Being a singer entails hard work. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced singer, there should always be effort whenever you sing and practice.
But are you aware that you can significantly improve your singing by keeping in mind a few steps? If you want to become a successful singer, you should always consider these three simple steps: Practice right, Take care of your voice, and Break the undesirable habits.
Practice is one of the most important aspects of your singing career. Through practice, you constantly thrive to be a better singer. But you have to keep in mind that improper practice won’t do you any good. You have to practice right.
The first thing you have to remember in practicing right is that you should always start your practice sessions with enough warm-up voice exercises. I’m not referring to physical exercise like stretching, but rather, you should warm-up your vocal muscles.
The best place to do these warm-ups are in the shower first thing in the morning, or at you’re car while heading to the place of practice. This way, you make sure your voice box is prepared for a good practice session.
During practice, you should remain focused on the singing exercise at hand. When you’re at practice, as much as possible, you should be concentrated doing the specific exercise. One way to do this is to clear your mind of other things. Think more about what you are trying to achieve for that specific session. Being focused in your practice session will surely produce better results.
Although being focused requires effort, you should also make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard. Yes, you have the passion and you want to be a better singer as soon as possible. But you have to know that pushing yourself to your limits will not help your singing career.
It will just strain your voice and will lead to inefficient practice sessions. After a session, check if your throat feels tired. If it is, chances are you’re doing too much. If there is discomfort, then there is a problem with your technique or you simply overdid it. Proper moderation is the key.
Lastly, you should know that short and regular practices are much better than longer but seldom ones. Short sessions will ensure that you only focus on improving an aspect of your voice. Longer sessions tend to stress out your throat and voice, which is not advisable.
Take Care of Your Voice
In order to make sure you take care of your voice, you should also take care of your body. To do this, you’ll have to be healthy by eating right, drinking lots of water, an having regular physical exercises. In line with this, you should avoid the things that can complicate your vocal cords like cigarettes and alcohol.
Eating right simply means having a great diet. But when you’re going to sing, you should avoid eating before you start. More specifically, you have to foods that are hard to digest. These foods can negatively affect your vocal cords, which in turn will significantly affect your performance.
The importance is drinking water regularly when you are a singer is next to none. We are talking about pure water here and not other drinks that are mixed with other stuff.
If you are constantly hydrated, the vocal cords will remain lubricated which will help them work properly. As much as possible, you should drink double the required amount of water for an average person. You are a singer and not just an average person.
There are other ways to make sure that your voice is at its optimal state. You can rest by a humidifier to ensure that your vocal cords will dry out. Also, if your throat is bothering you, you can try taking in throat lozenge or other medicines to soothe it. This way, you’ll feel better, and in turn, you can sing without worries.
Break the Habits
As singers, you have to admit that you may have bad habits that have a negative effect on your singing. Nobody’s perfect. But the important thing is, once you identify the bad habit, you should fix it immediately. Break the bad habit before it ruins your singing career.
As a beginner, you may seem to feel that singing loudly will produce better results. That is not entirely true. Singing out loud can be bad in two ways. First, the sound you will produce may be unpleasant to hear. Second, you will be putting too much strain on your voice. Either way, it’s bad. The best thing to do is that you should know how to properly sing with the right intensity and volume.
Your posture while singing is critical in producing a great voice. You should know that you can’t maximize your voice while sitting down. Standing up straight is the right posture. Be aware of your head and make sure you are looking straight. A head that is tilted low or high is not helping you. Slouching your back will also hinder you from producing a pleasant voice.
Singing the right tune of the song may be tricky, most especially with songs that require higher pitches. Being out of tune is quite normal at practice, but can be embarrassing at actual singing occasions. To make sure that you don’t make this mistake, you should master the song and sing it all over until you perfect the tune. Identify the parts of the song where you can have problems and work on it.
Being aware of these three steps will definitely help your singing career. Regardless if you’re a beginner or an advanced singer, these steps will make you a better singer.