. Everyone has their own gift of creating sound. That's how your loved ones identify you when you talk to them on the phone. It's part of who you are. Although you are unique, we are generally identified as having a specific range, with limits to that range. Is it easier for you to sing high notes, low notes, or are you somewhere in the middle? We will cover identifying your singing voice in a later discussion. For now, just keep in mind how important it is to know where you are now, in order to set a benchmark for where you want to be.

 6. Have fun with it. Singing your favorite tune in the shower is natural for everyone. But practicing mouth shape sounds, proper stance, breathing and the overall discipline required in learning the skills necessary can seem like work. Because... it rightfully is! So why not make it fun? One amusing suggestion is to view yourself in the mirror while you're practicing. Some of the silly expressions and sounds you'll come up with are bound to make you giggle. Not to mention belting into your hairbrush may unleash that inner rock star!

 7. Measure Your Success. Record all your practice sessions in the first week. Leave it for a month or so. Give it a little time. If you record too often, the little improvements may not be as evident and encouraging as allowing sufficient time.  It's kinda like planting a seed and then digging it up every ten minutes to see if it is growing. In a week or a month, you will see much more noticeable results. After some time, record again. If you are persistent, you will be thrilled with the results you'll achieve, when comparing recordings.

Will there be room for improvement? Let's put it this way. Micheal Jackson in his younger years (who is a pretty famous singer) was not allowed to do anything else after school until he practiced the exact same song and dance routines over and over to perfection. Makes you wonder how he got to be so amazing! The point: Take action, take criticism, and continue improving. And You Will!

 8. Sing From The Heart. It's all about expression. Project your feelings into every song. Learn what feelings the song is trying to convey. Is it anger, a broken heart, or both? Then make that connection with your audience. Tell the story.That's what separates an instrumental song from one with words. Take your favorite song and remove the story. What's missing? The person that is creating the feelings we are connecting with. A singer can have all the technical skills in the world, but I would rather listen to a 5-year-old singing jingle bells from the heart than listen to someone who only accentuates technical skill with no feeling.



Can Anyone Reach Singing Stardom?


 Is it realistic to think that anyone could develop the potential to perform in any discipline or singing style at a professional level?The fact that only a small percentage do achieve massive success shows the difference between good singers and great singers.

Voice expert Rutkowski thus adds by saying that, “.. not everyone will have a fabulous-sounding voice. Once the vocal instrument is working, the ability to sing with good intonation is dependent on musical aptitude and musical achievement.”Genetics do play a factor in singing aptitude. However, other things including environment also improve musicality.

Musicality is so important to nuture in children. Cognitive neuropsychologist Isabelle Peretz explains that most children learn to sing much like how they learn to speak, almost automatically, rather than through formal training. Encourage a love of music early on.

This means that if your parents or siblings loved to sing and listen to music while you were growing up, your chances of developing a musical ear, good pitch and other 'natural' singing abilities are higher.Regardless of any inborn talents, most can develop their voice through training.

The difficulty lies when we attempt to sing with our talking voices—the voice you are most comfortable with.As we normally speak in a lower and limited range, and our singing voice is higher than our speaking voices.So it’s a matter of learning to relax the vocal mechanism and use breath support to produce the sound, rather than trying to force our voice to do something which usually creates tension. A singer's biggest enemy.

Consider the quality of singing voices of those who enter singing contests such as The Voice and American Idol. Out of them all -  only a few really make it big.

Do you have what it takes to be a professional singer? After 14 successful seasons, American Idol has become one of the most successful singing shows in history. According to one source, it is estimated that 100,000 people auditioned every season. Among those, only the 10 best were chosen to battle it out for the coveted title.

Along the way we've observed many of the contestants not only rejected but publicly humiliated on national television. These same people entered the competition thinking they had a shot, only to be told they can't sing and shouldn't sing by the tactful Simon Cowell.In some ways, this could be seen as a bit humorous. But it does kind of illustrate that there are many levels of singing talent and in many cases it takes alot more than just talent to make it big.


Conclusion


It is possible for most people to learn to sing. But just like everything else it takes knowledge, training, and practice to become a better singer. The other thing to remember is that we don't have to be on top of the music charts to enjoy singing. 

The most important thing is that you enjoy doing it. With passion and enthusiasm you can even work your way up to singing in public. One of the ways you can begin your singing education is by hiring a professional vocal trainer. A more affordable approach might be to investing an online singing course. You'll want step by step instruction  from the beginning process, all the way to more advanced.

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12 Vocal Techniques To A Better Singing Voice

  • September 18, 2017


All of us have a singing voice, but not everyone has developed proper vocal techniques in order to be sure where to find or how to use that voice.  Not convinced? Head out to a Karaoke Bar one evening. Chances are you'll witness a variety of passionate singers out there. Most of them don't sing professionally and for some it is more apparent. Not everyone was born with instant singing ability.

For those who really enjoy singing, and let's face it, there are many naturally good singers as well. Imagine how much one could improve by even learning a few strategies that can make noticable differences to approach to singing while helping to reduce the amount of effort involved in sounding great.

By the way, if you've ever considered yourself a "less talented" singer than some, have no fear! Continue reading and you will be guaranteed to greatly benefit from what you're about to learn. Are you interested in improving your singing voice? If so, consider the following.

12 Vocal techniques that will help you improve your singing voice:

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    Proper Posture: Perhaps there's another secret as to why your mother constantly reminded you to stand up straight.The truth is..it makes you a better singer. How? It's vitally important to align your body parts and prepare them to support your sound while eliminating tension. Tension not only makes you feel uncomfortable and affects your mood, but can greatly restrict air flow, making singing a chore rather than pure enjoyment.                                                                                                                                                                   Exercise: Find a wall and stand with your back to it. Place your head on the wall so that your chin is parallel to the floor. Open your shoulders and roll them back to the wall. Without allowing your spine to touch, slowly move your back towards the wall to straighten. Arms to your sides. Feet shoulder width apart, find your balance. Try to relax. The only tension you create should be in your abdominal muscles that are supporting your singing. It is more effective if you do this in front of a mirror. This can especially help you to visualize your stance after you see and feel proper posture.
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    Breathe control. Try holding your breath and singing or even speaking. You get the point. Clearly, air is a major component to singing. When singing a melody, the words are expressed quite differently than if you were to simply recite the sentences aloud. The volume, the pitch, the tone, and the tempo can have you gasping for air before you know it. Learning and mastering proper breathing is one of the keys to instantly improve your ability to sing. Unless we are exercising, normally our breathing is quite shallow. As we begin training our body to sing, we need to take deeper breaths in order to sustain our sound loud and clear for our listening audience. At first, you may even feel a rush of dizziness as the deeper you breathe, the more oxygen that gets to your brain. But don't stress it! Your body just needs to get used to proper and more efficient breathing.                                                                                                                                                        
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    Tighten That Drum It is absolutely essential to practicing good proper singing techniques that you understand how the importance of your diaphragm, lungs, and chest cavity affect your singing. Think of these 3 combined as forming a drum. A drum that is tuned loosely sounds flat and boring, as it lacks resonance. So the idea is to expand your rib cage by flexing the muscles that pull your ribs in and out. Effectively tightening that “drum”. This will result in better tones in your voice as well as increase your lung capacity, allowing you to take less breathes between verses, resulting in better control. If you a serious about improving this area, it is suggested that you begin exercising these muscles.Whether you join a gym or workout at home. Always consult a physician before starting such a program. The main muscles to focus on are your chest, arms, back, and obliques. Keep in mind that building endurance will allow you to develop a stronger voice as well as last for longer periods of time. Believe me, after singing 20-30 songs in a night, when performing, you need to be in good physical condition. Do not overlook the importance of cardiovascular exercise to increase lung efficiency. You don't need to become a bodybuilder or a marathon runner. Just try and keep in shape. Good singing health to you!.
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    Water...Drink Tons Of It! It doesn't matter if you meet a heavy metal singer, pop singer, or an opera singer. You can bet any one of these true professionals can appreciate the abundance of good ole H2O. It'll always be within arms reach whether they are in the studio, rehearsal, or on stage. Some prefer drinking warm water, claiming that it better refreshes your throat. Others swear that ice cold water can aid in keeping swelling down, especially after a killer belting performance. Regardless of your preference. Just drink lots of it! Some think that gargling water can hydrate the vocal cords. The truth is that the no food or water comes in contact with them as they are located in your windpipe. When liquid goes down, the automatic flap called the epiglottis closes to protect your lungs from being filled with water. This also covers the vocal cord every time you take a drink.What happens when you get water in your windpipe? It causes a choking gag reflex. So really, the only way to hydrate your vocal cords is to drink water. Why lots? It is because the water has to enter your stomach, and is first supplied to all your major organs, like your heart, kidneys, etc.. Eventually, smaller organs like your vocal cords are supplied. And supply you must! Note: avoid smoking and foods or liquids that dehydrate the body.
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     Exercise & conditioning. If you a serious about improving this area, it is suggested that you begin exercising these muscles.Whether you join a gym or workout at home. Always consult a physician before starting such a program. The main muscles to focus on are your chest, arms, back, and obliques. Keep in mind that building endurance will allow you to develop a stronger voice as well as last for longer periods of time. Believe me, after singing 20-30 songs in a night, when performing, you need to be in good physical condition. Do not overlook the importance of cardiovascular exercise to increase lung efficiency. You don't need to become a bodybuilder or a marathon runner. Just try and keep in shape. Good singing health to you!
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     Flex Those Facial Muscles. As with other vital muscles that support great singing. The neck and facial muscles play an obvious role. Really the goal is to minimize the effort required to sing so that you may effectively control your tone and your pitch. Warming up cannot be avoided. There are mainly 10 groups of muscles in the neck, head, and face. Each consisting of numerous tinier muscles all working in harmony to create the beautiful sound making up your voice. Here is a list in order of the types of movements you can perform on various parts to prepare yourself to sing.
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     Find Appropriate Singing Material. Finding the balance between your preferred taste in music and your voice type can prove to be a challenge. You may love the high-pitched screams of hard rock, but your voice may actually be better suited to pop or country. What do you do? It is highly recommended that you NEVER strain your voice to sound like someone else. Within your favorite genre, you need to find artists that have a similar range or try singing their song in a different key. The other option is to explore the other side. If you are a laboring to sing that power ballad in the car, then why would you want to butcher it while you're on stage. Explore all your options. But the rule is..you MUST enjoy what you're doing or it will never be worth the effort.
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     Dry Mouth Hack. If you happen to have a bit of dry mouth right before a performance it can cause some concern for some. The best solution is to drink lots of fluids of course. But there is another techniqies you can use. Gently place your fingertips on the fleashy part of your neck just below your jawbone. Squeeze inward and it will release saliva into your mouth. Especially if a drink isn't nearby.
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     Take Sips of Air. From time to time we come across a song that requires you to spill out a tons of words while you are trying to maintain good pitch and volume. This causes some to literally run out of air. The secret is to learn how to take small sips of air in between phrases using the spacing between the notes to replenish your air support without sounding weak or gasping.
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     Practice...Practice...Practice. As you move from the casual singer in the car to progressing toward live performances, you need to appreciate the importance of practice. Not only your chosen songs repetitively but your strengthening skills that lead you to master your art. You need to know: where, when, and how long to practice. Where is an easy one.  Somewhere that you will not be disturbed and will not disturb others. You should be able to move around in a comfortable space. Preferably where there's a mirror. When to practice is based on your own availability and circumstances.Have a set schedule. If you write it down on the calendar, you're more likely to do it. What time of day again is personal. But keep in mind that you need to remove any and all distractions like the T.V., the internet, computer, or cell phone in order to maximize concentration. Also, have your materials organized and ready for each session. How long depends on your skill level. If you are new, it is recommended to limit your time to 20-30 minutes per day. As those muscles strengthen, you can gradually move up to 30-60 minutes per day. Be patient. Remember that anything worth achieving takes persistence and can never be rushed. But it's so worth it!
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     Find Quality Vocal Instruction. Learning how to do something right the first time is so important. Reading books on singing can definitely expand your knowledge of techniques and practice skills, but can feel a little lifeless and A bore at times. Hiring a vocal trainer can also prove beneficial. But expect to pay anywhere from $25.00 to $75.00 per hour. Enrolling in online courses offered by various schools offers another possibility. However, some of these can cost upwards of $1400.00 per course.Another option that many have had success with is a complete step by step instruction. You only pay a one-time cost and you get to keep and review your materials, over and over until you've perfected those skills. It's not quite as personal as hiring a vocal trainer, but if you're on more of a budget, this is a great alternative. Like any musician, you need to invest in your 'instrument'. Guitar players spend hundreds, sometimes thousands on their equipment. Do you think it is reasonable to invest a little on your own voice?
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     Take Time For Rest. When you sing you are giving the musles and lungs an intese workout. Particularily if you are playing gigs on a fairly consistent basis. With all the training and warm up exercises, its just as important to give your voice a break. One habit to develop is to whisper between sets if you plan to mingle with others. Save your voice for the show.

Conclusion


These are just a few ways you can improve your singing voice by learning and practicing variuos techniques and stratgeies. Make sure to enjoy the process and continue to take in as much instruction as you set new singing goals and hit them one by one!