One misconception is that since we are born with a voice that we use on a daily basis, we won’t need any training to be a successful singer. In fact the muscles and techniques used to speak are greatly different from those required for singing. If we were to pick up a guitar or a saxophone, we would probably assume that some form of tuition would be essential before reaching a level of ability required to perform in front of an audience. For most, singing without at least knowing something about your instrument can result in:
- Weak areas in vocal range
- A lack of self-awareness of your true output
- Hitting bum notes
- Straining the voice resulting in damaged vocal chords in the future
- Unpleasant e.g. thin reedy tone
In order to make the most of the natural talent you already have, get the basics right, and the rest will follow naturally. Of course, many vocalists come along with a specific problem that needs sorting, most common is “give my voice more power!” because pushing harder is not the answer unless you want to cultivate some of those nasty nodes or want a voice that might crack at any moment. So, it’s back to basics, ensuring the right techniques are being employed in all the right areas.
- warming up
- breath control
- mouth-shapes and tone
- weekly routines
Improving these areas does take practice and time but will result in an overall improvement in your voice, giving you more confidence and hence a better opportunity to perform to your best.