1. Practice. Practice. Practice. Then, practice some more.
While the first tip on our list is just good old fashioned common sense, you would be surprised at how many vocalists do not do it. Even those with a perfect singing voice got to where they are now by practicing to perfect their craft. When you practice, you gain vocal range and experience that you cannot get from any book no matter how long it mat be. When you practice you may never go platinum but you will most certainly improve a lot!
2. Record yourself singing A Capella.
It is extremely scary at first. You are either about to wow yourself or wonder why the heck you recorded yourself.
Listening to yourself sing on tape can be a sobering experience, but take into account that most people do not like to hear themselves speak – much less hear themselves sing. Knowing this can help you to listen to your voice with a kind criticism and not with a self-loathing one. Recording yourself is a vital step to understanding what works… and what needs it.
3. Always warm up your voice.
Your voice is much like a muscle before a workout. If you “stretch” it beforehand, it will work better. Not only will it work better but it will sound better too. From the tone of your voice to the pitch and everything in between, you will hit those high notes with greater ease when you make sure to warm up first.
4. Never strain through a cold or a sore throat.
When you push through a scratchy or a sore throat, you run the risk of losing your voice until you are healed. Straining also creates a longer healing time when, if you would have just rested your voice, it would have gotten better days ago.
5. Take singing lessons.
Many people do not realize that you are not stuck with the voice that you were born with. Almost every professional takes lessons to get better at their craft. Even Whitney Houston took singing lessons although she was careful who she took them from. This goes to show that the teacher you use matters. In a nutshell, Sherwood Music – learn how to sing – Improve your singing with online lessons.
6. Run octaves.
Running octaves can help not only to warm up your voice but also to help you to stay on key. When you are singing off key, you might not notice at first, but record your octave singing with an in-tune piano and you will notice right away if you are off when you play it back.
You do not need vast piano experience to play octaves. You can learn to play them in just a few weeks. This is especially true if you use a beginner’s book which tells you what the notes are on the sheet music and where the keys are. When learning, use labels to help make playing easier… Just be sure that they will come off when you are done. This can ruin your piano keys.
7. Do voice exercises.
Actors say funny words to exercise their voices. Singers sing those funny words instead. From “Bi-bi-bo-bicky-bi-bo” to other equally silly sounding words, voice exercises improve your enunciation and help you warm up at the same time.
8. Squeeze your glutes to hit high notes.
You are probably thinking…Did this guy just tell me to squeeze my butt? It sounds silly but it really works. When you reach a high note squeeze your glutes. Opera singers are known to too. It helps to prevent any “cracking” of the notes. (We could make a terrible pun here but we will try to contain ourselves.)
9. Imagine your voice going out through the top of your head.
Another weird statement… but another trick of the opera. When you are singing, especially on higher notes, imagine that you are pushing your voice out through the top of your head. It changes the quality of the sound of your voice because you subconsciously move your mouth differently.
10. Pretend you have a hot potato in your mouth.
We know, we know… more weirdness – but it works. Pretending to hold a potato in your mouth, rounds it and makes the sound coming out sound more pure.