Every singer – both amateur and professional – wants to learn how to improve their singing. While there are people who are indeed born with the gift of perfect singing and pitch, most have to work hard to achieve the voice that they desire to have. Some are even tone deaf, and yet they have risen above their handicaps to develop voices that are a level up from amateur singers.
Let us take a look at some pointers that will help you to sing better.
First of all, it is very important to know your voice type. To determine this, you will need the aid of a voice coach. Factors that are considered in determining voice type include voice weight, timbre, color, range and texture. If you are a man, your voice is either that of a bass, baritone, countertenor or tenor. If you are a woman, you may either be a contralto, mezzo soprano or a soprano. Knowing your voice type will enable you to learn the techniques that are specifically suited for you. Also, you will learn the limitations of your voice so that you don’t put undue strain on it when you sing.
Secondly, you need to have a good understanding of vocal tone. Vocal tone refers to the quality of tones that you produce when you sing. No two singers will have the same vocal tone. If you are aware of your vocal tone, you can easily select the songs that are best for your voice, and would bring out its full power. For example, if you produce full, powerful tones, you should go for songs that are frequently performed by belters. If the tones you produce are thin and sharp, you should sing songs that are higher in pitch. Vocal tone will not only make you a better singer; you will be transformed into an intelligent singer as well.
Thirdly, you should always be keenly aware of how you sing. This would entail knowing how best to manipulate essential parts of your vocal apparatus, particularly your velum, diaphragm and your mouth (specifically how you open it). You know you are singing correctly if you are using an open voice. In this form, the notes flow effortlessly and with minimal strain. You are using a closed voice if it croaks, cracks or if there is too much strain in your throat. Ask your vocal coach to check if you are using an open or closed voice.
Next, be aware of your posture. The way you position your body has an effect on the quality of notes that you produce. Make sure that you sing with body straight, chest forward and belly pressed inward. Also, develop the motor skills so that you will be able to produce gestures and other movements that would complement your song. Part and parcel of great singing is stage performance. You should be able to connect with your audience not just with your voice, but also with the way you move on stage.
Last but certainly not least, make it a point to practice. It is only through constant practice that you will be able to further develop and polish the voice that you have. Even if you are not born with the gift, you can improve tremendously if you regularly perform your exercises and sing a wide variety of songs.
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Source by Jacaranda Flagg