Top 10 tips on how to sing better
With these 10 tips on how to sing better, you will learn how to sing higher than ever before, build a POWERFUL singing voice and develop a KILLER tone. Learning how to sing better doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult, with Bohemian Vocal Studio you can learn proper singing techniques from the best vocal coach from the comfort of your own home! Singing Lessons on line have become the standard – since launching in 2010, BVS has steadily grown into the premier destination for singing lessons online and become synonymous with GREAT singing.
Lets check out the top 10 tips on how to sing better!
#1 – Start with a solid foundation
I know I know, you’ve heard it a THOUSAND times before, but it’s absolutely true. To build a powerful singing voice and develop your voice into a consistent and resonant vocal machine, you need to set up your posture, breathing and resonance correctly first.
How to set up proper singing posture – Proper singing posture looks a little something like:
- Head up
- Shoulders back and down
- Chin parallel with the floor
- Ribs out (try raising your sternum without breathing in)
Now, it’s important that your posture is ‘fluid’ rather than ‘rigid’, so make sure you’re comfortable and natural with this posture and not straining or clenching in any way. Healthy singing starts with proper singing posture.
How to breathe properly – Breathing properly for singing starts with engagement of the diaphragm, so make sure you check out my free foundations short courses to learn how to sing from the diaphragm the right way.
How to sing with resonance – A great way to learn to sing with resonance is to develop vocal placement. Sure, it’s not possible to literally “move” your voice, but it IS possible to encourage the creation of a specific band of frequencies that resonates in the most efficient manner. To develop singing placement the right way, it’s a good idea to limit the excess frequencies that occur below your top teeth and try to sing “above” your teeth. Here’s an easy turorial I’ve put together for you to learn how to build singing placement.
#2 – Learn how to sing in mix voice
Developing your middle register is an absolute MUST if you want to build a great singing voice. I’m sure you’ve heard of Chest Voice vs Head Voice, but did you know there is actually another mysterious vocal register that sits directly between the two known as “Middle Voice” or “Mix Voice”? I like to think of chest voice as ‘full length vocal chords’ and head voice as ‘fully shortened vocal chords’ – your middle voice, or mix, would then sit directly in between, and CONNECTED to your two main registers. If you want to learn how to connect chest voice and head voice, then MIX is the answer.
#3 – Support your voice correctly
Learning to support your voice properly is a very important skill you’ll need to learn as part of your singing approach. Support actually occurs as an extension of your breathing and posture than any ‘lifting’ or actual ‘supporting’ – a great way to learn singing support is to ‘pull down’ as you ascend in range. If you imagine holding two weights, or two heavy books in each of your hands up near your shoulders, and then you slowly lower them while straightening your posture, you’ll feel a gentle ‘support’ from down around your diaphragm – this is support.
#4 – Learn the TRUE meaning of “open throat”
In essence, great singing actually occurs when your throat is more CLOSED than OPEN – your soft palate should be closed on your vowel sounds, and your vowel should be narrow rather than wide and open. Open throat can be interpereted as “no throat” when you are singing, meaning that there should be minimal effort or work occuring in your throat and larnyx, the ‘work’ should come from your support mechanism and the sound should resonate high in the resonance chambers of your head. Be careful of classical terminology, it’s often not what you’d expect, and almost always figurative!
#5 – Develop your onset
Your onset is how your sound starts, and is often the missing element in a budding singer’s technique. I’m not talking about vocal fry, or your consonants, I’m talking about a balanced onset, or what I prefer to call a coordinated onset on your vowel as your resonance begins. There’s actually three different onsets that we are able to sing with – each with varying uses/health.
Breathy onset – A breathy onset occurs when airflow is passing your vocal chords before they meet together and vibrate to create resonance. This can dry your chords and damage your voice in the long run, plus, it sounds weak!
Glottal onset – Known as a ‘harsh’ onset, a glottal onset occurs when your vocal chords are forced shut before air pressure reaches them to create vibration, this often results in a harsh “Slam” or “UH” as you start singing. Again, this can be damaging to your voice, make you pitchy and really doesn’t sound the best.
Balanced onset – A balanced onset is the only healthy onset, and occus when air pressure reaches your vocal chords at the very moment they come together to create resonance.
Here’s another simple tutorial I’ve put together to help you build your onsets:
#6 – Shape your vowels
Shaping your vowels by using the right tongue shape and controlling the soft palate will relieve most of the strain you feel as you sing higher into your range. The tongue basically “EQs” your resonance to give the illustion of a vowel rather than ‘pronouncing’ a vowel like we do in speech. A great guide to the vowel shapes:
- AH – Tongue low and concave
- AA – Similar, but with your tongue forward
- EE – Tongue “up” at the back
- AY/EH – Similar, but with your mouth ajar/tongue forward
- OO – there’s actually TWO different OO vowels!
From here, you need to learn how to close and open the soft palate of your own volition – if you can toggle your breath between your mouth and your nose without using your fingers to block your nose, then you already know how to control your soft palate. Now you just need to train your vowels with the soft palate CLOSED, and train your resonant consonants like N and M with the soft palate OPEN. You can book a session with me below if you need some help with your vowels
#7 – Tune your resonance
The best way to increase your range and build consistency in your tone and registers as you ascend in range is to TUNE your vowel to your resonance. If you’ve taken classical lessons before, it’s likely that you’ve been shown how to sing with vowel modification – but were you actually shown WHY this increases your range and HOW you are making those vowel changes? Without understanding the intention behind vowel modification, no doubt you’re still straining throughout your range and likely mangling your vowel sounds while you’re at it. A better approach is to learn how to physically widen or narrow your vowel sounds by way of the tongue root and soft palate, just like I’ll show you in this free singing video:
#8 – Create your consonants the right way
Consonants are difficult, right? Not when you’re creating the right way! I like to group my consonant sounds into types, such as sibilant, resonant, plosive, glottal and aspirated – and then develop an approach to each group so that you can sing ANY word without strain! Singing consonants really doesn’t have to be difficult, here’s another tutorial that will help you singing consonants the right way:
#9 – Use reference songs to warm up
This is a huge time saver, and a really great way to ensure that all your scales and warmups will equate to a great SINGING voice that can be used for actual songs, rather than just scales. Using a few reference songs as you warm up to gauge what you should be focussing on is a super efficient way of warming up, and will really connect your ‘scales’ and ‘drills’ to your singing voice. For example, if you’ve released your registers, and placed your voice, and worked on your vowels – but your reference song still has a ‘flip’ or a ‘break’ somewhere, this means you need to head back to your register release exercise for a while – and if you feel like specific words are difficult in your reference song, that means you need to work on your vowels a little bit more.
#10 – Work with the BEST voice coach
Are you really that shocked that this is in my top 10 tips on how to sing better? By now you’ve probably come up with a few questions along the way, and come across a few techniques that you need help with, so make sure you book a session with me below to ensure you’re getting the BEST vocal coaching and being taught proper singing techniques by a professional singing coach
Since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier studio for Rock Singing Lessons and become synonymous with GREAT singing and professional singing lessons. Online singing lessons with BVS ensures that you meet with the BEST voice coach available worldwide and recieve only the proper singing techniques and personalised coaching. If you want to know whether your voice has what it takes to become a truly GREAT singer, you’re welcome to send me through a short clip of your singing and I’ll let you know where your technique might need some tweaking.
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