Improve Your Singing – 4 Critical Exercises to Master


All you have to do is listen to some of the great singers of our time, regardless of the genre of music. People like Julie Andrews and Josh Groban immediately come to mind as two of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. And let's face it, we're all love to be able to sing like those two velvet throated virtuosos. Well, believe it or not, it's not as hard as you might thing. In this article, I'm going to share 4 killer exercises that will improve your singing 100%.

Breathing Control = Voice Control
You lie flat on their backs and place your hands on your waist with your fingers pointing at your belly button. You should then focus on filling your stomach with air from its bottom to its top. You should feel the stomach rise and your hands rising gently outward until you feel your chest expanding. The expansion happens in the body's front, sides and back. You should then slowly breathe out and count to five. You should then repeat the exercise ten times. The impact of this single exercise will dramatically improve your singing.

Singing scales for exercise is extremely useful to keep one in pitch when singing. The basic major scale is a common scale singing practice. It includes the notes "Doh – Re – Mi – Fa – Sol – La – Ti – Doh". Starting low helps you to properly stretch the vocal cords by putting less tension on them. Another scale exercise is the major Arpeggio. It has the notes Doh, Mi, Sol, Doh (High) or in solfege notation 1, 3, 5, 1 (High). This exercise trains you to be more nimble in pitching.

Lip trill is letting a breath out of the mouth with the lips vibrating to the air supply in a relaxed manner. The air is controlled, not by any part of the mouth, but by the diaphragm. Once you are able to produce a 'brbrbr' sound, you should practice producing one note, with this 'brbrbr' exercise. This sound should be produced at the same time while sounding out the note simultaneously. This exercise helps one to have better diction when singing and takes pressure off the vocal cords making it easier to have better breath control and support while improving your singing.

Ear training exercises start with a short stunt where you sing while you record your voice and the instructor later plays the recorded voice pointing various keys and notes and also identifying sharps and flats. The recorded voice is the best illustration and it involves concentration for you to recognize all the music notes. From the short-recorded music, you graduate to listening to a complete song and recognizing the vocal mistakes made. This then spreads to various genres of music like pop where there are various styles and a mistake could easily be mistaken for a singing style so excellent music listening skills are required.


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