Sunday, August 8, 2010

Free Online Singing Lessons

Many people are gifted with natural singing ability, but whether you want to become a professional entertainer, a casual performer, or sing for fun, it is important to learn how protect your best asset and to increase it's potential.This free online singing lessons will help you!

What You need to do:
- A Tape Recorder and Microphone.
- Writing Materials.
- Something to sing with - Use one of your favorite singles/backing track/midi file.
- Record yourself singing along to a song.
- Listen back to your recording.
- Take notes on the following points:
- Are you in Tune with the music? - your notes should match the song.
- Is your voice weak or strong? - shouting is NOT Singing!!
- Are you breathing correctly? - you should not be short of breath
- Do you struggle to reach the notes - pick an easy song to start with!
- Are you gasping for air between phrases - learn to breath in the "rests" between phrases
- Record yourself again with another song
- Listen to the difference in your practice recordings as you progress.

Keep updating for some tips on singing basics!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Learn How to Sing

Some people are born with the ability to sing beautifully and can just sing. But with a little practice we can all sing. A breath that expands the stomach, rib cage, and back area, will enable you to sing from the diaphragm and give power to your voice. To sing well, you need to practice breathing exercises daily. It is always a good idea that you sing with a piano scale to train your ears. With daily practice, you can become a great singer in no time. Practice makes perfect. Your vocal chords need to stretch in order to sing properly. In doing so, you need to make sure to stay in your range, not to be confused with tones or pitches.

Tips on singing:

  • Some people are naturally good at singing and are born with the talent, but with practice, we all can sing.
  • Warm up your voice before singing.
  • Find a vocal teacher.
  • Learn your vocal range.
  • Correct your posture.
  • Breathe properly.
  • Get to know your singing tools so that you are more familiar with how everything is supposed to feel and move.
  • Always warm up before you begin singing or doing practice exercises.
  • Pronounce your vowels correctly.
  • Practice scales.
  • Be reasonable with your self-expectations, regardless of where you are coming from, if you can devote 20 minutes or more a day to practicing scales and songs you can expect measurable improvement within four weeks.
  • Breathe through your diaphragm.
  • Cool down your voice after singing.
  • Do your research.
  • Don't freak out when you sing in front of other people.
  • Be original.
  • Don't forget - just have fun and let it out!

Monday, August 2, 2010

How to Improve Your Singing

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Basic Singing Tips:
Things to consider on how to improve your singing talent!

1. Keep your arms slightly away from your body. Clasp your hands out in front of you or bring your arms to your sides and a bit forward, raising them about 6 inches in a flexible, relaxed fashion. This will allow your ribcage to fully expand and your lungs to fill to capacity. More air allows you to project your voice more strongly and clearly.

2. Keep your feet about shoulders' width apart. If you like, one foot can be further forward than the other. Make sure you're solidly balanced, but still flexible. Slightly bend your knees. If you must sing while sitting, make sure both feet are flat on the floor, with 12 inches or so between them, and that you're sitting up straight, but not stiffly.

3. Relax! Tension destroys vocal tone. Try not to let your shoulders hunch up and keep your neck from tensing. Don't force your chest up and out when you breath in. This will actually constrict your air flow. Stay in motion, however slightly. This will relax your body and your tone will sound more natural. Try gently swaying from side to side with the rhythm. You'll look better, too!
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4. When you inhale, push your stomach out. This will allow you to more completely fill your lungs. As you exhale, bring your stomach slowly in, using the muscles of your diaphragm (which is just under your ribcage) to control your tone.

5. If you have to hit a high note or you hear yourself singing flat (that is, if your notes are a tiny bit too low), raise your arms a little higher and smile slightly. For very high notes, try closing your eyes and turning your face up slightly.

6. Conversely, if you start to sing sharp (a tiny bit too high), bring your arms down a little lower and open your mouth slightly wider by dropping your lower jaw. Don't dip your chin towards your neck, however, as this will cause your air flow to become constricted, which will show up in your voice.

7. Find your natural volume. Many people sing too softly, out of shyness or embarrassment. This keeps them from being able to support a good tone. Others sing as loudly as possible, which can result in sharp or flat notes, as well as body tension. Singing at your natural volume should feel good, not forced or constricted.

8. Find your best tone. Tone is strongly affected by your state of mind. You may find that you sound better when you imitate someone else, like an opera singer, pop diva or rock star. Have fun experimenting and don't hold back! You may be surprised at just how good you can sound.

9. Enjoy yourself! If you take all these tips to heart, singing could become a habit.