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.
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.
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.