Almost anyone can open their mouth and sing along to a song. Learning to sing appropriately requires practice and an understanding of the proper techniques to achieve good pitch and volume control. You can study these techniques with a singing teacher or learn them independently, but it is crucial to develop a good singing voice practice whatever your method. Let’s check them out!
Learn the Song by Mimicking the Original
Many of the students learn to a background where their favourite singer sings. If they then have to sing the song in sharp mode to just a piano accompaniment or a karaoke background, it turns out that they do not manage to sing without hearing the original version, where the singer sings. The first step is to listen and imitate the original song with a singer who sings the song you want to learn. Get the lyrics (search online for the song title + lyrics – or find a YouTube version where the singer is heard and see the lyrics). The singer may sing in a difficult key for you; then, you have to sing in a weak position to learn the melody decently and the phrasings that may be difficult. Sing through the whole song first until you think you know it well. Then imitate phrase by phrase, sing first with the singer, then turn off and imitate, listen and repeat until you feel the phrase sounds good, and then you get through the song that way, or at least the first verse and chorus. A good and effective learning model is to divide the piece into smaller parts and learn the song step by step.
Find A Good Karaoke Background
There are a lot of karaoke services; many are unfortunately very limited. We all have different voice modes and sound best in specific keys – there is no point in learning a song in the same key as in the original if it means you have to push your voice too much. With the proper karaoke services, you get an explicit inclusion in the song, that you see the pitch visually, so you know where and when to sing. There is also a setting in these services that allows you to sing the song together with another singer; usually, it is not the original. I recommend that you start singing the song to the instrumental version as soon as possible.
Practice An Expression – Add Your Feeling
Once you get to know the song well, it’s time to really focus on your emotions. What does the song mean to you? What kind of pictures do you see, what does it evoke in feelings? Go into the emotions and images that the music evokes in you and be with your whole body when you sing. Do not stand stiff as a stick, but imagine that you often get an even stronger expression with the help of body movements that feel natural to you. Have fun – be yourself! Look as little as possible at the computer/mobile or the toad when you sing.
Focus on Breathing Technique at the Beginning
Many singers start singing from the throat, not from the membrane. Singing from the membrane is your goal. Try to inhale through your nose instead of through your mouth. That makes it easier to fill your diaphragm with air. Compare the two methods and feel the difference. Getting air into your diaphragm will not only help you sing with more force, but it will also prevent you from the damage that you can cause singing from your throat.
Hire A Singing Instructor or Vocal Coach
This is the most effective way to learn to sing, at least in the beginning. You can interrupt your singing coach when you have some of the basics under your belt, but a beginner should have a teacher if possible. A professional singing instructor can show you exercises and teach you techniques that can take you a long time to learn on your own.
By practising these techniques regularly, you can turn your average or poor singing voice into a compelling musical instrument. Want to know more singing tips? Check out the second part of this article!