You may think that having a singing voice is something that you either have or you don’t. That’s not quite accurate. It is true that genetics plays a role in how your voice sounds but it’s also important to keep in mind that your voice is just like any other instrument that you have to train in order to get the best results.
Warm Up To Prevent Injuries
When you are singing, the vocal cords start to vibrate up to several hundreds of times per second. Think of it like this – you have to warm up your muscles before you work out so you need to warm up the vocal cords before you start singing so you don’t have to suffer any strains or injuries. There are different types of exercises out there that you can try, perhaps accompanied by different models of instruments.
This exercise is not only very simple but it also only takes a couple of minutes. Just breathe in and breathe out using your mouth until you feel that your lungs are completely empty. This should last for about a minute. After that, you can start singing scales for two or three minutes which will warm up the voice and get you used to the notes that you will soon practice.
You don’t have to be a specialist to realize how croaky your voice can get once your throat is dry. Because, as we mentioned, vocal cords move hundreds of times per second when you are singing it’s highly important that you keep them lubricated at all times just like how you would do for a machine.
Drink lots of water when you sing so that the cords remain wet and lubricated. You can also use some lemon juice mixed with honey so that you will clear your throat before singing.
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Retain The Correct Posture
If you know a thing or two about singing, then you know that you must sing from your diaphragm, not from your mouth. For this, you need to have the right posture so that air can flow without restriction through your throat. If you don’t have the right posture, this becomes really difficult if not even completely impossible.
This right posture means that you have to keep your shoulders back, your chest high, your body straight and to have the chin forming a parallel angle with the floor. Be relaxed in this position so that you let the air go freely through your throat.
Use Breath Support
Of course, this doesn’t mean that simply standing up straight is all that you need to do as you also have to learn how to control your breathing. If you breathe the right way then you’ll be able to hold notes for a longer period of time and you’ll also have a lesser risk of damaging your precious vocal instrument.
Breathe using the lower lungs and take in as much air as you can – don’t stop just because it gets to be a bit uncomfortable. Picture an elastic band wrapped around you and how you have to extend it by only using your stomach.
When you breathe air in you should only use the nostrils. When you are breathing the air out you have to use both the nostrils and your mouth. Remember to have your body relaxed all this time so you will be able to understand how to breathe in and out in order to make your voice work better and to hold longer notes.
The video below previews 6 breathing workout routines, which can be found in the full course HERE.
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