For Your Growth In Singing, This Works Like Crazy

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It is said that growth is the primary sign of life. When something or someone stops growing, they stop living. This is true even for singers – you must always seek opportunities to grow your skills and become better than you were yesterday. The saying is true; there is ALWAYS room for improvement.

Growth in singing doesn’t just happen. It takes deliberate planning and goal setting for progress to be realized. You may begin at the point where you can comfortably sing in only one voice and at a specific octave. At that point, it sounds ridiculous that someone like Mariah Carey can sing five octaves.

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However, it’s also true that everyone starts somewhere – the begining. The following six tips from Audrey Hunt will give you a helpful roadmap you can use:

A Positive Attitude About Yourself

The biggest hurdle anyone needs to overcome is oneself. The first thing you need is a positive mindset. You must believe that you are able to do what you intend. Believe that you can achieve the targets you have set for yourself.

As a singer, I can tell you that if you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. Your singing must ring true. You must be confident if you expect to sing with the best voice possible. A confident sound contains a rich, ringing, and well projected tone. If you lack confidence and are worried about how you sound, begin a program of positive affirmations and visualization to connect with your inner power. Via Spinditty

Master Your Mouth

The mouth is to you what the guitar is to the guitarist or the piano to the pianist or the violin to the violinist and so on. The way you vary the shape of your mouth and how you open it has everything to do with the quality of sound you produce. Put away the shyness and open your mouth wide to sing with power.

With the mouth barely open, your singing tone will remain suppressed or hidden-sounding. You must create enough space for the sound to come out. Don’t be self-conscious about a generous mouth opening. How will your tone ring unless your mouth is open enough for it to? Ever watch a singer close up and personal on television? At times, you can see almost to the back of their throat. Via Spinditty

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Learn To Breathe Right

Yes, there is a right way to breathe when singing, which determines the quality of sound you produce. You probably already know this, but the question is, are you consistent about it? There are so many benefits of breathing in the correct way. It makes your singing way easier.

When you begin phonation (speaking/singing), air causes vibrations to occur which produces sound and will continue until you run out of air. If you are currently breathing in air by the use of the upper portion of the lungs only, you will not only run out of air too early, but also have a weak and breathy sound. Learning how to inhale by inflating around your waistline takes practice. As you repeat the belly breathing exercise, you’ll be unlearning the wrong way to breathe and replacing that with the right way to breathe. Via Spinditty

Harnessing The Singing System In Your Body

Yes, there are specific areas in your body that enable you to sing. Correct singing puts all these areas into good use. Work with them, not against them.

When you sing, you want to discover just how to activate all of your resonators. Your resonators are the mouth, nasal passages, chest, and head areas. Moving the sound forward means that when you sing, you make your tone resonate in these different spaces. Via Spinditty

So how does this work? You basically need to distinguish whether you sing with your head voice or chest voice. Here’s how:

Place your fingers on your breastbone, then sing a few notes from the bottom end of your range. You should be able to feel the vibration in your chest through your fingers.

If you don’t feel anything, try belting ‘hello’ — if you’re singing in chest voice, you should feel something there. If you are singing in your head voice, you should feel the vibrations somewhere in the region of your teeth/lips, cheekbones, nasal cavity, or forehead. Via Spinditty

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Sing Within Your Means

Keep to what is your comfortable singing range whenever you sing. And if you want to sing tones that aren’t within your vocal range, train for it. You will always sound better when you aren’t straining your voice.

Once you’ve discovered where your range is, stay within your range. When you sing higher than is natural for you, you may end up with vocal damage as you strain to hit the notes. Via Spinditty

Feel What You Sing

Two people can sing the exact same song, one with perfect skill and no emotion, and the other with powerful skill and emotion. You already can tell which of the singers will connect with their audience.

When you sing, breathe life into every musical phrase. Sing with feeling. Be in the moment so that you can create your own truth. Via Spinditty

Put these tips to practice and you are sure to have a fruitful singing career.

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