If you’re a beginner who has little to no experience in singing, then it is a good idea to start practicing at home. It may be more practical to practice singing at home for beginners than to go out looking for singing schools or teachers.
Now by ‘home’, it doesn’t literally mean home at all times. The good thing about singing is that, unlike other music instruments, you carry your voice everywhere. So find any place that you are really comfortable in, and is reasonably quiet for you to practice in.
It is actually not that difficult to start doing it by yourself, and you can leave the professional courses for later on when you are sure you actually enjoy singing and want to pursue it further.
Of course, if you have decided to start practicing singing at home, the next important question is – how? Knowing what to do and how to practice will take you a lot further than singing in the shower or jamming to the radio in the car.
This is the most important thing to do if you are serious about improving your singing voice. If you keep singing mindlessly whenever you feel like it, and then forget about it for days to come, you will never see progress. You may think that practicing while cooking or doing other chores would be a good idea to save time, but that’s not going to do you any good.
Instead, you’ll have to dedicate at least 20 minutes of your day about 5 times a week to completely focus on your singing without any distractions. Even leave your phone on silent or turn it off. For at least 20 minutes, make sure it is just you and your voice. Since you will be needing to focus on how your breathing and your posture affect your singing, you will have to be aware of yourself. So being focused is very important.
Your vocal cords are basically a set of muscles. And just like any other muscle in your body, they need to be exercised in order to reach their full potential. There are a number of vocal warm-ups and exercises that you can perform before singing to maintain a healthy voice. About 5 to 10 minutes of your practice time should be dedicated to these exercises. And every time you have to sing or perform, it is a good idea to take a few minutes out beforehand to warm-up your voice.
Once you get familiar with these exercises, you can dig into more advanced ways of warming-up your voice. An online course like 30 Day Singer can help you with that. But for a very beginner level, these are enough.
It is very important to focus on your breathing when you sing. The better your breathing technique, the better your voice. And for the air to freely flow through your body, you have to maintain proper posture.
A lot of people make the mistake of not breathing to the full potential of their lungs. When you breathe from your diaphragm, you inhale all the way down to your stomach instead of just to your chest. Stand straight with your knees shoulder length apart, place your palm on your stomach, and breathe for a few minutes so that your stomach expands as you inhale and contracts as you exhale. Then try to imitate this pattern while you sing. You can also lie down on your back and sing to the roof because it is basically the same posture, and standing up for long can be tiring.
And lastly – sing! Try singing your favorite songs, understand where you lack, try to improve, and be consistent with your practice. And once you feel you have understood the basics and want to continue, you can then invest in a professional teacher or school. Until then, happy practicing!
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