Singing can do a lot of things for every person. How we feel about singing depends entirely on our purpose for doing it. It can lead to feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction or a sense of achievement from the showers of praise after a splendid performance. Some feel personal satisfaction when singing, as a fun way to express themselves or perhaps to internalize the song.
The good news is, like any other skill, singing can actually be learned through constant, proper training. All of us are born with a God-given instrument between our larynx called the vocal cords. We use it every day when talking, calling, yelling, and, oh yes, singing. But unlike speaking, singing is actually more complex. That’s why we have singing schools and singing coaches everywhere.
But that doesn’t mean you have to go to singing schools and spend considerable amount of money just to learn how to sing. Here are some helpful tips about singing:
1. Always warm up. Don’t skip this process or you might ruin your voice. Just humming the notes within your comfortable range is an effective way to loosen up your vocal cords. Voiced lip rolls can also make your vocal cords more flexible prior to singing.
2. Don’t force your vocal cords. Not only does it sound terrible, it’s bad for your vocal cords too. Singing higher is not a matter of sheer power but proper technique. With training, you can actually learn how to “zip” your vocal cords up to hit high notes instead of raising your larynx and yell at the top of your voice which is a bad habit in singing.
3. Use the chest voice for low notes and head voice for high notes. The common mistake people make when singing the high notes is they try to push their chest voice too far from its comfortable limit. It’s like trying to reach a hundred miles per hour while driving the car in the first gear. All of us are capable of using three registers – chest, middle, and head – each having a distinct timbre and vocal technique. Finding these registers, especially the second and third is the first step in singing high notes. (Note: head voice is different from the “weak-sounding” falsetto.)
4. Practice regularly. Ten minutes of singing everyday is better than spending ten hours every Saturday. Prolonged singing can tire you out easily. Remember, the key to good singing is consistency and proper technique.
Singing is not just an impressive feat. Studies have shown how singing actually helps relieve tension and stress. Singing good songs can calm your nerves and takes your attention away from the things that stresses you out. It also helps you with your breathing because it clears your lungs of stale air and takes in fresh supply of oxygen for the body. It’s a fun and satisfying way to boost your confidence while maintaining a state of well-being.