There are very few people who don’t like to sing or at least hum to themselves. And normally they wouldn’t mind singing in front of others either but they are not confident enough to do so. So here are a few guidelines on how to sing well not only for people with professional aspiration but also for those who just want to get accolades for their karaoke singing or their rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
The first aspect of singing well is recognizing pitch and the ability to sing at a particular pitch. You will need a vacuum cleaner, yes you heard it right, switch on the vacuum cleaner and start cleaning the carpet. The vacuum cleaner emits a sound at a specific and consistent tone. Try to match your voice with this tone. Start by first listening to the pitch and then by humming at this level. If you are going off key you will feel a vibration in your throat. Try to adjust your voice by humming up and down the scale till you are humming at the right pitch. The closer you are the faster the vibrations will be but if you are away from the pitch you will feel like your humming is battling with the sound of the vacuum cleaner. This exercise will help you to not only hear the tone and recognize it but to also feel the music.
The next step in learning how to sing well is to control and perfect your breathing. Start by placing your hand on your diaphragm and breathing deeply while exhaling make a hissing sound by producing the sound of ‘s’. Once you use all your breath relax and repeat. Another way to help you to breathe better is to take a deep breath with your hand still firmly placed on your diaphragm. While exhaling wait till you have let out most of the air and push out the last bit of air forcefully as you say ‘k’. The right way to do this is to produce the sound of ‘k’ rather forcefully so that by the time the sound is completed your diaphragm should bounce back, filling your lungs with air.
You cannot learn how to sing well unless you learn to smooth your vocal breaks. Regardless of how good a voice you have you will not sound good if your voice breaks in the middle of a song. If you have encountered this problem, there are some simple steps to eliminating this issue. This problem usually occurs when you try to sing at a very high or a very low pitch. The trick here should be to develop the lower range that extend upwards and a higher range that extends downwards. This will give you a middle range area that will give you a smooth strong tone.
You will need to start by finding your week spot this can be easily done with the help of a piano or a keyboard. Start by singing a scale upwards from the lowest scale that you can manage and sing up to the highest note. You will have to notice the note at which your voice changes over from the low range to the high range. Repeat the process this time starting at the highest range and descending to the lowest range again marking the note at which the voice changes from the higher to the lower note. There will be some amount of over lapping of the voices, usually over a range of 3-5 notes. This is the area that you want to work in to get a rich tone.
Now start by pronouncing a very nasal ‘ng’ sound. This is the sound made at the end of the word ‘sing’. When you make this sound your voice is produced through the nasal cavity. Start making the sound at a note which is in the middle of your weak spot and scale down 2-3 notes below the lowest note in the weak spot. Repeat the process by singing a note higher each time.
You should try and feel the tone against the hard palate. As the scale increases you will sound less nasal. Repeat the process till you reach a note that is 2-3 notes higher than the highest note in the weak spot. This exercise will help you to achieve a smooth rich mid tone which is neither too high nor too low yet your voice will not break while maintaining this tone.
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