How to learn how to sing
Some people will say that if you’re “tone deaf”, there is no point finding out how to learn how to sing. But many people disagree with that view and believe singing is all about finding out your vocal range and your tone and simply singing within your limits. Bob Dylan wouldn’t have had much success if he tried to make it big in opera, but he worked at a style that suited his voice and became a legend.
But if you’re trying to get better at singing, and no matter what style of singing it is very important to get professional lessons. While singing is a natural thing, the techniques used to improve vocal range, breathing, tone, and diction (making the right shapes with the mouth) are anything but natural, and ideally you need a coach to help you to do it properly and give you feedback.
Whether you’re singing opera, musical theater, rock or pop, these techniques will make noticeable improvements within weeks and help you get more power and control from your voice. Finding out how to increase your vocal range will open new possibilities to your singing career, allowing you to choose a style that can bring you success and make you famous!
It’s difficult to put across vocal techniques in text format, so here are some videos to show you a few vocal exercises for singers. But remember, having one-to-one tuition is almost essential for improving your voice:
If you can’t get to singing lessons at the moment, one way of improving your singing voice is to record your vocals and listen back to it. Use a tape recorder, Dictaphone or computer to record a song which you think you sing quite well and try to listen to how well you handle the melody and hold the notes; is it in tune, do the notes wobble around, do you run out of breath in some parts of the song? Many people hate listening to their own voice, but if you approach this with the intention of just listening out for the technical aspects, try to improve upon them and then record it again to see if it sounds better, gradually you will become a better singer.
Singing tips from the stars
“I started singing about three years ago, I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn’t taking it too seriously at the time, I would just sing around the house. I was only 12 and I got second place.”