What Is The Best Way To Learn Singing?
People always want to know what is the best way to learn singing and how to sing in tune. The answer is you need to find the singing style that is right for you. To find the right singing style that suits your unique voice is like trying on shoes – what fits someone else may not work for you, even though it looks great on them. But just like with shoes, you’re not limited to just one style – so here are some tips on finding the right vocal choices for you and for learning how to sing at your best.
Have you been wondering how to sing in tune? Want to be able to carry a song confidently with others, sing in a school choir, or maybe even sing an onstage performance someday?
Let us begin with the idea that it is natural to sing in tune. That’s right, singing in tune is something our bodies know how to do. And the vast majority of us humans have a natural ability to sing in tune. What?? You might ask. Yes. In fact, less than 2 percent of the global population exhibits true amusia.
But, there’s one thing that gets in the way: How you sound to yourself is not how you sound to others. Mind blowing, right?
Have you ever heard your voice on a recorder or played back on a voicemail and been absolutely horrified? Well sadly, you were horrified how your voice actually sounds to other people. Don’t panic. You’re not alone.
Find What Feels Good AND What Others Love to Hear You Sing
First of all, it would take a long time to list every type of singing style, but a good way to start is to look at what singers you like, what songs & range feel good in your voice, and what kind of feedback you get from others whose opinion you value (in other words, do listen to your voice teacher and musicians you respect.)
When you speak, other people hear your voice through their ear canal, ear drum, cholera and messages are sent to the brain saying “oh, this is how this voice sounds!”
However, when you sing, you hear something entirely different than what’s heard by others. You’re human, so you have a skull and cranial bones and jaw and all sorts of porous things in your head that vibrate when you speak. Think sympathetic vibrations, like the wood of a guitar.
All of this vibration influences the quality of sound that comes back to you. In fact, two messages are being sent to your brain which create the sound that you hear in your head, which is heavier, flatter, and more dull than the sound as it appears out in the world.
So, How Can We Learn to Hear What We Truly Sound Like?
Well, just chant and carry on on one pitch the following: “hello, my name is so and so and I quite enjoy singing it in tune.”
Now, repeat the same thing, only this time cupping your ear and listening. This is what you actually sound like! Keep doing this until you find a pleasing sound. It should feel lighter. When it feels lighter, tell your body to memorize what that feels like so that you can develop to sing with this feeling.
Why Do Singers Cover One Ear When They Sing?
Have you ever seen people in choirs or in a classical theatre performance cover one ear? Have you ever seen ear monitors in singers ears? That’s because they want to know what they actually sound like and be trained in singing in tune.
Singing in Tune Also Has to Do With Confidence.
Perhaps it comes down to a matter of confidence, however feigned. If you sing knowing that the sound that comes out of your mouth will be the correct pitch instead of listening for whether or not the sound is the correct pitch, your chances increase dramatically of singing in tune.
If beginners sing holding out judgment until actually hearing what sound is produced, chances are the sound will be either sharp or flat. The unknowing and desire to be good causes you tension. Let go of that desire and be free. The Buddha was really on to something. I’m sure the fifth noble truth is all about singing in tune. You’ll make adjustments for those and as time goes by, it just becomes a law of diminishing returns and you stop, dust yourself off, and start all over again to achieve your personal confidence.
Best Way To Learn Singing Is To Listen (to Music & to Your Singing Teachers)
Teachers or coaches can help steer you in the right direction during your vocal training, but there’s a lot you can do on your own. For starters, listen! Compile as many songs in the style you’re considering as you can, which is so easy to do these days with platforms like Spotify and Apple Music – once you line up a few tunes, they will suggest similar ones for you. You can sing along and see what styles, and what singers, fit comfortably with your range and your vocal type. And listen for those little details – pop songs use scooping and less precise diction, which wouldn’t fit a classical piece; for ‘golden age’ musical theater repertory, you want to sing the notes pretty much as written, but that’s not appropriate for blues.
Once you pick a song, listen to as many renditions of it as you can. So if you’re working on a classical piece for a show, find a few recordings of your tune online, then see if there are other recordings by artists whose renditions you like, or who sound a little like your voice. The idea isn’t to imitate, but to learn from whoever you choose. You want to make the song your own, but also approach it in a way that honors the style of each tune.
Know that You Can Take a Detour
And it’s okay to pick a style that’s out of your normal range – but that makes it even more important to do some homework. A great example is Linda Ronstadt, the pop superstar from the 1960s and 1970s. She took a huge detour and recorded some big band albums – admirable in how she stretched herself and used her fame to boost awareness of these classic songs, and she had a beautiful voice, but if you listen carefully, she doesn’t seem quite at home, with some of her pop vowels sounding jarringly out of place.
If it seems like any songs would be easy to sing and would fit anyones voice, it doesn’t quite work like that. However, recording music you loved as a child, and taking lessons and working harder to master different styles – you can sound comfortable and authentic on many different styles!
Frequently, popular singers take creative detours, and the ones who studied the new styles are the most successful. It’s not enough to have a fabulous voice, being a great singer takes more. Singing in tune with many different styles is what gets you to that next level.
Sometimes you just need to learn what won’t work for your voice. If you’re not familiar with a certain style or technique, try it out, but be aware of when it might just not work for you.
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