Do you think that singing like a pop star is a complicated and long process? Yes, it does. But the good news is that everything is much easier than it seems at first glance. Anyone can learn to sing well and it doesn’t take years of rehearsals. All you need is a karaoke machine, a wish and a few helpful tips that we have prepared.
Hire a tutor
No matter how trite this advice may seem, nothing is better in nature. Even the incredible Celine Dion has a vocal teacher. So if you want to fully master your voice, look for a tutor or a vocal studio. Fortunately, there are a lot of them, and it is not difficult to find a convenient solution both in location and in price.
Often the teachers are professional performers who, in addition to the sound extraction techniques, can also tighten up the stage choreography and share useful tips on how to create an image or where to record an album. If you do not have the opportunity to physically attend classes or the work schedule does not allow you, try online tutoring.
Before starting the lessons, gather information about the tutor, read the reviews, ask for the success of his graduates. Vocal training is a process that requires great experience, skill and tact. Sometimes a tutor is required to make a difficult decision and explain to the student that he cannot sing like Julio Iglesias. Believe, sometimes the bitter truth is better than indulging in the false desires that can seriously damage the vocal cords.
Be sure to warm up before each performance. This is an important difference between a professional singer and an amateur. A small vocal workout a few hours before the karaoke party will keep your voice from getting hurt and help you perform at the highest level.
Here are some simple tips how to warm up before singing:
Sleep well. Fatigue is bad for vocal.
Avoid cold drinks. Drink only warm.
Start your workout with a low hum or buzz, slowly raising the key.
With 10-minute breaks, repeat the “do-me-mi” chants. Remember to repeat the chant in reverse order.
For a few minutes practice chanting through the nose. The mouth should be tightly closed, and the extracted sound should resemble the letter ‘n’.
Take a few deep breaths with your diaphragm. The body should be relaxed.
Get rid of bad habits
It is not a tribute to a healthy lifestyle, as it might seem. Bad habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol directly affect the mucous membrane of the larynx and consequently the vocal cords and the way your voice sounds. Of course, there are a lot of performers in the world with wheezy, “smoky” vocals, but that’s usually their natural sound. In addition, bad habits can lead to severe injury to the vocal chords, from deformation to loss of voice. Do not deny yourself a cocktail of courage if you need it, but remember that too much alcohol is not the best option for a song marathon.
Control your breathing
The way we sing, the strength and the duration of the singing depend on a large extent on our breathing and lung capacity. Breathing allows you to use singing techniques, different vocal techniques, to change the sound, to achieve a smooth and clean sound.
Try to repeat three simple exercises from time to time for breathing and voice training:
– When you breathe in, you fill your lungs with air and squeeze your lips with a straw, like trying to blow out a candle on a birthday cake, and slowly release the air. We breathe with our stomach.
– Take a deep breath with your stomach; touch the tip of your tongue to your upper teeth and, without taking it off, on exhaling aloud count to ten.
– Take three short breaths, then slowly release the air. Control the shoulders – they must not rise or fall, while remaining level. Like the other exercises, we breathe with our stomach.
Anxiety, depression, stress are the enemies of good vocals. Try to relax and get your thoughts and feelings in order. Otherwise, the nervousness will be reflected in the voice, and the performance will resemble a psychotherapy session. Music can bring out quite deep feelings, but it is likely that your guests will be too happy about it. Take a walk in the fresh air, relax, watch your favorite movie – do something that lifts your mood.
The professional vocalist has a wide vocal range, which allows you to perform a variety of compositions and the use of special singing techniques. Although it is very difficult to reach such a master level for an ordinary person, a significant increase in the range is quite available to anyone.
– When singing, keep your back straight and do not push your head into your shoulders. It directly affects your voice.
– Imitate yawning. With each “yawn” try to sing one vowel. This exercise is well designed for vocals and their abilities. Don’t forget to breathe with your diagram: at every breath your stomach must inflate.
– Read the works of art aloud, loudly and expressively. This has a positive effect on your speech apparatus and your voice.
– Try to sing loudly, achieving the volume by breathing, not by your vocal chords.
– Use chants from quiet to loud and from low to high. Make sure you have a smooth sound throughout the entire chant.
Just as new records for athletes are impossible without regular training, good vocals are impossible without practice. Sing more and more frequently. Take 15 minutes in the daily schedule for karaoke. Practice on songs you know well. A precise vocal rating system based on hitting notes and a number of other factors will show your objective level of singing and allow you to track further progress. Take into account errors in performance, and a positive result will not be long in coming.
Find your own particular style of performance. You should not set a goal to learn to sing as your favorite soloist. Your strength is in your personality. The performer you want to emulate must have liked you, not least because of your identity and difference from others.
Each song can be sung with dozens of different intonations that fundamentally change its meaning. And of course, you don’t have to aspire to do it exactly the way the composition sounds in the original. Perhaps you should add your own vision, voice and give the song a little bit of uniqueness. Experiment to find your unique way of singing.
Be artistic is a tip that many people forget before they sing a karaoke song. The secret of a successful performance is only half of the vocal part. The other half is dance movements, facial expressions, stage costumes. The audience reacts much better if the singing is accompanied by an expressive, vivid way.
If you want to surprise everyone at karaoke, work out in advance how you’ are going to behave onstage, learn a few steps, think of the entourage for the performance. An inflatable guitar, sunglasses and a wig may well be the key to success. The most important thing, even in a star image, is to remain yourself.