We all know how to sing, don’t we? Singing is just about opening your mouth wide and hitting the right notes, right? Well, maybe. In fact, there is a healthy, sustainable way to learn singing that will lead to an improved and lasting vocal. Check out these singing exercises tips and keep your voice fit.
A wrong way of singing may be harmful and end up damaging the potential in your voice. Whether you want to sing professionally or simply want to develop your voice, remember that not everybody is born a natural singer and a lot of what makes a great vocal can be learned.
Keeping Your Voice Fit
Your voice is your main capital and you want it to sound as good as possible for as long as possible. Maintaining a healthy and fit body is possibly the best way to help preserve your voice. Try to exercise regularly, eat balanced meals and get sufficient rest and sleep.
It is best not to smoke or drink excessively. If you have noticed, the stereotype of the trashed rock star is not a reality most of the time. The majority of successful musicians and artists who’ve gone a long way in their careers are those who knew how to take care of themselves and not have their careers ended prematurely.
Getting Vocal Training
Singing is both an art and a skill. If you are serious about singing, whether professional or recreational, you will need to do some training and singing in vocal harmony may be a great option as well. Just like doctors or lawyers or carpenters have to learn the skills of their occupations, training for aspiring singing professionals is essential. You can start by finding a local teacher to help you and enroll in singing lessons or you can access an online singing course.
A proficient teacher or an online singing course can make learning to sing an exciting and fun experience. Singing is fun however to get maximum enjoyment you need to understand the workings of your vocal apparatus and the proper techniques on how to sing without harming your vocal cords.
Fundamentals of Singing
One of the first steps that any decent teacher or course online should begin with is good posture and breathing support that will give you the best sounding voice tone. The way you stand plays an important role in singing. The best way is to stand up fairly straight, but in a relaxed way, with your shoulders back a little so it keeps your chest high. Position your feet slightly apart and have one a bit forward of the other.
Here is a simple way to help you find a good posture for singing. Stand upright with your arms by your sides. Next, move your arms using a circular motion across the front of your body and up over your head. At the same time, take in a deep breath and rise onto your tiptoes. Now, while coming down from your tiptoes begin to exhale slowly and bring your arms back to your sides. When you start to exhale and come down, try to keep your shoulders and chest where they were when you were at the top of the stretch.
Breathing support helps you to get a great tone and also prevents you from straining your vocal. On taking a breath in to sing, you should feel your midsection expand and include your diaphragm, abdomen, and spine working hand in hand. Next, breathe out with a hissing sound and as you do, try to keep your midsection expanded. It will take a little practice to get strong but once you do you will be able to get a better tone and sing longer without strain or tiredness. You will feel more relaxed and confident about singing especially if you plan to sing in front of a crowd.
Good posture and breathing are just the base of learning to sing well. From there you can start to look at tone placement and tonal quality. Your vocal tone is derived from three main areas: your chest, your mouth and throat (pharynx), and the sinuses (your head). Typically, higher notes use your head voice while lower notes are produced with your chest voice.
For most singing, you will need to use what teachers call a “mixed tone”. This is a combination of the pharynx (throat) and the head and is also known as mask resonance. This is because you should feel your vocal sound resonating in the part of your face that would be covered up by a Halloween mask. You know the half-face ones that you often see at parties.
You can use this easy exercise to start to feel mask resonance. First, inhale and then starting on a high note slide down your range to the bottom using a “hoo” or “hee” sound. Try to feel the sound vibrating in the triangle made by your eyes and the bridge of your nose as well as the roof of your mouth. See also these five singing exercises to warm up.
Getting these basics down is the first step on how to learn singing. It will take some time and effort on your part. However, if you work at it patiently and be consistent you will be surprised at the results you get.