You must be wondering why some of your friends possess a better singing ability than you, although we all have the same parts of the body (mouth, vocal cords, stomach and lungs etc.)? The good news is everyone can sing, as singing is as easy as speaking. If you want to achieve this ability to sing well, I am going to share with you a few easy but very important tricks that will help you sing better for beginners like you, and avoid some common pitfalls while singing.
Best Practices to Get Better at Singing Quickly
Tip 1. The fastest way to improve
This is a quick trick that creates you sound better instantly, so I call it the “Fast Improvement.” Say A-E-I-O-U (watch your jaw movement in the mirror). Did your jaw close on any of the vowels? Chances are your jaw closed on the “E” and the “U” – and most likely on others too, if not all of them. Take your first two fingers and pull your jaw down two inches – or even better, use a plastic bottle cap or a wine cork to prop your jaw open. Now speak the vowels again. Now try this again (we’re going to adjusting muscle memory – take small but steady steps).
Next we will be singing in one pitch out vowels. A-E-I-O-U. Our goal here is to leave your jaw open (not wide, but long) while not closing for all of the vowels. Keep doing this until you can keep your jaw open. Now sing a phrase of one of your songs – and make sure your jaw opens to the same position on all of your vowels. The sooner this new movement is programmed into your muscle memory, you have to practice this a bunch before it becomes natural – but the more you do.
And you might be one of those lucky ones who notice the improvement in the sound right away (it will sound louder and more resonant with less vocal strain). If you don’t, don’t sweat it, you will. It just takes a little practice. You might have some unwanted tension in your neck, throat and jaw muscles – try loosening them up and try it again. The next time you perform open your jaw more on your vowels, it’s one of my quick singing tips that makes you sound better instantly!
Tip 2. “Think down” for high notes
When you sing a scale, try thinking of the way an elevator works: a heavy weight is attached to a pulley, and as the weight pulls down, the elevator goes up to the higher floors. So, the highest floor is reached when the weight is the heaviest. Similarly, you should use the most “weight” on your highest notes.
Tip 3. More strength without strain
Who doesn’t want more power without stress? This is one of individuals simple singing recommendations that’s easy to apply – easier compared to the one above. All you want do is and have your chin pointed a little down and while having slightly flexed pectorals (once in awhile it’s a good idea to flex) while trying to get better power. You will find that some singers pull forward or raise their chin up when singing to get more power. While it might give you instant results, it will give you vocal problems down the road. Lowering your chin down also performs better and helps save your vocal cords, another point is it genuinely SOUNDS better!
Stay in front of the good ‘ol mirror. Sing an “ah” scale all around in one phrase (1-2-3-4-3-2-1). Press your chin slightly in (position your chin for the floor), usually only 1 inch approximately. Don’t let your face bob up as you raise pitch – keep it firmly in position. Go all the way within the scale of your sound keeping this place. Notice how the chin wants to move up when you raise pitch. Make it planted. This will give you more power and control and eliminate strain. Practice it until it becomes natural!
Tip 4. Using Vibrato
Here’s a quick tip to have your vibrato functioning. Stand in front of a mirror; press on your own chest with both of your hands, then raise your torso higher than normal. Take a breath in and then exhale, but don’t drop your chest. Sing one note and hold it as long as possible with your chest raised. Press on your chest halfway through the note (press kind of hard and raise your chest to meet the pressure). Relax the back of your neck and keep your jaw open as you’re singing “ahhh.” Imagine the air spinning around in your mouth while keeping your chin tucked down a bit and your chest raised. Keep in mind, overuse of vibrato is not a good thing in contemporary singing (pop, rock and R&B). At the same time, no vibrato is also not a good thing. Learning good songs to sing using vibrato is important. So, try ending phrases with straight tone, then into a little bit of vibrato. The bottom line is to do what’s best for you.
Tip 5. Taking Care of Yourself and Your Voice
Your voice is one of the most fragile and delicate musical instruments, and your vocal cords can get damaged if you do things that it is not ready for. If you ever feel like your voice is straining, or if you feel soreness or pain in your mouth, stop immediately. Do not sing your notes too high immediately without slowly moving higher up the notes with constant practice when learning how to sing good.
Tips 6. Sing Naturally
Everyone of us is different physically and psychologically, so that we have our own unique voice and style of singing. Try not to imitate styles of other singers but let your true voice be heard. Eliminate tension and strain from your voice. When singing naturally you can achieve tones, emotions and notes you could never do when restricted. Pay attention to all the little details in a song like phrasing, rhythm, words and diction.
Tip 7 – Value Your Singing & Be Positive
You want to enjoy singing and use enthusiasm , also you will improve dramatically and will not shy away from others hearing you sing! Remain positive! Having a good mindset allows for a big part of your singing career, if you don’t like what you are hearing then who will?
Tip 8 – Practice Regularly
You need lots of consistent practice, for example an hour or so a day, then extend the period if you feel like it. With practice comes an increase in your range between the higher and lower notes. The human voice is a lot less accurate in pitch than a musical instrument like a piano – to get your correct sense of pitch you need to practice music scales a lot.
Tip 9 – Being Committed
You must be committed and focused wholeheartedly on learning all you can about every part of singing. Learn from your mistakes and brief comings and keep striving. Take small steps and actions each day towards your singing success, and before you know it, you will be singing like a professional.
Tip 10- Appropriate Breathing Technique
You must learn diaphragmatic inhaling, that is you must inhale deep, and not shallow, into the lower parts of your lungs. Breathe in such that your stomach goes out rather than your chest when you suck in. Control the air that you’re expelling whenever you sing
Following these easy steps will help you sing better fast and speed up the learning curve. Hang in there making to keep coming back consistently to see our latest advice.