How to Sing Better & Get the Applause You Deserve

You already know that you can sing, but you want to be better. Like, way better. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we’re going to cover many parts of the singing process – everything from basic vocal training, to how to hit high notes, to how to build confidence in yourself as a singer and a performer.

Being an amazing singer comes not just from understanding and applying these principles, but how precise you are when you apply them.

Put all these pieces together, and you’ll know how to sing properly and sound amazing… all while staying in good vocal health!

Side note – While I recommend reading the whole article, it is pretty long. So feel free to use the Table of Contents below to skip forward to parts of the article you find more interesting.

Table of Contents

Create a Solid Singing Technique

If you want to WOW your audience night after night, you need to have a solid vocal technique. Your technique helps keep you healthy and provides you the power, stamina, and vocal control you need to impress.

So how do we create a strong singing voice? You have to learn how different parts of your voice works.

Today we’ll focus on breathing, resonance, chest and head voice, the vocal cords.

Remember, success comes not from understanding or even applying, but the precision with which you apply these ideas. So let’s get to work!

Breathing for Singers

You can’t talk about vocal technique without talking about breathing. How we utilize the breath can make or break us as singers. That said, if you want to learn how to sing really well, you have to have this part covered.

So let’s dive into what you need to know about the breathing process for singing.

The Importance of Good Breath Support

If you want to sing better, you’ve got to have good breath control. The breath is one of the fundamental building blocks of how we create sound. Get it right, and singing becomes WAY easier. Get it wrong, and there’s a consistent struggle.

Below I’m including a video from a training I created a couple years ago entitled “Why We Breathe in a Certain Way.” This simple idea can change everything for you as a singer, so definitely watch it (subtitles included).

Now that you understand the why, let’s explore how to breathe as a singer.

How to Breathe as a Singer

As we breathe, we want to create a down and outward sensation in the abdomen. When you do this, you’ll create the sensation of being anchored into the ground. See image below. 

As you do this, you should feel the belly and even the sides of the body expand. You can experience this expansion by placing a hand on your stomach, or your hands on your sides like this.

This handles the inhale, but that’s only the first part of the breathing process. The next part is equally as important.

Sustaining Airflow

As we start to sing, we want to try and maintain that expansion. Doing this help us to moderate airflow and create a more consistent flow of air.

To do this, we must fight the body’s natural tendency to exhale quickly and return to neutral.

We don’t want this to to be rigid. It’s not about forcing your stomach out, but about moderating airflow so that there’s a consistent sound. All tension in the neck and voice box should be avoided as they are not a part of the breathing process.

The goal is to have a consistent stream of air when using our singing voice.

When you’ve completed your phrase, exhale the remaining air and start again.

Negative Breathing Habits & How to Avoid Them

Breathing is probably the most talked about part of singing technique. Unfortunately, many singers over-complicate breathing because they’re often told it’ll fix all singing problems.

This isn’t necessarily true and often leads to issues. Here are a few common issues you may run into.

  1. Too much pressure in the throat when singing – If it’s uncomfortable, you’ve gone too far.
  2. Gasping as you inhale – If I can hear you inhale, there’s likely unneeded musculature involved.
  3. Emphasizing with more or less air – this will make your voice more unstable; keep the airflow consistent.
  4. Raising the shoulders as you inhale – leads to less control of air and more tension


Now that we understand a bit of what to avoid, let’s explore a breathing exercise you can use to help you get better at singing.

Breathing Vocal Exercises

The reality if you can practice breathing using any vocal exercise. So I’ll include something nice and simple here – a 5-tone chest voice exercise on Ah (you can also practice breathing on our full voice warm up later on in the article).

If you’re confident in your breathing and not experiencing any of the above issues, then you may not need to do this. But if this type of breathing isn’t second nature to you, then you need to work it into your muscle memory.

Go ahead and focus on creating that down and outward expansion, and keeping it while you sing the exercise below. 

Resonance in Singing

Understanding resonance and how it works with the voice is a huge part of your singing technique and learning how to sing better.

Getting resonance right can help you create a fuller sound as well as a pleasing vocal tone.

Getting resonance wrong can lead to a weak, muffled, or strained sound, and ultimately makes us work harder as a singer to sound half as good.

So if you want to learn how to sing with more power and less effort, mastering resonance is key.

So let’s dive into learning more about resonance in the singing voice.

What is Resonance?

Resonance creates the fullness of the sound when we sing. Altering space in the vocal tract is how we alter our resonance.

The vocal tract is main resonator in singing, and goes from the voice box to the lips.

When we use more ideal space, we effortlessly create a bigger sound with a more pleasing tone. When we use a less ideal resonance, our voice has less presence and the sound is less pretty.

So let’s learn how to adjust our shaping to be more ideal and take better advantage of resonance.

How Can I Use Resonance to Improve My Singing Voice?

All singer needs to do to adjust resonance is change the space in the vocal tract. Altering this shape often creates different tones and sometimes textures as well. However, there are definitely a couple of ideal qualities you want your shaping to have for easy, full singing.

First, you want to keep a narrow space in the throat as you practice singing. Said differently, avoid a wide shape in the throat. See picture below for more clarity.

Why use a narrow shaping? Well, a wide shaping in the throat is often caused by engaging the tongue and throat muscles, resulting in a driven, forced sound. It also can pull the vocal cords apart, creating an unpleasing, uncoordinated texture. This also leads to tension.

Second, we want to create more space in the mouth and throat by keeping the tongue out of the way. For those of you who have never thought about it, the tongue continues down the throat farther than you may think. The shaping of the tongue greatly affects both the mouth and throat resonance.

It’s not uncommon for some singers to raise their tongue up, blocking off resonance in the mouth. Keeping a flatter or more U-shaped tongue can help, as can dropping the jaw.

It’s also fairly common for singers to muffle resonance by pulling their tongue back into their throat. This may be a natural tendency, because of not properly executing backward spoken consonants like Ls, Rs, and Gs, or the result of a more advanced singer trying too aggressively to lower the larynx.

As a general rule, keeping the tip of tongue resting on the front teeth helps keep the tongue forward. But if this doesn’t do it, you’ve got to work on relaxing the root of the tongue.

This can oftentimes be accomplished through a little tongue massage (more on this later). Also, dropping the jaw more can allow the tongue to release more forward.

The Effect of Posture on Resonance

Finally, we want to have good posture when we sing. The way we hold our head and neck has a huge effect on our sound. Watch this video I created forever ago for more details (I think from local stuff).

That said, posture isn’t limited to head and neck. Bad posture in our shoulders, chest, back, and overall body can get in the way of us being able to use the breath effectively.

When it comes to finding correct placement for the shoulders, I like to do this: Roll the shoulders in big circles ten times, then hold them up to your ears for a couple seconds. Then, let them drop effortlessly away from each other and they’ll likely fall into place.

To ensure your body is in good alignment, make sure that your head is tall and feels like it’s lifting away from the body from the crown of the head. Then, you should be able to draw a straight line from the shoulders, to the hips, to the knees as pictured below.

The Vocal Cords & Balanced Coordination

The vocal cords are what creates the sound as we sing. The terms vocal cords and vocal folds are the same thing. Scientists used to refer to the vocal folds as cords because that’s what they looked like in pictures. Now that we have a better understanding of the anatomy, they scientific community adopted the term vocal folds because it’s more accurate language.

However, the term Vocal CHORDS (notice the H) is just wrong unless you’re referring to harmony as a chord is when you have a group of notes sounding together. So that spelling of the term just doesn’t apply here.

Ok, I’m going to get off my soapbox. So what are the vocal folds and why should we care as singers?

The Vocal Folds Definition

A technical definition of the vocal folds ise:

“folds of membranous tissue that project inward from the sides of the larynx to form a slit across the glottis in the throat, and whose edges vibrate in the airstream to produce the voice.”

So what the heck does that mean in English? The vocal folds are housed in the larynx (aka voice box) and when they come together as air is passing through, they vibrate and create sound.

This process of creating sound is known as phonation, and it’s how we both sing and speak. So you can see the vocal cords in action, I’ll include a video below of 4 singers in the process of singing.

The Vocal Cords and Pitch

The rate at which the cords vibrate determines our pitch as a singer. The slower the cords vibrate, the lower the pitch. The higher the cords vibrate, the higher the pitch. It’s actually quite fascinating.

The A above middle C vibrates at 440 times a second. That’s A LOT! The A down the octave is half that, or 220 vibrations per second. A soprano high A vibrates around 880 times per second.

So knowing this hopefully gives you an incredible appreciation for your ability to just be able to sing on pitch. (More on this when we talk about expanding our range and singing high notes.)

Finding a Balanced Coordination

In order for the cords to function properly, they have to come together in the right way. Too much closure leads to squeeze, too little closure causes a weak, breathy sound. So how can we find an ideal, balanced coordination?

A balanced coordination comes from equal parts airflow and healthy vocal cord closure. When these parts are equal, there is a momentum and energy in the voice that feels as easy as speaking.

This Coordination's Too Squeezed (Too Much Closure)

When there’s too much closure, there’s strain in the sound and the feeling of too much pressure in the throat. This is fatiguing and while the sound is big, it’s heavy and lacks agility.

If you find yourself here, you want to try to back off the pressure in 10% increments and start trying to experience the pressure more at the lips than in the throat. You might also need to start thinking of releasing more air outward as you sing instead of holding it in. Do this not so much that your voice sounds breathy, but just enough so that you’re not keeping more pressure in the instrument.

This Coordination's Too Breathy (Too Much Release)

Too much release leads to a weak, breathy sound.

Ironically, this too can cause tension as the voice isn’t functioning properly so we have to use extra muscles to compensate.

It also leads to running out of air quickly because the hole through which the air moves is much bigger.

No amount of breath work will help you fix with without getting those vocal cords together.

If you find yourself singing in a way that’s very breathing, you first need to make sure you are getting those vocal cords together and feeding it enough air. This will lead to you feeling more pressure as you sing (though not in a forced way).

Just make sure you are experiencing this pressure at your lips instead of in your throat and you should be find.

This Coordination's Just Right 🙂

A balanced vocal coordination is equal parts air flow and cord closure.

We want this balance 100% of the time when singing. This means the airflow and the closure should be present, with the same amount of pressure, the entire time.

Mastering this takes a ton of practice and effort, but the more accurately you do it, the easier singing is and the better you sound. So keep playing with it.

That said, it’s much easier to practice this effectively once you have the right reference point. So, feel free to book a lesson with one of our coaches if you’d like more help!

Chest Voice and Head Voice

Now you might be asking, “What do chest voice and head voice have to do with the vocal cords?” Well, simply put, the vocal cords are what determine whether or not you are in chest or head voice.

Chest voice, the voice the average person speaks in, is a heavier coordination. By that, I mean the vocal cords come together more fully or there’s more depth of cord closure.

For this reason, chest voice often perceived as having more power than head voice.

Chest voice got its name from the vibrations we feel in the chest when we sing in this deeper coordination.

Head voice is the lighter coordination the average singer finds themself in when they sing in the upper part of their range. By lighter coordination, I mean the vocal cords stretch and thin out as they vibrate. Because there is less surface area vibrating, they are more agile and can vibrate faster, therefore we can sing higher.

We got the term head voice from the vibrations we feel in our head when we sing in this lighter coordination.

So, as you can see, chest voice and head voice have everything to do with vocal cord closure and coordination. The more balanced we can make these parts of our voice, the more solid our singing.

If you have issues with chest voice, you simply need a little bit of practice. You can access a free chest voice warm up on our app – download the app

If you are curious about how to better use that lighter, heady coordination, check out this article – How to Sing with Head Voice.

Unlocking High Notes - Accessing Your Mix

A big part of learning how to sing better is unlocking your mix voice.

Most singers start with chest voice, then flip to head voice. And there’s nothing in between.

Your mix helps connect your chest and head voice, giving you a consistent sound throughout your entire vocal range.

Unlocking the mix in your own voice takes time as it involves a high level of accurate execution of several different parts of your voice. But once you unlock your mixed voice, you’ve opened a whole new world of possibility as a singer.

So let’s explore a bit more about mix voice and how you can find it.

What is a Mix Voice

Mix Voice or the Mixed Voice (same thing) refers to the fuller sound we use when singing in our upper part of our vocal range.

Our mix allows us to transition from that heavier to a lighter coordination more freely, giving us the illusion of taking chest voice up into the stratosphere.

The mix voice can take on several different tonal and dynamic qualities, which is part of what makes it so elusive.

A full, leaned in mix can be REALLY big, but we can also have a lighter, heady mix. It can be forward and pingy, or round and boomy.

Here are a few very different examples of mix.

How can there be so many different sounds for a mix voice? Well, while the resonance and depth of coordination may change, all mix singers transition between head and chest voice and back without breaking.

So yeah, we can still adjust the shaping and compression (or lean, or pressure) we use when singing in a mix.

It’s the consistent sound throughout the vocal range that gives the impression that we’re singing in one sound, even though we may be transitioning between different parts of our voice.

As mentioned before, developing your mix can be a process. But, sometimes we can sneak ourselves quickly into it too.

Let's Try and Sneak You Into a Mix Quickly

One of the easiest ways of finding a mix is shedding out typical vocal habits and just speaking. Allowing yourself to speak, doing so higher and higher without adding pressure or effort often times will allow you to find a mix coordination.

I go into more detail in this video… see if it can help quickly trick you into your mix.

7 Singing Tips to Help You Access Your Mix and Sing Higher

Hopefully the above video helped you experience what your voice feels like when it easily creates a high pitched sound. If so, use that as a reference point. You often don’t need more than that.

If you couldn’t find that place that allowed the sound to come out easily, I’m including 7 tips below to help you access and ultimately find more balance to your mix.

1 - Sing with a Steady Flow of Air

Keeping a steady flow of air as you sing should always be one of the top goals. But when we’re singing high notes, it’s even more important since balance is necessary for singing higher pitches.

That said, two common issues I see when we sing high notes is pulling back or over-attacking high notes.

Both of these alter airflow and create imbalances, make us work harder, and keep us form out best sound.

So keep a steady flow of air as you sing through all your range, especially the upper range. This will help put your voice in the position of being able to unlock your mix.

2 - Release Tension in the Tongue

Tension often times finds its way into the voice when singing higher, often because of hesitation or anticipation. Ironically, singing higher notes is easier when you allow space and airflow to do the work – not tension.

Releasing tension in the tongue can be a bit of a process – but a little massage under the chin either down the middle of the tongue (shown on left) or the back corners of the tongue (shown on right) can help you identify and release tongue tension.

Doing this helps prevent you from over working and putting unnecessary squeeze on the voice.

3 - Sing with a Narrow Shaping

As mentioned before, narrowing the shaping of the vocal tract, especially the throat, helps you access high notes.

If the throat area widens, it can cause a pulling apart of the cords, which makes that more delicate mix coordination nearly impossible to access.

One of the easiest ways to sing with a more narrow shaping is to narrow the corners of the lips when you sing. Almost always when we narrow the lips, we narrow the vocal tract as a whole.

This isn’t always the best or most precise tool to use for narrowing, but it is the one that gives you easy and immediate feedback. In the beginning, it’s all about knowing that you’re doing it right. So play with it.

4 - Keep the Sound Speech Like - Not Under or Over Pressured

Keeping the sound more speech like allows you to prevent yourself from getting locked into weird, tension-filled shaping.

It also prevents you from singing with too much pressure, which is a common issue when trying to access a high note.

If you want to be a great singer, you must keep a balance of release and resistance of airflow.

Doing this allows you to sing loudly and fully in that middle voice and upper range.

Best part is, when you do this right and consistently, it feels like speaking. Do this wrong and you’ll just be working too hard.

5 - Keep the Larynx Balanced & Neck Area Free of Tension

The larynx, aka the voice box, houses the vocal cords (not vocal chords, remember lol) and its positioning plays a key role in achieving proper vocal control as well as accessing more vocal range. When we sing high notes, it’s common for us to engage our throat muscles, leading to the larynx rising.

This elevated voice box placement places strain on the vocal instrument. This strain can cause the voice to crack, but even if it doesn’t, it strangles higher notes and makes it impossible to sound good.

If you want to sing a high note perfectly, the larynx must be stable. For most, the easiest way to help lower the larynx back to neutral is to add some “dopey” or “bloomy” tone while singing those higher notes.

Do this in a way that keeps your neck and throat area free from tension and you’ll be well on your way.

I explain this in more detail in the video below – This video is part of an online lessons series I created years ago called Grow My Range. You can access the remainder of the Grow My Range series by joining the Patron membership of our app.

6 - Bring a Bloomy Head Voice Down into Chest [Vocal Exercises]

If you want to sing better in what’s called mixed voice, you’ll want to get really good at this singing exercise. It’s a bloomy, top down “Woo” on a descending octave arpeggio. Then, it turns back up, then back down the octave. 

This scale helps you get used to negotiating that transition from head to chest voice.

Female Exercise

Male Exercise

 

What you want to focus on in this exercise is connecting the airflow all the way down through each note. We also want to maintain that bloomy sound, while also keeping the tone forward as we sing.

If you want access to more exercises like this along with detailed coach instruction on how to do them successfully, download our Singing Lessons App

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7 - Find a Light Edge Closure Slide Going Up [Vocal Warm Ups]

Sometimes we focus so much on breath support that we over do it and make singing harder than necessary. Too much focus on support often leads to too much pressure.

Pressure itself isn’t bad. In fact, we need pressure to create sound. But too much of the wrong type of pressure causes uncomfortable squeeze, closes off the voice, can lead to a sore throat, and even to vocal damage.

That said, you’ll want some warm up exercises in your practice routine that help you find a light and right coordination. I think one of the best solutions for this is a groggy slide.

The groggy slides help you find the right balance of cord and airflow, and often times can be used to help you find connection throughout your entire vocal range.

For this, I like little octave slide vocal exercises. It sounds like this (play track below).

Groggy Slide Demo

Just a quick heads up – the most common way people get this exercise wrong is by adding too much squeeze. It should feel more release of air like a sigh while creating this groggy sound, not a bunch of squeeze.

I know this exercise doesn’t really using our singing voice, but it will help you sing better. It also helps for people who aren’t fully tone deaf, but who may still struggle with accurately matching pitch.

How to Practice Singing

If you want to learn how to sing better, you’ve got to become better at practicing singing. You can sign up for a singing lessons or online singing course, but they can only get you so far without singing practice.

But as any good vocal coach will tell you, not all practice is created equal. Here are a few things that professional singers and amateurs alike do that will help you improve your singing and access your best voice.

Carve a Path of Right Singing - Why We Warm Up

As an old singing teacher of mine used to say, the reason we do singing exercises is to carve a path of right singing. Exactly what should you do warm up wise? Well, it depends on what your voice needs to become a better singer.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps you know what your strengths and weaknesses are vocally, perhaps you aren’t sure. If not, a good vocal coach can prove to be super valuable here. 

If you’d like guidance, simply click >> online singing lessons << and fill out the form, and we’ll help you find a good coach to help you with your needs.

Regardless, if you want to learn to sing better, you’ve got to strengthen the weaknesses in your singing voice, and ideally make your strengths even better.

One of the easiest ways to do that and improve your singing voice is through vocal warm up exercises.

I’ve already included several warm ups in this post that can be helpful, but I’ve got one more that I’d like to share with you – the lip trill.

Practice Singing on a Lip Trill

The lip trill may look super silly (see video below), but helps you balance your singing voice in many ways.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It helps you keep a consistent flow of air and lean in the cords. It requires decently narrow shaping, as well as good support.

It also helps give you better access to that middle voice, as exploring your vocal range on a lip trill (aka lip flutter or lip bubble) is much easier than when singing your favorite songs.

Lip Flutters on a Long Scale

The long scale is a great way to practice singing across your entire vocal range in an easier, healthy way (notated below).

Long Scale Warm Up Notation

The flutters take our “singing voice” out of the equation, and with that goes many of the other-than-conscious bad habits that accompany it.

It’s a way of simplifying to help you find ideal coordination.

Here’s a quick audio demoing what this scale sounds like in both the male and female voice.

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The Complete Vocal Warm Ups Guide from Today

Knowledge means little when it comes to singing. We must practice and repeatedly get better and better in order to develop our vocal skills.

Warm ups are the easiest way to do that.

I’ve gone ahead and created several warm ups and made them available for free on our Singing Lessons App. Creating all this took days. But, I love helping – especially those in my Sing Family community.

I’ll include a shorter version of our total voice warm up for male and female below. Download the app to access this complete warm up and others for free.

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Warm up your chest, head and mix voice with these singing exercises. Full warm up available for free on our Singing Lessons App.

How to Practice Singing Songs

Nobody ever won a Grammy singing scales- so how can we practice singing our favorite songs better?

Easy – We just need to applying what we’ve already learned in the context of a song.

Below are a few tip on how you can do this.

Set Up Your Practice for the Right Focus

If you want to practice intently, you need to do so with a familiar song. Your brain will be overworked if you’re trying to focus on technique while struggling to remember the lyrics or the melody line.

Focus is key, and this is true whether you’re working on ear training, voice technique, or preparing your staging for a formal concert setting.

So yeah, make sure you simply everything else so that you can focus on the main thing.

Develop Your Senses

Our vocal instrument is pretty intangible. We can’t really see it, so we have to build our voice off of what we hear and what we feel.

When you start singing, listen for inconsistencies in vocal tone or breath. When you hear inconsistency, you know you’re out and need to apply some of the ideas shared above.

It may be easier to record yourself at first. For many singers, focusing on their singing voice while listening for issues is tough.

Once you’ve got a consistent airflow and resonance, you may start paying attention to some of our mix tips, like released tongue, narrow shaping, level larynx, and a speech like feeling when singing.

A vocal coach with a developed ear can hear these things, but it’ll probably be easier for you to focus on the feeling of those mix ideas more so than the sound, as it’s less easy to identify.

The more accurately do the above, the more you vocal range will expand and you will improve your singing.

All that said, knowing what ideas to apply where can be tough. But lucky for you, that’s a vocal coach’s super power!

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Simplify Your Singing Practice

When we do warm ups, we simplify the process by using scales and sounds that make it easy for you to succeed. We can apply the same idea to singing a song.

Here are a few ideas on how you can simplify singing a song –

  1. Speak it in rhythm – doing this helps you find release and more ideal shaping.
  2. Transpose – If you struggle with tension, airflow or hike in one part of a song, practicing the proper setup in a different key can help. Then, slowly return to the original key if and when that’s appropriate for you (you may just need to sing the song in a different key regardless).
  3. Sing the melody line on a single syllable – Sometimes it’s the words that trip us up. Singing the melody line on a sound that’s easy for you (“da”, “loo,” etc.) can help you experience a more free vocal production, and give you an idea of how it should feel when you add the words back.

If the above ideas don’t help you find some momentum, you are likely working on a song that’s a bit too hard for you right now.

If that’s the case, either try getting some help, or switch to a song that’s more in line with your current skill level.

Q&A

Feel free to share your questions in the comments section below – they may be added here!

There are tons of different ways to improve your singing voice. Every idea I’ve mentioned above could help. But one of the most important things is consistency.

Keep your vocal training consistent and you’ll get farther than you think!

Absolutely! All one has to do to learn to sing is develop the right skills.

I’ve known tons of people who weren’t naturals, but were passionate about singing and went far because of their positive attitudes and work ethic.

I’ve known others who were talented but didn’t work, so kept botching opportunities because they were lazy.

Ideally, there’d be an element of both. But that said, hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

We all have different ideas of what that would be. Step one is define what beautiful singing is to you.

Once you understand that, you’ll have a better idea of what to focus on in your own style.

This site wouldn’t exist if talent was based only on what you’re born with. Like everyone else, you absolutely can improve your singing.

That said – and I say this coming from a place of love and understanding – I’d argue the real question is: Do you care enough to do what you need to do to make it happen?

The same trick as developing any other skill – proper knowledge, proper application, and hard work.

For a period of time, yes. We learn by doing.

That said, practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

So the more accurate phrase would be accurate singing helps you sing better.

Clearer is an interesting choice of words.

This to me says you either have a muffled tone (too pulled back), or bad coordination in the vocal cords.

Visit the resonance and vocal cord section of this article and see if those principles don’t help.

We all do to an extent. You can learn a lot on the internet, but it’s not always in the right context of what you’re wanting to do with your voice.

For example, a classical or choir teacher might highly suggest raising the soft palate. This can be good if you like that type of singing, but if you want to sound like Robert Plant or Nate Ruess of F.U.N., this would be a very bad strategy.

That said, the biggest benefit of good singing lessons is it takes away a lot of trial and error.

So if you want or need to teach yourself, I’d say do it. Just consider getting help from a qualified coach when you get stuck. Doing this will help speed up your vocal development and hopefully keep you from developing too many bad habits.

Consistent right practice. This can happen by using a coach, a training program, or your own intuition.

  1. Read this article.
  2. Sing the warm ups.
  3. Apply the ideas in the article to a song.
  4. 5. 6. & 7. Repeat Steps 1-3.

Trade the habit of scrolling social media on your phone for practicing singing. Focus on what’s important – it’ll change your life!

Once again, it’s very vague. Couple of thoughts – first off, if you struggle with pitch recognition, work on some ear training. There are many apps for this.

Also, having solid air flow and resonance helps tremendously. So play around with shaping and see if you don’t find a better quality vocal tone.

Straw phonation is a decent place to start as it tends to balance airflow and all the happenings in your voice box. That, or doing warm ups while focusing on the ideas mentioned in this article. 

Consistency is important if you want to create better habit and improve your singing. If you’re feeling committed, I’d start by singing 4-6 days a week, but for shorter periods of time.

Practice keeping focus on the ideas mentioned above during your warm ups and when you sing songs.

For most, this focus will only last 15-20 minutes at first. Stop when you find it hard to focus, or if you start to experience fatigue. Only you can know when this is.