5 Rules-Of-Thumb to Live By As a Singer
On it’s own, singing is a rather simple process that looks a little something like engagement > pressure > vibration > resonance > articulation but all in all, most people find it very difficult to learn how to sing, or at least sing very well. These 10 rules-of-thumb to live by as a singer will help you get the best out of your voice and truly reach your goals as a vocalist.
Remember, your voice is a unique instrument, and singing is never a “one size fits all” process that works th same for every singer and every voice. These general rules will help you make better choices as a singer and take control of your unique instrument.
#1 – Your voice is only as strong as your foundation
I feel like I say this multiple times every day, but it’s so true and so important it bears constantly repeating to every and anyone who will hear me. Your singing voice is only ever going to be as strong as the foundation you build it upon. Don’t believe me? Check out all the ways that Learning How to Sing is like Building A House. A great foundation in singing involves proper posture, diaphragmatic breathing, support and frequency placement, just like a strong house requires a concrete slab so those walls don’t sink into the ground or fall over when you put your roof on!
#2 – Your favourite singers aren’t trying to sing like your favourite singers
If you don’t get it, read it again and again. A great singer like Aretha Franklin wasn’t TRYING to sing like Aretha Franklin, she was simply singing with her own natural voice in the manner that was the most efficient, enjoyable and appropriate for her approach to singing. If you’re constantly trying to sing like this person, or sing like that person, you’re actually doing the very OPPOSITE to what these singers were doing, and you’re ultimately thwarting your own success as a singer.
Learn to control and develop your own true and natural voice first before trying to impart the character of anyone else’s voice or singing – after all, you might just learn to love the sound of your own singing voice!
#3 – Vowels ain’t Vowels
While speech requires pronunciation of your vowels, singing does not. Singing requires a special mix of tongue shape and altered resonant space to ensure efficiency in your vowel sounds when you sing, so make sure you’re just just pronouncing your vowel sounds without articulating your resonance properly first.
#4 – Rome wasn’t built in a day
It’s a cliche, I know, but it’s very true when it comes to singing. Work towards your goals rather than settling for a missed note or unreachable range. A great singer treats their voice as a process rather than a destination, even some of the world’s most respected and accomplished singers still work on improving their voices every day. Don’t try to run before you’ve learned how to walk first!
#5 – No two approaches are the same
As I’ve pointed out before, your singing voice is unique, and so should your approach to singing be unique and designed specifically for your individual instrument. I’m not a huge fan of ‘self service’ singing courses that offer a comprehensive method to singing, as a large part of the process of learning how to sing is getting personalised feedback and having your technique tweaked in a continual fashion to ensure finesse and prowess – singing isn’t a feat of muscular strength than just magically “gets better” the more you do it, there is a specific process and manner in which you need to sing so that your voice is healthy, safe and most of all resonating in the most efficient manner without any wasted energy or undue strain. Is your approach to singing developed specifically for and tailored towards your unique voice and the issues you might face?
The pattern here seems to be that a great singing voice starts with a great foundation, and a great approach to singing is tailored to your unique voice. An awesome place to start is the free foundations short courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, and then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional voice training that is tailored to your unique instrument you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started building your range!
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