If you want to learn how to sing better, engaging in daily singing practice is the best long-term strategy for improving your voice.
That said, it is possible to learn how to sing better almost immediately, by following the three tips outlined in this article. The tips address three things that too many singers are not aware of, yet each of them have enormous impact on the quality of your voice.
If you correctly put these three tips into practice when singing, you will notice a significant improvement in the quality and tone of your singing voice in a very short space of time.
Tip #1: Breathe “naturally”
Many singers get confused about how to breathe when singing. They end up doing all sorts of strange things that feel weird and uncomfortable, because they hear instructions like “expand your ribs” or “pull in your stomach” and don’t entirely get what body actions are required.
Try this. Lie down on your back, and relax. Gently place one hand on your stomach, and one near your lower ribs. Try not to think about the breath, just let it happen. singing
Start to pay attention to the parts of your torso that move as you breathe, and those that don’t. When you breathe in singing, you should be breathing the same way, naturally, only with deeper breaths. Your lower ribs will expand and move out, while your upper body will stay still because you’re filling up the bottom of your lungs, and not shallow breathing up the top.
Breathing should never cause strain. Relax, and breathe naturally when you sing.
Tip #2: Keep your tongue on the floor of your mouth
It sounds a bit funny, but sometimes tongues have a habit of getting in the way when you sing. Most of the time you don’t notice them, but if you tense up when you sing and the root of your tongue gets tense, it can result in a strained sound and tightness in the voice and the throat.
Try putting the tip of your tongue on the back of your bottom teeth, and then feel the sides of your tongue against the insides of your back bottom teeth. It should feel relaxed, not tense.
As you sing, try to keep your tongue down in your mouth. Don’t press it down hard, or tense it up, just be aware of keeping it low in your mouth. It will move a little as you sing, but keeping the tip near the front of your bottom teeth can make a considerable difference to your sound.
Tip #3: Memorise your music
If you’re singing and reading music, or lyrics, at the same time as you sing, then a large portion of your brain is not focused on singing. The act of reading music or words takes up a fair chunk of processing power in your brain. If you’re trying to sing at the same time then you’re only half concentrating on singing.
The key is to get away from your music. Memorise it. Learn it by heart. Use repetition and song memorisation games when you’re not singing, just throughout the day, whenever you think of them. That way, when you come to sing a song, you can focus purely on the act of singing, without reading. You will be surprised how much better your singing is when you are able to completely focus on your performance.