Singing Tips

Tip #1 – Breathing and Support

In order to sing your high notes you must practice proper breathing and support. Watch these two videos for a demonstration.

Tip #2 – Drink Water!

Hydration is one of the most single important things for your voice.  It helps the body deal with phlegm (by keeping it thin and easier to expel) and keeps the vocal cords and surrounding muscles moist and flexible.  Without proper hydration you may experience slight “cracking” issues as well as dryness/hoarseness in the throat. Your vocal stamina, range and versatility will also be compromised.  So drink up – but make sure you do so at least 30 minutes ahead of time in order to fully benefit from its absorption. It takes that long for anything you drink to impact the vocal folds.

 

Tip #4 – Focus Forward

It’s true!  I personally know of many people that I would consider great singers who have never had any vocal training at all.  These are people who essentially have high levels of natural ability, possessing fantastic tone, range and control.  HOWEVER, you need to study voice in order to develop your singing ability to its fullest potential.  Even great singers will jeopardize or damage their voice over time with poor vocal technique. This becomes especially relevant to those you sing regularly (4 to 5 times per week), and I have taught many performing artists how to keep their voice healthy and strong so they may enjoy a lifetime of singing.

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Tip #1a- Support

Tip #3 Lip Trills

These are fantastic exercises to begin with, for any warmup or performance. They have been around for about 400 yrs. and there are numerous reasons why! Have a look at the video for a full explanation.