Undergoing vocal training is an essential step towards becoming a better singer. You not only learn how to sing per se, but you are able to utilize the different parts of your body in order to unleash a harmonious singing voice. This is because singing lessons not only focus on you learning to sing different songs, but more on performing your pieces properly.
But how do you make the most out of your vocal training? It is normal for you to feel that your current singing lessons are not enough to improve your singing voice, but you can compensate the lessons by extra-curricular practice. Below are a few good ways that allow you to do so:
- Always start with breathing exercises.
A lot of singers today do not realize the true value of breathing, and it is best that you know this rule before actually aiming to become a good singer. Through breathing you are able to put your voice at the right places, regardless if you are singing or talking. And yes, through proper breathing you not only get the right notes, but also last longer in terms of endurance.
You may want to practice breathing exercises in between sessions, both the regimen taught by your coach and those that you see on video tutorials in YouTube. Yoga also helps as it relaxes your muscles and releases your tension, which are both essential for singers.
- Open your mouth wide when singing.
In most vocal training sessions, students are taught to open their mouths when singing. The reasons behind this are pretty straightforward:
- You are able to bring out the whole of your voice;
- You build confidence (unconsciously) when you sing out loud;
- You connect better with the song and become less conscious of how you look or stand.
When you sing out loud, you get to see whether you are hitting your notes or not. Your vocal coach also needs you to do this so that your mistakes are spotted and improved.
- Sing songs you are comfortable with.
You may not always get the songs you like during vocal training, but you can apply the techniques that you’ve learned on the songs you actually like. When not in session, you may want to practice on your own and see if the lessons taught by your teacher are also useful on the songs that you like to sing.
If you happen to hit the notes correctly on the songs that you are fond of performing, then this means that the techniques taught by your coach are already taking effect.
- Always sing with feelings.
Singing is a performance art that connects three things: words, melodies, and emotions. While this is not mentioned during vocal training, it is important that you are able to bring out the feelings of the song you are singing.
You may want to study the song first so that you understand its meaning, and from there you know the emotions to place once you perform it.
- Keep in mind your vowels.
Voice lessons teach you the proper pronunciation of vowels, and you will be applying this each and every time you sing. During practice, you may want to be conscious when pronouncing the vowels in the lyrics, so that you are able to sing the whole song properly. In time your muscles become used to pronouncing vowels emphatically, and you get to sing your pieces effectively as well.