A lot of people listen to music and hear singers on the radio or see them perform and doubt that they themselves could ever sound anything like that. Well, maybe you’re not the best singer in the world yet, but talent takes time to develope and you can improve your skills significantly if you practice! I’ve made a little list of some very simple and easy things you can do to improve your skills as a singer, even if it’s just singing in the shower. Curious? Here are my tips!
Singing Tip 1. Practice breathing exercises for singing.
A lot of people can actually sing real well , but do not realize that because they are not breathing the right way for singing. Doing breathing exercises for singing will help you sing better!
Lie on the ground on your back. Put a book on your stomach. Take a breath through your mouth for 4 seconds, pretend that you’re drinking a milkshake. You don’t want to ‘drink’ in too much too fast! Your stomach is supposed to move outwards, making the book on your stomach lift up. Hold your breath for 4 seconds, then slowly breathe out for 4 seconds. While you breathe out, relax and let the book and your stomach move inwards. Repeat a few times.
This is a great exercise to do before you’re actually going to sing or do vocal warm ups or to just relax when you feel tense and stressed as well. And this is also a great exercise to do when you’re having trouble falling asleep.
Singing Tip 2. Stand and adopt the right posture.
A lot of beginners forget to focus on their stand and posture. Yes, your vocal chords are in your throat and your sound comes out of your mouth, but it takes more than that to make a great sound. The best way is to stand and use your entire body to practice your singing, it’s the best way to to engage everything efficiently. Bend your knees a little while standing, and relax your shoulders, keep your arms hanging loosely at the sides of your body or maybe one hand on your stomach to focus on your breathing. Relax anything that feels stressed or tight. If your mouth or jaw feels ‘locked’, try to take a deep breath and let your jaw drop slightly.
Any stress in your body will translate to forced and off key singing, so relax and activate the right stand and posture, before you start to sing!
Singing Tip 3. Don’t be afraid.
Many students I meet as a vocal coach start out hoping to be as perfect as their idol right after their first lesson. Well, that never happens. Talent is a great base of course, but every single great singer or musician out there has been though a lot rehearsals, practice, failure, and more practice. You have to do the work in order to reach any level of success, doesn’t matter if it’s singing in front of an audience of 5 or 500 people. Trust yourself, don’t beat yourself up when things don’t go the way that you imagined them to go.
Making mistakes is part of the learning process.If you have never failed or fallen, you can never learn to stand!
Singing Tip 4. Practice but don’t force it.
Whether it’s playing an instrument, playing a sport or singing…you need to practice. A small amount every day, or week is enough to see and hear results. Make sure that you’re fully focused and set a specific objective. Like controlling your breathing, interpretation of the lyrics, facial expressions, hitting the right notes, learning the lyrics… But be careful! Don’t force things. Listen to your body, your throat and voice tells you when it has done too much or needs a break. Then just relax and try again later. If you can’t reach a certain note, just try again another day or move on to something else. When it comes to improving your voice; it takes time!