Music is an important facet in modern society. Every part of any society is impacted by music in one way or another. Music can help set the mood for a gathering or change the mood. Music can be calming or motivating. It can be inspiring or encouraging. Music has been called the universal language. Though all music has the potential for all of the above, it is singing that has the most potential. That is why so many want to know “How can I improve my singing voice?”
How to improve my singing voice fast – something to avoid
One of the things that should be avoided is the urge to improve your singing voice fast. It is tempting to try to find a shortcut to improving your singing voice. But you must understand that the voice mechanism has muscles and muscles do not develop or grow instantly.
There are many people who will teach you little “tricks” that will seemingly improve your vocal production. The “trick” may actually bring about a perceived improvement in the sound. But, the “trick” will be just that, a “trick”. In the long run it may do damage to your voice rather than enhancing your voice.
Such promotions as “improve your singing voice instantly” or “improve your singing voice quickly” should be avoided. To take that route would be like asking a sandlot football player to play with the NFL players. It cannot be safely or wisely done.
The question remains, How can I improve my singing voice?
I mentioned above that the voice mechanism has muscles which control it. Muscles do not instantly become proficient in what they do. It takes time and repetition to build the strength necessary to carry out their given function. The vocal mechanism is no different.
A baby does not learn how to speak in just a few days. It usually take 5 to 6 years to begin to become proficient in whatever language a child is reared in. So in singing, one should expect to learn over a period of time, not instantly.
If you are truly interested in improving your singing voice, you should lay out a plan. Many people decide early on and begin as young people by taking voice lessons. Some begin by joining a choir or learning to play a musical instrument. Typically, a person who has a musical instrument background progresses faster than one who does not. There are exceptions to every rule though.
Strengthen your singing voice
If you are a person who wants to strengthen your singing voice, there are things you can do. If you are not inclined to take private voice lessons, you can join a choir. If your church has a choir, join it. If you do not read music, many choirs have learning sessions to help its members.
If you are not in a church, check to see if there are local choral societies. Singing on a regular basis is a good beginning to strengthening your voice. A good choral director will give good counsel in developing a stronger voice.
If you decide you want more training, then you can look for a good private voice teacher. One of the best ways to find a good voice teacher is to check with NATS. This is the National Association of Teachers of Singing. They are made up of people who are trained in the area of vocal development.
Most have degrees and experience in teaching vocal development. Many are college professors, but not all. Some are primary and secondary school teachers. Others are private studio teachers.
A good private teacher will map out a personal plan for your vocal development. It will not be an overnight type of plan. It may be a year or two, or even several years. If they promise a quick resolution, you might want to check around. A good teacher knows that it takes time to build a strong voice.
Voice strengthening exercises
Every good plan for building a strong singing voice will include exercises. In fact there will probably be more exercises than actual songs. The reason for this is that exercises, or vocalises, target specific areas of development. Any given song may have several areas that may need to be addressed. But each area may only be addressed minimally. A vocalise will address the area in an extended manner. This allows for the muscular development needed to address the point in any given song.
The great tenor, Pavarotti, once pointed out this practice.
His teacher would not allow him to sing a particular aria until he had perfected the vocalise. But after he had mastered the vocalise the aria was simply a matter of learning the notes and words.
Learning and practicing voice strengthening exercises will bring dividends for years to come.
Other ways to improve your singing voice
The best way to improve your singing voice is to have a good private teacher as we mentioned above. But there are other ways you can improve your singing if you cannot afford a private teacher.
If you have a general knowledge of music and can read music you can teach yourself. By following blogs such as tomharveybaritone.com you can gain knowledge in the field. At this site and others you can download exercises and tools which you can utilize to strengthen your voice.
You can purchase vocalise materials and songs from recommended suppliers. The vocalise materials that we recommend will have recordings with which you can practice. One of the most difficult things I had to do in college was finding an accompanist for practicing vocalise. But on this site we will provide the accompaniments that you will need for any vocalise that we recommend.
As you advance in you development through vocalise you will begin to put what you learn into practice. You will do that by learning songs. In the beginning the songs will be fairly simple. But we will provide recorded accompaniments for the songs that we recommend. The accompaniments will come for low voice and high voice, whichever is best for you. You will be able to download an MP3 of the vocalises and the songs.
You can buy the copies of the music from your own music supplier or order it from our recommended suppliers.
Improving your singing voice takes time
I said it once, I’ll say it again. Improving your singing voice takes time. Vocal exercises strengthen your voice, not gimmicks. I recommend that you give yourself one year to begin to see a definite strengthening of your voice. To be able to do that you might consider making a recording of your singing. After a year, make a recording of the same song and compare your progress.
If you will be patient you will see great improvement over the years. Be consistent in your practice, about thirty minutes a day if you can. Emphasise the vocalise practice with an occasional song practice.
Most people who major in voice in college spend a minimum of two hours a day practicing. I can tell you from experience, that if you do not have the right tools, ten hours is not enough. Many music majors finish their degree and have very little vocal progress to show for their time and money. If you can exercise patience and apply the tools we recommend you will see progress. At first it will seem slow. But as your voice strengthens, you will see it develop more and more.
Singing should be fun
The best thing you can do to make good progress in strengthening your singing voice is to enjoy it.
By “enjoy it”, I mean the vocalizing as well as the singing. The vocalizations that I recommend are not those where you do the same thing over and over.
There are several master teachers of classical singing that I employ. The first is Nicola Vaccai whose training method taught the rudiments of good singing through simple art songs. His method is called “Vaccai: Practical Method of Italian Singing”. Depending on the time invested, it takes a couple of years to master the fifteen lessons. But you will be an excellent singer when you do.
Another composer and teacher of singing was Salvatore Marchesi. Marchesi lived in the mid to late 19th century. He was a successful composer and teacher. His “Twenty Elementary and Progressive Vocalises” is considered one of the best tools for developing proficient singers.
Among other composers of vocalises that we employ are Lütgen, Panofka, and Concone. All of these methods emphasise the joy of singing instead of it being a burden. So even the practice becomes something that we look forward to and enjoy.
How can I improve my singing voice?
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