HOW TO HAVE A GOOD SINGING VOICE
BY Kenzii peters obiadi
Most professional singers take singing lessons, but if you cannot afford them or do not otherwise have access to a professional singing coach, there are a few things you can teach yourself. To warm up your voice before singing and void vocal string while singing to keep control. Recording yourself, listening for errors, and letting others listen to you sing will also make it easier to improve your singing voice.
TIPS TO HELP YOU IN YOUR VOICE TRAINING
- Relax your vocal chords before you start singing. Strained vocal chords mean you won’t hit high notes well. Try saying ‘‘Mum…mum…mum…’’ in different tones instead of ‘‘do re mi’’ warm up for at least a few minutes.
- Don’t force the high note. When you need to hit a high note, don’t try too hard or tighten up. Relax and let your voice rise smoothly, but still maintain control. If you force your voice, you will end up hitting a bad note.
- Drink plenty cool water (not iced) or have hot/warm tea. This is best for your vocal cords because it simply hydrates them and helps clear away excess mucus. Cold water will shock and tighten your vocal chords. Avoid milk, soft drinks, and other similar drinks because the lactose in milk and other sugars (and sugar substitutes) in soft drinks cause phlegm and mucus to build up in your throat.
- Practice breathing deeply. Make a habit of breathing from your diaphragm, by doing it consistently for weeks, instead of gasping and/or heaving with your chest for air. If you are breathing properly, the bottom part of your belly will expand, not your rib cage.
- Practice phrasing. The right time to breathe while singing is between phrases (words and groups sung together). In ordinary writing, phrases are often set off by commas or other punctuation, but punctuation may be absent from lyrics Scan the lyrics before you start singing. Figure out where natural pauses and breaks are. When singing, take breaths at these breaks. You have to practice phrasing/breathing so that you can sing without straining, gasping for breath or running out of air.
- Record yourself. Record yourself while singing to see whether your voice sounds pleasant or irritating. Listen to your voice with an open mind, and don’t try to convince yourself that it sounds right, if it really doesn’t.
- Improve and experiment. Try to make your timing and phrasing fit the song better. Experiment with varying amounts of nasal and chest tones, timbres, accents and styles to see what suits you. Have a good friend listen who can give you a constructive and helpful criticism.
- Practice singing in front of people. Looking at people while singing may feel awkward at first, but with practice you get used to it. If singing for an audience makes you nervous, try looking at their foreheads or over their shoulders. Practices singing in front of a mirror before you perform for an audience.
- Be open to criticism. Try performing before friends or family, whichever you feel more comfortable with. Family members will usually try to sugarcoat reactions and not tell you their true opinions, while good friends may be more open and free with their thoughts. Be ready to laugh at yourself.
- Enjoy yourself, show confidence by smiling a little, have some fun. It might just end up being massive success for you
- Be persistent. Talent helps, but persistence is most important. Continue developing your song list, vocal techniques, and voice strength and stage presence. Continue learning to “sell your song” to the audience, using hand motions ( a hand on your heart, temple or pointing to heavens, walking a little, each at the right moment ) with sincerity, maybe a slight “tear” of sorrow in your voice or humorous timing as fits each songs. Just don’t give up.
N.B Now a lot of people have been asking a lot of questions, like beside warm water or tea, what else is good for the throat before singing, my dear in my own view pineapple juice can be good for a sore throat, especially before a performance as throat numbing drinks also numb the vocals, listen if you learn how to sing with proper technique and practice often, then you can learn to sing well. If you sound nasally, for example, you need to work with a vocal coach to fix that, however, it’s important to be realistic too, as not everyone is able to sing even if they have to be born with an amazing voice or learn.