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So you like to sing?
Singing is a skill that needs to be treated almost like working out at the gym, or a language... "If you don't use it, you lose it". This is because the act of singing on pitch, with a certain amount of power and resonance, and with a clear and controlled tone, is actually based on muscle memory. So in this case, practice really does make perfect.
Another important fact you should know about singing is your voice is a very delicate instrument and needs to be treated as so. It needs to be warmed up, just like a muscle group, before exerting strong energy. This is why proper training is really important for someone who really wants to sing.
Here are some helpful tips for someone who is an aspiring singer;
Tip 1: Most important point of all; Find a good vocal teacher. Incorrect singing technique can ruin your voice and investing in a real vocal coach is well worth the money. Be careful! Find out how and where your vocal teacher has trained. Many people who can sing well THINK they can also teach. Oddly enough, the best teachers are the ones who struggled along the way with their own voice. They are the ones who took a lot of vocal lessons throughout their life and have the experience and education to teach YOU the proper technique.
Tip 2: Stand tall. Get into the habit of standing or sitting with your shoulders comfortably back - not slouched - and your head held upright. I always told my students to pretend that there was a string attached to the middle of their chest pulling them up, like a marionette puppet.
Tip 3: Always warm up your voice before singing. A lot of my students thought that simply singing along to a song they liked was considered warming up. This is not so. There are specific exercises that gently warm up your voice without harm, and then there are others that are designed to strengthen and build. A good vocal teacher knows all these exercises and can help a great deal with this.
Tip 4: Open up your vowels. When we sing we open up our throat and round out our vowels. Think of your mouth as a large soundboard. The more open inside; the larger the resonance and sound.
Tip 5: Work on good diction. Pronounce your words. Over exaggerate if you must.
Tip 6: Voice placement. This is a tricky subject that is often misunderstood, and each individual voice is so different and has different placement issues. After years of problems with my voice in a certain 4 note range, I realised that my regular speaking voice occurred in that same range that had the issues. I began to really listen to myself speak and also to analyse and feel where my voice was being placed and I came to the conclusion that I was speaking from way down in my throat and this was the very thing that was causing all the problems in my singing voice. I began an experiment. For a few weeks I tried to bring my speaking voice up, placing it closer to my upper cheeks. The way I can describe this the best is - speak in that silly little voice that you use for babies and animals - this is where you place your singing voice. If you try to speak with that placement all the time (while toning it down a little for regular daily use), I believe that your singing voice will grow stronger as a result. Mine did!
If you live in the Halton/Oakville, Ontario area and you would like to take singing lessons from a professional vocalist, contact Addison Music Learning Centre, 905-825-8668, or contact us HERE
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