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Transcript of Singing
Find Your Voice
Warm up your voice to avoid straining and damaging your vocal cords. Always take a deep breath before you start and try yawning.
When you're singing, make sure to drink some water.
The act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech.
1. Practice everyday.
2. Don’t take in too much air.
3. Don't force your voice.
4. Breath with the diaphragm, not the lungs.
5. Focus on your breath.
6. Don't smoke.
7. Practice vibrato.
8. Relax all your muscles.
9. Don't try to imitate others, sing with your own voice.
Articulation Loud and Clear
As well as building your range it's also important to focus on your articulation. It is important to be able to sing words clearly.
Try and keep the consonants really smooth and the vowels clearly formed.
Chest and Head Voices
The vocal cords are complex and able to vibrate in a number of modes, two of them are called chest and head voice.
In the chest voice, the voice most people use to speak with, people generally feel the resonance of pitches vibrating in their chest. When saying the vowel “a” as in “cat” nice and strong, you can feel how that seems to resonate between your throat and chest. That’s your chest voice. When cheering saying, “Woo-hoo!” you can feel how the sound seems to have moved into your head. That’s your head voice.
Your voice is part of your whole body and it's affected by the movement of surrounding muscles. You need to make sure your posture is correct, and that the supporting muscles, including shoulders and neck are relaxed and warm.
•Stand up straight.
•Your head should be upright, looking straight ahead.
•Keep your shoulders down and your abdomen relaxed.
•Try to relax.
Breathing well will support your voice. Singing when there's no breath left is a common way of tiring your voice. Follow the steps below to help improve your breathing.
•Breathe deeply from your lower lungs (your diaphragm).
•Breathe in and try to push the diaphragm outwards.
•Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose and mouth.
•Avoid raising your shoulders as you breathe in - keep them relaxed and level.
Your range is the span between the highest and lowest notes you can sing. To explore your range sing the note that comes most naturally to you. Gradually take the pitch (notes and sounds) up to the highest note you can sing without straining. Now take it all the way down to the very lowest note, again without straining.
Open your mouth when you’re singing.
In vibrato, the voice is alternating subtly and very quickly between two pitches that are very close together.
To reach vibrato you:
1. Open the back of your throat (like when yawning).
2. Relax your muscles completely.
3. Breath. correctly. Your shoulders should not go up.
4. Start singing the note that you want, then go slightly higher, then come back to the first one and then to the second one and so on.
As you continue practicing, you will be able to sing with vibrato naturally.
...NEVER GIVE UP!