Essential Vocal Training for Beginners – Building a strong voice!
Do you secretly love singing but don't know where and how to start?
Are you frustrated with singing that you just concluded that you just don't have "the voice"(whatever that means)? If you are what I just described, please read this very important post.
I have been singing all my life and have struggled with my voice for about 20 years. At age 45, my voice is finally getting to my ideal level - hitting a solid tenor high C with full voice!
Fortunately, for you, you don't have to take as long as I did.
Why? Because today, I'm going to show you how to avoid the mistakes I've made and save you years of confusion with training the singing voice.
You ready? Let's learn about the the most essential vocal training for beginners.
Some Myth-Busting about Singing!
Here are some of the myths about singing that I would like to bust for you:
1. Singing is about having a great voice.
Not all great singers have a great voice to start with. You don't really know what kind of singing voice you have until you build one. Yes, you need to literally build a good voice for singing.
Once you develop those singing muscles to be strong and flexible, you will start sounding good.
2. You are stuck with the vocal range you have now.
No, that is a total lie. Through effective vocal training, your voice will become stronger.
You will be able to hit higher notes and even sing lower, because you have built the right muscles for singing. I personally have gained notes I never thought possible through vocal training.
The problem is - most people, even voice teachers, don't know how to build a strong voice without straining. But, you just need to know, there is a way to do it!
no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.
Carol S. Dweck, Mindset
3. If you can't sing, it's because you're not talented.
No, that's another big fat lie about singing that I resent the most. I don't know how many potential good singers have bought into the talent myth that made them stop singing.
For me, talent is not some inherent ability to sing great without any training. My definition of talent is being fortunate enough to be introduced to a great voice teacher or a great methodology.
4. You don't need vocal training.
No, every singer needs vocal training. What you really don't need is BAD vocal training.
Vocal training CAN change your voice, either in a good or bad way. What you need is finding the right training method for your voice. It will make a whole world of difference in your singing.
I still remember how I sounded in my first few years of training. In fact, I don't have to remember - I have the recording from more than 20 years ago. I sound totally different now - in a good way!
How do I start training my voice for singing?
Now, I will reveal to you the most important things you need to do to starting building a good voice.
1. Pay attention to your speaking voice.
Every person has their own way of producing the speaking voice. It does carry over to singing, because singing and speaking both originate from the same place - the vocal folds.
If someone want to argue about talents for singing, then the speaking habit does affect the singing voice.
If you sound lazy and raspy when you speak, try to raise the pitches of your voice slightly higher, just slightly. It will lift the weight off your vocal folds and relax your straining muscles more.
2. Breath low into the abdominal area (Inhale).
Just to clarify, you can't really breath air into your stomach, but you should feel like it's going there.
The diaphragm located below your lungs are flattened, giving the lungs more space to carry the air you inhale without unnecessary tension.
Now, I didn't use to breathe this way for many years, but my new voice teacher Jaime convinced me about the important of breathing low. It gave me tremendous vocal freedom and even extension in my full voice range.
3. Bear down on the abdominal muscles when you sing (Exhale).
Traditionally, there are 3 ways to breathe for singing or any kind of vocal production - with the abdominal muscles, breathe out, breathe in, or bear down.
Let me just tell you - the most effective way is to bear down, kind of like you're going to the bathroom. What that does is it will draw back the air in the lungs so that air does not rush out causing extra tension on the vocal folds.
Listen to renowned vocal coach Jaime Vendera explain how to breathe and support:
4. Feel the buzz at the roof of your mouth when you sing.
When you feel the buzz at the roof of your mouth, that means you are producing sound in the most optimal way - your vocal muscles are balanced with the amount of airflow going through them.
5. Start building the vocal muscles.
Try to strengthen your voice by strengthening your falsetto voice first. (In case you don't know what falsetto is, think Bee Gees and Prince, that's the voice.)
You need to strengthen the falsetto voice to a point that it's clean, focused, and not airy, and then transition to strengthening the full voice. This is how to start building power and range.
This is probably the most difficult part of vocal training. You might need a vocal coach to guide you through this. Or, you might be in danger of hurting your voice.
6. Practice transitioning from chest voice to head voice
There is a break in-between chest and head voice. You need to balance your voice as you transition from chest to head voice.
The easy way to do this is to lighten up the voice as you ascend in pitch in order to connect to the higher and softer head voice.
This can be a rather tricky maneuver to beginners to practice. If you need more instructions and training to learn how to transition between chest and head, I recommend you check out the 30 Day Singer training course designed for beginners.
Unleash Your True Potential through Training
Imagine stunning your friends with your singing in one of your gatherings so that they discovered the other side of you that they knew about - the Singer in you!
Imagine singing at your church one day so that you can give your most beautiful offering to the One above.
Imagine singing a solo in your local choir wowing not just your audience, but your fellow choir members as well.
Or even better, imagine singing on stage with raving fans adoring the voice the voice that's coming out of your mouth.
Why am I saying these things to you? Because it's all possible through good vocal training, and I need you to believe that!!!
You can drastically improve your singing under the right instruction and training program.
Finally, my best advice to you...
Train your voice, even if you're a beginner or you think you just can carry a tune. That can all change through vocal training.
Invest time, money, and effort to train your voice.
Don't have time to practice? How about 20 minutes a day?
Don't have the money? There are online singing course at the most incredibly low price.
(I pay $400 per month for voice lessons. You can get the best online vocal training for less than a tenth of what I pay.)
Don't want to put in the effort to train? Then you need to re-think if you truly want to become a singer. Good Vocal training can do wonders to your voice, but you need to work, or else nothing will happen.
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If you have any questions, comment below. I'll be happy to discuss with you.
All the best to your singing,