People that can sing well are typically envied, and understandably so because singing is such a beautiful art. Singers can express themselves anywhere because they have their instrument (their voice) with them wherever they go. That’s where singing beats all other instruments. You can use your singing skills in the shower, in the kitchen, as you walk, as you drive, everywhere and anywhere.

Well, with all the convenience of singing, a lot of people still can’t seem to gather up the courage to start singing. And these are people with actual talent. If you believe you can sing but have never tried to find out how well you can use your singing skills, then this post is for you, with tips from Gillian Wormley.

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Essential Attitudes

Be easy

If you are going to nurture your singing skills, you need to have the right attitude. First and foremost, be easy on yourself. Learning anything involves trying and failing sometimes. It is those mistakes that will ultimately make you a better singer. After all, how will you know what’s right if you don’t do what’s wrong?

I encourage students to give themselves permission to sing badly and make odd sounds. After all, that’s the nature of the game – trial and error. Via Little Soprano

Have Fun

Secondly, try as much as possible to make the journey as memorable as possible by having fun. Anything taught in a tensed environment will not be understood as easily as what is taught in a relaxed environment. You could even be in a relaxed environment and still be tensed. It doesn’t help. Relax.

I underline how important it is to have fun and not attach too much weight to how the voice actually sounds. Via Little Soprano

Be Open

Any learning experience has an aspect of adventure in it since you are venturing into areas and places that you have never been before. If you are going to sharpen your singing skills, then you should expect some adventure. Don’t confine yourself in any way.

Making fresh inroads to the world of singing will at times seem very odd to most newcomers, so it is really good to have a freedom mindset. Via Little Soprano

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Essential Technicalities

Once you have set your mind to learn how to sing, make sure to get acquainted with some of the things to expect. They include:


Since your voice is your instrument, you will need to learn how to handle yourself in ways that will enhance your singing skills. Poor posture will not only hinder your singing skills, it can even exhaust you and make you feel like singing is such a difficult task when in fact that is not true:

Before a student makes a sound, I ask them to think about posture. How do they carry themselves? We work towards a feeling of balance throughout the body. The perfect set-up for vocal synergy.  Via Little Soprano

Breath mechanics

Consider yourself a wind instrument. It is the air flowing through your voice box that causes you to produce sound. Breathing in properly is usually what people think is the top priority. The truth, however, is that the circulation of the air is what makes the difference.

Breath intake will often be foremost in a new student’s mind because it’s a logical focus. But, in fact, breath just takes itself. What we must work hard to do is to just allow the breath to flow and not get in its way by tensing the wrong muscles! There are simple exercises to initially explore the concept. Via Little Soprano

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How it works

There are different things that must come together harmoniously for your sound to come out as it should. Be ready to learn and be keen to find out how you can harness your musical skills. Capitalize on your strengths and improve your weaknesses.

Making good vocal sound requires a rudimentary knowledge of the science involved. Someone who is new to singing rarely has any idea about how a voice works. But that’s okay – it’s my job to explain and show how it all comes together. Via Little Soprano

Vocal exercises

Finally, if your singing skills are going to grow and become polished, then vocal exercises cannot be avoided.

I introduce simple vocal exercises to explore such things as airflow and ‘onset of sound’ and encourage an awareness of ‘resonance’ and a notion of ‘support’ through a set of 5 essential favourite exercises. Via Little Soprano


The exploitation of your singing skills will need your mind, your voice and the rest of your body to excel. You can do this!!

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