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If you’ve attempted to learn singing on your own with disappointing results, this article is tailored just for you. Today, we’ll delve into the world of singing, uncovering how you can enhance your practice and truly understand if an exercise is working for you or not.
Many aspiring singers turn to YouTube videos or online courses, naively assuming that repeating exercises will magically improve their voices. But it’s not that simple. Singing isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. You need a strategy to truly master your instrument—your voice.
So, whether you’re a self-taught singing student or following a structured program, increasing your awareness of your voice is crucial. Stick around until the end, and I’ll share some valuable tips that you won’t find everywhere.
Now, let’s dive into the three components of good singing action that will help you gauge your progress and ensure you’re using your body efficiently, both in singing and in everyday life.
Singing is all about finding the right balance with your breath. Inviting the low-pressure system for singing is not only more efficient but also safer. So, here’s a quick check: Are you holding your breath before singing an exercise? If so, you’re activating the high-pressure system, which can harm your voice.
Picture this: You’re attempting lip trills, a common exercise. If you hold your breath before singing, it might sound like you’re straining. But, for the exercise to be beneficial, you should be able to breathe in and sing right away, like a breeze flowing through your voice. This approach reduces pressure, makes singing easier, and is gentler on your vocal cords. The same concept applies to any vocal exercise; observe and adjust accordingly.
When you’re singing a song or practicing an exercise, try to assess if your head is stiff or if it is freely moving. Stiffness might indicate poor coordination. Imagine practicing lip trills with your head held rigidly. No matter how precisely you follow the exercise, it won’t help because you’re not using your body efficiently.
In contrast, if you can move your head freely without dragging your shoulders along, you’re on the right track. Apply this to any song or exercise, and if your head isn’t naturally moving, it might be time for an adjustment.
Your posture has a profound impact on your singing. Many of us unknowingly stand with too much weight on our heels, causing our spine to lock. The brain interprets this as fear, triggering a less effective vocal exercise.
Check yourself while singing. Can you maintain a freely moving spine, or do you notice any tension in your back? If you find yourself locked, shifting your weight slightly forward and releasing your joints might make a difference.
Now, you might wonder if there’s a way to learn singing that addresses all these aspects in a method that integrates mind, body, breath, and voice. Good news! I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my online subscription for learning to sing from scratch. This program will include videos, weekly coaching calls, and monthly masterclasses to guide you towards becoming the singer you aspire to be.
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