You may not think that you have the voice to get the crowd on its feet at karaoke night, but with the right training and practice you would be surprised at the things that you can do. A lot of professional singers today were people who learned on their own how to sing better, so if they can do it why can’t you?
Get Voice Lessons
The first thing you will want to do if possible is to get voice lessons. Not everyone will be able to afford a course to learn to sing better, but if you can, then it will get you where you want to go faster. Experienced instructors will learn a lot about you and point you in the right direction so that you find your range. Professional instructors will also teach you to read sheet music which will only help. Even if you think that you have a talented voice, lessons can always help you get better.
The technical aspects of singing are another reason you should consider voice lessons if possible. Singing from the heart and with passion is the most important thing, but technical control of your voice can take you to the next level. Keep in mind that there are songs that are easy to get through, but some that are a lot more difficult. By helping you gain control, a singing instructor can show you how to get the most out of your voice.
What If You Can’t Take Voice Lessons
As effective as voice lessons are, not everyone will have the time or the money to take them. The good news is that it is not impossible to teach yourself at home, but you will need a lot of practice, patience and someone who can judge whether you are making progress or not. As bad as you may think you sound, you can get better because there is a melody or sound that is just for you.
Understanding Your Voice
If you are going to sing better you need to first understand your own voice and what you are working with. Think of an acoustic guitar where the sound seems to come out of the sound hole, but the music originates everywhere else. Your voice works just like that; while the sound comes out of your mouth, your entire body becomes involved in the singing process. Forget about just using your mouth and your throat; you also need to engage your torso, your lungs, your head, and even your feet for correct positioning and rhythm.
Because so much of your body participates when you sing you need to train it. You are almost like a baseball player that needs to train his muscles, eyes, arms, and speed except that you are training to become a better singer. The more you train, the better you will be. By training I do not mean just singing which ever song you like the most, but rather work on the songs which you find challenging and reading about the things that you need to do. The internet can give you a lot of free information which you can use to train yourself.
Every time that you practice, you should make it a habit to record yourself. If you have ever recorded yourself on audio or video then you may have noticed that you sound very different to what you thought you did, that is because what you hear when you sing or when you speak carries both internally and externally. The voice that you hear when you record yourself is what other people hear, and that is what you need to work on. The best thing that you can do is to get good recording devices because they will get closer to your real voice.
You have a computer and you connect to the internet, so use that to your advantage when you are trying to learn how to sing better. Programs which are available online work almost like a tutor, and you will be able to train your voice a lot with them. While they are not as good as a personal trainer, they do get good results without spending as much money.
Another thing that you can do is to watch videos from professional voice instructors which are all over the internet including YouTube. The videos are free and they can give you a very good idea of the exercises and the routines that you need to follow to get better. There are many voice lesson videos on streaming sites so if you find an instructor or video that you like then keep looking at the lessons from the same instructor. You will learn how to warm up and how to get to the notes you want to hit.
Don’t Skip The Exercises
Some of the exercises on the videos that you find online seem tedious and boring and you may feel tempted to skip them. The exercises are there for a reason so you should do your best to not skip them. Singing the song you want to sing is fun, but the people listening to you will be a lot more thankful when you actually work at getting better. You should do some exercises every day, while you only need to do others a few times until you reach your musical goals.
Take Care Of Your Instrument
In the end your voice is your instrument so if you are going to sing better, then you need to take care of it. Protect yourself from the cold weather. You will notice that a lot of singers will wear a scarf as soon as the temperature starts to drop. That is not a fashion statement; it is the case that protects their musical instrument. Before you sing make sure to avoid alcohol. A drink is liquid courage, but it can make your voice sound bad. If you sound bad in front of an audience then chances are that you will re-enforce the idea that you are not a good singer and you will give up. Warm up before you sing and do not go to loud unless you have to. Straining yourself is really a sure way to lose your voice quickly.