Teaching Yourself To Sing: Is it Possible?

Posted on 26th February 2016 in Learn to sing

Can You Really Teach Yourself To Sing?

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When many of us hear our favorite song playing we can’t help but want to turn up the volume and start singing along.

We’re in the zone and no matter what the band is, we will give it our best shot at supporting them with our accompanying lyrics.

We may even find that there are a few songs that we sound pretty good at, but there are still certain notes that we can’t quite hit like the original artist.

Infact, we may even want to develop our own singing style but are not sure how to go about doing this on our own.

Many shy away from hiring a professional voice coach either because of lack of resources in their area or due to the fact that many voice coaches charge upwards of $25 to $50 dollars per session.

Logically the only other alternative would be to try and teach yourself to sing. But where do you start?

What Are Basic Voice Fundamentals?

We must begin our journey of voice training with a knowledge of how the voice actually works. The foundation of a great singing voice depends on 5 basics elements:

1. Breath support. Although breathing is a natural practice for us, breathing when singing is quite different. Learning proper breath control by use of our diaphragm, we are able to relax the body(thus removing tension) as well as direct the flow of air that passes across our vocal folds which affect our tone, as well as how long we are able to sustain a given note.

 2. Diction. Due to the amount of volume and energy in our singing voice as opposed to our speaking voice, our pronunciation of some words may not be clearly heard by our listeners. This is a skill that requires awareness and practice of vowels and articulation.

 3. Rhythm. Even if you have great pitch, which means that you can hit the notes as good as the recording, you still may need to work on your timing. Knowing where to start and stop in relation to the flow of a song is key to a great singer. Having good rhythm also helps you fall into the groove and feel the song as you perform it.

 4. Pitch. Your pitch is the quality of the note you are singing which allows us to classify the sound as relatively high or low. When singing a song, we want to match the notes of the vocal parts and remain on key as we transition from note to note. Avoiding the tendency for either being too sharp or too flat. This is where ear training comes in.

 5. Voice. Understanding that your voice is unique and like no other. Your body, gender, airway passages, the shape of your vocal folds, age, and many other factors will determine the sound and quality of your voice. It will also determine which voice type and range you possess.

Your Voice Is An Instrument

Regardless of the fact that we are born with a voice, the moment we begin expressing it does not mean we know exactly how to use it.

From a young age, we are taught that there are appropriate voices for each occasion we find ourselves in.

When we are at the library, for example, we use our quiet voice, unlike an outdoor sports event where we would use our loud voice for cheering.

Similar to a musical instrument, our voice requires us to use various skills and techniques in which to properly and consistently create the sounds we are striving for.

Think of the guitar. In order for someone to play beautiful music with it, the first thing to do would be to make sure the strings are in tune.

The next would be to know where to arrange and place your fingers over the strings and be able to switch automatically while creating a strum pattern with the other hand.

All of this requires a knowledge of the instrument and the mechanics of its use.

Even a self-taught guitar player will limit their ability to improve if, like a parrot, they only try and repeat what they hear and never make it their own.

Not to mention losing out on some of the shortcuts that can only be learned through an experienced teacher.

Likewise, our learning to sing involves the development of our voice through education and practice including proper warm-up, strengthening exercises, mouth shapes, and many other vocal techniques.

Learning To Sing At Home

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Learning to sing at home will require more than simply singing along to your favorite artist in front of a mirror or in the car with the music blasting.

So, when you are speaking of teaching yourself to sing, you are going to need to find the right instruction in order to advance your singing skills.

We hope you can benefit from our knowledge based articles as well as the many shared tips and resources like downloading our free eBook.

All of which are here to support you in your goal of becoming a better singer.

To gain a greater knowledge of the skills involved in learning how to sing, we recommend you begin familiarizing yourself with various learn to sing books and materials.

Next, you will need to set aside time in order to learn and practice.

Make sure to set goals and record your sessions periodically in order to measure improvements and in correcting any flaws.

Once you’ve devoted some effort to the advancing and strengthening your voice, it may be time to get out and work it in public like at a Karaoke party or bar.

Start With The Basics When Learning To Sing

 

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Pros & Cons Of Teaching Yourself To Sing

The following is a list of some of the advantages and disadvantages of teaching yourself to sing at home:

Pros:

> There are tons of books and video programs to choose from.

> One-time investment in a good program

> Its a lot less expensive than hiring a vocal coach.

Learn at your own pace and schedule.

> You can review materials repeatedly if necessary

Learn in the privacy of your home.

> Accessibility and a wide range of specific options.

Cons:

> Not having one on one personal instruction.

> Requires the self-discipline to practice alone.

> Reading books and trying to apply can be boring and tedious.

> Lacking necessary feedback.

What’s Best For You?

It’s ultimately your decision whether you choose to take private voice lessons, purchase a book or video program. Go to our Singing Programs page for details

We encourage you to take any of the necessary steps to learn about and improve your singing voice.

Do not leave it to chance or guesswork if you decide to learn at home. Invest in the tools that will be the most valuable to your singing success.

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