In today’s world of instant gratification and “overnight successors”, many people assume that in order to become a singer, one must invest hundreds of dollars in courses that supposedly teach people “how to sing,” but instead either teach students a single style of singing that they would probably never sing again or spoon-feed them ambiguous information that they have no idea what to do with years later.
As strong advocates of deep, everlasting learning, we at The Vocalist Studio are here to let you know that singing is a liberal art that requires a lot of practice and concentration in order to make the most out of your vocal range.
In order to liberate yourself from quack instructors and ambiguous files, it’s important to understand the true meanings behind commonly used musical phrases and ideas such as the idea of developing a “mixed voice” and learn about the art of singing through more than one context.
This way, regardless as to what your purpose of learning how to sing, anyone can benefit from learning how to understand the power of their own voices whether it be financially, spiritually, or any way. No, seriously! Anyone can learn how to sing and use it to their own advantage without having to spend billions on an expensive program.
So without ado, let’s take a closer look into how to sing beautifully like a true liberal artist.
1. Study the Vocal Folds and Everything Connected to Them
As most of you already know, much of the way singing works happens in the vocal folds and everything that is connected to them. Given that singing is both an art and an athletic endeavor, it’s important to understand how exactly the vocal folds (and everything that’s connected to them) works.
This way, you’re better able to diagnose your own singing voice (within reason) and ask either your instructor or (if you’re lucky) favorite pop star the right questions.
Whether it be studying diagrams or watching videos on how the vocal folds work, learning how to understand how your own throat works from the inside can help you become a better singer and thus improve your vocal health in the long run.
By the way, if you need an all-natural vocal booster to help you get ready for your next performance, check out our TVS voice inhaler!
2. Study the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) on top of Music Theory
To be fair, if your goal is to become a naive English-speaking only rockstar, you may not need to learn the IPA in order to become a better singer. However, given that some Western languages such as English are notorious for having words that don’t sound exactly the same when spoken, it’s important to get a better understanding as to how they are used.
Otherwise, it would be harder to understand why and how music theory and human language go hand in hand.
As cliche as it sounds, not all voices are created the same. While it’s one thing to imitate your favorite artist, it’s another to dig deeper into how and why music and language are what they are. This is especially true if you want to write music that fits appropriately with your own singing voice down the road.
Who knows? You may end up creating your own language down the road.
3. Be open to Learning About Different Types of Singing Styles
Again, we understand that not everyone wants to become the world’s greatest singer. However, given that not all voices are the same, it’s important for singers to be open to many different types of singing in order to find (and/or write) the songs that are appropriate for their own voices.
Case in point, the late Amy Winehouse learning how to sing jazz, rap, soul, and many other different types of music in order to create beloved hits like Rehab and of course, Back to Black.
Here at the Vocalist Studio, our founder, Robert Lunte, studied a variety of singing ranging from classical to rock. As such, he is able to sing and understand many different types of songs that are appropriate for many different types of singers.
By learning to be open to many different types of singing, not only can you learn how to sing better than your favorite music artist, but also learn more about what sort of person you are. Think of learning how to sing like a soul searching activity.
4. Practice the Ancient Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony
When it comes to learning how to sing, being able to listen to both your instructor and the many different types of singing available is only half the battle.
Japanese tea ceremony involves being able to listen to both the sounds of nature and those participating in the ceremony in order to perform the ceremony correctly. Whether it’s the hissing of the kettle or the host asking if he or she could see the implements, being able to pick up on nuances as you’re performing the ceremony is critical. The same is true for when it comes to being able to sing (or even compose your own music).
By learning how to train your ear in addition to your own vocal folds, you’re better able to diagnose your own singing voice, which is one of the goals of the TVS methodology. Practicing the ancient art of the Japanese tea ceremony can certainly help out with that.
5. Pick up a Copy of Robert Lunte’s The 4 Pillars of Singing and start practicing!
Okay, okay! By the sound of that heading, we must be tooting our own horns. However, if you’re looking for a good book that gives you detailed instructions on how to sing, it’s definitely worth picking up a copy of The 4 Pillars of Singing.
Not only does The 4 Pillars of Singing teach students how to sing correctly, but also how singing can be applied to many subject areas such as math, biology, foreign languages, and so on.
Regardless as to what kind of singer you want to become, anyone can learn how to sing if they take the time to learn how it works. So if you’re looking for a good music book that explains how singing works through easily digestible diagrams and other materials, definitely give this book a shot!
By the way, if you’re ever curious as to what Robert the rockstar sounds like on camera, here’s a short clip of him rocking out to Deep Purple’s Child In Time.
While there is more to becoming the best singer that you can possibly be, hopefully, by following these five tips:
- Study the Vocal Folds and Everything Connected to Them
- Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) on top of Music Theory
- Be open to Learning About Different Types of Singing Styles
- Practice the Ancient Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony
- Pick up a Copy of Robert Lunte’s The 4 Pillars of Singing
You should be able to build up a good solid foundation no matter what type of singer you strive to be.
In the meantime, are there any other tips that you recommend that we add to our list? Which of these following seven surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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