Almost everyone likes to sing. Although many people take up song training to improve their voice, you can develop your own style and confidence as well. Start by practicing regular songs every day. You can do this by singing along with your favorite songs or by practicing only your scales. Being a little creative in your vocalization will not hesitate. By smoking and staying hydrated, taking care of your vocal health, you can get the best quality sound.
1. Use a microphone to record your voice:
Launch the Sound Recording app on your computer or Smartphone. After that, adjust the audio input settings so that it can record a pure, unadulterated version of your voice. Practice singing and recording various songs.
- To be more comfortable with the process of performing, attach an external microphone to your computer or phone. This will help you become familiar with how songs or how to handle them in a microphone can ultimately make a difference in voice.
- For example, Perfect Piano and Pocket Pitch are two very good apps for singers.
- You can use a digital tuner or download an app such as Vanido that can provide you with feedback about your pitch control.
2. Sing a familiar song again and again:
Print the words of the song that you enjoy. Take some time to understand the words of the song closely. Then work on how you can give a new shape to the song by changing the inflections of your voice. To be more comfortable with the process of performing, attach an external microphone to your computer or phone. This will help you become familiar with how songs or how to handle them in a microphone can ultimately make a difference in voice.
- It is important that you choose a song that you enjoy because you will have to work hard on it.
- Also, when you are starting for the first time, try to sing a song that is within your vocal range so that your voice does not strain.
- You also can practice the Bole Naina song if you are an Indian singer.
3. Practice making vocalizations using different parts of your vocal system:
Singing is not just about taking out the voice from the throat. Concentrate on singing the same song by manipulating your tongue, mouth, diaphragm throat, and even nose. Recording these vocalizations and playing them back will help you understand your body, and the sounds it can produce.
- For example, expelling excess air from the nose will inadvertently produce a high-pitched screeching sound. If you put light pressure on your nostril from outside while singing, then your voice can also change.
- Move your tongue towards your palate while singing to see how the resulting sound changes. You can also see your tongue moving towards your cheek. You can make different vocalizations by wiggle the jaw from side to side.
- To experiment with diaphragm vocalizations, try to push all the air out of your chest simultaneously while singing songs. Instead, see what happens when you use very small amounts of air to sing.
4. Add your emotions to each song:
Before practicing each song, tell yourself what feelings you want to convey to your audience. After that, try to dissolve those feelings in each song. Try to remember an event or moment in your life that resembles the feeling you want to express.
- The key is to use that moment to capture those feelings, not to drown them. After all, if you start crying on every painful song, then the quality of your song will not improve.
- For example, if you are singing a song about separation, then think of a negative moment in your relationships.
- To keep yourself from drowning in those feelings, when you have thought about those events, bring your attention back to the words and notes of the song you are singing.
5. Identify your vocal range:
Sing with a piano and try to match your pitch to the pitch of that instrument. Mark your range as high or as low as you can go without cracking or breaking the sound. Make sure that you are singing from your chest, not from the nose or throat, otherwise, you will understand the wrong range.
- Also, note which registers you are singing. Mostly, if you are a male, then you will need to use falsetto to sing high-airy notes. Conversely, if you are a woman, then the higher notes come from your head voice while the lower notes are sung in chest voice.
- Using a piano app like Keyboard or Perfect Piano on your phone will really help you know your range accurately. These apps often tell you how much your voice is aligning with the notes being played.
6. Speak every day and read:
Building your vocal skills will not only increase with the practice of singing. Using your voice in a meaningful way while reading by speaking can help you improve your inflections and increase stamina. Take a newspaper or book and read it for 30 minutes every day by speaking.
7. Warm-up before the song so that you don’t strain your voice:
Sing “ee” softly above middle C on F (women) or below medium C on F (men) and as long as Keep it until we can stop it. Repeat this exercise 2 times. Another warm-up is to sing the word “knoll” while you glide from the lower note to the higher note, and repeat this monologue twice. Then reverse it and glide from the high note to the lower note while singing “knoll” three times.
- Sing “oll” in your mid-range above the 5-note scale (CD-E-EF-G). Repeat this exercise twice.
8. Sing “Do Re Mi” above and below the scale:
This is another great way to warm up your vocal cords and practice holding consistent notes. Start at C scale, then go to C # scale and then even above. Go slowly and slide and hit each note immediately instead of reaching there.
- Basic Scale: Focus on “Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do”. To add some excitement to it, you can go up 2 notes, and then jump 1 or jump to another pattern.
- Go up the scale, move 2 notes up, and 1 down.
- A scale is a series of intervals that lie between pitches. If you move up or down on a scale, you will sing both high and low voices. For example, C to C # is a scale, and C # to D # is another scale.
9. Try to sing at least 30 minutes per day:
This is enough to warm up your vocal cords, but not too long to strain them. It would be best if you do not disturb during this practice. However, if you get the job of singing, then it will also give you an opportunity to develop the skills of singing in public.
- By signing for a short time in public every day, you will also get an education to study the audience and how to work with the audience.
- In a local place where there is a small stage or stage for the presentation, such as a coffee shop, you may also get the work of singing by approach. If this option is not available, then you can use your skills as voluntary services by joining a church choir or any other group.
10. Try to maintain the correct posture of the song:
Stand up with the back straight and the mouth facing the front. Make sure that your shoulders are at the back and the neck is not too bent. Keep your tongue down inside your mouth, so that it touches your front bottom tooth. Slide your jaw from here to place it comfortably there.
- Avoid slouching or bending while singing.
- Singing by standing in front of the mirror, so that your side view can be seen, will help you to check your posture in the middle of the song.
11. Drink at least 6-8 glass fluids throughout the day:
By keeping the throat moist, deep, and rich range sounds will come out of it. Water that is lukewarm but not hot is best for your voice. Coldwater can close your throat. You can add 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of honey or a slice of lemon to increase the taste and relieve your throat.
- If you think about adding honey, then keep in mind that the closer it is to the natural honey, the better it will be. You would not like to have some external things and chemicals mixed in them.
12. Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night:
If you are tired, then your voice will suffer as a result. This will become even more important when you have to sing for a long time. If you cannot get 8 hours of sleep without being interrupted at one time, then you can keep taking small naps throughout the day.
- Sometimes, warming up and taking a 30-minute nap before singing can actually improve the quality of your voice.
13. Practice taking deep breaths:
Focus on breathing through your mouth, filling every corner of your lungs completely with air and then removing it from the nostrils of your nose. Try counting it, such as 1-2-in, 3-4-out. You can watch online videos about other techniques for deep breathing or seek advice from a respiratory therapist.
- Just like taking deep breaths, meditation techniques can also help keep your stress levels balanced and manageable. Otherwise, the pitch of your voice may be high and it can get stressed.
14. Avoid overusing your voice:
Try not to speak loudly, nor shout, nor try to sing above other voices, especially for long periods of time. Use the microphone to amplify your voice whenever necessary in its place. When you use your voice a lot like giving a performance or giving a speech, and then give it some rest in between to allow it to recover.
- Practice singing in small sessions and give your voice rest in between sessions.
- To protect the throat from strain, spread your throat and relax while singing.
- Avoid frequent coughing and clearing your throat.
15. Do not smoke:
If you smoke now, see your doctor for advice. They may also recommend nicotine patches or some medicines to quit smoking. It may not be possible to quit immediately, but just reducing smoking will positively affect the quality of your voice.
- Smoking not only causes irritation in your throat and vocal cords but also reduces your lung capacity and ability to hold notes.
16. Keep in mind the symptoms of a voice strain:
If your voice sounds seated, hoarse, or rattling, then you have probably strained your vocal cords. When you try to sing or vocalize, you may feel that there is a wound in the throat or some pain. If you have to spend more energy than before to extract the same note, then maybe your vocal cords are not working 100 percent.
- It is best to refrain from singing before the voice is fully recovered. If you can limit talk and vocalization, then that can also help. Often the voice strain is due to overuse of the vocal cords, so it is important to give yourself time to recover.
- If your voice still sounds strange or you still feel strange after 2 weeks, then understand that the time has come to see a doctor. It is likely that there has been some growth in your vocal cords which is affecting your singing ability.
- Although you can practice using recordings of other singers, try not to try to compare them directly. Each voice is special and has a distinct characteristic.
- Try not to eat too much just before the song, because it can affect your voice. Some things you should avoid are chocolate, ice cream, cookies, and fried and salty snacks.