How to learn to sing: 14 Steps (with pictures)

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How to learn to sing: 14 Steps (with pictures)
How to learn to sing: 14 Steps (with pictures)

If you want to learn to sing, you need to practice daily. Singing lessons will go a long way, but if you can't take them, there are still ways you can learn on your own. It will take time, but you should start seeing results quickly just by following the steps in this article. In this wikiHow, you will learn some tips on how you can learn to sing.


Part 1 of 3: Get Started

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Learn to Sing Step 1

Step 1. Start with breathing exercises

Breathing exercises will allow you to better control the note and duration of your singing. No wonder - singers who can breathe deeply and consistently get better performance from their voice.

  • Practice opening your throat opening. Relax and open your jaw like a fish would out of water. Start by flexing your facial muscles a little in the middle.
  • Try the following breathing exercises before warming up:
    • Start by taking a couple of deep breaths of air. Imagine that the air is really heavy as you breathe it in.
    • Let the air descend below the navel, into the diaphragm. Exhale and repeat several times.
    • Get a light, feather pillow and practice holding it in the air, like juggling a feather with your draft. Gradually fly the feather really high and try to keep it there.
    • Don't allow your chest to collapse while holding the feather in the air. Try to keep the air flowing from your diaphragm.
Be a Singer Step 1
Be a Singer Step 1

Step 2. Start heating up

The vocal cords are a muscle, just like your biceps, and must be stretched before doing any heavy lifting. You can heat in many ways.

  • Hum or sing as loud as you can without a problem, and then lower yourself to the lowest possible pitch. When you go up, your vocal cords stretch more, and when you go down, they get shorter. As you sing up your voice range, you will stretch your vocal cords, making them more flexible.
  • Practice your major scales, starting with middle C, going down in semitones before going up. Don't push yourself before you are actually singing and try to move slowly. As you continue to warm up, you will get better at articulating all the notes on the scales.
  • The notes you will hit start as do-re-mi-fa-sol-fa-mi-re-do and progress, either up or down, one semitone for each new scale

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Learn to Sing Step 3

Step 3. Find your range

Your range is the measure of notes you can sing between your lowest and highest notes. Try any number of classical music scales (you can easily find them with a simple internet search) and see which notes at the bottom and top are impossible for you to sing clearly.

  • If you want to find your vocal range, warm up your voice, then hum and lower your voice as low as possible. The lowest note you can hum that still sounds clear will be your lowest range. On the other hand, the highest note you can hold for 3 seconds will be your highest range.
  • Keep in mind that your range may vary a bit from day to day, especially if you are sick or tired.
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Learn to Sing Step 4

Step 4. Try singing a song you like with a nearby voice recorder

Make sure the music is low and your voice is what the recorder is actually recording. When you're done singing, check to see if you're singing in tune. Also check to see if:

  • You articulate the words clearly, especially the vowels. At first, over-articulate the words, really practice getting them to come out correctly.
  • You breathe properly. For difficult vocal parts, you should stretch your voice for a longer period of time. You will need to be a strong breather to do it.
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Learn to Sing Step 5

Step 5. Drink lots of water

Drink warm water for best results, as this loosens the vocal cords. Give your body time to absorb the water. Avoid dairy products or thick drinks, such as smoothies, immediately before singing.

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Learn to Sing Step 6

Step 6. Practice daily

Every day, practice your breathing exercises, warm-up routine, and recorded singing. Listen to the parts you don't get to with your voice and keep moving forward. It may take several weeks of practice to master a single song.

If you notice your voice shaking when singing, take a deep breath into your ribs and keep your rib cage out. This can stabilize your breathing and therefore your voice

Part 2 of 3: Developing Your Voice

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Learn to Sing Step 7

Step 1. Learn to use your nose

Singing well involves partial nasal placement; it is the sounding board of our body. However, to avoid sounding nasal to others, your throat should be open wide with your tongue out of the way (slightly forward, touching the back of your lower teeth when singing vocals). Nasality can often be heard in country and some R&B or Gospel singing, but it can be unappealing to listeners.

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Learn to Sing Step 8

Step 2. Learn to "cover the voice" for a fuller sound

The resonant, rounded sound is formed by opening the throat and limiting nasality. This is called "covering the voice." Be careful though, if you cover it too much it can turn into a breezy and mushy sound.

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Learn to Sing Step 9

Step 3. Practice singing your vowels

Again, try to vocalize using your diaphragm. The vowels, not the consonants, are what you really have to pay attention to.

  • Don't use your neck muscles when singing. Try to keep your neck straight but relaxed.
  • Practice keeping the back of your mouth open when you vocalize the vowels. Practice expressing the "ah" sound, as if you are opening your mouth to the dentist. The back of your mouth will now be open.
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Learn to Sing Step 10

Step 4. Practice hitting the notes

Top notes are the icing on the cake - they aren't always necessary, but they are truly wonderful when done right. You probably already know your range by this point, so you'll also know which notes you can hit and which you can't. Make sure to practice the notes that you can't hit yet. Practice makes a master.

Imagine jumping when you hit a high note. Maybe you are jumping off a trampoline or maybe you are just jumping in the air. Imagine reaching your highest point as you hit the high note. Take a proper breath and keep your mouth open. Hitting a note doesn't mean you have to increase your voice when you sing

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Learn to Sing Step 11

Step 5. Continue your breathing exercises

Doing breathing exercises is an opportunity for continuous training. If you become better breathing, your vocal training will be easier.

  • Try the following breathing exercise, where you breathe in and out with a hiss. Make sure your hiss is very even and constant. The goal is constancy:
    • Breathe in for 4 seconds and then hiss out the same breath for 4 seconds.
    • Breathe in for 6 seconds and hiss out for 12.
    • Breathe in for 2 seconds and hiss out for 10.
    • Breathe in for 4 seconds and hiss out for 16.
    • Breathe in for 2 seconds and hiss out for 16.
    • Breathe in for 4 seconds and hiss out for 20.
    • Inhale for 2 seconds and exhale for 20.

Part 3 of 3: Put it all together

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Learn to Sing Step 12

Step 1. Enter a local singing competition

Be reasonable with the expectations of your performance: if you have been singing for less than 3 months and have no formal training, it will be difficult, but it is just what you want, right?

If you are determined to become a singer, you will have to get used to singing in front of large numbers of people and in stressful situations. It is one thing to sing alone in your room and quite another to sing in front of dozens or maybe hundreds of people

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Learn to Sing Step 13

Step 2. Make sure you get a good teacher if you are determined to develop your skills

Singing teachers will be able to give you a good opinion in real time, as well as tips and tricks. They will set a schedule for you and help you achieve the goals you set for yourself. A singing teacher is absolutely essential for anyone who really wants to become a singer.

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Learn to Sing Step 14

Step 3. Perform a song unaccompanied once you feel confident, and upload your video to YouTube

The positive opinions you will get are likely to be more than the negative ones.


  • If you can't find a singing teacher or are too shy to sing, practice singing with a friend who likes to hear you sing or who loves to sing. Have him come over to your house and practice in a small room and keep doing it for up to five to six months. It will be very useful.
  • Don't force the exhale. Your breathing must be fluid.
  • Anytime you think about it, practice breathing correctly.
  • Sit up straight with good posture, don't slouch, and keep your vowels high.
  • Stay within the tone. It is similar to singing harmonies when other notes can be sung in conjunction with the lead note. Experiment! The voice is to simply expand as the vocal voice comes out like your actual singing voice. To sing, imagine that everything in your voice is to speak louder, to project your voice, this is to expand it by inhaling and exhaling correctly.
  • If you're afraid your voice isn't good enough for YouTube, ask your friends what they think and then sing to more strangers until you're ready for YouTube, and follow all the good comments, instead of the bad ones.
  • Instead of pushing your tongue against your teeth, try leaving it on top of your lower teeth, almost sticking out. Keep your jaw loose for better sound.
  • To help with the practice of this breathing technique (which is also used for meditation), place your hands on your belly to feel the correct movements. For men, a tight belt can be used for pressing.
  • The most important part of learning to sing is practice. If you sing daily, even just for pleasure, you will be a much more competent singer in no time.


  • Clearing your voice by coughing severely hurts her.
  • If you're going to sing for long periods of time, it's worth having a sip of honey cough medicine or sucking on a cough drop.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking damages your lungs and your voice, and you need both to breathe and sing!
  • Don't hold the letter sheets, it will stifle your style or performance of the song. Keep your head up and look around you most of the time, but don't get hooked on a person's eyes or their expressions.
  • Don't drink milk before singing, otherwise sticky mucus will form in your mouth and throat.
  • Don't sing too long for a long time at first. The vocal cords are muscles and they need to be strengthened to become stronger and more agile.

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