8 Ways To Improve Your Singing and Vocal Ability
Whether you’re looking to make it big professionally or you’re exploring singing as a hobby, you might want to know how best you can take your singing skills a notch higher. There are a few basic things that every singer needs to get right, regardless of what level you’re trying to reach and regardless of what genre you’re singing in. Here are a few simple tips that you can use to get started and improve your singing.
Get feedback constantly
No brainer? Perhaps. And yet, this is something that most singers fail to do for one reason or the other: in some cases, they’re too shy to ask for feedback and in others, they simply forget to ever ask for feedback. You can’t just have someone who listens to a recording and sends in a quick note of appreciation. That does make you feel good, but it doesn’t improve your singing. You’d need to get some honest feedback from skilled vocalists themselves and make note of things that are going wrong (or right!) with your music. This could be your singing teacher or a friend who’s really good at singing. Whoever it is, you’d need them to be able to listen to your singing from time to time and provide with some solid advice. In short, get an awesome Vocal Teacher.
Record yourself when you sing
When was the last time you noticed that your pitch was off by the tiniest bit? When your crescendo went too long for just a bit too long? When you missed that beat by the scantiest second? Well, you can’t notice that while you’re singing; you’re preoccupied and cluttered with all the other sounds around you. Record yourself from time to time and see how you sound to see what you can improve.
Singing intensively uses your vocal muscles and they need to be kept in the right shape. Your singing teacher must have surely given you a list of vocal warmups that you can do but you probably forgot them or didn’t care enough to actually do them before you sing. Well, they’re important if you want to keep the musical instrument inside you alive and kicking.
Unlike a guitarist, you can’t climb up on the stage with the worst cold or throat inflammation and still put on a great show. It’s both a gift and a curse that a vocalist has his instrument within himself. If you’re not healthy, you’ll never perform at your best. So stay away from the cold, keep yourself hydrated and eat healthy.
Practice every day
Did you know that practicing 10 minutes every day is a whole lot better than singing 120 minutes on the weekends? Vocal training, like any other musical training, requires consistent practice. You can’t “make up” for the training you missed on your weekdays by putting in more effort on the weekends.
When you’re up on stage your voice takes the central role, but your expressions are just as important. Don’t sing like a corpse. Use your expressions to send a message to your audience visually as well. You can start by singing in front of a mirror.
Control your breath
Breath control is very important for singers. You can increase your ability to hold your breath by taking care of yourself with some simple aerobic exercises every day or swimming, but you’d still need to learn to release and hold your breath at the right time in a song. Make sure to take a deep breath whenever you get the chance in a song so that you’re not gasping right in the middle of a chorus.
Don’t push yourself too much
All singers have a pitch range that they absolutely have to stay under. If you constantly try singing songs that require a much higher pitch, you’d soon ruin your vocal cords. Stick with songs you’re (physically, but also mentally) comfortable with and don’t be too hung up on singing that one favorite song of yours.
Whether you’re a self-taught singer or looking for some formal musical training and an awesome teacher, you can use LocalMasters to find the right mentor that you need to progress in your musical journey. All our trainers are evaluated professionally so that you don’t ever have to second-guesses their abilities.