Singing: 5 Voice Training Tips to Remember
These 5 important points are often forgotten by even the most established singers every now and again. By adding these daily reminders to your daily practice routine you will ensure a much more consistent and powerful voice that is always on point every time you sing.
Are you forgetting these 5 important Voice Training tips?
#1 – Foundation will ALWAYS be king
Many singers feel as though they no longer need the basics as they gain more experience, but the contrary is actually true. Foundations is king when you are a beginner, but is even more so the key to a consistent voice when you have been singing for some time and you’ve built an impressive range.
Don’t forget where you came from and the techniques, steps and approach that first took you up the figurative mountain that is the singing learning curve. If you simply drop your breathing steps or even simple exercises like lip trills in favour of seeking out more ‘advanced’ tools to sing with, you’re essentially letting your foundation waste away, and without a foundation there is no way to build the walls and roof of your voice – foundation will always be key, don’t forget this one!
#2 – Singing is an act of balance, not muscular force
Think about it, to move or swivel your arm at the elbow you actually need to follow a mental process of balance rather than purely flexing your bicep or your forearm muscles. Singing is much the same in that there are many elements that need to function together for you to sing effectively, yes, some physical and muscular, but all governed by your thought process and the success of which is governed by how well you can balance your registers, onset, resonance and many other aspects of a great, balanced voice.
Are you pushing and straining when you sing? This is likely due to an imbalance somewhere in your foundation, most likely a lack of register release or even an improper onset.
#3 – Singing and speaking aren’t the same
If I had a nickel for every time I had to remind someone of this important point. Think about it, walking and running both involve the same mechanism, but ultimately two completely separate processes – running isn’t just fast walking, it is an entirely different coordination of your muscles, just as singing isn’t just high speaking. Singing and speaking aren’t the same thing, but it’s often hard for some to understand the difference between a singing voice and a speaking voice, so here’s just a few of the many reasons that singing and speaking are ultimately separate actions
- Do you breathe using the diaphragm when you speak casually? No
- Do you utilise the full range of your frequencies when you speak? No
- Do you shape your vowels using the back of your tongue and altered resonant space? No
- Do you place your resonance within the vocal tract for speech? No.
There are SO many reasons that singing and speaking are different, many of which make the difference between a great singing voice, and one that is inconsistent and plagued with issues.
#4 – Nobody is infallible
One of the downsides of learning how to sing correctly is the shattered rose-coloured-glasses that I once had for many singers and even voice coaches. Think about it, an Album is the absolute BEST possible product that a band is possible of, and the singer may have spent months laying down their vocals, and engineer spent months mixing them, and ultimately the whole process of warming up each day from scratch, not to mention the 10 years prior they spent developing their voice to this point are all hidden from you as though they don’t exist – thus is the magic of recorded sound.
YouTube is actually no different, with many voice coaches and singing gurus releasing heavily edited ‘covers’ that are passed off as ‘how to sing like [insert favourite singer]’ as though they just stepped into the studio casually, nailed their part in the first take and then went home for the day – again, the process of warming up, the 10 or 20 years prior working to this point, the editing, the multiple takes are all shrouded in secrecy.
Noone is perfect, and noone is infallible when it comes to their singing technique. Even some of the world’s greatest classical and Opera singers experienced vocal issues or an off day here or there, just like our favourite Rock singers often struggle with consistency or vocal issues after a gruelling tour schedule. It’s time you took those rose coloured glasses off and allowed yourself to sit at the table with great singers instead of holding your favourite singers up on a pedestal that is ultimately out of reach no matter HOW well you sing.
#5 – You already posess the voice of your dreams
This honestly took some time personally, as I first thought my voice just sucked and I was a bad singer with a bad voice, or that I had even damaged my voice from years of misuse. It wasn’t until I surrendered to the natural function of my voice and really tried to develop balance within the instrument that I already had that I truly started to see progress, and realised that I could already hit much of the high range I had desired in the past, and all I had to do was Let. Go.
When you learn to sing, you aren’t changing your physiology or stretching your range in any manner, you are simply developing control and coordination in a way that previously eluded you. Just in a way a marathon runner doesn’t physically STRETCH their legs longer in training to make them perform at a top level, the voice you have now is the one you will end up with, albeit with more control and access to the extensive range that you are already gifted with, but lack understanding about how it functions, or lack the physical and mental coordination to sing the way you truly desire – YET.
Are you forgetting these 5 important Voice Training Tips when you sing? If you want to get more out of your voice and practice smarter rather than harder, a great place to start is the free foundations short courses available at Bohemian Vocal Studio, which will show you how to set up a strong foundation of posture, breathing and placement so that your house stays strong and you can continue building your range without fear or hesitation. When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and carve out another notch in your vocal belt, you can book a Skype Session and we’ll work towards extending your range and developing balance and consistency in your voice every time you sing.
If you have any questions about learning to sing or these Vocal Training Techniques, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!