With the right instruction and practice, you can easily improve your singing voice to become better than you ever thought possible! Just follow these six key steps, and you’ll be singing in no time!
1) Sing on Pitch
There’s no other way around it—one of the best ways to improve your singing voice is to learn how to sing on pitch. If you can figure out how to stay in tune with yourself, then you’ll have a much easier time staying in tune with others and (generally) avoiding sounding terrible. One way that helps some people sing better is by using their diaphragm; practicing these vocal exercises will help develop it and improve your voice overall. You can also practice using scales and arpeggios to improve your voice. You may not sound like Mariah Carey after doing so, but you’ll definitely sound better than before! If you don’t feel confident enough to go at it alone, look for a vocal coach who can teach you proper technique and offer guidance along the way.
2) Train Your Breathing
Have you ever had a coach tell you that your breath support was not quite there yet? It’s not meant as a criticism of your breathing; rather, it’s an easy way for them to point out that you could have better control over your vocal performance. To improve both your breathing and your overall vocal performance, try practicing singing scales with a metronome. Start at 60 beats per minute (bpm) and move up from there as you get comfortable. As an alternative exercise, practice exercises like hiss-singing (try to match note for note famous singers like Adele or Whitney Houston) or learn how to incorporate proper breathing into everyday tasks such as cooking or doing chores around the house.
3) Warm Up Before Singing
There’s a good chance you don’t warm up before singing. In fact, most people are shocked when they learn that professional singers take their time warming up before hitting those high notes. A quick warm-up can do wonders for your vocal cords—and it will help prevent injury down the road. Try clapping, humming, and speaking loudly as you get your voice ready for a long evening of belting out tunes with your friends. You’ll thank yourself later!
4) Use Vocal Exercises
While you may think that just going out and singing loudly is enough to develop your singing abilities, it’s not. There are many exercises you can do at home in order to improve your voice. Start out by learning how to breathe properly when singing; a common mistake is breathing through your mouth instead of your nose, but doing so will hurt your throat and make it difficult for you to sing over time. After that, try practicing scales in order to figure out what notes you want a song’s melody or harmony to include; once you learn where certain notes fall, try experimenting with different sounds until you find one that works best for you. If all else fails, go see a vocal coach who can help guide your musical journey from start-to-finish.
5) Listen to Other Vocalists
Listening to professional singers is a great way for you to listen for intonation, breathing technique, and vocal timbre. While you don’t necessarily want to copy others’ singing styles, you can take inspiration from their body language and tone. From there, it should be easier for you to imitate them without having your own style be compromised. Make sure that when you’re listening to other singers, you pay attention not only to how they sound but also how they act while performing. Some people are naturally more confident on stage than others, which could give you some ideas about how to improve your own stage presence as well.
6) Practice Often
In order to make your singing voice better, you need to sing often. Practice daily with yourself or with a group of singers who can provide feedback and help you improve. It’s important not only that you sing but that you sing well; try reading a music book out loud or even singing in front of a mirror. Aim for high notes, low notes, and anything in between. The more you practice, the better your singing voice will become. When practicing at home, record yourself so you can hear how you sound and identify areas where you could use improvement. Make sure to listen back after each session so you know what works and what doesn’t.