Singing is not only an extremely pleasurable experience it is often therapeutic and a wonderful way to ease stress and tensions. It is also very good for you physically because it oxygenates the blood particularly when you indulge in the deep breathing techniques required for singing the higher notes. So it can safely be suggested that singing not only makes you sound beautiful it also makes you look beautiful. There are many websites online to get authentic and reliable information if you want to teach yourself to sing. Other resources are also available that can help you to inculcate healthy singing habits. Even though many private singing lessons are very relaxed and informal, it is not always possible for everyone to afford them. While many people may be deterred from taking singing lessons because they are shy and cannot bring themselves to sing and practice in the company of others. In both cases you may want to consider online training.
The most important aspect of developing a good singing voice is to choose a specific singing style that will not only sound good but also be safe and which you can practice diligently.
In this article we will discuss the various techniques that you can use to teach yourself to sing.
Before you start singing you need to understand that singing is not a natural act and that you will need to prepare and condition your body for it. So the first step towards preparation is proper nutrition. If you want to sing well it is imperative that you take care of your vocal chords and other speech organs. There are certain food items like fruit juices without sugar, warm tea with honey or a dash of lime and tepid water which will nourish and hydrate your vocal chords keeping them in good shape for singing. However you will have to strictly avoid other things such as very hot or very cold beverages, ice, drinks with dairy products and those with high sugar content.
The next step is to develop the proper breathing techniques. For this you will have to follow a daily regimen of exercises that involves some warm-up exercises, techniques that will help to improve your pitch, voice control and vocal range and cool down exercises. When practicing singing, a vital factor is to be very consistent so designate some time each day to practice the exercises and actual singing. You will have to accept that singing is certainly not a skill that can be mastered over night and even accomplished performers follow a daily routine of exercise and practice to keep their voice in the best possible shape.
The proper breathing techniques that you learn should not only be incorporated when you are singing but also normally. Most young singers feel that you need to hold your breath to sing but this couldn’t be further away from the truth. If you want to teach yourself to sing you will have to learn to breathe freely and through your diaphragm. When we are talking we work our throat muscles but when singing the sound should come through the diaphragm without any strain on the throat muscles. There are many online sources and websites like youtube and expertvillage.com that offer free instructional videos. You may want to download these and start practicing at the earliest. Always remember that your voice box or larynx and the other speech organs and very delicate and if you over stress them there are strong chances that you may damage these organs. So start slowly and increase your pace gradually if you sing for five hours straight in the quest to become the next Celine Dion you will land up damaging your vocal chords so you need to be very careful. Any signs of discomfort, pain or hoarseness signify vocal chord fatigue and if you experience these symptoms you should slow down immediately.
Besides the exercises actual singing practice each day is also equally important. So pick a few songs that you feel are in your range that is you will not have to sing the very high or the very low notes. Practice these songs consistently. A good comfortable and relaxed environment is perfect for practicing even if it means singing in your bathroom. Once you are comfortable with the song and your ability to sing it, try to record yourself. This will help you to understand your week points and you will be able to work on eliminating them.
Learning to sing is not very difficult but it does take a lot of practice, effort and patience. So if you are serious about teaching yourself to sing look at the various online resources and start practicing at the earliest.