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TIPS FOR SINGING:
1. Pick a song that's not too difficult to sing.
2. Look up the lyrics on the web, print them out or save them.
3. Listen to the song until you know all the words.
4. Listen to the timing and the way the words are being sung. High, low, middle, high, middle, then low.
5. Once you know the words and how they're sung, practice a couple of times until you can do it well.
6. Project. When you sing it, project your voice (but don't shout).
7. You should feel like something is in your throat, and there is pressure on your stomach.
8. Practice a couple of times, and then if you can record yourself, listen to how you sing. Remember that you will sound a little different than you sound in real life.
9. If you don't have anything to record yourself, then sing and put one finger in your ear and listen.
10. If you're confident enough, you can just ask someone how your singing is, just make sure that you tell them you want them to answer truthfully.
11. Drink half a gallon of water everyday (singers need to be very hydrated)
I wanna sing louder with my voice sounding good, but when I try I use my throut so it sounds raspy and hurts my throut, how do I make that better cause it doesn't sound good when sing loud. Also my voice gets shaky, other times it doesn't, how do I make it so it doesn't shake? How should I practice cause when I sing loud in the house I think I sound bad and my whole family can hear me.
A2Z SINGING TIPS
By Teri Danz
A = Athlete– Singers need to train their body like an athlete. Your body is your instrument. Put a priority on: 1) taking care of your body — rest, food and warming up to sing, and 2) building and maintaining your instrument.
B= Breathing– Knowing how to breathe in singing is a basic technique. A diaphragmatic approach is important here. Use your back muscles for support. Fill up air into your rib cage and back but not into your throat. This creates a baseline support level called holding up. Then take smaller breaths for phrases as
you need them.
C= Control — control in singing is a combination of techniques. Breath control, resonance, pitch, placement, holding up and being able to ride the air are all elements of control. Like riding a bike, it's the balance of all of these things that contribute to effortless singing.
D= Drop Your Jaw — Relaxing and dropping the jaw in (pop) singing is the key to reaching notes effortlessly, making range transitions and supporting the ends of your range.
E= Eat for Energy — Proteins are essential for maintaining energy in singing. Singing takes energy. Many performers lose energy halfway through a set and then end up efforting, pushing and stressing their vocal cords.
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F= Fatigue — Fight fatigue. As a singer, this is a huge enemy. Fatigue will sap you of technique and have you working against yourself. Many singers strain their vocal chords, push their range, get hoarse, and get a variety of other problems when they get tired. The antidote is rest and self-care.
G=Get out there– The best way to create your own style as a singer is to do it. If you're a beginner, work with nurturing people (and a coach). You can play coffeehouses, open mikes, sing with friends, but just get started.
H= Hydration – Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water (no lemon). It takes energy and lubrication to sing.
I= Initiate — Look for opportunities to sing. They are out there. Be like a tiger, watch for opportunities and do the work to be able to take them.
J= Jaw — Relax your jaw. Called a Dumb Duh, it will feel unnatural to keep your jaw loose and dropped but it is the best way to get a smooth sound and not effort in singing. It also allows you to get exact placement of pitch and replicate it.
K= Keep Your Eye on the Ball — Don't get discouraged if your voice isn't where you'd like it to be. It takes time to develop your instrument. Singing is a complex performing art and everyone who's successful has done the work at some time or another. Keep going and you'll keep growing.
L= Less is More — Strive to do justice to the song and your interpretation of it. Just deliver the message. Vocal gymnastics is not a prerequisite for doing a great vocal performance.
M= Mouth sounds — Using mouth sounds such as a creek or a cry, give your voice more resonance and presence. In your chest voice, knowing how to use mouth sounds properly is critical — especially in getting to record quality. Many singers mistakenly put their sound in their nose. Practice putting the sound in your mouth by placing it all the way in your nose and then forcing the sound into your mouth. FEEL the difference. Your body can assist you with correct placement.
N= Not Efforting — This is a concept of using your body as an instrument. Not efforting involves holding up (standing straight, having a support of air in your body), doing a proper placement of pitches, dropping your jaw, riding the air up and over, and relaxing into the groove.
O=Open Stance — An open stance to the audience is: holding up, standing straight, shoulders down, head and jaw relaxed, head straight forward, eyes open — focused on a point, arms relaxed and wide. Watch Bono, Jagger, Aretha to get the idea.
P- Placement — Knowing (not guessing) where pitches are placed is critical to being in control as a singer. You can actually have your body help you in remembering where pitches are placed. If you are on stage and can't hear/have no monitors etc…, knowing placement will allow you to stay on pitch no matter what
happens around you.
Q= Quit Pushing — Feeling powerful in singing and being powerful in singing are two entirely different things. While efforting — pushing chest, singing louder to hit pitches, creating and pushing sound from the throat — may feel powerful, it actually sounds worse. It's easy to go off pitch, sound strident (even painful), hurt your voice, crack etc… When you sing in this way.
R = Riding the Air — Riding the air is a concept and a set of actions that are extremely helpful for singers. Riding the air means holding up the air in your body so that you are supported, then sending/directing the sound up and over in a line to a point (imagine) across the room. Part of this is a mental image, part is a body muscle memory stance and the last part is mouth placement (riding along the palate).
S= Sing, Sing, Sing — Sing everyday. If you aren't in a group, sing in the car, take classes, and most importantly, do vocal exercises. They will maintain your instrument (and build it) as you look for a steady singing gig.
T= Take feedback and direction. Be teachable. Sometimes other people can guide us when we don't know the way. Sometimes other people are dead wrong. Trust your intuition. Learn who to trust and then take what you like and leave the rest.
V= Vocal Exercises — Vocal exercises are critical to maintaining and building your instrument. Do NOT underestimate them. They warm up your vocal chords in ways just singing a song cannot and will not. Lip rolls are a good way to start any warm up routine and can be done on a variety of scales.
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W=Warm Up — This is critical to a great performance — you must warm up your muscles. A rule of thumb is to do at least 20 minutes of vocal exercises and 40 minutes of singing. If you perform a lot, it could take less time. If you perform infrequently, warm up longer. Otherwise you warm up on your audience or, worse, you find congestion, range weakness or other problems on stage rather than in the privacy of your home — where you can work to overcome them. If you're sick or tired or very congested, having enough warm up time allows you to make good decisions on song selection and the actual set list.
X= X Factor — Once you've got some solid vocal technique, let your personality and spirit shine through. Your voice is the window to your soul and vision; your technique needs to support your vision, not overtake it. If you are technically in control and have clear intent, even a single word can move listeners to tears.
Y= You are the Messenger — If you're on stage or in the studio and you have to be perfect, it never works. Focus on communicating the song, sharing that experience with the audience. It's easy to make mistakes when it's all about us (how great or not we are).
Z= Get in the Zone — Singing is a mental, spiritual, emotional and physical pursuit. It takes preparation, focus and energy! Prepare mentally for a performance. Take time to get quiet and focused before you sing. Warm up and visualize yourself giving a great performance.
I am trying out for my play Grease as Sandy! I'm singing Hopelessly Devoted To You. Do you have any tips on how to sing it really well. I really want this part!!!!!!! I do have a good range if you want to know! Thanks a billion!!!!!! =D
Any food/drink suggestions or warm-ups will help!!!!!!!
Ok, i don't have much experience singing that song, but i am a singer and i've been to lots of auditions so i can give you some general tips. Start off by being prepared! You must know the song inside and backwards, be able to sing it it tune with no piano and also maybe with other music in the background. Download it off i-tunes and listen to it as you go to sleep. Once it is drummed into your head you can start to work on singing the song well. Listen to it again and listen to the intonations and feel of how she sings the song in the actual film. Now that you have a feel for the feeling of the song, try to sing it using that musicality and trying to put that tone into your music. I sometimes do this by depressing myself before i start to sing a sad song like this one. This is one of the most impressing things you can do to show them how good you really are, they look for musicality in auditions.
Now you also need to sing it with the correct technique, which means a lot of support (if you don't know how to support i will explain at the bottom*). Really work yourself, your stomach should hurt by the end of an hour session of practise.
Next you need to place the note, as you are female with a good range i would say you need to place this song on your head, imagine as if the sound is coming from the tip of your nose (just for this song, the placing of a song will be different depending on how high it is). Now, as you sing it, imagine as if the sound is coming in a straight line from your nose and all the notes, including the final high one are included in a phrase. Its hard to explain, you have to sing in a straight line instead of up and down (am i making any sense?) just imagine that all the big gaps in notes, like the end are coming from you straight.
Breathing is very, very important in singing, half the time singers don't take enough air in, it is one of the most common mistakes in singing. Before you come in and if there is any pause in the song, breathe in slowly, a few bars before you have to come in. Imagine as if the air is filling you up slowly from your toes right to the top of your head. You will feel your stomach expanding, this is good. Now push your stomach out as you breathe in, you will take in more air. Try to imagine your stomach expanding sideways, it will get the air in faster. Breathing is especially important because once you are all nervous in an audition, your breathing gets all messed up.
Equally important is how you appear in the audition before you start to sing, this is just as important, maybe more that how you actually sing. You need to walk into the room with your head up. Be proffessional and not too shy, you need to give off the impression of a dedicated performer. Try practising with a friend pretending to be one of the casting people. A way to practise for the singing part of the audition is to sing into a mirror, it freaks the hell out of most people because it is quite nerve-wracking to sing at your own reflection, also try singing for friends to get used to singing for people.
You also asked for food or drink to help you sing, the only thing i can say is water. You should be on 8 litres a day, and always try to keep water on you when you are singing – bring a bottle to the audition, i almost guarantee you will need it. Don't eat anything for an hour before you have to sing, it can build up in the back of your throat and block the sound. Some drinks do that, especially milk, so just water in the hour leading up to the audition, especially no chocolate! It is awful for your voice.
For warm-ups keep it familiar, you don't want to do anything that might feel funny on the day, but you could introduce some new helpful ones a bit before to get used to them. One excellent one to get your stomach working and the air flowing is lip rolls (sounds like a horse or motor-boat) it takes a while to get this warm-up because you have to sing a scale, while lip rolling. The best way to get this one is to keep the ait constant throughout the scale. It took me ages to get this one right but it is a very good one. Another good one is to start on a "v" sound and go up about a major third, still on a "v" and then open it very slowly into an "ah" sound. You will need to keep your stomach firmly pulled in for the whole of this one. These are the two best ones that you may not know, other than that its just scales on "la" "tee" "too" and "so", these are the best sounds to do them on. I think thats it, good luck on your audition!! I really hope you get it, hope i helped you x.
*Supporting your voice. I don't know if you know what it is or how to do it, but it is the single most useful singing technique you will learn. It is what people mean when they say sing from your stomach. It is when you pull in your stomach as you sing, it makes your voice louder and richer. Here are some excercises to help with and teach you how to support. Firstly, warm up with the "v" "ah" warm-up explained.