There are a lot of things you can do to improve your singing but here are five simple things that you can do TODAY that will help you sound better instantly.
Singing tip #1
Open your mouth. Yes! That’s right, it’s so obvious that it’s often overlooked but opening your mouth a little more when you sing makes a huge difference to your overall sound.
So many singers have what I call ‘lazy mouth syndrome’ and it is one of the major causes of mumbling and muffled sound. Think of your body as you would think of an instrument like a saxophone or a trumpet. Both of these instruments open up to a really wide, round exit for the sound to come out of. The same applies to you; your mouth is the opening where your sound comes out, so don’t block it off.
Think you’re opening your mouth enough? You’d be surprised. Go and stand in front of a mirror next time you’re singing one of your favourite songs and have a look at how wide your mouth is. What you feel to be really super and ridiculously wide, actually doesn’t look that bad.
Go try it out! It improves your sound immediately.
Singing tip #2
Sing with confidence. The difference between sounding average and sounding great can be as simple as whether you are singing out confidently or not. Confident singing means you are projecting your voice out and holding your notes with lots of breath support.
These two actions make the world of difference to your sound, plus it tells your audience that yes, you know the notes and you’re not afraid to sing them. Sing like you would at home when you know there is no one listening and better still, give yourself permission to sing out and you’ll be sounding better in no time.
Singing tip #3
Look confident. Ok, so this is an extension to singing tip #2 but just looking confident makes the audience believe that you sound better. It’s a really interesting psychological phenomenon but it works.
Experts in performing know that how you look on stage actually effects how you sound and so the easiest way to improve your singing is just to act confident and look like you belong up there on that stage.
And if you’re shaking in your Jimmy Choos? Just fake it baby!
Singing tip #4
Steer clear of the icecream. Oh no!!! But we love icecream!!
Relax, it’s only while you’re singing. Icecream and any milk based product produces an excess of phlegm and phlegm is a singer’s worst enemy. It gets stuck at the back of your throat and you need to clear it while you are singing.
Even worse, it can sometimes sneak up on you and cause your voice to make a cracking sound as the phlegm gets pushed aside by air. It’s not pretty, so just leave the hot choccie for when you’re out with the girls and reach for the peppermint tea instead.
Singing tip #5
Warm up before you sing. I use a lot of references to sport when I’m explaining singing techniques because as a singer, you really are an athlete… of the small muscle groups! In a singer’s case, this means the muscles around your voice box.
If you go out for a run and you haven’t warmed up, quite often it takes a little more to get going and you can increase your chances of injury. It’s the same thing for singing. It usually takes me a good ten to fifteen minutes to warm up completely and I can feel my voice improving over that time.
Once I’m warm, I can reach higher notes and make them sound better. The same will happen to you, so give yourself a little bit of time to do a few simple warm up exercises before you hit the stage.
I hope you have found these little tips useful.