How to improve your singing voice

If you are a singer and you’re serious about improving your singing voice, here is a list of activities on how to improve your singing voice.

1. Get a decent vocal coach. For all the reading and online lessons you can find, there is no substitute for learning with someone in person. This may or may not be exclusively in a one-on-one format, but when it comes down to it, someone with experience needs to be there to be able to listen to you, to watch you, and to be able to give you specific feedback to help you improve. Find the best coach whom you can afford and see him or her as often as you can (or as often as they advise!). Although there are always exceptions to any rule, you are more likely to get better results than going to the cheapest teacher just because they are the cheapest. There is usually a reason.

2. Practice as often as you possibly can. And when I say practice, I mean exercise your voice. Many students make the mistake of thinking that singing practice means learning songs. Where you will see the best results is when you exercise your voice and practice technique every day. Learning loads of songs will not help you improve your voice by itself.

3. Get out and do it. If you need to be a performer, there is no substitute for experience. How you will react to performance, and how you manage nerves, etc… cannot be taught in a classroom, especially not in one-on-one lessons. Whatever the format may be, take every opportunity to perform, get together with other musicians and just do it. It all counts in your development as a musician, and you will meet other musicians who may open other doors for you for future projects.

4. Be healthy. What is bad for your body is bad for your voice.Alcohol, illicit drugs, smoking, and caffeine all impact negatively on your voice. Also, some prescription drugs can affect your voice – the decision to take them should be made on balance under the advice of your physician. Plenty of water, exercise, a balanced diet, lots of protein, and plenty of rest will be good for your voice.

5. Vary your experiences as a singer. Take part in as many activities as you can. Join choirs, go to jam sessions, sing back-up for other singers as well as working on your solo performance and personal technique. These experiences will develop your skills all round as a singer.

6. Learn a second instrument. Knowledge of the piano or the guitar will develop your musicianship and music theory knowledge. It will also give you the independence as a vocalist to accompany yourself if necessary.

7. Listen to a variety of music. Even stuff you don’t like! Singing transgresses time, generation, culture and social status – listen to as much of it as you can.

Hope this helps you improve your singing voice!

Singing Voice