vocal trainingi need to learn how to sing!!
Posted 14 March 2004 - 01:46 PM
i can sing , on pitch, and on time. but im by no means a singer. sum times i have to searchy for the pitch while im singing ( i have to shift my voice down or up 1/2 step at a time until i get the right note) but i can hit the note about 70% of the time. im just looking for some techniques or tips for shaping up my voice
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Posted 14 March 2004 - 03:20 PM
This is what I know about controlling voice. The first thing I can think of to say is that it sounds like you're trying too hard and concentrating on finding notes, rather than just going with the song. Coming from the heart usually assures that you get the right note. I really think it sounds like you need to just practice singing heaps, strengthen your voice by singing lots and you'll get the notes easy as pie.
Another tip that relates is about keeping the note stable when you've found it - if you use your pectorial (chest) muscles it helps control the air flow from your lungs which in turn stabilises the notes. If you want more information about singing, look up 'Rotational Body Singing' on the internet and see if you can find a coach to help you out in your area. I studied it for a short while and it has helped me immensely. RBS basically is using your body as an instrument to produce sound in a way that doesn't hurt your voice, and gets the most productive sounds.
I hope this is helpful
Posted 09 September 2009 - 05:11 PM
Posted 11 January 2010 - 12:19 AM
I think people here are smart enough to get what they want out of advice and not take it as gospell.
My sister was offering her personal opinion, and if this was my topic I would be greatful for any input.
Posted 12 January 2010 - 05:43 AM
as a matter of fact the chest (intercostal) and the abdominal muscles do contribute in active breathing (not so much in passive breathing, but singing is an active breathing activity).
hence they are termed as accessory respiratory muscles.
Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:47 AM
I know people go on about this all the time, but it is important. Without supporting properly, you could sound wobbly or breathy.
Keep your shoulders down, and lift your chest (imagine meat hooks holding your collarbones up).
Have your feet shoulder width apart.
For the lower of you back, it's hard to describe. But if you're doing it right, it should hurt a tiny bit. It's nothing tp panic about. It's just that we're (as a whole race of humans) aren't used to standing this way.
I don't want to sound too "in your face", but sometimes getting the right posture is very important. It can clear your airways and make it easier to breath.
It might be a good idea to have a few lessons so a professional can put you right where you're going wrong.
Edited by Bellatrix, 25 May 2011 - 06:49 AM.
Posted 04 June 2011 - 08:07 PM
Posted 02 June 2012 - 01:59 AM
Also another trick to sounding "interesting" as a singer, take Bob Dylan for example, not the greatest of voices, but he has made it as a singer, largely due to way he sings. listen to him, listen to the way he works his vocals.
One last thing, and this is to do with the diaphragm. An exercise one of my teachers taught me, was to mimic a didgeridoo. You do this by forcing your breath out of your lungs using your diaphragm, and up through your vocal chords, and holding your mouth in an O shape, and letting your breath go. It is difficult, but it is a great way to train your breathing, your vocal chords, and pitch.
Edit: I forgot to say. your voice is an instrument, treat it as such, and care for it as such.
20 years ago i could not sing a note, i am not a great singer now, but i have performed in bands, and as a solo performer. So i have not done to badly. Also find a genre of music most suited to your voice.
Edited by Grandpa FrankyZ, 02 June 2012 - 02:05 AM.
Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:22 PM
Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:32 AM
Maybe a big help is to relax, practise often and gently. most pitch/tuning issues are best heard a low volumes, so sing gently when rehearsing and keep the band at low volume, this will help the band hear their pitch issues too. By all means when getting ready for a gig give it full whack in the few weeks coming up to it, to give you all the 'feel' of live performing. as was said before many famous artists would not be considered great singers, but they have created their own sound and style, this was not by a clever design by them, it was just their natural way and it resonated with their audience. Be yourself, relax, listen to the singers you like and try to figure out where they breathe, where they push it, where they're softly singing etc.
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