Monday, July 16, 2018

How to sing better 3: breath control, vocal range and singing in tune

I get asked questions like these a lot: “How can I be a good singer?” or “How can I sing better?”


Of course, it depends on what you mean by ‘good’ and ‘better’. In this series of four posts I’ll outline a few things that might help.

I’ve drawn together 40 posts of mine on improving your singing voice, and have collected them into a four post series called How to sing better.

In the first post of the series, I looked at the very beginning of your journey: getting started and not making excuses.

In the second post of the series, I looked at discovering your own voice and learning to love it.

This third post looks at vocal range, breath control, singing in tune and a non-technical approach to the simplicity of singing.

vocal range

You might find yourself straining to reach the high notes. In which case you might trying to sing a range that is not right for you.

Read But I can’t sing that high!

Similarly, you might be trying to sing too low.

Read Why can’t I sing low notes with more power and volume?

If you’ve found that some notes are just too high or too low for you, you might think about extending your vocal range.

Read How can I extend my vocal range as a singer?

breathing for singers

Lots of singers claim to have problems with breathing. They run out breath quickly or find they struggle to sing loudly. It’s not true that professional singers have bigger and better lungs, they just use the air they have more wisely.

Read Breathing for singers: it’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it

Many singers find singing quietly hard. Rather than using less energy, you actually need more breath to sing quietly.

Read How to sing quietly (without running out of breath)

singing in tune (or not)

Sometimes people think they’re not singing well or on pitch, but actually are doing fine. First you need to find out what you sound like and if you’re in tune.

Read How do I know if I’m singing in tune?

And if you find that you’re not singing in tune, there’s a series of posts on Learning how to sing in tune.

Don’t fret too much about being in tune though.

Read Singing out of tune isn’t always a bad thing.

It’s not just about getting the pitch right though. Sometimes singers worry about whether they’re singing the right thing, and aren’t sure how to find out.

Read How do you know if you’re singing the right thing?

a non-technical approach to singing

Don’t get bogged down with all the technicalities. You don’t have to be able to read music or understand music theory to be able to sing well.

Read The non-technical guide to becoming a singer

And remember, singing is really, really easy: you open your mouth and let the sound out.

Read How to sing – the definitive guide

In part 4 I'll be looking at Getting down to it, putting the hours in and professional help.

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