There is this general assumption that we were either born with our singing voice or without our singing voice. Well, this is not completely wrong as it has been proven that there are certain factors like genetic factors that affect our singing voice. You can also train and master your voice like you will with any instrument.
There are certain techniques and practices that can be applied to our voice to ensure improvement in the way we sing or how our voice sounds generally. In this article, we will be giving you some easy and basic voice improvement techniques you can employ. Strict adherence to these techniques will definitely give a remarkable improvement in a short time.
#1. increase your water intake
Supplying a lot of water into your bloodstream is very important as this will keep your vocal chords hydrated. Water taken in passes down the hole situated at the back of your throat meant for the passage of water and food. This area is also where the voice chord is located, so naturally you’d expect that a frequent movement of water down this hole will keep the voice chord hydrated. It is advisable to take about 1.5 gallons of water on a daily basis.
#2. maintain the right posture for singing
Good singers don’t sing from their mouth but from their diaphragm. You may have some difficulties getting air through your voice chord if you do not take the correct position while singing.
The correct singing position: make sure you relax your muscles. Your chin should be placed high with your shoulders kept back, placing your mouth at an angle that is parallel to the floor. Stand upright with your upper body held up straight to ensure air flows down through your voice chords.
#3. vocal warm up
These are easy exercise you do before singing to prepare your voice and also put you in the right state of mind to sing properly. Your voice should be exercised frequently and stretched before singing just as an athlete would run to stretch his body before any race. This will help prevent a sour throat that may come after singing. It will also help prevent your voice from cracking.
You should do some vocal warm-ups daily for few minutes to help strengthen your vocals and improve your overall singing ability.
#4. sing and record your voice to know your weak spots
Recording yourself as you sing is also a very good way to make your singing voice better as it helps you detect weak spots. You get to hear your actual voice when you record it because that voice you hear in your head when you sing is actually different from how it will sound in the ears of other people listening.
Record yourself in your room without applying any effects to your voice. You can practice with songs you are comfortable singing. Listen to your recordings over and over again to detect your weak spots. Some of these weak spots may include; breath control, flat/sharp notes etc.
When you know your weaknesses, then you can know the necessary corrections to make.
#5. Learn to mimic amazing singers
Another good technique that can help to improve your voice is learning to sing like some amazing singers. Pick a song performed by one of these amazing singers and then try to mimic them. Listen to this song often as you try to sing like this artiste. Study your improvements by recording yourself; make comparisons and corrections where necessary.
Do this procedure again and again until you are sure the imitation has been perfected. Pick another song and follow this procedure over again. Learning to sing like these singers will help you develop your own voice. Making you more flexible in your singing and thus giving you the opportunity to create your own singing pattern so that you can have your own unique signature.
There are also other standard techniques you can practice to help you correct or improve on specific problems; to sing high notes for instance, try to mimic the sound of a siren gradually. Do not rush this and over time you will notice improvements as you sing high notes.
To control your pitch, practice one pitch until it’s perfected and move to another pitch. This shouldn’t be rushed. It requires patience but be rest assured that you will begin to notice remarkable improvements if you are determined and dedicated. Treat your voice like you would treat an instrument. Train your voice frequently to make it stronger and better.