Questions and Answers
Is it possible? If so, how?
Sorry, but THE ONLY SAFE way to learn the correct singing techniques & to improve properly IS to take OFFLINE face-to-face singing lessons with a fully trained vocal teacher (in case you do not have a teacher yet)! The teacher HAS TO BE in the same room with you, so that he/she could give you proper feedback.
Please do NOT rely on any dodgy web tutorials because that way you can misunderstand things VERY EASILY and develop bad habits, hoarseness, vocal nodules and other nasties IN NO TIME, and even though you would sound good! It is always much wiser to invest a little bit of your money/time to face-to-face lessons rather than wasting the same amount of money (or even more!) to frequent ear-nose-throat specialist visits due to aforementioned problems, so please reconsider this. If you can't afford vocal lessons, then joining a choir is the only SAFE alternative option. And believe me, but even MANY of those who have music as their hobby DO take lessons as well!
Always remember to warm up your voice properly, but please know your limits and don't overdo your voice! Remember the diaphragmatic support, do not strain your throat too much! Also, remember good body posture!
Avoid fizzy drinks (burp danger), dairy products (mucus risk), caffeinated products (coffee & tea included, they dry up your throat) and spicy food (irritation risk)! You can consume these things, but NEVER before singing!
Do NOT shout, yell, scream nor otherwise abuse your voice AT ANY TIME! Also, please respect your vocal range; if your teacher says you are, say, more of an alto (baritone if you are male), then you ARE more of an alto (baritone).
DO NOT try to imitate anyone famous, that will usually give you just bad habits and even damage your throat. You are YOU and your voice is unique, so please learn to cherish that. The world does NOT need copycats.
Do NOT sing, whisper, shout, yell nor scream if having a sore throat/cold/flu, Also, do speak as little as you can if you have flu/cold/sore throat!
Remember to drink at least 2 litres of room-temperature still water every day, not just during singing days!
Smoking is a big no-no, as is inhaling secondhand smoke. Also, avoid staying in dusty and/or moldy environment.
I'm tired of having to pay money to learn a skill or talent. Sometimes you don't even get what your looking for when being trained. Are there any ideas out there on how to develop a good singing voice, and improving it? I know that you can improperly train your vocals. How can you tell your on the right track for practicing+Improving?
Well everyone can sing, you just have to get the right training and practice and confidence. I know you said you don't want lessons or anything. But I mean there's probably vocal lesson videos on youtube and stuff. You can't really teach yourself if you don't know the basics. And alot of people may think singing is just..singing. But there is a lot of technique to it and once you got it, you know you got it ! And you feel it. So what I'm saying is you can't practise off nothing.. Right. Like you gotta learn ! If you love singing you should want to take lessons and get out there and do it. I'm sure there's cheap ways to get training. And once you know the basics you just practise on your own, and you will know when you improve.
I don't want to go to a professional because I don't want to spend money.
Unfortunately, you can only teach yourself singing up to a certain point, and that point is really only the basics of singing. You can't hear your own voice as it resonates in your head, and vocal coaches are trained to know what is "wrong" with a certain technique as you try it, and can teach you how to sing properly. I can't tell you the number of times I thought I was doing something right until a vocal coach taught me otherwise.
If you're hard-pressed for cash, see if there are any colleges nearby with a music program. Often, students will offer cheap vocal coaching so that they can have experience with teaching the techniques that they have learned. If you refuse to spend ANY money, the best you can do is search for vocal coaching on YouTube and record yourself practicing the techniques.
Best of luck!
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