If you’re an aspiring singer, you probably already know that practicing your craft daily is essential. But incorporating the follow tips and tricks into your daily routine can be invaluable in helping you reach new vocal heights.
Posture and breathing
Having good posture helps you move air more effectively. Good posture, along with a strong core, can make it easier to maintain the strong, even breathing necessary to keep your singing steady and powerful. Learning to control your breathing in a manner that keeps the ribs expanded lets air move more freely, allowing you to manage your air more efficiently. Given that vocals are powered by air, it’s not a stretch to think of ourselves as wind instruments. Controlling intake and outflow permits the steadiest output of sound. A good vocal coach can and should recommend some excellent exercises to help you learn to control your breathing. Do not dismiss these as unnecessary. Failure to learn proper breathing techniques will keep you from reaching your full singing potential. This is true no matter what type of singing you wish to do. Long notes or short, low ones or high–all demand attention to breathing.
If you’re serious about taking your vocal skills to the next level (or finding talent deep within), a good vocal coach is the best investment you can make in your singing future. The first step to finding the right coach is to go beyond credentials and experience. Your best hope lies in finding someone who is a good fit for your personality, learning style, and long-term goals. Getting time with the most highly regarded vocal coach in the world won’t be optimally beneficial if the two of you just don’t click. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you or the coach; it just means that your styles don’t jive.
Once you’ve found a coach whose style works well with your own, you need to learn to leave your nerves and expectations of instant perfection in the past. Being afraid that your coach will think you’re horrible or hopeless will keep you from being relaxed enough to sing your best. Trying too hard to sound like your favorite singer robs you of the ability to discover your own unique voice, and trying to sound like someone you’re not will require more effort than just letting your own voice shine.
While it’s true that not all of us are destined to spend our lives singing on the biggest stages in the world, and while we have definitely all heard singing that we wished would stop, we shouldn’t fall into the trap of believing that singing is some magical thing. In reality, the body parts and processes we use to speak are the exact same ones used for singing. The difference is that singing involves a more intentional directing of the same air and sound used for speech. In other words, singing isn’t some random talent bestowed on only a few fortunate souls; instead, it is something that we all can learn given enough time, patience, and practice.
Once you are able to relax about the process of singing, you’ll find it easier to focus on your breathing and on turning speech into music.
Feel the music
If you want to be a better singer, there’s a good chance you’re a fan of music in general. Don’t forget that music drives the singing. Let the positive vibe you get from music stay with you and guide you. There will be times when you feel tired and frustrated, but don’t let those feelings rob you of the joy and happiness that you find in music. With vocal training, as with anything else, a positive attitude can go a long way.
Practice, practice, practice
Though there are some people for whom beautiful singing comes fairly naturally, most aspiring singers need help finding and fine tuning their voices. This process takes time. How much time depends on several factors, the most important of which is the amount of effort you put in. Be patient with yourself and practice breathing and vocal exercises every chance you get, and your reward will be worth the price of admission.