Overcoming Singing Problems
Any singer, whether they be a professional or brand new at it, can encounter sing problems, despite their best efforts. Let’s look at the five most common singing problems, and how you can deal with them.
- Singing Off Key or Out of Tune: this is the most common of singing problems and can be due to the simple fact that you’re not accustom to the pitch or notes that you’re trying to sing. Sometimes even the entire range that you’re trying to sing is unfamiliar to you. So, getting some training in intervals and scales will strengthen the range of pitches you can sing and help you avoid certain singing problems. Sometimes just a few vocal warm-ups and breathing exercises before you sing will improve your range and ward off singing problems. The next key element is listening to how your voice blends with the music as you’re singing. Many people make the mistake of not focusing on the music they’re trying to sing along with, and this can lead them to getting off pitch.
- A Lack of a Sense of Rhythm: this just means that you can’t follow the beat of the song and sing the words when the appropriate note of music is played. You can overcome these singing problems by practice, and the use of a metronome. The latter is a device that makes a sound at a precise interval of time. By listening to it, focusing on it, you can learn to “get with the beat” and avoid singing problems with rhythm and pace. In any song that features drums, they are the means of maintaining the beat and rhythm of the song. So, when you’re singing, try to focus on the drum beat and match your singing to that.
- Running Out of Air While Singing: this is one of the most common singing problems; maybe people will start out strong, and then their voice falls off toward the end. These singing problems can be the result of two issues: you can be not taking in enough air with each breath, or you can be putting too much air into your singing. The latter is known as singing with an airy voice. With the former, the secret is to draw a deep breath with each inhale, and draw from the abdomen – you want to feel like you’re sucking the air into your belly. To avoid singing problems with being too airy in your singing, concentrate on controlling your air as you sing – try to squeeze it down so that you’re not blasting the notes out – you’re looking for balance.
- A Weak or Soft Voice: your vocal cords are very much like a muscle in your body; they need exercise to make them strong, and singing problems with a weak voice is often due to weak vocal cords. So, step one is to do some exercises to build them up. Just a few notes: Doh Mi Sol Mi Doh, sung several times and over several keys can help to strengthen your voice. Next, sing the syllable: Gi. It’s a powerful exercise for getting over singing problems because it causes the vocal cords to close before producing the sound. This accomplishes two things: your cords learn to close properly, and it trains your voice to be able to withstand a higher level of tension.
- Blurring Over the Words While Singing: these singing problems usually occur when you forget the words. So, the easiest solution is to practice and learn your words. If you find you still have trouble with the words, you may need some sort of prompter. Or, if you know the words but still aren’t singing them clearly, you may just need to learn to open your mouth wider while singing, concentrate on each word, and maybe even slow down a bit.
No matter what the singing problems you’re dealing with, there are methods for dealing with them.