Learning how to sing involves a series of steps, start with vocal warm-ups and some breathing exercises to help you find your range. Upon finding your range, develop your voice by singing your vowels, using your nose and diaphragm and hitting high notes. To learn how to sing, take your time to practice and get a voice coach for the best results.
1. Start with breathing exercises
Breathing exercises support your voice by helping you control your pitch and duration while singing. Learning how to breathe deep consistently ensures you get the best out of your voice. To improve your breathing and throat opening, take deep breaths from your lower lungs. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth and nose. Relax while breathing in, do not raise the shoulders – it will help you improve your voice.
2. Warm up your vocals
The vocal chords are muscles that need stretching before singing. Warm them up by practicing your major scales. You can start by a middle C, move down in half steps then move up. Move slowly without pushing yourself; this helps you get a better articulation of different notes.
3. Find your range
Music range is a measure of pitches a person can sing between their highest and lowest notes. To know your range, try some classical music scales (you can find some online or from a music coach) and find out the bottom and top most notes that you cannot sing out clearly.
4. Sing along a favorite song as you record
This will help in checking whether your singing is on key. Make sure you are in a quiet place such that the recorder only picks up your voice. Use the recording to check whether your articulation, especially on vowels, is right. Also, check your breathing since hard vocal parts require a longer stretching of the voice.
5. Drink plenty of water
Drinking lukewarm water loosens your vocal chords. Avoid dairy products and other thick drinks before singing. As well, give the body some time to absorb the water.
6. Develop your voice
You can develop your voice by learning how to use your nose. Nasal placement is the key to good singing. It is the body’s soundboard; keep your throat wide open and the tongue out. Cover your voice to create a resonant, rounded sound. This is achieved by limiting the nasality and opening your throat. Other ways for improving your voice are doing consistent breathing exercises, practicing singing vowels and hitting the high notes.
7. Practice daily
Ensure you do some breathing exercises daily and follow a consistent warm-up routine. Practice singing while recording. Listen for parts you go wrong and improve on them. It might take several weeks to be perfect, do not give up.
To develop your singing skills, get a good music teacher. Voice coaches will guide you, offer some singing tips and tricks. Schedule lessons with them to help you achieve your set goals. They are essential for anyone with the passion for singing. Finally learning some music theory, listening to various singers, styles and genres will improve your singing skills. Understand that it takes time and energy to learn how to sing. Do not get frustrated; CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY.