Every time you hear a beautiful singing voice, you'll always get overwhelmed with awe. A beautiful well-mastered vocal range, breath control, and the tone quality is the dream of every aspiring singer. The good news is that it can become a reality with the help of a voice trainer.
As an enthusiastic singer, you may think that your age or singing ability will affect your singing voice and your overall singing success. While age may affect the timbre of your voice (your voice may get thicker as you grow especially for men), it doesn't disrupt your singing strength or vocal cord or your practicing to have a stronger voice.
Also, contrary to popular belief, anyone can learn to sing well, as singing is in fact, a natural act. To reiterate, age does not affect your singing despite the 99% doubt about not being able to sing.
However, with the help of voice training, you can boost your chances of becoming better at your singing craft. That's why we advise that budding singers take private singing lessons. It is one of the best and fun ways to develop and train your musical ear, eliminate tone-deaf cases, improve your singing and performing skills, learn more about music theory and so much more!
Your private vocal training gives you access to a personalised method of teaching. It's one of the most proven methods to help you overcome stage fright, improve your vocal techniques and make you succeed as a musician.
Choosing to learn how to sing by hiring a vocal trainer is a personal investment. This is why, after you have carefully chosen your ideal teacher, you're expected to maintain a level of seriousness and motivation. It means that you have to practice outside of your vocal lessons without the supervision of your voice coach.
Here's Superprof's step-by-step guide to helping you revise what you've been taught in your singing classes effectively.
Preparing Compositions For Your Vocal Coach
Your music lesson would probably be a maximum of one to three hours per week.
As you would know, getting a vocal coach at the beginning of your musical career will greatly help you progress. However, there's a limit to what your singing coach can do if you're not willing yourself. You must inculcate the habit of practising constantly by yourself.
As an added advantage, learning to sing with a musical instrument will make your performance seamless. If you're a budding soloist, consider learning to play a musical instrument such as the guitar or piano. Being able to use a musical instrument as an accompaniment will give you a better overview as regards singing in harmony. It will also help your songwriting skills as your compositions get a lot better.
Additionally, having a good understanding of music theory will help you with sight-singing. It is especially beneficial for people who want to go to singing auditions and professional music courses.
If you don't play any musical instruments, you can still rehearse before your voice instructor's lessons. Rather than focus on the relationship between your voice and your instrument, you can develop learning the lyrics and melody of a piece on your own or with a backing track from the web.
During your first singing instruction classes, your voice trainer will help identify your singing ability as well as the timbre of your voice range.
There are six distinct registers when you're classifying singing voices:
- Soprano: The high pitch of a female voice.
- Mezzo-soprano: The mid-range of a female voice.
- Alto: The lower range of a female voice.
- Tenor: The high note of a male voice.
- Baritone: The mid-range of a male voice.
- Bass: The low range of a male voice.
As a student, you should work with compositions that are suitable for your vocal range when building your repertoire. Voice coaches usually help with this process.
Furthermore, some websites suggest songs and pieces that fit each of the vocal registers.
Improving your singing technique, head voice, ear training, breathing exercises and so much more requires practice. An hour and a half of lesson time each week is not enough to fulfill your singing potential. This is why we advise that students practice 30 minutes every day.
If you're not so comfortable with 30-minute practice time, you can break it into two 15-minute sessions.
When you're successfully able to work on pieces and do singing exercises in between your lessons, it will help you progress faster.
Mobile Apps Dedicated For Singing Practice
The digital world has opened a world of so many possibilities! It doesn't matter where you are or how far your distance is, you can access everything through the internet.
The available educational software does not only help improve your singing voice, but you're also able to train your musical ears, learn proper breathing techniques while having fun.
During your vocal warm-ups, these applications can help set a proper path for you and prevent you from getting lost in it all.
Some apps focus on mini voice lessons like vocal range, vibrato and a lot more. Others teach you how to recognize musical notes using relative pitch. It's perfect for people who are preparing for music exams.
Here are some apps that you may find useful as a singer:
Sing! By Smule
- Available on: iOS and Android
- Superprof's most preferred feature: Duet with the original artist
- Price: Free
Sing! is an online app perfect for karaoke and constant singing. It's a suitable app for casual singers and inspiring recording artists. It is marketed as a semi-professional recording studio in your pocket. The app allows you to record yourself singing along with others and even with your favourite artists! After you're done recording, you can add audio effects to your song.
The Voice: Sing and Connect
- Available on: iOS and Android
- Superprof's most preferred feature: It allows you to create and edit your music videos.
- Price: Free
This app is based on the popular BBC and Nigerian talent show, The Voice. Although similar to Sing! By Smule, the app also offers social networking opportunities for its users. The app also allows you to auto-tune your audio recordings. You can as well use filters and visual effects in your video recording to create a perfect music video of your performance.
Singing Vocal Warm-Ups - Singer's Friend
- Available on: iOS only
- Price: ₦2,000
- Superprof most preferred feature: You can choose from a variety of scales - a perfect app for vocal exams and tests.
This is one of the favourite apps for amateur singers and professional vocal trainers. The app allows for warm-ups by taking your voice through scales according to your vocal range without the need for a piano.
For instance, if you're an alto singer and you'd like to warm up with a harmonic minor scale, all you'd have to do is select Minor (Harmonic) under Set Scale, then Alto under Set Range. The app would play the scales immediately for you to follow.
- Available on: iOS and Android
- Superprof's most preferred feature: Content has been designed for vocalists of varying singing abilities
- Price: Free
This is a 6-week long program app that trains singers by teaching them how to warm up properly, increase natural resonance and different breath control techniques. It's a perfect app for everyone; whether you're a professional or a beginner.
Based on the app's description, the curriculum was designed originally for an art and music school. However, within 20 minutes of use per day, you can receive expert vocal training.
Using Youtube For Music: Your Best Friend Yet!
A lot of musicians have learned how to play their instruments via online singing lessons and video tutorials.
A platform like Youtube offers you a variety of music teachers who share videos on how to sing, improve your vocal skills and develop yourself as a musician.
Using Books For Your Voice Practise
Although learning to sing using books may not seem like a proper option for a lot of people, there are a lot of useful materials that can help!
Books can help with the following:
- Your musical memory; a lot of textbooks come with CDs
- Your singing technique and posture with the help of illustrations
- Your muscle memory, as you learn arpeggios and scales.
Furthermore, when you learn from books, it will help you focus more on the theoretical side of singing. It's the best bet for those looking to learning a musical instrument or creating their compositions.
Since the authors of these manuals are highly qualified professional musicians with a wealth of teaching experience and expertise, they are the perfect set for giving information learners of all abilities can use.
So, whether you're learning to sing for fun or you'd like to boost your confidence before performing, using this material is a great idea. It is also recommended by singing teachers especially when you're preparing for a voice exam.
Remember, the only way to broaden your musical knowledge is by constantly practising. Don't stop!
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