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What are some tips to get better at singing?

I am really bad at singing even though I love singing. I want to be able to sing songs that I love without cringing.

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Jose’s Answer

Hello, I will begin with pulling the tongue forward out of my mouth. You will be better at hitting high notes.
Breathe out softly to soften the sound of the singing. Let the soft breath come from as far down inside of yourself. This if you are able to accomplish it will help you learn to sing from the diaphragm.
Singing as if your voice is moving towards the roof of your mouth rather than at the bottom of your throat. Doing this will move your voice from sounding bland to sounding lighter and beautiful.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes when you are practicing. If one plays it safe a person will more than likely stay at the same level unless they become willing to stretch out to the unknown so to speak and hopefully grow into something new and more improved.
I would suggest making the effort to learn music theory.
I imagine the music scale as being on the throat. In my mind I go up and down inside my throat as if I were going up and down the music scale. For example if I sing a high note I work to move my voice up the scale and then down for lower notes.
Hope this helps. Good luck!


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Tracy’s Answer

Hi Kayla!
I’m a professional singer and even we sometimes cringe at what comes out of our faces. Lol

Voice Lessons! With the internet you have thousands of instructors to choose from on you tube.

Basics of singing practice: breath from your low belly. Practice inhaling gently as much air as you can and exhale it on a hissss. This helps you get in touch with your support which is vital to producing a clear natural sound.
Resonance: think of the sound coming out of your nose and between your eyes. Sing a song on an “N” hum to feel the buzz in your face.
And keep your throat, neck and shoulders relaxed as if they are collapsed. Your support should send your air right up into your “masque” (face).
Your love of music is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of all of this. No matter where it leads you the joy it brings you is The Point.
Happy Singing!
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Melisa’s Answer

Hi Kayla,

I'm not the best at singing either, but I majored in music my first 2 years of college and play piano/keyboard. Professional lessons from a teacher or at a local college can help. However, there are also free ways you can become work towards getting better as well.

I don't currently work as a music professional, but here are a few suggestions to consider:

- Do you have a local church or non-profit organization that needs musical skills you can volunteer for? I find that by playing in our church Praise Band, I am around other musicians who sing or play instruments well and they help me get better through practice sessions and by sharing advice.

- Do you have access to free apps that provide voice or musical experience? For example, I'm trying to learn how to play ukulele, so I use apps that I can use on my own time to learn new chords and skills and get better. There are also voice coaches who may offer lessons over Zoom or video rather than in person.

- Is there a local community group that volunteers to sing at events and places like senior centers? You can join a local group to volunteer and sing alongside others who are also musical and may be able to help.

Best wishes in achieving your goals!

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Find a mentor or someone local you trust who can offer vocal coaching or give you advice.
Volunteer! Look for ways you can practice with others through volunteering or local groups looking for singers.
Practice, practice and more practice, makes progress!
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Hung (Andysam)’s Answer

You can always sign up for Singing Lesson. Try to see if your community had some free-seminar lesson.
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Conrad’s Answer

Private lessons. Find singers you know that you think are very good and/or talk to a professional singer and ask for recommendations of a private voice teacher or coach. Try a few different teachers until you find the right fit.

I've worked in music, theater and show entertainment my whole life and I STILL hire private instructors when I want to get better at a specific skill set.

Voice is different than learning a musical instrument because what you hear in your head is different than what other people hear as you sing. So particularly for voice lessons you need someone "outside of yourself" who can hear what is going on and help you visualize and train the muscles to get better tone for the style you are studying. I hope this helps!
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Daniel’s Answer

Hello, I see you already have great advice from different people. I agree to all of them, get a vocal coach (a real person instead of youtube lessons, if possible, mostly at the beginning), get a gig (paid or unpaid) to practice singing (something that motivates you to sing/practice often), practice singing often, and enjoy. The more you sing the better it'll get to be.

Also, not all songs are the same in difficultity, some may require more advanced vocal techniques that need to be developed gradually over time. Also, not all songs are suitable for your vocal range, in their original musical key (C, G, A, etc). Having a vocal coach will help you discover what vocal range you have, and will allow you to transport the songs to a better key according to you. The musical key you choose for your songs needs to work for both the highest and the lowest notes, in that they all need to sound good and comfortable for you. Also, the more you learn vocal techniques, the more you'll feel comfortable with higher/lower notes.

Good luck!
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Poonam’s Answer

Hi, dear
I was listening to some great singers' biography and they mentioned a few tips:
- Sing whenever get chance
- Early morning singing practice with any instrument
- Take care of your throat by maybe introducing lukewarm water into your routine.
- Find a mentor or singing guru
- taking classical lessons.
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Sallie’s Answer

Personally, I recommended meeting with a vocal coach who is local to you. Theyre trained and will be able to help walk you through the adjustments you need to make to achieve your goals. Additionally, theyll be able to show you exercises to help stretch and strengthen your vocal cords, etc
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