How to Teach Yourself How to Sing
Lots of people love the idea of being able to make music, and singing is one of the oldest and most basic means of doing so. These days, whether it is just singing in the shower or trying out for “American Idol” or some other talent show, people want a chance to flex their singing “muscles”. So, with that in mind, there are some steps to take to teach yourself how to sing.
- Avoid Straining Your Voice: If you have to strain to reach a certain note, typically a high note, stop singing at once. If you continue, you risk injuring your voice.
- Start Simple: the best first step to teach yourself how to sing is to find a couple songs that you like, and then sing them regularly. Not only does this give you practice, but you can find your vocal range, which is important in following Point #1. If you feel your voice straining, you feel pain or discomfort in your throat, then the song you’re singing is beyond your range.
- Practice, Practice, Practice: once you find a couple songs that you can sing with ease, sing them a lot to teach yourself how to sing. You also want to be as relaxed as possible when you teach yourself how to sing; so avoid stressful situations when singing. Are you more relaxed singing alone, outside, in the shower? Then sing there.
- Push from the Belly: many people make the mistake of singing from the throat or lungs, that’s not the secret. The throat is where the music comes from, the lungs are where the air comes from, but the strength comes from the abdomen. When singing, you must learn to push from the belly – that’s where volume comes from, and how you hit those high notes. Remember that when you teach yourself how to sing.
- Try Karaoke: these days, you can get a sing-a-long system for your computer, Playstation (or any other game system), or a separate machine you hook up to your TV to teach yourself how to sing. Get one and try out some of the songs on it. This will give you experience in getting the beat and cadence of the songs correct. Some of the newer machines even track each note as you sing it, and show you if you’re too high or too low.
- Record Your Efforts: once you’ve sung several of these songs on a regular basis, record your efforts, but not singing by yourself. Get good recordings of the songs, sing along with them, and record each song. After that, listen to the recordings and compare your efforts to the professional singers to teach yourself how to sing better. This may be difficult, but you have to be critical: how well did you do at staying in key, did you get expression in your voice, is your volume good? If necessary, get others to evaluate your efforts, and remember – you want an honest appraisal. The Simon Cowells of the world may sound cruel at times, but they’re often right.
- More Practice: once you’ve assessed your first efforts, look for the means of improving to teach yourself how to sing. Are you singing too softly? Focus on boosting your volume. Are you out of tune? Maybe you’re singing songs that are outside of your range. Once you identify these weaknesses, work on fixing them, and then re-record your efforts and compare them again.
- Vary Your Efforts: if you find that you’re having problems when you teach yourself how to sing, maybe you’re singing the wrong kinds of songs. You may love Rock, but maybe Easy Listening or Folk songs are better tailored to your voice.
You can teach yourself how to sing, but it really comes down to one thing: practice. Anything worth doing is going to require that, and it’s going to take time and hard work.