Remember that your voice is a highly delicate, irreplaceable instrument. Proper care is needed so that fatigue, strain and, injury can be avoided.
Before you begin any of your practice sessions, it is strongly encouraged that you warm up your body in order to be effective and comfortable as possible, and get the blood flowing.
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 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.
Start with some full body stretches. Here are some examples to get you started: 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.
> 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
> 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.
> 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.
Once we have comfortably loosened up the larger muscles, we can begin to prepare the tinier muscles that will directly support our voice. Here they are in order:
> 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!
> 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.
> 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!
> 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!
> 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.
> 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.
Were you one of the brave souls that, despite those humiliating poses, followed through?
If so, you should know that by doing these exercises, you can help relieve stress headaches, and may well slow down the sagging and wrinkling that comes with aging.
And…it only takes a couple of minutes a day! Well we’re all stretched and ready for the next step..voice exercises!
Are you relaxed and ready to take the next step in our vocal warm up?
First, let’s slowly warm up your vocal instrument in order to equip yourself for the demands you are about to place on it.
If you missed out on Part I of this warm-up tutorial that focuses on stretching the body and preparing it for a singing session, please click here. If not, let’s continue.
The duration of your warm up depends on the individual. Some factors include: your physical health, the types of tasks you you will be engaging in, whether you are belting, or singing something more gentle.
We want to engage simple vocalization exercises with limited concentration.
By closing your eyes and using your imagination to feel the areas of your body you are engaging, you will be better in tune with strengthening your control over that production area.
We will 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 well as video demonstrations to offer visual examples for your benefit.
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.
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.
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. Watch the video above, where Molly demonstrates the ease of slides and sirens. Make sure you try it for yourself.
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.
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.
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Is it strictly 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.
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.
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 nurture musicality.
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.
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 as our hearts go out to such ones, it raises some questions:
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.
So, How bad do you 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”.
Getting back to the “failed” contestants on American Idol.The one outstanding quality in all of them is their faith in themselves. Although some of them have had their confidence shattered, others took the feed back and end up trying again the following season. So don’t give up!
3.Learn 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.
Now let’s get into some basics to get you on your way, shall we? But just before we do. If you enjoyed this article, Please Like us by clicking the SHARE button, or visit our Facebook page sometime. Cheers! Click here to continue.
It has been said that lovers of Karaoke generally experience higher esteem, have greater self-confidence, and lower stress. If that is the case, then everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of Karaoke without necessarily having to go out to a bar.
What a better way to bring family and friends together than to have a Karaoke party. Or maybe you are a "closet performer" who wants to enjoy a good singing session in the privacy of home. Do you have a budding singer in the family whose voice you want to nurture? In all cases, a Karaoke machine might be what you are looking for.
Types of karaoke machines to look for
You can find some great choices when it comes to selecting the right karaoke machine for your needs and circumstances. If you are looking to provide greater entertainment, there are karaoke systems that are for larger crowds that can overpower background noise but aren't as expensive as a professional karaoke machine.
Wanna take your karaoke on the go with you? There are portable karaoke machines that run on batteries. Enjoy the same great sound and effects anywhere. Campfire songs will never be the same.
You can also find personal Karaoke microphone machines that come with built-in speakers that will connect to your smart device via Bluetooth. Ready to take virtually anywhere!
Now, let's have a look at some popular brand names when it comes to choosing karaoke machines.
Which karaoke machine should I buy? Each brand of karaoke machine has pros and cons that will depend on the individual user's preferences and singing goals.
Singtrix - You are really going to enjoy using a Karaoke machine by Singtrix, especially if because these machines are set up to turn anyone's voice into a rock star using some pretty cool technology. The makers of Guitar Hero and MTV Drumscape have recently produced a brand new way to enjoy Karaoke. Even if you or someone you know has a bad voice. These karaoke systems are very popular and perfect for nice size groups.
The Singing Machine - has been pioneering the development, production, and distribution of consumer karaoke audio equipment since as early as 1982. As recently as 2015, the company has given greater freedom by offering their users options like the ability to create personal playlists and chose their favorite songs and easily download them to a USB.
Karaoke USA - is another popular brand name in home and portable karaoke machines. They have systems of all sizes and styles to fit any age or group size. From full power amplifiers like those used by professionals or smaller devices for easy transport. Some of their machines have built-in strobe lighting effects as well as the ability to make recordings of your work.
Akai - is a Japanese based consumer electronics company that has been in the business of producing high-quality audio products including recorders, amplifiers, microphones, karaoke players, keyboards, drum machines, and much more electronic musical devices. They have produced a few good portable and pedestal style karaoke players. Many of their karaoke systems come equipped with flashing lights and Bluetooth capability.
Bonaok - specializes in a variety of goods and services including battery, cameras, headphones, and recently wireless karaoke microphones. In fact, their wireless and completely portable microphones are on Amazon's #1 best seller list for good reason. It's an all in one, hassle-free compatible and fun little device that is raved by users.
1. Compatibility: With technology constantly changing it is important that you choose a karaoke player that will easily connect to the devices you want to use with it. For instance, if you decide to connect your karaoke machine to your TV you will need to make sure whether you need an analog or digital output. In the case of smart devices, you'll want to check the manufacturer's instructions to ensure that the machine will, in fact, work with Android and or Apple devices.
2. Portable: Especially if you want the freedom to take karaoke machine with you out to a party or get together. You can go as small as a microphone style device which limits volume to its size. If you need more power, finding a self-contained portable unit that includes the amp, speakers and monitor screen all in one is the way to go. Either way, using a battery powered device will bring limits to how long you can keep singing.
3. Music Accessibility: Older machines that still use CDs will likely come in the format of CD+G (CD plus graphics) player, that plays music while scrolling the lyrics across your screen. Newer systems will most likely accept input from other devices, like computers, MP3 players, smart devices such as tablets and smartphones. Also, the difference in price between buying CDs (from $5 to $50) compared to an MP3 download (starting around 99 cents) is also something to think about before deciding on a machine.
4. Audio Quality: When it comes to singing karaoke you need to be heard not only by your audience but also by yourself. So, be sure to consider at the very least your system includes either a decent set of built-in speakers or an audio output to connect it to an amplifier or your home stereo theatre speakers. Otherwise, you may not get the results you desire.
5. User Experience - The karaoke machine you decide upon will depend on the what you type of use will greatly depend on what you expect from the device. Suppose you mostly want it to entertain your child. The simpler the control, the flashy lights and cuter the design, the better. If it is being used by adults, things like pitch control, echo and other effects may be more of a priority. In such case, you may consider investing in an upgraded system with better microphones and a better equalizer system.
6. Recording/Playback Ability - If you want to record your karaoke sessions and share them with friends and followers, there are a few select karaoke systems that will allow you to sing and record music with your voice simultaneously onto an SD Card in MP3 format from your favorite karaoke disc or download.
7. Independant microphone controls - Especially if you are running more than more mic through your system, it is nice to be able to control your volume and mixing options seperately. Thus tailoring settings to individual voices.
What About Karaoke Apps?
There are quite a few Karaoke apps to choose from like The Karaoke Channel, Smule, Karafun to name only a few. Many of these apps have plenty of songs to choose from. Not to mention that many of these apps also specialize in recording your sessions, scoring, while allowing you to share your videos online with friends or providing offline songs. Keep in mind that there is a subscription fee.
In most cases, setting up a karaoke machine is pretty straightforward. The device itself will generally come with wiring (RCA cables or HDMI), a microphone, and a mixer to adjust your sound settings like bass, treble, key control, and echo effects.
1) Power supply. Make sure the power supply cord has been plugged into the back of the machine which is then plugged into a standard wall outlet.
2) Microphone. Setting up the microphone and output the sound is usually as simple as plugging it into the mic inputs on the machine using either a 1/4 inch TRS jack or 3 prong XLR connector.
3) Audio/Visual. Connect your audio/video wires to the appropriate plugins on the back of your machine, match them and plug them into the inputs on your T.V. Also make sure to select the “Input” or “Source” to match the incoming A/V Channel.
*Note: If you have a built-in screen or are using a smart device, you will connect your device via Bluetooth and may want to plug the A/V wires into an amplifier using similar steps above.
Pro Tip: When you first turn on your new machine, you'll want to want to adjust your sound levels.The easiest way to do this is to play a more familiar song at a loud and clear enough volume level. Make sure all of the equalizer sliders of the mixer in the neutral position.This will be the starting point of a little trial and error to find the optimal sound quality for the venue. Slowly adjust the switches to locate the lows and highs until you feel you have achieved the best sound. Make sure to set the reverb (echo) switch to a happy medium to create that stage effect without sounding like you are singing into a bucket.
List of Highly Rated Karaoke Machines
Are you looking for a karaoke machine that suitable for a larger venue such as a house party or event? The Rockville karaoke system is an affordable option for those who are looking for such a device.
Everything you need to get up and running with your favorite songs is included with this karaoke machine package, as long as you have a network connection and or songs prerecorded.
It comes with a wireless microphone system, great sounding speakers, and a powerful enough amplifier to enjoy all your favorite songs loud and clear in a crowd setting or at home on your own.
It's as easy as connecting your smart device like your phone or tablet to this almost professional karaoke machine via its built-in Bluetooth. No wires are required to connect your sound device.
Features of this Rockville karaoke system includes:
This particular karaoke system is very well received by those who have purchased and used it. Things like being powerful and having good clarity were also mentioned by users.
This portable karaoke machine is revolutionary when it comes to how it will forever change Karaoke. Turn your living room into the ultimate singing stage. Whether you are an experienced vocalist or new to singing you will have a blast with this award-winning karaoke system.
Imagine having a karaoke player that can adjust and tune your voice output to any song and make you sound amazing. You can even do it from your smart device at that!
Using special software it transforms your voice into studio-quality blended effects while you sing along to nearly any song you know the words to.
No need for backup singers there's a feature where you can even produce your own backup singers with your own voice. Why not take your karaoke to another level?
Features of the Singtrix karaoke package include:
The ideal home karaoke entertainment center with everything you need to get that party started including 2 free discs with up to 300 songs. You can hook it up to a larger screen or make use of its full-color screen that’s gorgeous and easy to read far away.
You can even play movies on this thing as it will read and play DVDs and karaoke CDG discs.Unlike some of the older models that only depend on using discs, this machine will accept SD and USB, not to mention you can connect your smart device by means of it Bluetooth capability.
Features of this Karaoke USA system include:
Most users found it very easy to assemble and use. If you are looking for a loud and powerful sound system , this may not be the best choice. Also, the CDs included seem to be better outdated and suited for children.
Just like adults enjoy the benefits of singing along to their favorite songs, there should be Karaoke for kids too. Thankfully for parents looking for a Karaoke machine for their child, there are some fun and kid-friendly options available. With plenty of childrens songs available on CD or download featuring movie classics and popular songs.
Before choosing a karaoke machine for your little one, make sure to consider the following in order to locate a device that is best suited for your child's needs and level of expectation.
Below we have listed some great options when choosing the best karaoke machine for a kid. They are very popular and have some of the best consumer reviews by actual buyers.
1. Little Pretender Kids Karaoke Machine
This might be a great option for those who have very young children who are looking to just have a little fun with some music and lighting and so forth.
Let your child's imagination run away with hours of imaginative play using their own little stage a microphone stand to perform and to entertain.
Features of the little Pretenders karaoke stage include:
A super light and portable karaoke system that is ideal for young adolecents who eant to take their Karaoke experience with them wherever they want to. You get the whole show including flashing disco lights and all.
It's small enough to bring along for fun at family gatherings or the holidays. Hook it up to your T.V. and sing along with the lyrics. It comes with some of the important features of a standard machine like echo effect, repeat, program function, and microphone controls.
Features of this portable karaoke machine for adults or kids includes:
3. KidzLane Karaoke Machine For Children
This kids karaoke machine is recommended ages 3 and upand is very child friendly.
What a better way to encourage your children to sing then too in a toy like karaoke machine.
This one comes with everything a child needs to enjoy many hours of singing their favorite songs through their very own microphone.
Whatever the occasion whether it be a sleepover campfire songs or singing along in the car this little machine has everything a child needs to enjoy the karaoke experience.
Features of this kidzlane karaoke machine include:
Finding the best karaoke machine depends on how large or small you want to go and of course how much you want to spend. Throughout our discussion we found out what types of karaoke machines are available as well as what things to look for in order to making a buying decision. We hope you have benefitted from the material and hope it helps you fing the right karaoke machine for you or a loved one.
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. All of them showing their confidence and courage to express themselves publicly.
But let’s be honest, some are less pleasing to the ear than others, and we love them anyways! The point is, that there are also many naturally good singers as well. Even these with proper training could very easily, not only raise their level but also 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:.
Vocal Tip # 1: 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.
Vocal Tip # 2: Breathing
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.
Vocal Tip # 3: 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!
Vocal Tip # 4: 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.
Vocal Tip # 5: 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:
2) Jaw Stretch
3) The Pucker
4) Silly Smile
5) Eye Brow Lift
6) Eye Roll
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Vocal Tip # 6: 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.
Vocal Tip # 7: 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!
Vocal Tip # 8: 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?
One such course that comes highly recommended is Singorama for its ease of use and track record of successful students.
Whether you are a budding beginner trying to overcome shyness or a more experienced singer looking to take it to another level, it definitely worth checking out.
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