How to Become a Better SingerUpdated on February 27, 2014

I hear it on The Voice, American Idol, and X-Factor. I hear it from parents of show choir children and aspiring singers themselves. What I hear is that singing is something you’re either born with our without, and to that I say, that’s @*&!!  Though not everyone can be a great singer, everyone can become a better singer provided that they have the right tools for the task willing to put in the work.

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Let me give you a little example: How many of you have watched the movie rendition of the Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler and Emilie Rossum? Did you know that Butler actually recorded all of his own vocal parts for the role? Pretty impressive for a sword wielding Spartan king, right? What’s even more impressive is that Butler auditioned for the role in front of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber himself after just four formal singing lessons!

How to Become a Better SingerSo to invent a little bit of an adage right here – if Gerard Butler can do it, so can you!

So what exactly does it take to become a great singer? Well, first of all it takes practice – lots and lots of it. But like a very wise musician once said, it’s not practice that makes perfect…it’s perfect practice. So the next important part of becoming a great singer is knowing what and how to practice. You see, your voice is an instrument, and like any other instrument you need to learn how to use it before you can start making music with it.

So in today’s article, we’ll be covering six techniques that will help you become a better singer and get you started on your journey to vocal mastery.

Before you get started!

Before you start trying out these techniques, take some time to get your voice warmed up. Your voice is a muscle, and like any other muscle in your body, it needs to be warmed up before you can start strengthening and flexing it. Trying to sing with a voice that isn’t warmed up is like trying to run a 100m dash just after waking up. And if you’re a bit lost on where to start with warming up your voice, you can visit our website for a free online course on how to warm up your voice before singing.

Controlled Breathing

How to Become a Better SingerTo understand the importance of controlled breathing in the context of singing, it is first important to understand the mechanics of speech. You see, our voice is a wind instrument. Exhaled air passes over our vocal chords, causing them to vibrate, and the sound generated from this vibration is then amplified in the resonance cavities in our mouth, throat, and head. Singing is simply a by-product of this capability of speech. By simply imagining the pitch of a note, our brain and our body knows instinctively how to reproduce it by manipulating the shape of our vocal chords, the frequency at which they vibrate, and the flow of air passing over them. In other words, the flow of air and how we exhale to produce this flow of air effects the pitch, intensity and duration of the sound we produce…which is why breath control is such a crucial aspect of singing.

If you look at some of the greatest singers across all genres, the Pavarottis, Whitneys, and Ronnie James Dios of our time, the one thing that they all have in common is that they have excellent breath control and breath-support. So how do you know if you need training in controlled breathing? If you have problem with pitching, singing steadily, or sustaining your notes, you definitely need this training. By learning controlled breathing and achieving proper breath-support, your voice will float as effortlessly as a feather, but with laser precision.

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How to Become a Better SingerI recommend that you practice all three of the following techniques as they each have their own unique benefits that will help you achieve controlled breathing.

Learning and mastering these techniques will help you improve your control of pitch and tone greatly. But remember, having proper breath control alone doesn’t mean that you’ll be ready to recognize notes and reproduce them instantly. So once you’ve mastered these three breathing techniques, head on down to our website for an online course on how to train your ear to recognize notes and musical concepts.

Muscle Control

How to Become a Better SingerApart from your vocal cords, there are three other types of muscles that have a huge impact on your singing. These are your abdominal muscles, your tongue and your jaw and throat muscles. While your vocal cords manipulate your pitch, these three muscles are what control the intensity and shape of the sounds that you produce. So achieving control over these muscles is as important as achieving control over your vocal cords.

So there you have it, six techniques that will help you become a better singer. But remember, simply knowing these techniques aren’t going to help you get there. I can give you the knowledge and the techniques, but how far you travel on your journey to vocal mastery depends entirely on how much hard work you are willing to put in. So practice hard and practice consistently. Dream big for your voice and have goals for yourself, and then break down these goals into smaller, achievable milestones. And remain focused while pursing them.

Once you have mastered these basics, you can also take an online course to learn the concepts of music theory. A solid knowledge of theory always goes a long way in music and will be a huge boost in your journey towards becoming a great singer.

Also, if you have any questions about these techniques, or about singing in general, I’d love to hear them. So go ahead and share them in the comments section below.

Until next time, happy practicing!

For more tutorials on breathing and singing, try out some of these courses below:

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