How To Improve Your Singing Voice

April 24th, 2014 | Author:

Male and female singing together

Without a doubt, the fastest way to improve your singing voice is to get yourself a reputable vocal coach to work with. I know that’s probably not what you wanted to hear but that’s the truth. A great singing teacher will immediately identify your issues and fast-track your progress and make the journey much safer and smoother for you as a developing singer.

But if you were going to tackle this on your own here’s a snapshot of what I believe are the key areas you’re going to need to get a handle on if you’re serious about improving your singing voice.

 

The Vocal Mechanism: How does the voice actually work?

Every singer should have a handle on the fundamentals of how the vocal cords actually produce sound. You’ll get so much more out your singing exercises (hence greater improvement) if you understand the vocal mechanism. The act of singing will just make more sense somehow. Plus, it’s so much easier to look after your voice when you understand how it works!

 

Vocal Health: What does it take to maintain a healthy singing voice?

I hate to be the one to break it you but just about everything you do will have an effect on your voice on some level. The things you eat and drink, the way you talk, the amount of sleep you get, how you practice, what you practice, how you breathe, your fitness level, physical health and general wellbeing are all contributors to the health and sound of your voice. Like an athlete, a singer can make informed choices about diet, exercise and other activities to help enhance their performances. Do your research, apply yourself and you’ll notice immediate improvements in the health of your voice.

 

Vocal Warm Ups: Always warm up your voice before singing!

A vocal warm up routine should always precede a live performance, a singing lesson or a vocal practice session.  An effective vocal warm up routine will be a combination of stretching, breathing and vocalising exercises that will prepare your body and voice for healthy singing. There are a ton of simple exercises that you can tap into that will give you good results. After a while you’ll establish a warm up routine that feels right for you that you can also vary on different days depending on how you’re feeling. The regular habit of warming up your voice before singing will serve you well toward improving the quality of your singing voice.

 

Singing Practice: How long should I be practicing for?

It’s not how long you practice that’s important it’s how you practice and what you practice that will make the biggest difference to your progress. Each and every vocal exercise has a specific objective and purpose. Make sure you understand what an exercise is designed to achieve before your start working with it. Then make sure you’re doing it correctly, otherwise you’ll just be reinforcing bad singing habits which could also lead to vocal damage and other voice problems. If you find that you’re really struggling with an exercise you’re doing, or just not getting anything out of it, try a different one. There are many ways to tackle the same problem. Some will connect with you better than others. So be selective, choose your exercises wisely and most importantly, make sure you’re doing them correctly!

 

Song Repertoire: Choose your songs carefully!

Just because you personally love a song doesn’t mean that it’s the right song for you to sing. Choose songs that are good fit for you in terms of your skill level. Is the song’s melody in your comfortable vocal range? Do you have a handle on the dynamics and stylistic techniques you will need to pull it off? Can you deliver the emotional intent of the song convincingly so it’s believable and connects with your audience? This is your time to put all your practice to use and shine as singer. Choose wisely.

 

Singer songwriter Astha Tamang-MaskeyMonitor Your Progress: How will you know if you’re improving?

Record your voice! The proof will be on the recording. There’s no better way to speed up the progress you’re making with your singing than by regularly recording your voice and then listening back. This will help you zone straight in on the areas that need the most work. This is one of the best practice habits you can employ to make sure you are continually improving. Plus it’s a lot of fun listening to the before and after recordings.

 

Get Help: There’s always a solution to your vocal problem!

Got an issue with your voice you just can’t seem to get sorted out? Maybe you feel like you’ve hit a plateau and no matter what you do you just can’t seem to improve. We all get stuck from time to time. That’s just a natural part of the learning cycle. The key is not stay stuck!

The simple solution is to get some help from someone who can cut to the chase and get you right back on track. Fortunately more and more of the experienced reputable vocal coaches are making themselves accessible through online courses, programs and resources which are readily available. Once again, just do your homework.

I hope this gives you a realistic overview of the key areas to focus on for your continued progress as a singer. Do your research and be selective about the techniques and methods that you employ to improve your singing voice.

Learning to sing is an ongoing journey. No one ever gets to the end of the road so you may as well enjoy the ride. 🙂

 

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