The Essentials of Singing - Learn How to Sing Great
Music critics often say that popular singers have had that talent within them since birth. But the truth is, it's all just a matter of practice. Good singers can't be the people they are today if they didn't go through the strain of proper practice and discipline.Would you believe that we're all natural singers? Has anybody ever told you that you have the potential to actually be a good singer?
Well, for people who don't think they're good singers, it's probably because they've had a bad singing experience where they've been told to just give up because they "didn't have the voice", or maybe because they just haven't tried singing for real.
What does it take to possess "the voice" then? Music critics often say that popular singers have had that talent within them since birth. But the truth is, it's all just a matter of practice. Good singers can't be the people they are today if they didn't go through the strain of proper practice and discipline.
And one important thing you should practice on to be a good singer is learning to breathe from your diaphragm. This essentially means to make optimum use of your lungs, taking in deep breathes and exhaling slowly to gain control of your breathing.
Now, how should you do this? Here are some easy tips you can follow:
1. Breathe with your nose, Exhale through your mouth (breathing through your nose is optional). Doing this slowly and gently enables you to relax the muscles of your diaphragm, making it easier for you to sustain low or high notes.
2. When exhaling, your abdomen should naturally move inward. Forcing your stomach to contract would obliterate the purpose of the whole process because you'd be preventing your diaphragm from working normally. The point of this exercise is to develop natural breathing.
3. Don't slouch or lean your head backward. Your chin must be parallel to the floor. Slouching disrupts the flow of air in your body, and leaning your head backwards prevents air from moving in, keeping you from being at your best.
4. Exercise this technique before singing and make sure you're at a comfortable place where you don't have to worry about stuff not related to your practice sessions.
One more thing you should remember is to drop your jaw when you sing out the lyrics or the melody of your song. It's essential that you open your mouth properly so you won't end up sounding like you're mumbling. Doing this can also help you make time to take longer breaths in between lines, thus applying the "singing from your diaphragm" technique!
All good singers start off with the art of proper breathing. If you got this under your sleeve, then you've got one very important thing right. Challenge yourself everyday by taking on higher notes and by accepting constructive criticism from friends or fellow singers. Never stop making progress because the dream of becoming a good singer will always be attainable for people who strive hard for their passion.