7 Tips to Train Your Voice
Learning to sing is on a lot of people's "wants" list. But just because you don't have the time or money to hire a professional singing coach doesn't mean that you can't learn to sing better. The following steps will have you singing your favorite songs in no time.1. Evaluate your voice
If you've been singing in the shower or during other times you are alone, you really don't have a good idea of what your voice sounds like. The best way to get feedback, without singing in front of other people, is to record your singing. Listen to what you sound like and see where you can improve.
2. Set realistic goals
You're not going to start singing like a pop star right off the bat. If you don't have the vocal range of Christina Aguilera, you probably can't train yourself to have that range. The best you can hope for is to improve your current singing voice.
3. Learn proper breathing
The biggest mistake people make in singing has to do with breathing. You've got to take big deep breaths so you can have enough air to carry the notes. Shallow singing, or singing just from your head, will strain your vocal cords and make you sounds nasally.
4. Use the correct stance
Believe it or not, the way you stand can also affect your singing voice. When you practice, make sure you are standing up with your feet shoulder width apart. Your trunk, neck and head should be in alignment.
5. Warm up daily to stretch your vocal cords
You should practice singing each day so your vocal cords get used to being used in new ways. Start with notes that are comfortable for you to sing, and then each day try a note a bit higher. You can practice singing scales, or you can use one of your favorite songs within your range.
6. Sing from your belly
The power of your voice comes from your "core" in your stomach and back, and not from your lungs, shoulders or mouth. Practice bringing notes "down" into your belly, and then feel the difference.
7. Evaluate your progress
Once you've been practicing for a while, record yourself again. Compare your new recording to the old one and see how your voice has changed. Do this every few weeks so you can evaluate if your exercises are working.