Improving your vocal skills can be very challenging.
It feels like you’ve been practicing for hours on end, but you still struggle to carry a basic tune.
You’re starting to feel like your efforts are hopeless and futile, and maybe you just can’t sing.
Does this sound like you?
Trust me, we’ve all been there.
But I have a secret:
It doesn’t have to be this way!
I’m about to give you some insight on some common problems you may be having with your voice, along with some practical advice on changes you can implement to improve your voice right now!
And here’s the best part:
After you read this and gain some confidence, I’m going to give you access to some resources that will really help you take your voice to the next level.
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Addressing Some Key Problems So You Can Better Assess Your Needs
A commonly spoken adage is that you must admit you have a problem before you can fix it.
Would you go to the doctor and expect him to treat you without knowing your symptoms?
Probably not. And guess what?
You shouldn’t do that with your voice either.
To really push through and improve your vocal quality, you’re going to have to identify the exact issue you have with your voice.
Here is a short list of some common problems amateur and professional singers alike often encounter during their vocal performances.
After this brief list, I’ll give you some practical tips to help you work on these problems that you can implement right away.
This is probably the issue that plagues most beginners.
I just can’t carry a tune!
I have a terrible ear!
I’m completely tone deaf!
In short, pitch can most easily be defined as that feeling that no matter what you do, you can’t stay on the same note as the piece you’re trying to perform.
It’s amazing just how many singers struggle with vocal style while they practice.
Whether you’re trying to sing country, gospel, jazz, or heavy metal, it can be frustrating when your voice just doesn’t sound quite like your vocal heroes.
When the voice you have doesn’t match the song you have, the results can be disastrous (and quite unpleasant to the ears!)
Unless you’ve got some experience with singing lessons under your belt, you may not know exactly what is meant by the word tone.
Tone can best be described as the quality or character of your voice.
A singer like Selena Gomez has a very airy and breathy tone.
A vocalist like Beyonce has a very rich and soulful tone.
Think of tone as your voice’s personality.
And last but certainly not least, we have confidence.
Even the most technically perfect singer will never be a master performer if they aren’t comfortable in their singing abilities.
If you can belt all the words to the latest Top 40 hits alone in your car but the very idea of singing to your close family and friends makes you want to faint, you may have a slight issue with confidence.
Now that we’ve identified some key areas you may be struggling in, let’s get down to business and tackle them head on.
Things You Can Do Over the Next 7 Days to Improve Your Voice
Number 1 : RELAX
This may seem like some pretty simple advice, but it’s actually quite important if you have any hopes of improving your vocal quality.
Your vocal cords are just like any other muscle in your body. If your back muscles are tense, it’s incredibly painful and difficult for your to move freely.
Think of your voice as a woodwind instrument like a clarinet or a saxophone. These instruments create sound when the player blows air into a mouthpiece and makes a reed vibrate.
In this case, your vocal cords are the reeds. If the air in your windpipe isn’t free to move, it will be much harder to produce a sound.
Tip #1 is to shake off as much tension as you can before singing.
Do some neck rolls, massage your face, stretch out your back and shoulders.
Do whatever you have to do to keep your body and vocal cords loose. Try to keep that relaxed feeling consistent as you sing.
Number 2: Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery – But NOT in Singing
Even people who are not interested in vocal training have certain singers whose voices they wish they had.
Maybe you try to make your voice raspy and smoky like Chris Stapleton, or attempt to belt like Ariana Grande.
But do you want to know what you should do?
Stop that. Stop all of it.
No two people speak the same because we all have different vocal cords, and it’s the same with singing.
Tip #2 is to stop trying to sound like other singers.
Your voice is special and unique just the way it is. Stop trying to sing like other people and just focus on finding your own voice.
Number 3: It’s All in the Breath
This one may seem pretty obvious, but proper breathing technique is one of the most important aspects of singing.
As a matter of fact, many vocal trainers and experts will tell you that breathing is the absolute most important thing a singer needs to know in order to improve and be successful.
Tip #3 is to learn the basics of proper breathing technique and pay attention to your breath every time you sing.
Proper breathing technique can be taught to you by any experienced vocal coach, but you can also get started by reading an article called The 5 Best Breathing Exercises for Singers.
Number 4: Practice, Practice, Practice
Now I already know what you’re going to say.
But I practice all the time!
And I’m sure you do. But here’s my greatest tip on improving your voice instantly:
Tip #4 is to practice properly, consistently, and with a firm goal in mind.
Don’t just sing aimlessly. Every time you practice, have a goal for your session.
One day you may want to work on pitch, and the next day you may want to focus on your tone. You can review a guide on practice routines here.
Record yourself singing and listen intently for any corrections you may be able to give yourself.
Let others hear you sing and tell you how you sound. This may seem scary at first, but oftentimes you will find that your voice is in a much better place than you think it is.
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