Some singers have difficulty reaching high notes, some become hoarse or voice-tired after a long practice. Whether you are already a professional singer or still waiting for your star to shine, we have a few tips that can help you improve your voice.
1. Condition body before voice
It is advisable to warm up your body before singing. One of the best warm-up exercise is aerobics. This way, your body will be revitalized and your voice will be too. When you start sweating, it means you’re ready to belt out.
2. Don’t strain your voice
Just because you’ve warmed up doesn’t mean you can immediately sing high notes. Just take it slow, don’t force your voice; otherwise, you’ll damage your vocal chords. Remember to relax your facial muscles, shoulders, and neck, this will release the tension in your body and help you sound better.
3. Breathe properly
In singing, the air you’re exhaling needs to be controlled. You can do it by breathing from the diaphragm. You know you’re doing it correctly when you feel your tummy moving outward when you breathe in.
4. Don’t “take” a breath
This means don’t breathe intentionally before you sing. Notice how we don’t take a breath while we’re talking? That’s because our body instinctively knows beforehand the volume of air we need before we talk. The concept is the same. The reason for that is because when you breathe too much (maybe because you’re afraid you might run out of breath in the middle of your singing), it can put pressure in your chest, shoulders, and neck. Just think about the lyrics of your song and instinctively your body will get enough air for the phrase that you need to sing.
5. Eat and drink right
Believe it or not, your food and liquid intake can affect your voice. Caffeine is not exactly beneficial to singers like you. Cigarettes and alcohol aren’t either. Chocolates, milks, or any dairy product should be avoided before singing as these can cause mucous to accumulate. If thirsty before and after a performance, room temperature drinks rather than cold drinks are recommended.
6. Open your mouth
It’s not the front but the back of your mouth near the throat. The one you feel open when something is stuck in your mouth or when you’re yawning. The ideal mouth opening for singing is about three fingers between your teeth.
7. Know your voice range
It’s important for a singer to know his or her voice range. Yes, you have a great voice, but you’ll sound even better in your comfortable vocal range. Once you know your range, stay within that range. Don’t venture into trying higher notes to avoid damaging your vocal cord.
8. Speak on pitch
Singing should not be different as talking. For males, try to touch your Adam’s apple with your fingers; for females too, feel that area in your throat. That’s your larynx, it’s where your vocal cords come from. If you notice, that part moves up when you swallow and moves down when you yawn; but when you talk, it doesn’t move at all regardless of the pitch of your voice. That should be the same when you’re singing, so try to relax your larynx and sing like you’re talking to keep it still.
9. Bring out the right emotion
The trick is to understand the lyrics of your song, then imagine as if the story of the song is about yourself. Feel the emotion of the song and express it through your voice. That way, your performance will be more convincing, your voice more relaxed, and your mind is open like when you’re talking passionately.
10. Move your body
When expressing your passion, engage your whole body. Bend your knees, involve your quads while your upper body is relaxed and free.
11. Record yourself
This way, you can listen to yourself and observe your voice like it’s someone else’s. You may discover you don’t like the way you sound, but don’t be discouraged. Soon you’ll improve immensely as you’ll begin to notice some things you like about your voice.
12. Get a voice training
One of the best moves to become a better singer is to get a vocal training with a good voice coach. Singing is like playing sports, you need to practice regularly so your muscles—in this case your voice—can develop. A voice coach will teach you techniques that will improve your singing.