How to Sing Like a Pro
With these 5 simple steps, I’m going to show you how to sing like a pro. This complete guide to singing like a professional will detail the ins and outs of building a powerful and professional singing voice so you can sing like a STAR. As I always say, a great singing voice is only as powerful as the foundation that is has been built upon, so make sure you brush up on your diaphragmatic breathing, appoggio and vocal placement before using these tips to learn how to sing like a PRO.
#1 – Professionals don’t strain or push
I know it seems easier to ‘push’ up to that high phrase, or reach that little bit higher to hit that ‘money’ note, but do you see professional singers straining and pushing when they sing? If they’re any good, and they want career and voice longevity, then absolutely not. Pushing and straining is a sign of improper vocal technique and poor vocal health, so it’s important to get to the bottom of WHY you’re straining so that you can implement a better approach and unleash your inner star.
Pushing is often a sign of locked vocal chord coordination, vocal chord strain or simply improper development of your vocal mechanism. Tuning your vowel in the incorrect manner will make you push and strain to support your overly wide vowel, and squeezing off your vocal tract will have a similar effect. Singing is often a delicate balancing game, between your registers, between your onset, your consonants and your frequencies, learning how to coordinate the different elements of your voice in a controlled manner is a sure-fire way to ensure you’re not pushing or straining when you sing.
#2 – Make good investments
To a professional singer, the voice is an asset and commodity – poor vocal health is a bad investment, and great singing technique is a great investment. Investing your time and energy on building a consistent and powerful singing voice that is as controlled as it is impressive will make a massive return on your investment over time, where a brash investment in bad habits and bad techniques will assure a bad return.
Keep your voice safe by investing in proper singing technique will ensure a lifetime of healthy singing, and continous payouts as you progress in style and prowess. Professionals truly make an investment in their voice by developing the best vocal technique and making good choices for the health and longevity of their instrument.
#3 – Prepare your instrument
An effective warmup can mean the difference between a professional singing career, and simply singing as a hobby. As a professional voice coach, it’s imperative that I warm up my voice before vocal coaching so that my vocal instrument is prepared and ready to be the best coach I can so you get the absolutely best voice coaching in the world.
Warming up your voice provides blood flow to your vocal chords and adjoining musculature, along with setting your mental process in line with the good vocal coordination you’ve been working on and developing over time. I’m often surprised at how many singers out there fail to warm up effectively, or don’t even bother with the warmup they KNOW improves their voices – simply out of boredom, or even a lack of understanding at the importance of their warmup or the reason behind the exercises they’ve been given. This is why I make sure to explain every technique and exercise in depth and with a practical application to help my students truly grasp the importance of warming up and exercising their voices.
A professional singer always warms up their voice and keeps their instrument in good working order.
#4 – You’re only a PRO if you truly believe it
Self doubt manifests in an inconsistent singing voice, so make sure you believe in your self, and you have trained your voice to the point of mutual trust. You TRUST that you voice is going to behave, and your vocal mechanism TRUSTS that you aren’t going to mistreat it. We all have self doubt, especially in a public forum and something as personal and physical as singing truly is, but the only thing you truly have total control over is how WELL you’ve trained your voice, and how WELL you can sing.
You can only believe in your singing voice when you KNOW you’ve built your range in the right way, and you’re certain that your voice will react and respond the way you intend.
#5 – Go out and DO it… NOW!
A professional singer is only professional because they went out and MADE themselves into a professional. If you’re waiting until you’re pitch perfect, and all your wrinkles have been ironed out – it might be too late to strike while the iron is hot. Get out and do it now for the best chance of becoming a professional singer, professionals don’t sit at home waiting for the phone to ring, they pick up the phone and make the calls themselves.
If you want to learn how to sing like a pro, then you need to learn from a professional voice coach and use a proven approach to powerful singing like the one taught here at Bohemian Vocal Studio. Since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier vocal studio for professional singing lessons and voice coaching in the world. Synonymous with POWERFUL singing and the most practical online approach to vocal technique, BVS will help you reach your singing goals sooner and with more strength than you could ever imagine.
When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and build a truly professional singing range, you can book a Skype session to learn how to sing like a Professional.
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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.