How to Sing a Song?
Let’s explore how to sing a song like a professional singer. Singing as an art form is practiced throughout the world. It is also a way to convey your deepest emotions to your loved ones. Humans are the only organisms bestowed with the gift of singing voice. Singing is a very popular art form and it has evolved alongside the development of humans. Despite all these facts have you ever wondered why there are only a few, who can be referred to as good singers? Why we explore for good singers through a talent show, while everyone around us has it what it takes how to be a good singer. Probably we gave up our begotten qualities. Or we are always shy away from expressing our dear self through singing.
Some people would say they don’t have a voice like a singer. Yes, it is true, some people are inborn singers. They might have the sweetest voice in the work, nevertheless, anyone can sing and that too in a perfect way. As you all know hard work and practice got no match.
So all you need is some practice, bit voice techniques and a lot of confidence.
Here are some of the proven voice and practice techniques for the beginners. Start your singing practice today and embark on a beautiful musical journey.
Choose a Singing Style
How to Sing is all about having a style of your own. But before that, you have to choose from a range of music genre according to your voice and comfortability. There is a great diversity in the music world. This selection process prevents you from saunter around and concentrates on a particular singing style. So go through high and low notes in order to select a singing style for yourself.
Some of the popular singing styles are –
Despite having a specific singing style a good singer can perform in many styles. This takes time and hard work. After enough practice and hard work all singing styles can be learned with excellence but do remember to have a unique style and voice.
Singing is a continuous learning process, so keep on learning new styles. With effort and skills, you can create a new singing style altogether.
Know Your Voice Range and Voice Type
According to Wikipedia, voice range is the measure of the breadth of pitches that a human voice can phonate or in simple words it the range of pitches you are capable of producing. Voice range is purely determined by our sound producing apparatus, i.e. larynx. Voice range comes into play while you are singing as this is the entity that allows you to oscillate between low and high notes.
Certain identifiable features in voice denote your voice type. Voice type is determined by vocal range, vocal weight, tessitura, vocal timbre, and vocal transition points (passaggio), such as breaks and lifts within the voice.
- Sopraninos – can touch highest range and sing over D6
- Sopranos – sing between C4 and A5
- Mezzo-Soprano – range extends from A3 to F5
- Alto – Alto’s range is approximately E3 to E5
- Contralto – Contralto are lowest female voice and are well below E3
- Tenor – tenor is the uppermost range of a male’s voice. Tenor singers sing comfortably between C3 and A4
- Countertenors – their voice ranges from E3 to E5. Countertenors are males with very high vocal ranges similar to females and correspond to, Alto and Soprano’s ranges of female voices.
- Baritone – A baritone singer singes between F2 and E4
- Bass – range lies between F2 and E4 but the comfort range is G2 to A3
- Contrabass – sings below G1. other names are sub-bass and basso-profundo
Knowing your voice type is extremely important for a singer to attain a good transition between several voice ranges. A singer must be diligent enough to practice through several voice ranges and pick his/her sweet spot from a myriad of voice ranges.
Just be cool (don’t over strain your voice box) and practice under bona fide guidance to develop your range. After a series of efforts, you’d definitely reckon your crescendo and decrescendo.
Right Training Right Place
You must have heard singers often mentioning the names of their music teachers or mentors. This may wonder you, is it really necessary to have a singing master who would guide you to learn meticulousness of singing. The answer to this question is a big “YES”. You may ask, in the modern times when all singing lessons are available on the internet or You Tube for free, then why to go for hiring a singing tutor.
Here are some of the facts that will surely help you to reach to the answer by your own.
- You may get several singing tutorials on YouTube but no one can authenticate the quality of the material available.
- You may misinterpret the information available on the internet, so you may get deviated.
- YouTube won’t nudge you constantly over your technical mistakes.
- A mentor or a teacher always inspires you and keeps your inborn singer alive.
So always find yourself a good singing teacher and make out your singing journey. If you are really serious about improving your singing ability then get this done today.
If you cannot afford a teacher, there is a way around for you as well. Join a local choir or some religious singing party and keeps on improving yourself.
There are also a few at-home vocal training courses out there, such as Singing Success, Sing and See, Singorama, Singing for the Stars and Vocal Release, but be sure to do your research to see which ones have really worked for other singers.
Healthy Singing Habits
There are certain habits that can really help you to improve your singing and voice quality. Do practice these habits and impress your listeners with perfect voice and perfect notes. Healthy habits lay foundations of great achievers so don’t underestimate the power of good singing habits.
Here are some of the healthy habits you should always follow while singing.
- Maintain an erect posture – correct straight posture helps you to attain the highest lung capacity. Good lung capacity is a foremost requirement to browse through different high and low notes with ease and perfection. Keep your one foot slightly ahead of other and stand up tall with your shoulders straight and pulled down slightly backward. The Same rule applies when you are sitting.
- Breathe easy – don’t strain your chest muscles with undue respiratory effort. Breathe using abdominal muscles and push out at the time of exhalation. Breathing is 80% singing so keep on singing and allow your lungs to expand and relax quietly. Perform some breathing exercises and increase lung capacity. Be a morning bird and do some yoga, for the strengthening of respiratory muscles.
- Do some warming up exercises – before you actually start singing do some vocal exercises. So stretch your vocal range a bit and try to sing in middle range than in low range, finally proceed to high range. Start same process again. Vocal exercises help you to hit right notes earlier and also instill a sort of confidence. It is advocated to perform at least 10 minutes of vocal exercises before you strive on your singing journey.
- Alter resonance – most people who studied science must have an encounter with the term called resonance. Resonance is vibrations of an air column which sets in the column of air when sound passes through it. Our respiratory tract is also a sort of air column. This column can be altered by the movements of our lips and tongue. Precisely articulate your lips and tongue movements to infuse a good resonance in your voice. Similar to all other qualities, resonance is the fruitful result of practice. Mastery over resonance will surely give uplift to your voice.
- Be agile – singing agility is an amazing ability to sing a sequence of notes quickly and accurately with fluidity and ease. Agility is basically a property of vocal cords. People endowed with super stretched vocal cords can demonstrate their agility in a single fling. Those with loose and lax vocal cords might have some problem to get it right. But don’t you worry at all. Start slow and practice hard, because the magic voice is just inches away. An online tool Voxtrain is helpful to help you attain agility.
- Vowels, pronounce them right – practice vowels in different notes with special emphasis given to their pronunciation. Practice diphthongs (complex vowel sounds that begin with the sound of one vowel and ends with the sound of another vowel, in the same syllable, like ‘ae’, ‘au’). Always try to sing the first vowel for as long as you can before letting the second vowel rope in similar to classical singers.
- Practice scales – singing teachers suggest practicing scales for 30 minutes a day. This will help you to strengthen your chest muscles and loosen up your fears. To have a better control practice scales over your vocal range with the help of a keyboard or piano. Move your voice up with the major scale in every key and move down using the vowel sounds.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
All persons who try something new are considered greatest fools in the beginning, but when they had achieved what they desired for, people through garlands at them. So the crux of the point attitude is, be positive even if you are not doing that well. Be hopeful and work with perseverance.
Have a confidence in your voice and sing like no one is listening. Believe in your abilities and your decisions.
So in nutshell; you need to be-
- Result bound i.e., you are the only one who can assess your progress
Big Performance Day
After going through all learning and practice sessions then comes the big day of performance. When you show your abilities in front of others and try to do your best. As the saying goes, “practice like a devil and play like an angel”, be your own angel and let sweet songs pour in.
Before deciding on performing in front of other first you need to make sure that-
- You have plasticized enough and attained a certain level of quality singing.
- You have gained enough confidence.
- You have excelled to the extent enough to cheer people up with your singing.
Always remember to look forward to the crowd when you are performing. Nobody going to like it when you are looking at the ceiling or something else. At least try to look above their heads if you are paranoid of stage performance.
Some useful tips
- Work hard until you achieve your ultimate goal i.e. How to Sing Good
- Be patient and don’t get frustrated by failures.
- Try to breathe with your stomach and draw as much air as possible.
- Sing with all your heart and passion.
- Write down the lyrics of songs so it’s easy to sing while lyrics linger in front of you.
- Avoid drinking soda or milk, as these beverages cause mucus buildup in the back of the throat. Instead, drink warm tea with honey or room-temperature water when you are thirsty.
- Pronounce each word clearly. The audience will love it.
- Learn to read sheet music. It will be beneficial.
- Keep your chin pointed slightly down and your pectoral muscles flexed. Most singers lift their chin up to sing with more power, while it only works temporarily. Keeping chin down not only works better but saves your voice. Listening to passionate singing and practicing various vocal techniques, will enhance your skills and pleasure. This is a great way to sound better.
- Do not overstrain your voice.
- If your throat hurts during singing, immediately stop singing and have some rest. If uneasiness continues then drink warm tea and take steam for 20 minutes.
- Do not sing if you have some kind of previous tension in your jaw, shoulders, neck and chest. Tension can increase and hurt you even more.