Questions and Answers
I'm having SO much difficulty figuring things out. ESPECIALLY BREATHIGN! Is breathing with your diaphragm supposed to be THAT hard. I've been struggling for a year and it's just so.. Ugh!
How do you breathe? I can make my air go in 3 areas. Which one is the diapragmic breathing!?
1) right underneath my ribcage (above my belly button)
2) Around the belly button area
3) At the very bottom of my belly area.. Like waist line. At the very bottom.
Singing tips no 1
Learn how to extend your vocal range. This is an important factor in developing a great singing voice. It will give your voice another dimension, and add an element of excitment to your singing.
Extending vocal range is done by learning how to sing in different vocal registors… Different muscle coordinations. You must learn how to zip up your vocal chords as you sing higher. This leaves less of the vocal chords free to vibrate, and allows you to easily hit high notes.
The second important factor in increasing your vocal range, is to blend your vocal resonances. Your tone will resonate in your throat, your mouth, and your nasal cavities.
Each one of these cavities will favor different frequencies… Produce a different sound. To develop beautiful tone, you must balance these vocal resonances. Once balanced, your tone will be superb.
As you move through the different areas of your voice (low, middle, and high), the reasonace will undergo changes. For example, when you are singing low notes, most of the reasonance will be felt in the throat and mouth.
As you pass up through your range, you will feel the reasonce pass behind the soft palate (the soft tissue that acts as a divider of your mouth and nasal cavity), and into your nasal cavities.
When you are singing in your highest range, most of the reasoance is felt in your head (nasal cavity).
The change of resonance described in tip no. 2, are defined by many vocal instructors as vocal registers.
To develop a great voice you must become intimate with each of the three main vocal registers. Here they are….
Chest voice – The voice we generally speak in. The vocal chords vibrate across their entire length, and the reasonance is primarily in the throat and mouth. Chest voice produces a thick, rich, vocal sound.
Head voice – This is the highest part of our usable range. The vocal chords are in a shortened or "zipped up" coordination, and the reasonance is primarily in the nasal or head cavity. Head voice produces a slightly hooty sound, like when you impersonate an owl "hooting"!
Mixed voice – This is a commercial sounding voice, that is higher in pitch than the chest voice. It is the voice you hear most top 40 artists using on the radio. It uses a "zipped up" chord coordination, although it gives you the same impression as singing in chest voice, with sweeter tone quality.
The resonance is split in this coordination, half in the mouth and half in the head cavity. For commercial success, learning to sing in the mixed voice is a must.
Work hard at developing your mixed voice! This is one of the hardest vocal coordinations to master, although is very achievable with the correct training. This part of your voice is what ties your entire voice together.
It is the bridge between your chest and your head voice. It is also the best part of your voice to use for a commercial, popular sound. It will give your voice flexibiliy and will actually improve the other areas of your voice!
Your chest and head voice will likely improve once you master your mixed voice. This is because the mixed voice requires the most sophisticated reasonance and vocal chord coordination.
The chances are, if your mixed voice is beginning to sound really good, your vocal chords and breathing are beginning to function very efficiently, and your voice will only get better and better!
A great mixed voice is a sign of a good singer! So work on blending those registers….
Ok, here's an obvious one….
Warm up before doing any vigorous singing exercises! I know it's tempting to get straight into it….
Warming up your voice will increase the blood flow to your vocal chords. The muscles will then find it so much easier to operate effectively. You will be able to sing much better, with much less vocal tension.
It's so simple, yet so many singers forget to warm up.
Begin by humming nice and relaxed, in a easy range. Use simple scales, and don't try and sing too high, too early!
After humming for a few minutes, continue warming up by doing some lips rolls on a slightly harder scale. After ten minutes of this, your vocal chords should be nice and flexible, ready for some more challenging exercises!
Just as it is important to warm up before singing, you must warm down after singing. This will prevent your voice from getting tight, and it will make it easier next time you sing.
Do a gentle slide from your highest, easily reached note, down to your lowest note, and then into vocal fry (Vocal fry is the first noise you make when you wake up!
You breathe between your songs like this song from James Blunt
My life is brilliant (breathe)
You breathe from your lungs but when singing you use your stomach to tighten it. You breathe with your lungs above.
1) Running is a very good excercise.
2) Don't smoke or drink alcohol if you want to be a singer.
3) No drugs if you want to be a singer.
4) You've breathing problems because you get nervous before you sing, before singing lie on the floor & try to relax, drink lemonade or something before singing.
When i sing i sound good in my head but then i always record myself and i sound horrible.i want to learn how to sing better but without taking lesson b/c i cant afford that. Any ideas?
So here are my simple tips. ( I know you can't afford it but its so important. If not Go to step 4)
1. Whether you a beginner or advance, your first priority in the singing business is training. Meaning a singing teacher or coach. Unless you are the next big thing you would not waste your time asking "HOW" on this site.
2. Remember, the first impression is the most important one and in this business they don't forget. So make sure you polish yourself.
Do local shows, talent shows, local festivals, be part of the community and showcase yourself. This will not only give you more confidence, a polished act but will create a following. And if the audience like you and your style, your on your way. Test yourself!
3. Practice Practice Practice and more Practice
4. Record yourself and listen to your progress. Note your weakness and strength.
Some more tips from
A2Z Singing Tips
By Vocal Coach Yvonne DeBandi
A = Airflow. Never hold your breath while singing. The airflow is what creates and carries your vocal tone, so keep it flowing. Avoid Clavicular Breathing and Belly Breathing — instead, learn the proper way to breathe for singing, called diaphragmatic breathing. Fill the lower portion of your lungs as if you had an inner tube around your waist that you were evenly filling.
B = Breathing properly for singing requires the shoulders to remain down and relaxed, not rise with the breath intake. A singer will gain power to their voice by strengthening the muscles in their ribcage and back.
C = Communicate the music's message. During performance it is very important to communicate the message of the song. If you make a "mistake" don't point it out to your audience. It is most likely they did not even notice.
D = Diaphragmatic Support. Develop the strength and coordination of the diaphragm and become a pro at controlling the speed of the airflow released, the quantity of the airflow released and the consistency of the airflow released.
E = Elasticity of the Vocal Folds. The vocal tone is created as airflow bursts through the cleft of the vocal cords causing them to vibrate/oscillate. The vocal folds can lose elasticity due to misuse, lack of use and/or increase of age. Be sure to train your voice with vocal exercises on a regular basis to keep your voice in shape.
F = Free your natural voice. Don't be a slave to any music style — even your favorite one. Learn to sing with your full and natural voice by developing your vocal strength and coordination. Then add stylistic nuances to achieve any singing style you desire.
G = Guessing Games. Never guess the pitch you are about to sing. Hear the note in your head before you open your mouth.
H = High notes require consistent and steady airflow. Many students tend to hold their breath as they sing higher. Let the air flow. Try increasing your airflow and gauge your result.
I = Increase your breathing capacity and control by doing breathing exercises every day. Be sure to avoid patterned breathing. Singers must negotiate phrase lengths of all different sizes, so it is important to be versatile.
J = Jumping Jacks. If you are having trouble getting your body completely involved with singing, try doing some cardiovascular activities, like jumping jacks, for a few minutes before getting started again. Sometimes your instrument simply needs an airflow wake-up call.
K = Know your limits. Don't sing too high or too low. Don't sing to the point of vocal fatigue. Never strain or push your voice. Doing so will not result in a higher or lower singing range, or a stronger voice, only a voice that has suffered undue stress.
L = Low notes are often sung with too much airflow. Try decreasing your airflow to achieve a more natural, more relaxed tone.
M = Mirror. Training in front of a mirror can help a singer discover many things about their instrument, as well as confirm that other actions are being done correctly. Be sure to rely on a mirror during vocal training, but be able to leave the mirror to face an audience.
N = Never sing if it hurts to swallow.
O = Open your mouth wider. Nine times out of ten this will help you achieve a stronger, more defined vocal tone.
P = Prepare your instrument before singing. Singers are very much like athletes. Take care of your body/instrument by stretching out the vocal muscles and relieving the body of unnecessary tension before singing.
Q = Quit smoking. Quit talking too loudly. Quit talking too much.
R = Raise the Soft Palate. Creating a larger space inside your mouth by raising the soft palate, or fleshy part of the back of our throat, helps achieve a deeper more well rounded singing tone.
S = Sing through the vocal breaks. If you do not teach the muscles the necessary actions to sing through the trouble spots, success will never be achieved. Sing through it, sing through it again, and again….
T = Tone Placement. Learning the facts about tone placement and resonance make a huge difference in the abilities of a singer. In simple terms, a singer has numerous body cavities (nasal cavity, chest cavity, etc.) and amplifiers (bones, ligaments, etc.) that act as resonators. Focusing the vocal tone through the proper resonating chamber with the proper support is important with regard to controlling and developing your personal sound.
U = Unique Voice Under Construction. Remember that your voice has its own unique fingerprint and is constantly changing with our actions, environment, health habits, etc. With this in mind, listen to your own voice often and use vocal training tools to keep your voice on the right track.
V = Vibrato. Vibrato is a natural or forced fluctuation of a singing tone. Do not concentrate on learning how to sing with vibrato. Instead, concentrate on the basic foundations of singing, breathing and support. When the proper coordination is achieved, vibrato will occur naturally.
W = Water. Water. Water. Drink room temperature water as often as you can to keep your voice organ hydrated. If you only have cold or hot water available, swish it around in your mouth for a moment. This action will keep your voice organ from being startled or stressed by different temperatures.
Y = You Can Sing with Impact! Exercise your voice daily with contemporary voice lesson products. Don't Just Sing when You Can Sing with Impact!
Z = Zzzzzzzz. Be sure to get your rest. If you are tired, your voice will show it. A tired body/instrument will not allow you to produce your best possible sound.
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