Take A Decision
Do you want to train up your voice very fast to sing better or to maintain a voice that is ready for action at any time of the day?
This is good; also know that the answer here will affect your lifestyle. ‘Fitness favours strictness’.
Start seeing your voice as an athlete; you have to train it. You should also understand it could be wounded or wearied. Knowing this, you would control your use of your voice and make it very beneficial.
Rome Was Not Built In A Day
To sing well you have to learn to inhale and exhale correctly and to make vocal sounds rightly. It might take some time, but if you have practised about anything and succeeded, you know that practice is the road to doing things well. If you remember no such practice of yours, recall that to be able to read what you are reading now, you had to practice. As long as you rise each time you fall and get motivated by your dreams and accomplishments, you will stay on the path to being perfect. Many fantastic singers you know are still practising and pursuing higher levels of abilities. The others are maintaining the height they are on by exercises.
Some Training Tips
If you asked a sincere professional how he or she started singing effortlessly, such person would tell you it was continuous training. Practice really makes perfect.
Below are useful tips:
• If you usually run out of breath while singing, learn to inhale large amounts of air in a short time as you sing, and try to conserve the air in your lungs. See your lungs as two balloons. Develop a comfortable breathing pattern by singing exercises.
• Sing from your diaphragm. It is the muscle that is across the bottom of the human rib cage. It presses the air out of your lungs and releases for it to be filled with oxygenated air again. When you suck in your belly, you push out the air.
• Use solfege scales to train your ears to recognize notes. Your friend could play for you and you could play for yourself. Listen to the notes being played and sing or hum them to yourself. Your ability to differentiate affects your ability to replicate.
• To see your progress, record your songs and listen to them. You could also let another person listen to them and point out to you what you did well and what was wrongly done. Do not hate criticisms, they carry helpful facts sometimes.
• Train only as long as you are comfortable with; your voice is an athlete and could get hurt and worn out. Treat it with care. It is not the five hours training that you need, it is your passion and consistency. Remember that pain during exercises is not always gain.
• Sing with your tongue pointed at your lower teeth and bring it up only when necessary; this will bring out more quality sound, because your mouth will have more space for sounds to be deep and clear.
• Pronounce your words clearly as you sing, unless you are singing to those who already know what you are saying. People enjoy what they understand, more than what is confusing or incomprehensible. If the words you are speaking means something to you, let them hear it clearly.
Some Things To Avoid
Here are some things you should not do; things that might have been the problem while you sing.
• Do not drink cold water just before singing. Drink lukewarm water if possible.
• If you sing with dry vocal cords (an inward part of you that helps to give sound to your attempt at making a vocal sound) it would not go well. You might start coughing.
• Drink water both before and after your singing exercises or your performances. It hydrates your vocal cords indirectly.
• The air you breathe in can dry your vocal cords too, so know that if you are singing in the harmattan, your vocal cords are likely to get dry fast.
• Do not smoke or take caffeinated drinks before singing. They are likely to disrupt your singing by especially causing coughs.
• You should not shout if you want your voice to be sound and ready. Shouting could make your voice hoarse, so deem it an enemy of fitness.
• Do not have a full stomach before singing; eat enough. A full belly holds your diaphragm from making way for more air entering your lungs.
• Stop overusing your voice or coughing; use lozenges and warm water instead. You could also visit a doctor for further advice.
• When one sings standing upright with legs standing shoulder-wide apart, it helps air to flow better inside.
Finally, to practice effectively, you should be determined and make out time to practice daily.
Learn from the professionals and read guidelines from instructors. Do not be discouraged; you are not the first to feel you would never succeed.