If you want to learn how to sing better, engaging in daily singing practice is the best long-term strategy for improving your voice.
That said, it is possible to learn how to sing better almost immediately, by following the three tips outlined in this article. The tips address three things that too many singers are not aware of, yet each of them have enormous impact on the quality of your voice.
If you correctly put these three tips into practice when singing, you will notice a significant improvement in the quality and tone of your singing voice in a very short space of time.
Tip #1: Breathe “naturally”
Many singers get confused about how to breathe when singing. They end up doing all sorts of strange things that feel weird and uncomfortable, because they hear instructions like “expand your ribs” or “pull in your stomach” and don’t entirely get what body actions are required.
Try this. Lie down on your back, and relax. Gently place one hand on your stomach, and one near your lower ribs. Try not to think about the breath, just let it happen.
Start to pay attention to the parts of your torso that move as you breathe, and those that don’t. When you breathe in singing, you should be breathing the same way, naturally, only with deeper breaths. Your lower ribs will expand and move out, while your upper body will stay still because you’re filling up the bottom of your lungs, and not shallow breathing up the top.
Breathing should never cause strain. Relax, and breathe naturally when you sing.
Tip #2: Keep your tongue on the floor of your mouth
It sounds a bit funny, but sometimes tongues have a habit of getting in the way when you sing. Most of the time you don’t notice them, but if you tense up when you sing and the root of your tongue gets tense, it can result in a strained sound and tightness in the voice and the throat.
Try putting the tip of your tongue on the back of your bottom teeth, and then feel the sides of your tongue against the insides of your back bottom teeth. It should feel relaxed, not tense.
As you sing, try to keep your tongue down in your mouth. Don’t press it down hard, or tense it up, just be aware of keeping it low in your mouth. It will move a little as you sing, but keeping the tip near the front of your bottom teeth can make a considerable difference to your sound.
Tip #3: Memorise your music
If you’re singing and reading music, or lyrics, at the same time as you sing, then a large portion of your brain is not focused on singing. The act of reading music or words takes up a fair chunk of processing power in your brain. If you’re trying to sing at the same time then you’re only half concentrating on singing.
The key is to get away from your music. Memorise it. Learn it by heart. Use repetition and song memorisation games when you’re not singing, just throughout the day, whenever you think of them. That way, when you come to sing a song, you can focus purely on the act of singing, without reading. You will be surprised how much better your singing is when you are able to completely focus on your performance.
A stereo guitar amplifier helps you to amplify sound; therefore, the sound becomes louder and clear.
How to assemble the amplifier
The first thing you need to do is to acquire a guitar amp kit. The good side is that you can easily buy it from an online retailer. You should then familiarize yourself with the eyelets on the board that are used in holding the component connectors. To familiarize yourself you need to read a schematic that illustrates the layout and nature of the circuit.
If your printed circuit board is not pre-assembled, you should install the board components into their respective turrets. To ensure that each component is located correctly, you should consult the schematic. After assembling you should turn the board over and solder all the connectors to the base.
You should then assemble the chassis. The chassis is the one that contains preamp and power amp components. You should mount the power transformer on the side that is nearest the power supply. You should fit it in the large square opening and line it up so that all the solder lugs are in one level.
You should then solder the transformer in place and mount the output transformer in the remaining large square opening. You should then install the power supply and then thread the two speaker wires out of the chassis.
You should then test the circuit by placing the multimeter probe on the circuit directly after the first resistor and power up the circuit board. If it’s working well, the circuit reading should be the same as the wall current.
If the circuit is good, you should fit your speakers by screwing them into the support struts located inside the amp cabinet. There are two struts that you can use: one runs horizontally alongside the inside of the top panel and another on the inside bottom panel. To ensure a tight fit you should pull the speakers gently.
Once tight you should wire the speakers by removing the tape from the speaker wire and soldering one to the input terminal on the speaker. If you finish wiring and you find that the wires are loose, you should tape the slack to the inside top panel.
Once you are through you should enclose the cabinet depending on the model of the stereo amplifier.
If you ask 10 rappers how they write lyrics, you’ll get 10 different answers. The one technique that everyone agrees on, however, is that you should write as much as possible.
Use a notepad that you can access anywhere, like Evernote or Google Drive. These apps are free and can be accessed from your desktop, phone or tablet. If you’re really artsy, you can use an actual pen and paper. However you do it, being able to write down lyrics as they come to you is a crucial part of the process and allows you to be creative every day. One you’ve got a place to write them down, you can focus on your lyrics.
Rappers generally write lyrics in one of two ways: based on an idea or theme, or for a specific beat.
Writing based on an idea or theme is usually easier, since one idea will lead to another and keep the creative juices flowing. Get into the zone. Put on an instrumental beat and see what comes to you. If you’re just starting out, pick a beat that’s a little slow (try between 80-90 BPM), so you don’t feel rushed. See what kind of lyrics sound cool, and what fits the beat. People might think you’re a crazy person talking to yourself, but who cares? You’re the next Eminem.
After you’ve written a few lines, your lyrics will naturally be different in terms of tempo & rhythm, and may not fit in with the original song. As you write more and more, you’ll build up “ammo” that can be used later, when it fits the lyrical theme, rhythm, or feel of the next song.
The second option is to write lyrics for a specific beat. When doing this, keep the dynamics of the song in mind. When the song is slow and mellow, do you mirror that in your delivery or do the opposite? Are you following the breaks in the music, or filling the space during those breaks? One of the most powerful techniques when it comes to dynamics is to build up intensity in your delivery along with the song, then let loose at the peak. A good example of this is “Drop The World” by Lil’ Wayne.
Switching up your delivery throughout a song can make a huge difference, and makes your music interesting and enjoyable for your fans. Listening to an artist yell throughout a song can be exhausting. Unless you’re Snoop Dogg, you shouldn’t be so relaxed that you’re nearly falling asleep, either.
Last but not least: get creative! There’s a clip on YouTube (see below for the link) of Eminem making words that scientists say do not rhyme, rhyme. The possibilities are endless!
Now get off your couch and get some life experiences under your belt. No one wants to hear you rap about eating Cheetos and browsing Facebook.
Welcome to my article about how to practice singing. As you read along this article, I will give you three of my top tips on how to practice singing and I hope that you will take these simple tips on board to help to improve your voice.
I am the type of person that loves to sing. I sing almost everyday. I don’t sing for a very long time, but I sing a few times during the course of my day. For instance, when I am driving in the car, I might sing along to the radio. Then I might sing a little while I am doing the washing up. And I might sing when I take a shower. (The acoustics in the bathroom make singing fun as it echoes).
So many people are like me and love to sing. It makes me happy and I am sure it makes other people happy too. When I am in a dark mood, I might listen to a sad song and sing along to the relatable lyrics.
But even though so many people love singing, not everyone has the best of voices. But I can tell you now that you can improve on your singing. All it takes is practice. If you do a little practice everyday, you will be able to improve your singing technique.
Following are three tips that will help you practice your singing.
1) Warm up before every practice session. This discipline will help to strengthen your vocal chords. Drink some water before you begin and then sing scales. Start with an easy note that you can manage and then go increasingly higher until you can’t reach a note. Then go back down the scale to your lowest note. Over time, you may be able to increase your vocal range just by practicing these scales every day.
2) Practice good posture. When you are standing straight and singing, it is so much easier to breath properly and therefore, singing and reaching those higher notes will be easier.
Try an experiment. Sit down on a chair and lean your body forward over your knees. Then try to sing. As you do this, you will notice straight away that it is harder to sing and harder to breath. So that is why posture is important when you are singing.
To help improve your posture, try to imagine that there is a rope that is coming out from the top of your head. Imagine someone is pulling on this rope. This will instantly help you to stand up or sit up straight.
3) A great way to assess how you are singing is to record yourself singing and you will be your own judge. This is a great way to get feedback on your singing and you will be the one giving feedback. After you have sung and recorded yourself, you will be able to hear all your flaws and this will enable you to hear what you have to do to your voice in order to improve your singing. You can check your rhythm, your tone, your breathing and your ability to hit the high notes.
Record yourself regularly and you will hear that over time you are improving. This will give you more confidence in your singing.
So these are my top three tips on how to practice singing. I hope that these easy tips will help you to improve your voice. You will need to practice regularly to see improvements but singing is fun so it won’t feel like boring work.
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I am often asked, “How do I choose a good guitar for my daughter/son/grandson/granddaughter when I know nothing about guitars?” While trying to answer the question, I invariably go through a list of things that are important, followed by less-than-satisfactory details that most guitarists would understand, but most lay people – who may not have even touched a guitar – would grasp only incompletely. I danced this typical and inadequate question-and-answer pas de deux for many years until I finally said to the grandmother of one of my students, “I will write an article that will hopefully help you make an informed decision when buying a guitar.”
This is my attempt at explaining this complex process so that anyone might be able to understand. It is not an exhaustive or extremely detailed description, so by all means search the internet for more information. You will find many articles on the web with a lot of great advice on what to look for when buying a guitar. In particular, some websites have some really good information about various kinds of guitars, such as steel string acoustic, electric, acoustic/electric, nylon string, etc, and which type might be best for a particular person’s needs. Rather than go into a rather lengthy discussion that is all-inclusive, I will address some of the more technical aspects of inspecting a guitar.
Things to Check When Buying a Guitar
Look for obvious flaws such as cracks in the wood, peeling paint, dents, scratches, and other cosmetic problems.
The neck should be nearly straight as you look at it from the end, either from the tuning peg side or the opposite end. Nylon string guitar necks should be straight from end to end, while steel string guitar necks should have an almost imperceptible slight bow. The neck should not be twisted. Twisted necks and excessive bowing cannot be easily fixed.
The frets (more correctly, “fret wires”) should look like they are exactly the same height while looking at the fretboard from the extreme end, either from the tuning peg side or the other end of the guitar. Any fret wire that sticks up even slightly higher is a problem that may require repair. If several fret wires are higher, it is a sign of poor workmanship that is not easily repaired.
The fret wires should be smooth, not sharp, when running a finger down the ends of them on each side of the fingerboard. Sharp edges are a sign of poor workmanship or wood shrinkage caused by lack of humidity. The former requires repair by an expert while the latter can be solved simply by keeping the guitar in a room with 40-50 percent humidity.
Turn each tuning peg no more than an eighth of a turn one way, then the other. Each peg should turn smoothly and offer only a little bit of resistance.
Look carefully where the strings cross over the fret wires to see if the fret wires are worn. If they are worn you will see little dips where the strings have worn away the metal. New guitars should have no fret wear. It is normal for fret wires to wear over time, but if the wear is excessive the strings will buzz when played. Excessive fret wear will require fairly extensive repair work.
Inspect how the strings are spaced as they pass through the grooves at the nut. They should be spaced evenly. The outer two strings should be virtually the same distance from the ends of the nut but not too close to the ends. Uneven spacing is a sign of poor workmanship.
Check for loose or missing parts and screws such as loose strap buttons (where the strap is attached), knobs, switches, and other items. With electric guitars that have access plates on the back, check to see if the screws are loose, missing, or not flush.
If it is an acoustic guitar, see if the top is solid or laminated. (The top is the wood sheet that the bridge is connected to and where the sound hole is found.) Look at the side of the wood encircling the sound hole. If it looks layered like plywood it is laminated. Solid tops are more expensive but generally have better tone.
Check the condition of the strings to see how dirty or worn they look. Strings are easily replaced at low-cost.
On acoustic guitars, carefully inspect where the bridge is attached to the body and look for cracks or gaps – signs that the bridge may be coming loose or was not attached properly.
You need to be able to play the guitar to do the following items. If you don’t know how to play, find someone who can play the guitar for you because these are important steps in evaluating a guitar.
Play every single note (up to 144 of them on 24-fret guitars!) at a relatively loud volume and note any buzzing sounds or wrong pitches.
Compare the fretted octave (twelfth fret) with the one-octave natural harmonic on every string. The pitches should match exactly. If all the strings do not match it is probably a sign that the neck and/or bridge need to be adjusted. If only one or two strings do not match, it might simply need a new set of strings or a simpler adjustment of the bridge.
Play notes and chords in various registers at various volumes and listen to how the guitar sounds.
If it is an electric guitar, pluck it loudly and adjust each electronic control through its full range while plugged into an amplifier to make sure everything works properly.
With electric guitars, and acoustic guitars with built-in pickups, unplug the cable, then plug it back in and play the guitar. Jiggle the plug a little bit while strumming the strings. Assuming you have a good cable, there should be no loss of connection or unusual sound.
Play various notes on all the strings and note how hard you have to squeeze with your fretting hand to get a good tone. Strings that are too far away from the fret wires (this is called “high action”) will make the guitar difficult to play. The ideal distance between strings and fret wires is subjective, but in general it can be adjusted fairly simply with a good “set-up”. A set-up is done by adjusting various parts of a guitar to get the best intonation (correct pitch) and playability (the amount of action that is preferred). Guitars that are difficult to play can sometimes be improved by simply installing strings that are thinner (smaller gauge) or made of a more flexible material.
I hope you have found this information helpful and understandable. There is much more I could write about buying the right guitar (especially for children and people with smaller-than-average hands), but it will have to wait for another time. In the meantime, do as everyone does these days and search the internet. I’m sure you will find plenty of additional information.
It’s a stated fact, everyone can sing, but does every one possess a superior method and technique needed to excel, impress and succeed while singing? That answer is obviously no. The importance of singing is one thing, the importance of possessing a good singing method and technique is yet another. How to become a beautiful singer is not hinged on having a great voice but learning singing methods, singing techniques, singing styles, vocal techniques, and foundational elements of singing. Some factors you should pay attention to in order to be a better singer are:
Vocal control is a prerequisite if you must stand out from your peers or rival while singing. In other to control your voice, you have to put out exactly the amount of breath you need for the sound you want. That breath needs to be as focused as a laser beam. How you exhale controls the quality of sound, the volume, the pitch and the tone.
Develop an excellent pitch
This is a part of singing that is most often overlooked because it is assumed that people either can or can’t do it. Pitch is certainly one of the basics of singing and singers who are able to sing in the correct pitch often have a great sense of notes and music scales. For you to develop an excellent pitch, you have to match your pitch. Matching pitch is the act of reproducing with your voice the pitch of a tone you hear. It is the most basic and important ear training skill.
Unlock your great tone
Tone is the quality and color of your singing voice. Every voice has a specific color which, which can be described as strident, dark or warm. Two singers singing the same song on the same key may sound different, reason is the tone. You need to master techniques that will enable you unlock that great tone buried within you.
Improve your vocal power
Developing powerful vocals is actually a complex task, incorporating diaphragm strength, vocal cord muscle strength, using appropriate resonance, as well as jaw and throat relaxation. A common mistake singers make is to over blow or force too much air through their vocal cords when trying to increase their vocal power. When using a proper singing technique, you should be able to harness your vocal power easily without putting too much strain on your diaphragm.
The ability to change notes quickly and easily is known as your vocal agility. Agility is important no matter the kind of music you plan to sing. If your voice can move fluently and quickly, you are much likely to enjoy singing faster songs. To remain agile while singing requires a lot of trainings and techniques which only the exposure to the best materials and trainings can provide you with.
No doubt, having a superior method when it comes to singing goes a long way in determining your singing success. To be able to come out tops in auditions, competitions and contest you need to train your voice hard and acquire more knowledge and proper techniques that can applied to give you that competitive edge when singing. All the facts stated above is just a hint as to how you can give your singing the superiority it craves.
Hi, my name is Yohana Mavis. I will like to introduce to you a method that gives your voice the superiority it craves, that method helps to separate winners from the losers at singing competitions, auditions and talent shows. Have you wondered why you fail at auditions despite having a great voice? Have you wondered why someone, perceived to have inferior singing talent, come out top at singing championships? That answer lies within the technicality and superiority of the singers voice. There are a lot of technical aspects audition judges and panelist look out for while you sing.