So you have a passion for singing and have always wanted to sing your favorite song perfectly. But then you try to hold a simple tune and realize that maybe singing just isn’t for you. You give up on your dream because you think there is no hope for your voice.
But hold on! Don’t quit so soon.
It is still possible for you to be able to sing that song; all you need to learn is how to be a good singer if you’re bad.
There is a common misconception among people that singing is a natural talent, and if you are born with a bad voice, you die with a bad voice. This is as far from the truth as it could be.
Yes, there are people who are naturally born with good voices. But even they have to work hard and regularly practice their voices to sound the way they do.
Whereas people who aren’t born with great voices can also use this practice to improve their voices. And with some serious consistency, you too should be able to sing accurately, easily and confidently.
Yes. And also no.
Truthfully, there are about 3 percent people who are tone deaf. Which may make it almost impossible for them to be able to hold a tune. But that is a major minority, and if you have a sense of music, then you probably don’t belong to it.
So learn the steps you need to take to be able to sing beautifully.
This may seem stupid. You must be thinking… I’ve already started, which is why I’m here. There are so many books, video tutorials, online courses etc. which make it seem like starting to learn singing is a piece of cake. But there is a huge gap between thinking you have started and actually getting started; and that gap is surprisingly hard to fill.
This is the gap where people tend to give up because they think their voice is not good enough. You see the first lesson, try it out for 10 minutes, think it isn’t working, say you’d try again later, and never come back to it. The challenge is to get past those 10 minutes. To be able to accept your bad voice and make a decision to improve it. If your singing voice isn’t naturally great, it is going to take time for it to get better. So learn the lessons, and try to follow them rigorously, even if you don’t sound good in the moment. If you stick with it, you will eventually see improvements.
Once you have truly gotten started on your path to becoming a better singer, this is the one tip that will help you the most. A common misconception out there is that breathing properly means that your chest expands. This is, again, false. When you breathe using the full capacity of your lungs, it is your stomach that expands, not your chest.
To practice this correct way of breathing, place your hand on your stomach and inhale. Feel your stomach expand, as your chest remains in place. Then exhale and feel your stomach go inside. Practice deep breathing with this method. Not only will this hugely benefit you while you sing, but it will also help reduce stress and anxiety in the long run.
Maintaining the correct posture while you sing is very necessary. Since a lot of your voice and tune depends on air flowing freely through your lungs, sagging shoulders and hunched backs directly get in the way of your singing. When performing to an audience, it is better to stand than to sit, with knees shoulder length apart and your back straight.
If you’re practicing at home, you can lay down flat on your back and sing to the roof. This will help you keep your body straight and practice for longer. And later on, you can imitate this posture while standing straight.
Your singing depends on your vocal cords. And your vocal cords are just like any other muscles in your body; and they need to be exercised in order to reach their full potential. There are a lot of ways you can exercise your voice.
Practice humming in tune, blowing air through your lips to make them vibrate and trill, try singing vowels (ah-eh-ee-oh-oo) in tune etc. These are just some of the exercises you can do regularly, apart from actually singing, that will help you open up your voice. These may sound funny in the beginning, but will surely help you improve your voice.
If you are serious about improving your voice, then it is a good idea to invest in a professional teacher. Not only will they help you exercise your voice and give you better tips, they will also be able to recognize the specific issues in your voice and help you correct them.
But if you don’t have the time or resources to get a proper teacher, you can join online courses or tutorials as well. 30 Day Singer is one such online course that will help you learn ways to improve your voice, and you can do it in the comfort of your home at your own pace. And it’s free!
You’d be surprised to learn how many people’s bad voices can be traced back to a lack of hydration. Water helps keep your vocal cords moist and fluid, so they can easily open and close. You should be drinking at least half an ounce to an ounce of water for per pound you weigh, depending on the temperature of your environment; you need more water during summers.
Before and during your practice and performance, it is better to drink warm water (but not hot). Cold water, or other things like ice cream and fizzy drinks can make your muscles tense. So it is better to avoid them close to performances.
And lastly, you just need to go out and sing. Don’t just sit around wondering whether you can be a good singer if you are bad. Build confidence. Sing in karaoke. Practice continuously. And slowly yet surely, you will be able to sing that song to perfection; along with many others!
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