For those that can sing well, a new world can open up. You can entertain other people from your friends at parties, to audiences in live music venues. You could become a music teacher, a session singer, or a star in your own right if all the cards fell into place.
There are also a huge number of health gains derived from singing. It improves the mood of the singer, reduces stress levels, releases endorphins, and can help improve physical health such as lower blood pressure and better lung capacity.
Almost 90% of individuals in one study admitted to singing in private, whether that be at home, or when no one else was around in other environments. One commonality in people who enjoy singing is a desire to improve.
What unexpected tips might help you to improve your singing?
One thing you may not have realized as a person who enjoys singing around the home is that you can actually be taught this skill. It is common for people to believe that only a small minority can sing, but this isn’t true.
Teachers such as those at Singing Success, plus others, know how to improve an individual’s vocals. They use exercises that have science behind them to teach singers to control their vocal cords better. This can lead to singing higher and lower notes than before, and an increased understanding of the physiology behind great singing.
But, other unusual ways might help you improve your singing voice. Some are aimed at your vocal health, and others will assist with live performances and recordings. Here are a few.
Use the software available to you
There are numerous apps for download now that help musicians and singers. Some can help you to learn chords from popular songs, some give ideas for lyrics, and some correct singing mistakes.
In 1998, Cher released what became a hit comeback single. Believe was not only a hit for Cher, but it started a change in how songs became recorded. A piece of software called Auto-Tune was used which gave an artificial sound to Cher’s vocals and was very distinct.
However, now Auto-Tune is used by some of the biggest artists in the world to iron out imperfections in their singing. This software automatically makes corrections and makes singers sound better.
Clear your sinuses
If you have had a cold, or suffer from build-ups of mucus and blocked sinuses, then you will sound nasal when you sing. You can put hot water in a bowl, and breathe in steam to unclog your sinuses. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel to build up the steam. You can also use herbs to help here or essential oils such as eucalyptus.
Singing can help with other types of jobs too. For instance, singing helps voice actors, and these people understand the importance of clear vocals. Clearing your sinuses will make you sound better when you sing.
Try using honey
Manuka honey has many health gains. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties and is antibacterial. It is useful for helping vocal cords recover from singing, and also when you have a sore throat from a cold or the flu.
You should stop singing
No, you read the sub-heading correctly. Your voice will sound better if you stop singing. Indeed, your neighbors may wish you to sing less too. But, all jokes aside, a singer needs to take care of their vocal cords by resting.
Although you need to practice, you must rest your voice too. You might visit a vocal coach to ask if you can sing better. The answer will likely be yes, but they will also give you advice on rest and recovery to help improve your voice.
Sing in the shower
Right now, countless people are taking a shower and singing for no other reason than they feel good. Yet, their voices don’t sound better just because they are happy, it is down to the environment they are in.
This tip won’t make you sing better permanently, but it will give you an idea of how resonance and vibration affect the sound of your voice.
Showers are generally made up of tiles, and other hard surfaces. This means that when you sing, your voice bounces back, and the sound waves vibrate. You will hear a more powerful, more resonant sound than you normally do.
Practice and patience
This tip isn’t exactly strange, but having perseverance is necessary. You need to practice singing regularly, but not excessively. And have patience when you feel like you have plateaued.
If you ever feel your chin dropping and believe you won’t improve, then look at this 11-year-old singing while reading braille, and take inspiration.
There are other unusual ways you can improve your voice such as videoing yourself singing, and getting feedback from others. Critique your singing too, and be honest about what you hear.
Busking is a great way to get used to performing live, and you may make a few dollars, as long as you aren’t breaking any laws. But, following tried and tested vocal exercises, and looking after your voice will help it to improve. As will practice, and some patience.
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