7 Singing Tips For Beginners
So you’re about to sing a song. You want your voice to be at it’s best, predictable, responsive and great sounding. Follow these singing tips for beginners, and your voice will feel, sound better for it.
Go through this checklist of 7 singing tips before you sing. Not just on the day but several days before you start singing. If you feel your singing was better then decrease the number of days that you would do these tips. Learning to listen to your body is probably the best singing tip I could ever give you.
Singing Tip 1 For Beginners
Don’t overeat before you sing No.1
Singing songs on a full stomach is a bad idea as you will struggle to breathe deeply. All the food in your stomach will stop the diaphragm from moving down.
To help you deal with this do not eat up to 2 hours before you are about to sing. If you have to eat, then make the meal small and light.
Stay away from dairy, and spicy food as both of these are mucus forming so will make you clear your throat. This will agitate the vocal folds. They then create more mucus, and so the cycle goes on.
Stay Hydrated No.2
It is important that you drink enough water. When I say enough, I don’t drink the grand canyon before you are about to sing! Just drink enough so that your vocals are nicely hydrated before you sing. This means that you should drink water regularly throughout the day not just when you’re about to sing as an afterthought.
The vocal folds (the guys you sing with) can take up to 14 hours to rehydrate so if they’re dry before you start singing then drinking water then is not going to help.
I have found that a nice hot shower with lots of steam is a quick fix for this as the steam gets straight at the vocal folds.
Wake up your body! No.3
You must wake up your body before you start to sing to get the blood pumping around the body. Singing uses a lot of your body. So make sure it’s awake so that it can respond quickly.
My favourite way to do this is just to put on a song I like and have a little dance to it. Try to, but on something that will just gently wake up your body, you don’t need to be out of breath when you are about to sing just awake.
Exercise your breathing muscles No.4
So you’ve woken up your body with a little getting down tonight! Now we need to focus in on the breathing muscles and wake them up too (Breathing for singing my article on my other website tells you more about this if you’re interested). Doing some breathing exercises will do that for you. Leaving your voice feeling smooth, projected and responsive.
Warm up your vocal folds No.5
Take a lip trill, tongue trill or hum and do this over a siren. Start with a small vocal range then slowly increase that range until you have covered your complete vocal range.
Then take a song that you know is well within your singing range and trill it. Speed this up until you are doing it as fast as you can. This will be your agility work. While still on the song trill it quietly and then loudly. By doing this, you are targeting different parts of the vocal folds. If you’re not sure what the vocal folds (also called vocal cords) look like then check out this link, some of you might find it a little eww! So you have been warned.
Pick a song that’s in your comfortable singing range No.6
There is no point in picking a song that has a note in it that you can sometimes get and other times it locks up and goes out of tune. With all the nerves that you’ll be feeling – if you’re about to sing in front of someone – you will more than lightly lock up on the note.
If you’re not sure a note is easy for you to sing in a song, then take the song and sing it. When you get to the high note hold it, how does it feel? Is it easy for you to hold or do you just want to get out of there!
A note that is in your comfortable range will be easy to hold which translates into a note that you can actually control to make what ever sound that you want rather than a note that you can just hit badly.
One of the differences between an amateur and a professional singer is that a professional singer knows there singing range, and they sing in it.
Make sure that you know the song No.7
If you don’t know the song well, then you really shouldn’t sing it for people. It’s fine if you want to just work on the song for you when there’s no one there.
There’s nothing worse for your confidence than someone saying it wasn’t so good just because you didn’t know the lyrics or you went out of tune because you weren’t sure of the melody. I know from personal experience that it doesn’t matter how confident you are this will start to chip at you.
Take the time to learn the lyrics. I will print my song lyrics out and stick them up all over the house and work on them like that.
For the melody, I will go over and over it humming the song before I sing it. Humming the melody gives you an opportunity to focus in on the melody line.
Then I will sing it.
If you’re unsure of the melody or lyrics, it will make you hesitant as you sing which in its self will make you pitchy. Also, you’ll not be focused on what you need to focus on which is delivering a knockout performance.
There are your 7 singing tips for beginners
So there you have it 7 singing tips for beginner singers that I hope you found helpful?
Oh an extra little tip here is before you do the list above record yourself down, then go through the 7 beginner singing tips. Then record yourself down again and compare the two. Recording yourself down is a great tool for an unbiased opinion.
If you found the 7 tips helpful, you might like my learn to sing article too.
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Have a great day!