singing techniquesEveryone has belted out a song or two in the car or at their local karaoke bar, and while it was probably quite invigorating when it was happening, chances are there was more than a little shame that crept up as you ran the event over in your head afterwards, or were pointed at by another driver on the road. There’s nothing we can do about strangers pointing and laughing, but we can help with the quality of your singing. If you’re even just the tiniest bit interested in getting some basic vocal chops, we’re here to help. Read further to learn the basics of singing techniques, then check out this Complete Guide to Singing course to take your new skills to the next level and really sing like you mean it and not hurt yourself in the process.

Find Your Voice

Before you start giving Pavarotti a run for his money, you first have to learn the techniques to sing correctly. Part of the reason some folks are able to really belt out a tune in their car is because of the privacy, or at least the illusion of it. So, when first learning to sing, you’ll want to seclude yourself so you won’t feel self-conscious. Also necessary for these exercises are a mirror and a recording device.

  1. Posture: Correct posture is the first step to correct singing technique. A good way to know if you’re standing absolutely straight is to stand with your ears directly above your shoulder, and your shoulders directly above your hips. In this position you’re chin is at rest, but you want to keep your chin down while singing, which not only allows air to reach your trachea (windpipe), but also gives you full resonance in your pharynx. Look at how you’re standing in the mirror and use it as a model for how to stand when singing in the future.
  2. Breathing: Your breathing should be more controlled while singing. While keeping your shoulders still, let your lower abdominal muscles release when you inhale, basically popping out your stomach. When exhaling, push your stomach back in while your ribs stay expanded. This is the “Sing from your diaphragm” command you’ve heard vocal coaches on TV and movies talk about. This article about breath control has some helpful tips on controlling your breathing.
  3. Singing: You’ve postured, you’ve breathed, now you must sing! Keep your singing exercises simple here at the beginning. First sing each vowel (A, E, I, O, U), then combine them into one long word, alternating between the different pronunciations of the letters. For example, instead of pronouncing the “a” like “ay”, say “ah”, then “bay”, “say”, “day” and so on.
  4. Improvements: Now sing a song you know and love and record it, making improvements where needed. Next, sing just the vowel sounds of that same song, also recording and improving. For example, the lyric “Right now; it’s your tomorrow” becomes “eye ow; eh or oo ah oh”. This may be weird at first, but it’s a good way to improve your singing.

Techniques for Singing Safely

Now that we’ve got you singing vowels like a pro, it’s time to go over a few techniques that will not only keep you comfortable and uninjured while singing, but, most importantly, will hopefully get your voice sounding great.

Ways to Sing

Hopefully by now you’ve found your singing voice and know how to use it safely. There are tons of ways to use your new-found voice, and here are just a few to get you started.

You can only read about how to sing for so long, so now you have to get up and do it. Be confident and be tough on yourself so that you actually get better, but not too tough, because singers can be sensitive about their voices. Don’t forget to breathe and relax, and keep recording yourself so you know exactly how you’re sounding – once you get good at singing, this vocal recording course will teach you how to properly record your voice, and this course on volcal mixing will train you to mix your voice properly when singing over music. It’ll be a long trip from shower singing to Grammy stage, and don’t forget the nice folks at Udemy in your acceptance speech. 🙂

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