To be a good singer a person has to have good techniques as well as a good emotional grasp of the song. To improve his singing skill, one should best take vocal lessons. Aside from learning at institutions, it is possible to have your own vocal lesson at home and be your own singing coach. This is what you must do:
1. Warm up
Warming up is important before you start every practice. Start with a five-note scale of do-re-mi-fa-so for five minutes with a lower or a higher half step each time. Avoid getting adding tension while hitting higher notes.
2. Perfect your posture
Stand up or sit up straight before starting the exercise. This will give your lungs better air capacity. Place your hands on your hips, inhale, and feel towards your abdomen. Let go of a large amount of air through your mouth and feel the change in your lower abdomen. This trick is good for exercising your diaphragm.
3. Find more help
To start exercising with your preferred style, find video tutorials on YouTube, Fliiby, or other video streaming sites. On these sites, you can find many tutorials for training vocal abilities with classic, metal, pop, or any other styles. You can also obtain these in the form of CD or DVD tutorials.
4. Play games
If you worry about not hitting the pitches accurately, you can have fun and improve your singing skill by playing games like Rock Band or the Pro Mode of Disney’s Sing It. Besides giving DIY lessons, these games also allow you practice singing with music. The score given at the end of every session shows the accuracy of your singing pitch.
5. Protect your asset
Healthy vocal chords is the best asset for a singer, you can protect it by doing these:
– Keep your throat warm with a scarf
– Avoid clearing your throat as it slams your vocal chords
– Eliminate excess mucus by drinking warm drinks and lemonade
– Gulp a teaspoon of olive oil before a gig
– Avoid drinking milk, very hot beverages, or very cold water before a gig
– Stop smoking
6. More helpful tips
Not everyone can practice improving his singing skill by himself. While technique can easily be improved, a true amateur might need more than video tutorials. Try to get professional coaching if you encounter these:
– You feel strain or pain while singing
– You tend to get fatigue after singing
– No significant improvement after six months to a year of DIY training
– You have vocal problems (e.g., you cannot hit the right tone or your notes sound airy)