Ways to Improve Your Singing Voice
The voice is an instrument, and the ability to sing must be exercised and honed. It’s easy to confuse natural talent with understanding how to sing, but it is more common that good singers are unaware of how to care for and get the most from their instrument.
Learn the Proper Way to Sing
Singing is more than opening your mouth and letting sound come out. Proper singing involves correct posture, mouth movement, tongue use, breath control, and a good grasp on music itself. A vocal coach is the best tool for learning to sing well, but you can pick up the basics yourself.
Open Your Mouth Wider
Many people sing with their mouths barely open without realizing they are doing it. Opening the mouth wider allows for more air to get into the mouth and lungs and restricts the tongue and jaw less.
Relax Your Tongue
When singing, the tip of the tongue should rest against your bottom teeth. If your tongue is further back in your mouth, it is not relaxed enough to produce the sounds you wish to make.
Manage Your Posture
Proper singing posture is standing erect with your shoulders relaxed. Your jaw should be loose and you should position your mouth in a movement similar to a yawn to create the best singing environment for your vocal chords.
Warm Up Your Vocal Chords
Warm-ups simply get you started and allow your voice time to ready itself for singing. Warm-up your entire vocal range, instead of just your most comfortable singing voice.
You get out of singing what you put in, and singing with little energy and enthusiasm is what will emerge no matter how much natural talent you possess. Think about it, if you scrub the floor, it will get clean, but it you half-heartedly wipe a cloth across it, it won’t look half as good as a good scrub down.
Practice everyday to continue to build on the progress you have made. Singing is an exercise for your vocal chords, so the more you exercise, the stronger they will become and the better at it you will get.
The main focus is breathing with your diaphragm, not your chest. This will help with breath control and holding notes when singing.
Sing Songs You Like
Choosing songs you don’t care about doesn’t motivate you to sing. Sing songs you like and can be enthusiastic about singing.
Avoid Things that Can Harm Your Voice
The voice can be ruined just like any other instrument that is mistreated. Some things to avoid are probably obvious, but other things have surprising ramifications for a singing voice.
Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke can dry out the mouth, throat, and vocal chords. It also damages lungs and decreases breath control, making singing difficult or permanently changing a voice due to the side effects.
Dairy can build up mucus in the vocal chords and lungs, making your voice sound phlegmy and indistinct.
Acidic, Hot, or Cold Drinks
Fruit juice, hot tea, or very cold drinks can tighten up the throat. This tightness will restrict the ability to sing.
Caffeine tightens the vocal chords and hinders the voice’s range. Keep in mind drinking juice, caffeine, or hot and cold drinks are not forbidden, but are not recommended before singing.
Alcohol acts as a numbing agent in your throat. If your throat is numb and you attempt to sing out, you could be doing damage you cannot feel. Some cough syrups, throat lozenges, and other prescriptions can cause the same problem.
Not Resting Your Voice Properly
Resting your voice is essential to good vocal health. Try not to scream or yell a lot, and be sure not to use your voice unless necessary when ill or after exertive singing.