If you have dreams of becoming a great singer, the process might be easier than you think. Many people will have you believe that singing takes years of expensive lessons, and that if you didn’t start studying voice at the age of 7 months, that right now you have very little chance of ever being considered a good singer.
Many people will also tell you that if you can’t read music, then you will never learn to sing. The final myth that you hear all the time is that unless you are naturally born with an “ear” for tone and pitch, you’ll never be a good singer.
But even if you’ve never studied music, never studied singing, can’t naturally hear pitch, didn’t sing like Enya in the womb, and can’t read Beethoven’s music, you can learn how to sing good if it’s something that you really want to do. All you have to do is learn a few basic tips, and practice as much as you possibly can.
No one will be calling you the next Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey, of course, but you will be able to improve your singing much faster, and much easier than you ever thought possible. These simple steps will likely have you singing 10 times better than you do right now in a matter of 2 weeks. People will be shocked.
Categorize Your Sound
There are 2 different voices that people have. Men are considered to have a full voice (the lower pitches), and a falsetto voice (the higher pitches). For women the lower pitches are called the chest voice, and the higher pitches are called the head voice.
Pick Your Music
First you want to just choose a lick of music to practice with. This can be anything from a commercial that you happen to know the words to, or a minute’s worth of your favorite song. Don’t worry if you don’t sound good at first. Just write down the words and sing them however you can.
Next notice how you’re forming each and every word you are singing as you sing. Are you starting to hear something weird? Listen to the original piece of music, and see if you are forming the words in the same way that the singer is.
Make sure you are forming your vowel sounds correctly. Many times, incorrect sound is produced when you pronounce vowels wrong while you’re singing.
Make sure that you are also enunciating your consonants properly. Pronouncing words right is a huge part of singing properly. You may have been thinking that you were unable to hit a note, when the real issue was simply your pronunciation.
Next you want to check your breathing. When you are breathing from your diaphragm, you want to fill your stomach up while you’re taking in air. Then when you are releasing air, while you sing, your stomach should be getting smaller. In this way, you are breathing from the lowest part of your abdominal area to sing, and that is where you have a larger store of breath. If you just breathe from your chest, you will not have enough strength to hit most notes.
When you practice your singing, you don’t have to dedicate 12 hours a day to voice exercises, annoying every member of your household. You can even just work with your voice for 5 minutes a day and you will still make improvements, (though it is recommended that you aim for at least 10 minutes or more each day). Practice also doesn’t have to be hard. It will often be very easy. Just realize that all you are doing is using the muscles that control your voice. When you use them more, you will naturally sing better.