As a singer and vocal coach/teacher, many people ask me how to get better at singing. How do you get better at singing? My answer is that anyone can get better at singing if they are willing to put in some time and effort. A person has to want to get better at singing enough to practice every day or at least most days. Even a short practice time can make a big difference. I tell my students to break the practice into small segments throughout the day.
Sometimes, however, the exercises needed to free the voice can be tedious, and a student of singing must be willing to make time for the more tedious ones in order to move forward in a timely manner. It is so worth the time and effort, because most people have developed poor singing habits which limit their range, power, musicality, accurate pitch, longevity, breath control, emotional communication, and at the same time, they experience vocal fatigue, essentially taking the fun out of singing. A great vocal teacher/coach can effectively help eliminate these problems and help a student get much better at singing.
Singing should feel completely free and effortless. It should feel like your voice is pouring out of you, total release, like it would feel if you could fly. It should be free of worry about pitch, because a free voice is an accurate voice. There should be no pain, tension, or straining, because all of the work is being done by the proper muscles that are designed to support the voice, rather than by tension in the throat, jaw, and tongue.
It has been my joy to have helped thousands of singers get much better at singing. While each singer is unique with unique restrictions, there are many problems we all have in common. The basic place that I start with most students (here some of them when you click the link) is to teach them how to release tension in the tongue and jaw. Let me share an exercise with you that will help you get started on your path to free and relaxed singing. I practice this every day because singing well is a life long pursuit. Do this exercise several times for short intervals of time each day. Then just keep it in mind as you talk and sing, work at your desk, exercise, or whatever you are doing.
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