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Singing Do's and Don'ts
Getting Past the First Thirty Seconds
During an audition or performance situation it is some times necessary to introduce yourself. Be sure to get started on the right foot because sometimes you only have thirty seconds to make an impression. Practice introducing yourself in front of the mirror and analyze your first impression-no matter how silly you feel. Learn from opinions, but do what feels right.
TIP #1 - State your name, don't ask it. Have you ever heard those introductions that make you wonder - is that their name or are they asking me? Practice your delivery tone and make sure your inflection does not rise at the end of the sentence making it sound like an inquiry.
TIP #2 - Slow down. Nerves can often cause you to speed up your speech pattern without even knowing it. Before you begin speaking, take a deep breath and then speak slow and clearly with good articulation.
TIP #3 - Mind your body language. Don't fidget. Stand comfortably with one foot slightly in front of the other, with the weight on the balls of your feet. Your arms and hands should remain relaxed by your side unless effective hand motions are being done.
TIP #4 - Eye contact. Look confident, even if you don't feel quite that way underneath. Make good eye contact with your audience. If you are not comfortable with making eye contact, try looking just over the audience's head. When using this technique they will often think you are talking/singing directly to them.
Tips for great singing
1. Hydration. Drinking water just before you sing is not good enough to provide them the lubricant they need. Drink water on a regular basis to make sure your vocal cords are not dryly rubbing against each other.
2. Habits and Environment. Do you smoke? Drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol? These things all effect the voice organ in a negative fashion and possibly cause vocal stress during extended note execution.
3. Tension and stress. Let's look at how you are holding your head and neck while singing. Are you clenching and making the tone production more "work" than it needs to be? Be sure to "Tune Your Instrument" (Lesson #1) before you sing. If you need to repeat a relaxing exercise in the middle of your vocal work-out - do it. : )
4. Are you using your entire body as your instrument? When I first began singing I thought everything had to do with the throat and I often felt pain when singing too. I did not realize all of the components needed to make good sound production. When I finally put the idea of breathing properly, supporting from the diaphragm and allowing the tone to resonate to gain power all together I was amazed at how easy singing really was. So don't work too hard. If you train with the 10 Steps to Singing Success as outlined in the "Singing Is Easy" program, you will develop the necessary coordination by the end of the training program and rid yourself of your bad vocal habits.
5. Remember to apply the K.I.S.S. formula --- Keep It Simple Singing. When you are practicing and doing your vocal warm-up add in this exercise between Steps #5 (Humming) and Steps #6 (Skipping by Threes) of the program. Sing on the syllable "Ah". Sing with a nice volume, steady tone. Try to hold it out for four counts first, nice and simple. Be sure to consider the first 5 Singing Steps (Relax, proper airflow, proper tone creation, support and control, resonance). Once you are happy with the way you sound and the way you feel, move on to 8 counts, then to 12 counts, etc. Finally, sing a single phrase that used to give you this specific trouble. Break it down to the most simply part and build from there. Step by step you will see yourself develop vocal strength, dexterity and stamina, and then the all satisfying vocal coordination.
6. Have fun with it. There's nothing wrong with being silly sometimes, and singing with enjoyment is fun for your audience too.
Good luck. I look forward to hearing about your singing progress!
Taking responsibility for your own vocal development will increase your speed of progress! Even if you are training with the best teachers and the best products, it still is really all up to you!
Learn as much as you can about how the voice instrument works. The more you understand, the more you will be able to control and manipulate the singing voice you produce.
Don't limit yourself to vocal advice and training available to you at weekly or monthly lessons. There are many affordable products (books, CDs and online downloads) that provide additional advice your private teacher won't have time to discuss with you this year. If you are studying privately, take your questions and new knowledge to them for additional assistance and see how much faster you progress!
Make the commitment to warm-up your voice every time you sing.
Make the commitment to do regular vocal workouts to continually challenge and maintain your current vocal abilities.
Make the commitment to learn a variety of vocal exercises and specifically understand what you are trying to accomplish with your vocal warm-up/practice time.
Learn new song material on a regular basis.
DOs & DON'Ts FOR SINGERS! DO:
Shhhh! Keep Your Breathing Quiet!
If you have ever studied singing, then you know that breathing deeply and properly is very important and not always easy. There are many training products that will help you understand the concepts and exercises that will guide your breathing practice time.
But be careful! Audio training courses often turn up the microphone and enhance the inhale during breathing exercises because it helps training singers understand the exercise and stay in place. However, be sure to keep your breathing quiet when you practice along. Your intake of breath should not be audible, so Sshhhh!, keep it down!
Online resources for singers
The Central Spot
The first step of singing is: Prepare the instrument-always warm up before singing.
The second step: Control the airflow.
The third step: Strong tone creation.
The fourth step: Use the diaphragm.
The fifth step: Resonation!
The sixth step: Understand tone placement.
The seventh step: Scales, octaves and theory.
The eight step: Strength, dexterity, stamina!
The ninth step: Vocal coordination.
The tenth step: Daily vocal maintenance.
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