Beginner Singing Tutorial
Would you love to learn how to sing? Have you tried to learn your favourite songs but struggled with tension and strain? You’re not alone – many singers hit these beginner hurdles when they first learn how to sing, but there’s an easier way! Singing is actually a very simple process of air pressure, vibration and resonance – but learning HOW to do this effectively can often be a struggle, so let’s fix your voice with this beginner singing tutorial!
How To Get Started
The first step in learning how to sing is to set up a rock solid vocal foundation. Foundation in singing includes the basics like breathing, posture, resonance and placement – all very simple but very intrinsic aspects of a great voice. So, starting with posture;
- Head Up
- Shoulders Back/Down
- Proud Chest
- Chin Parallel with the floor
- Natural stance with your feet a shoulder-width apart
- Release any tension and strain (shake it out!)
With this healthy posture, you will be able to effective engage the diaphragm. The diaphragm itself is a dome-shaped muscle which sits at the base of the lung cavity above the abdomen. When you engage the diaphragm, it lowers towards the abdomen to create a ‘negative space’ similar to a vacuum that instantly fills with pressurised air. By first setting up your posture and engaging your diaphragm you will ensure proper support when you sing and ultimately allow you to develop compression over time to enable a powerful and strain free singing voice.
Vocal Placement refers to efficient use of your vocal resonators. With confusing terms like chest voice, mix voice and head voice, it would be easy to confuse the chest and head for resonators in the voice – the only resonators that are useful in singing are the pharynx, the mouth and the nose. The first stage in vocal placement is achieving resonance in these three powerful resonators.
The final aspect of vocal placement is learning to use the dominant resonator required in each register – the mouth for chest voice, nasal resonator for mix and the pharynx for pure head resonance. Many beginner singers get stuck in the throat or stuck in the mouth when they sing out of fear of singing weak or breathy, in turn straining their voices.
A great place to start is the exclusive Foundation Singing Lesson which will show you how to set up a powerful and rock-solid foundation for your voice. Vocal Foundation consists of all of the above basics from vocal placement to diaphragmatic support to vowel shaping and even resonant space and connecting chest and head voice. If you’d like to dive straight into singing with a powerful foundation, you can get started with the Foundation 101 singing course which will show you everything above and SO much more, and with 60 minutes of video content and interactive warmups, will serve as a powerful guide that you can keep referring back to at any stage of the process of learning how to sing.
If you have any questions about learning how to sing, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.