Singing Tips For Beginners
If you are a beginner, you can dramatically improve your singing by learning a few simple singing tips. Below, you will find 5 ways to sing better for beginners. These are all proven techniques that are known to work really well so take them to heart. For some people, they will come more naturally than for others. However, everyone should be able to master them if they persevere.
1. Sing From Your Diaphragm
Of all the singing tips, this is probably the most important one to master. In order to project your voice fully, your lungs need to be able to expand fully in your chest cavity. This is not possible if you do not breath properly while you sing. Most people expand their chest as they inhale and deflate their chest when they exhale. If you do this while you are singing, your lungs will not be able to fill with air to their maximum potential. This is where diaphragm breathing comes into play. Instead of moving your chest in and out while you breath, you should keep your chest fully inflated at all times and let your stomach muscles push the air in and out. This will give your lungs the space to fully expand the entire time you are singing.
2. Control Your Tongue
Many beginning singers find that their tongue frequently gets in the way while they sing. Your mouth serves as a resonator when you sing so it is important to keep it out of the way as much as possible. This will give your voice a grander quality. To do this, try to keep the tip of your tongue resting just inside and slightly lower than your bottom teeth whenever you are singing vowel sounds. Since singing is a essentially a form of elongated sustained speech, approximately seventy percent of your singing is a vowel sound. To make consonant sounds the other thirty percent of the time, you will need to lift your tongue above your lower teeth but as soon as you are done, try to get your tongue back into the vowel position just inside and slightly below your lower teeth.
3. Really Take the Time To Practice
Bodybuilders hit the gym several times a week if they want to build a chiseled body. Tennis players, football players, and baseball players practice even during the off season. Singing is no different than any other physical activity. You must practice a lot to get really good at it. You also need to practice consistently, i.e. daily or near daily. Be sure to do your warmup exercises and your voice strengthening exercises everyday if you want your voice to really sing (pun intended). Also practice your tone, pitch, and range as much as possible by singing a variety of songs.
4. Don’t Be a Slouch
Posture is very important to maximizing your singing potential. If you slouch, this reduces your chest cavity which reduces your resonance and can also give you a nasal sound. You want to keep your shoulders back and your chest held high but not so high you feel strain. In other words, make sure you are comfortable in the way you are standing but do stand straight. Keep your chin up so you have the full use of your mouth as a resonator. It should be parallel to the floor. Make sure your knees are loose and not locked. Keep one foot slightly more forward than the other so you can shift your body weight slightly forward as you sing.
5. Eliminate Tension In Your Body
This is a one of the singing tips that may not be emphasized enough. You may have noticed that you can sing better when you first get up in the morning or after a long stroll outdoors when you’ve had the day off. The reason for this is the fact that your body is usually less tense during these times. Before you start singing, take a moment to close your eyes and just relax. Make sure there is no tension in your jaw muscles and that you are breathing calm and steady. This simple step will immediately improve your singing.
Not everyone can be a Mariah Carey or a Frank Sinatra. However, everyone can dramatically improve their singing if they follow the singing tips outlined above. Be sure to take a few moments to relax your body before you sing, check your posture, and control your tongue as your practice your diaphragm breathing and singing. You’ll soon find that all of this will become so second nature, you will not even have to think about it anymore. Have fun.