How To Develop Singing Skills And Techniques
Diana Krall Jazz Singer
Most people think that all you need to do to be a good singer is just to have a good voice. However having a good singing voice is just one of the many skills and techniques a good singer must master. There are many other factors involved if you want to be recognized as a good singer and mastering those skills could be your ticket to fame as an acclaimed singer.
Whether you are to sing in a talent contest like the American Idol, want develop a career as a singer or you just want to learn how to improve your singing techniques, the following fundamentals of basic singing skills may help you to do just that.
Remember, these are just some of the elements that can help you to get a good singing voice, but they are not enough to make you a star as there are many more skills a good singer need to master. That is why even established world class singers are taking singing lessons to improve their singing skills.
Basic Singing Techniques
a) Learn the correct breathing technique for good voice control and quality vocals. Whether you are into classical, pop, jazz or any style of singing, the correct breathing technique is the very corner stone of good voice control. If you sing with the correct breathing technique, it will provide you enough air to sustain longer and louder notes and help you improve on your performances.
b) Improve your diction. You can improve your diction by reciting tongue twisters. This is a fun way to practice your diction and doing that also help in the good circulation of blood in the muscles involved in singing. Unknown to many people, the diction in good singing and speaking can be very different such as in dipthongs and triphthongs.
c) Indentify your vocal range. This is because you may find that you excel in certain ranges of notes and that going beyond or below that range may make you sound frightfully horrible. By doing this, it will help you in choosing the songs that is best suited for your vocal range and songs which you can sing comfortably in.
d) Take care of your voice by not doing things that may damage it such as talking above the din in noisy places or shouting. This can ruin your singing voice. Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking as they are very destructive to your voice box.
If you do not take care of your voice and singing mechanism, it can lead to permanent damage which can be a big blow to your singing aspirations. Keep in mind that it is much more difficult to restore that good singing voice if it has been damaged.
e) Do not try to sound like someone else because their vocal range and voice mechanisms such as the length and thickness of their vocal folds could be very different from yours. Anyway, if you want to start a career as a singer, record companies want something new and unique and not some imitation copycats.
f) Practice regularly and take singing lessons from good singing teachers. Simple vocal exercises done regularly can make a huge difference in your singing capabilities. Honing your basic singing skills and techniques requires constant and consistent practice.