Singers are a very special kind of musicians. Unlike guitarists, drummers, and pianists who rely on their physical instruments; singers have their tool inside them. Maintaining its quality is a special task.
One of the things that you should know is that a voice is an instrument inside your body and you have to learn how to use it to get the most out of it. It’s very “physical” on the foundational level. To have a strong voice and to have vocal consistency there are certain things you have to know and do. We’ve gathered a few tips on how to improve your voice and singing. Some vocal tips may seem obvious; some might be new for you.
Who are these vocal tips intended for?
Of course, it makes a difference if you’re a fine singer or an intermediate singer or a junior singer. The following tips are suitable for all kind of musicians and non-musicians. These are the basics of singing which will teach you how to use the instrument inside your body.
1. Take care of your health to improve your voice
Drink plenty water on a daily basis. The membranes which produce the sound function best when well hydrated. Whenever the throat feels scratchy, stay silent and let your voice rest You don’t need it for the smoky voice either Remember that there are some foods that might affect your voice. Those are spicy food, coffee, alcohol, milk products, and nuts.
2. Warm up before singing
Does the throat hurt after singing? That’s a sign you need to warm up (more) next time. Your vocal cords need a warm up, just like your body muscles before doing sports. A vocal warm-up is a set of exercises which prepare the voice and body for singing or speaking.
3. Sing at least 30 minutes a day
How to improve your voice? By practicing! Just like every other instrument, you need to train your voice daily. A short daily practice will make your vocal cords stronger. Day by day, your voice will become better. If possible, try to sing for a couple of minutes.
4. Record your voice to listen to yourself
In order to know how you really sound when singing, you need to record yourself.
Use the computer or Smartphone
Sing a song you know well – so you can concentrate on how to sing it instead of what to sing.
Listen to the recording you made. At first, you probably won’t like it. Get over it and listen to your mistakes to learn from them. Notice what you did well, too.
Compare the way you’re singing to the original recording. What does the singer do better? What can you change to sound more unique?
Practice some ear training exercises – the better your ear, the better you’ll be singing
Alternatively, you can use this famous trick. Grab behind your ears or close one ear to listen to your voice the way others hear it.
5. Sing songs you are comfortable with
Respect your limits and choose songs you are capable of singing. When exercising, choose something a little challenging but manageable. For performances and auditions, it’s even more important to stick to pieces you’ll manage.
6. Use your body & breath to improve your voice
The body is the most important instrument for a performer. The best tips are to avoid tensions in neck and shoulders. Unlock your knees and control your breath. It’s best to breath into your belly instead of your chest. Don’t move your shoulders when breathing in. Ken Taylor explains how it works in a pretty nice way: