If you think you are a bad singer, don't worry, there is still hope. With the help of a few tricks and exercises, you can improve your singing voice and build confidence.
Part 1 of 3: Mastering the Basics
Step 1. Have a proper posture
To sing properly, make sure you have good posture. You must stand or sit with your back straight. The body should not be tilted to one side or the other. Make sure the head is not tilted forward or back.
Step 2. Learn to breathe from the diaphragm
Breathing correctly is one of the most important things in singing. When you breathe, be sure to inhale air from your diaphragm rather than your chest. This means that when you breathe, the abdomen should expand instead of the chest. When singing, you should tighten your diaphragm when you go up a scale and relax it when you go down a scale. Supporting the voice with the diaphragm is one of the keys to singing.
To practice, place one hand on your stomach and inhale through your nose. The abdomen should expand and stick out when you breathe. The chest should not move out or up. As you exhale, tense and contract your abdominal muscles. Repeat this process until it is natural when you sing
Step 3. Open your throat when pronouncing vowels
A quick way to improve your singing is to open your throat when pronouncing vowels. This is known as the "open throat technique." To do this, start by saying "a" or "u". Lengthens the mouth without widening it. You'll want to separate your tongue from the soft palate and keep them separate while you sing. The tongue should be against the lower jaw. This will give you a better quality.
- Try to say A-E-I-O-U. The jaw should not close when pronouncing any of these vowels. If you can't keep your jaw down, use your fingers to pull it up. Keep repeating the vowels until you can say them with your mouth open.
- Sing the vowels. Keep your jaw open while singing the vowels as you did when saying them. Then sing a phrase and open your jaw as you sing each vowel.
- This will probably take a bit of practice to accomplish, but it will help improve the quality of your singing.
- By doing so, you can begin to expand your voice.
Step 4. Tilt your chin down
When singing the high notes and trying to get power, keep your chin pointing down. The head has a tendency to move upward as you sing the higher notes, which can cause vocal cord problems. Singing while focusing on keeping your chin pointed down helps give your voice more power and control.
Step 5. Understand your vocal range
First, you have to find your vocal range. After doing so, you can start expanding it. To achieve this, you must have the proper technique. You should pronounce your vowels airless (open your throat) and have the proper resonance in your voice before attempting to broaden your vocal range.
- To broaden your vocal range, do so using a half or full tone at a time. Practice with short scales and get comfortable singing that new note correctly before trying to scale down or up.
- Taking classes with a voice coach is the safest and most effective way to expand your vocal range.
Step 6. Switch between the different voice areas
Your voice is made up of 3 areas. Alternating between these areas will change the resonance of your voice. Learning how to control this change can help you improve your singing.
- The voice has 3 different areas: the chest (or low) register, the head (or high) register, and the middle register. Each of these areas refers to the range of the notes sung from that section of the body.
- The head voice is the highest area. When you sing high notes, they will resonate in your head. Place your hand on the top of your head as you sing high notes to feel the vibrations. The chest voice is the lowest area of your singing voice. When you sing lower notes, they will resonate in your chest. The middle or mixed voice is the middle area between the chest voice and the head voice. This area is where your voice will change from chest to head to correctly sing the notes.
- As you move from the high notes to the low notes, you should move from the voice from the head to the chest. You should feel the notes rise to your head or chest as you sing. Don't sing the notes in the same place when moving up or down the ranks. This will limit the quality of your voice.
Step 7. Drink water
The water helps keep the vocal cords moist and flowing so they can be opened and closed easily. You can also have any other unsweetened, decaffeinated, and nonalcoholic beverage for the same effect. Aim for 475 ml of water a day.
Warm drinks are the best option for your throat. Drink something lukewarm like warm water or hot tea with honey. Try to avoid cold things, like ice cream or cold sodas, as they can make your muscles tense
Part 2 of 3: Exercising your voice
Step 1. Practice exercises daily
If you want to sing better, you must train your voice. This requires commitment. Doing voice exercises a few times a week or a month will not make any significant difference. Exercise your voice every day. You want to train her and build muscles so you can improve your voice.
Remember, before any voice exercises, be sure to warm up
Step 2. Practice the drone
Say "hmm?" or say "mmm" like you're not sure you believe someone. Both noises should change in pitch. When practicing scales while humming, you should feel a buzzing around your nose, eyes, and head, or in your chest.
Make the C-E-G sound on an ascending scale. Then go down to mid-do. While doing the hum, work on the precision of the tone
Step 3. Make vibrations
Lip vibrations are when you blow air through your lips, causing them to bump into each other and vibrate. It sounds like "br", like you are cold. If your lips are tense when you breathe air through them, or they will vibrate. Try to relax your lips, and if that works, push the corners of your mouth towards your nose while doing the exercise.
Try to do tongue vibrations. This will help relax your swallowing muscles so they are relaxed as you sing
Step 4. Keep your larynx firm
When trying to hit the high notes, keep your larynx steady rather than raising it. This will give you better vocal control and help you avoid tension. To practice holding your larynx steady, say “mom” over and over again. Do this until you feel relaxed when you say the word.
- Place your thumbs slightly under your chin. Pass the saliva. You should feel your swallowing or throat muscles. As before, you want these muscles to be relaxed. Sing the scales while making the "mmm" sound with your mouth closed. The throat muscles should remain relaxed.
- You may end up making a funny face while trying to keep the sound on top of your face. It's okay. Exaggerate facial movement and sound if necessary. The important thing is to train your swallowing muscles to stay relaxed while you switch scales.
Part 3 of 3: Build Confidence
Step 1. Build confidence while you are alone
One way to help you get rid of your nerves is to practice at home. When you practice, you should take it further than normal. For example, you can sing louder or louder, or make exaggerated movements. Gain confidence only before trying to gain confidence in front of others.
As you practice in front of the mirror or videotape yourself, learn how to show your excitement and passion on stage. At first it may seem awkward to be honest and vulnerable on stage, but some of the best singers have the confidence to sing honestly and emotionally
Step 2. Get out of your comfort zone
One of the ways you can build confidence is to continually step out of your comfort zone. This can mean many things. You can try singing in front of an audience. It can mean learning to expand your range, or even singing in another genre. Developing your voice, trying new things, and learning everything you can will help you build confidence.
Step 3. Sing in front of friends and family
After practicing and learning new skills, you should start singing in front of people. Begin by singing in front of trusted friends and family. It starts with one person, and then progressively increases the number of people. This can help you get used to singing in front of people.
Ask them to give you criticism when you sing. This can help you improve in case you make mistakes
Step 4. Sing in your community
Another way to build trust is to sing in your community. This may not be as difficult or distressing as a concert or more formal event. Look for opportunities in children's homes or hospitals.
Audition at your local theater or sign up for acting classes. This can help you build the confidence to be on stage in front of people without having to sing. Then apply it to the edge
Step 5. Go to karaokes
While karaoke with your friends are not formal concerts, singing in this environment can help you gain confidence. You won't improve your vocal technique, but you will start to lose the anxiety you feel when you sing in front of an audience.
Step 6. Sing a familiar song
The first or second time you sing on stage, sing a familiar song. This will give you confidence from the start. Choose a song within a range that highlights your voice. Don't try to do anything fancy with the song. Instead, sing it in its original version. The key at this point is to get comfortable on stage singing in front of people.
As you develop confidence, you can take ownership of the song, that is, adapt it to your own style and make changes to it
Step 7. Move your body to hide the nerves
If you are shaking, move to hide your nerves. You can move your hips or walk on stage a bit to look confident and focus your energy in a different way.
Try to look above the audience if you are really nervous. Don't look at people. Find a spot on the back wall where you can focus all your attention while ignoring the audience
- Make friends with other singers and compare their vocal notes. They can also share vocal exercises.
- Be receptive to criticism.
- Join church choirs, school choirs, or singing groups to be around other singers to learn.
- Try singing a song that you like and keep practicing until you sing it well.
- If you continue to feel like you are out of breath, try exercising your diaphragm and lungs. This will make them louder, allowing you to sing longer without breathing.
- If you are nervous, close your eyes and imagine that you are singing alone. Sing like there's no one there.
- If you feel pain in your vocal cords, stop singing for an hour, drink water to warm your voice, and try again.
- Record yourself so you can see the improvements.
- If you can't get to the right note, try to get a lower one and work your way up.
- Try adjusting your tone if it just isn't right. Sometimes you can sing a song in a completely wrong key and you won't even realize it until you try a different one.
- Try not to yell too often.
- Avoid drinking very hot beverages, as they will damage your vocal cords.