So you want to learn how to sing. Well, we here want to help you on your journey to understand some of the most basic, fundamental, and rudimentary things that takes a basic, or non-singer into a decent singer, or even a great singer. This guide below will help you sing better for beginners and even is a great for vocal warm ups. These are non-negotiables, these are things that we all have to do, no matter what level of singing we are. The proper singing technique is what really can help us on our journey for singing better. So the very, very first thing in a great singing voice is pitch. Now I want to talk about breath support and vowel placement, and we'll get into some of that, but pitch. Can you carry any kind of tune? You know, can you sing “Happy Birthday” or can you sing a simple nursery rhyme? Pick some easy songs to sing. That's key, and then, basically holding that pitch will help us determine how well you're going to be able to translate this and grow quickly on your journey for singing.
Before you start with some singing lessons or sign up for vocal coaches the very first thing they all talk about it posture. Without proper posture your vocal range will actually lack breath control. If you have never tried to sing before be sure to not let any bad habits get in the way to your singing success. Because once you are improving your singing voice and establish good habits in the beginning you will have an easier time later singing vowels and chords with ease.
So we want to sit up straight. We don't want to get our spine tipped in any direction. We don't want to look up at the ceiling when we're going for high notes, or look down. We want to have a good command of our breath. So we want to open up our mouth, “AH, AH” we're going to do the AH vowel, and there's several vowels that you have to work to build muscle memory so that this becomes second nature, but for starters, we're just going to build some simple muscle memory. We're going to take a breath from our belly, from our abdomen, not from our chest like this. We want to take a breath from our belly, as best as we can, and then I have a whole section on diaphragmatic breathing. To get started, I'm going to do the mean average of the male voice, which is the baritone, or high baritone register, so we're going to start with an AH vowel, and we're going to do something very simple. Stop what you're doing and go “Lah, ah, ah, ahhh, ah, ah, ahhhhh.” And what we want, is we want to match that tone, so try to match the tone. “Lahhhhhhhhhhhh”. And if you can, Open Up the Back of your Throat as wide as possible, that's comfortable, and try to hear that nice, bright ping… AHH, it's not uuuu, owww, uhhhh… right? It's AHHH! Lah, ah, ah, AHHH, ah, ah, ahhhhh… we're going to move up the scale… Lah, ah, ah, ahh, ah, ah, ahhh… and we'll move it up a little higher. Try to match the tone… Lah, ah, ah, ahh, ah, ah, ahhhh… Remember to take your breath. The breath is very important when improving your singing voice. It's the engine that drives your car for singing, so take your breath, Lah, ah, ah, ahhh, ah, ah, ahhh… Now this brightness and this tone is actually the only true sound that really grows the voice. So it keeps us from strictures in the back of the throat, so it's not uh, uh, uh, uh, uh… (froggy voice sound) … and getting, choking on our vowel sounds, getting caught on the cord in the vowel, so let's continue… Lah, ah, ah, ahhh, ah, ah, ahhh. Now what you want to do is try to match this triad or this three-note chord that I'm singing in order to be able to get into that pitch and really use your stomach to do it, so I want you to take a breath between each one of these phrases that we're singing. Then I want you to totally relax, and then I want you to keep that throat open every time you go to sing one of these scales. So it actually can start to develop this good, open throat technique, for on your journey to begin, for learning how to sing.
Paying attention to your posture, proper breathing regardless of voice type can get you ahead of other beginner singers. For ladies and mezzo-soprano singers, the same is true for you. If you want to hit high notes or just want more vocal power start off with some basic lah, ah, ah, ahhh, ah, ah, ahhh. Now, an important thing, too, is to not be real staccato: LAH. AH. AH. AH. AH. AH. AH. Be kind of portamento, and just kind of have it in a slope, so it's more like a sine wave rather than a square wave as we're going up. Let's continue: Lah, ah, ah, ahhh, ah, ah, ahhh… Now we want to be really careful to seamlessly connect these notes so we can build a nice, bright timber, and start to really remove any stricture or anything that sounds like we could be choking on our vowel sounds. This is an excellent place to start for how to learn how to sing.
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More singing tips
A lot of people they they're like I want to be a better singer and we look for all these ways of singing better. It really comes down to the discipline of doing vocal exercises regularly and you don't have to do a ton of vocal exercises. You don't have to do a million different ones but that you know 5 to 10 minutes a day is all that is needed. Even if you just did 3 minutes a day you would notice a radical difference in your voice just by getting the voice going and doing some warm-ups. Some advanced singing techniques would be great as well but doing this consistently is really going to change the way your voice sounds. I would challenge you to test me on it. A couple exercises just to get you started. This one is a closed mouth one and it's hums and what's good about this one you can do in the morning you do at any time. Some exercises you don't want to do all the time very often or very for very long periods of time because you could really blow out your voice. Many kind of vowel sounds can really blow your voice out if you're not paying close attention but the hums you could do all day long and really warm up and really get your voice where where it needs to be. I'm just doing like a five tone scale on the hums.The five tone scale is says one two three four five four three two one. Notice I don't know if you can hear that sound it's the mmm it's got a little bit of a brassy kind of sound – it's a little foreign. When you're doing your humming right you'll be able to feel some buzz. That's called your mask area in your face and the nose here so you can take it up a notch. You do that a handful of times for a minute or two. Now you can take it to mmm. Take it up or back down depending on your starting note you can work the lower range a little bit of a higher range and it's a nice safe way to do it because your vocal cords are protected when you're closing your mouth.
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Another thing that I do to make sure I'm doing the right thing inside the mouth is I put my tongue on the roof of my mouth. This makes the tone a little smooth and a little bit easier to do that. The other one is and you may have heard this one this is a favorite of mine that I still do all the time. Push your cheeks in here and just go to do that same five tone scale thing you can do with one hand just here you can climb up the scale and climb down the scale. If you did just those two exercises for three to five minutes a day those would you would notice you're singing inside of a week. If you saying record yourself singing or show yourself show somebody you know sing something for somebody and do it a week later I guarantee just that one thing will help you increase your vocal will probably increase your vocal range. Overall there are a lot more things that we could talk about with singing but this is a really good thing for beginners.
Breathing exercises for singing
Five more singing tips when learning to sing. First: SUPPORT. What is that? Everyone talks about support. “Diaphragmatic Support”. It’s actually your whole abdominal cavity, not just the diaphragm, and it’s when we take a breath, we take a breath like this: Our stomach, when we take a breath in goes (stomach comes out). For breath control, when we breathe out, we push down, kind of like we’re going to the bathroom or doing a sit-up. Let’s do it again in out and we push down. And we use this as the engine that drives our “car”. It’s the most important part, which is Diaphragmatic Support, or Abdominal Support. Second: Vowel Placement. The ONLY sound that Truly Grows the Voice is a Bright Ping, or a Bright Timbral Sound. It’s not “huuuuuh, huuuuuh” or a froggy sound. It’s a real bright AH! It’s the LAH!! AH!!! Like the Doctor wants to see your tonsils in the back of your throat. So the throat should be OPEN. It’s called Open Throat Technique. And the tongue should be completely flat to the base of the jaw, to keep any stricture away from the back of the throat, like this.“LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” So that you can tell “LAAAAAAAH!” that it’s completely open, it’s very bright, and that brightness, or that PING is truly the only real sound that grows the voice. Third: Air Management or Breath Management, Breath Control. I’m not going: “HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” and killing you with sound. I’m controlling my air, I’m using my diaphragm to do all my work, it’s the engine that drives my car, and I’m holding back my air and letting resonance take over because my well-placed vowel sound of “AH” the way I just did it, “LAAAAAH!” is able to resonate and relax into the sound. Fourth: Stress Management or Stress Relief. I didn’t go “LA-A-A-A-A-H!” I don’t freak out and actually close down on my body and tense up. What I do is I relax to the sound. “LAAAAAH!” I relax to the sound so that I can use my diaphragm to do all my work for me. It’s my muscle, the engine that drives my car, that relaxes this open throat technique. Finally, Fifth: The Psychology of Singing.
If you freak out, and you worry about the high note, because you don’t know how to get there. It has to do with the way you relax and think about the notes themselves, in order to be able to get into good vowel placement, and understanding how to build chest, head voice, and a mixed voice in-between, to get you through the passagio, which is the passageway, from “LAAAAAAAAAAH” to get through that passageway to provide you the ability to sing seamlessly, end-to-end, with a lot of notes that you can control if you apply these factors. For more singing lessons visit the how to sing better page.