“Singing provides a true sense of lightheartedness. If I sing when I am alone, I feel wonderful. It's freedom.” - Andrea Bocelli
Not everyone is born with a beautiful singing voice. Some are, but most have to work on their voice and learn to sing. Most of us have tried singing or learning to play a musical instrument at some point during our lives.
But singing well can take years of work and determination. To get better at it, there’s a lot you need to learn from vocal technique to stage presence. Experienced singers can work on their technique as well as their voice.
So how can you master your voice?
Here’s everything you need to know to start singing better.
How Can You Tell If You’re Singing in Tune?
Would you like a beautiful voice? Let us explain how to tell if you’re singing in tune? What does singing in tune mean?
We tend to consider a good singer as someone who can hit the notes in the song. A note is made up of a particular frequency. Someone who can sing in tune can replicate this frequency with their voice.
Someone who sings out of tune is not hitting these notes. However, there aren’t any hard and fast rules beyond this. You could have a pleasing voice but sing out of tune or a very limited range but be able to hit every note perfectly. As long as you’re in tune and in time, you’ve done most of the work.
To check if you’re singing in tune, you might want to record yourself singing. You’ll be able to tell if you’re in tune by listening. You can also use a tuner or apps on your phone to check this, too.
If you’re singing out of tune, the song mightn’t match your voice type or tessitura. This is essentially the range and flavour of your voice.
You might want to record yourself singing a range of notes to find out where your limits are.
Are you a soprano, tenor, or baritone?
Tessitura isn’t just for classical singers, either. You can classify anyone by their voice type or tessitura.
Here are some tips for becoming a better singer:
- Adopt the right posture
- Follow the rhythm
- Work on elocution
- Articulate clearly
- Practise singing with a powerful voice
- Sing melodies and get others to guess it
- Match the pitch of a musical instrument
- Practise with scales
- Listen to yourself singing
- Work on your breathing
To work out if you’re a singer, here’s some advice. Adopt the right posture, keep your head up, and breathe correctly. A good singing teacher will also tell you to enjoy yourself when you sing. There’s no better way to sing well.
How Long Does It Take to Learn to Sing?
Aspiring singers often try to run before they can walk. It can take a lot of time to learn certain vocal techniques.
Singing teachers, however, also note that a lot of singers know more about singing than they think. At the start of their lessons, they’ll probably admit that they sing in the car, shower, or when they’re on their own. They probably listen to music every day and don’t even realise how often they sing along to the songs they listen to.
People who like singing regularly practise singing and may even already be able to carry a tune. Even if they’re not experts or familiar with advanced vocal techniques, they already have a good foundation to start singing. A few lessons will be enough to work out their level.
The teacher is there to help the aspiring singer work out their level, too.
However, there are some things that every singer needs:
- To be in good health and free from any neurological conditions that would stop them from singing.
- Have healthy vocal cords, larynx, and diaphragm.
- A passion for singing.
A passion for singing is a fundamental requirement because, without it, they’ll never progress. Like in any other discipline, passion goes a long way.
A lot of aspiring singers also ask whether or not they need to understand music theory. Knowing how to read and write music isn’t a huge advantage for learning how to sing and your teacher or tutor probably won’t expect you to be classically trained. They’ll probably focus on vocal technique over music theory. That said, it can be useful to have a good ear for music and some knowledge of music theory.
It’s important to set clear learning objectives, too. Think about why you want to sing and what you want to achieve. A teacher or tutor can plan their lessons around your objectives. Generally, it’ll take around a month to learn the basics, 3 to 4 months to improve your voice, a year to start singing well, and 2 years to be comfortable with your singing.
What You Need to Know About Singing Lessons
You’re probably wondering how many lessons it’ll take to become a singer. Again, this will depend on your objectives.
Anyone can learn to sing. Your first lesson is the start of a long artistic journey and a good teacher will show you how to stand properly to sing well. To optimise your vocal capabilities, you need to have your back straight, after all.
You need to allow the air to flow freely from your lungs to your mouth.
In your singing lessons, you’ll learn how to:
- Breathe properly using your diaphragm.
- Stand properly.
- Use the timbre of your voice.
- Improve your elocution and articulation.
- Classify voice types.
- Modulate the power of your voice.
- Use your body to sing better.
- Interpret music for your voice.
- Sing in tune.
Singing lessons are important for learning proper singing techniques. In your very first lesson, you’ll want to talk to your tutor or teacher about why you want to learn to sing. Together, you’ll outline some achievable objectives and how long they’ll take to achieve.
Short regular sessions are key to your success. 1 or 2 hours a week will help you improve quickly and in around 10 lessons, you’ll start forming a solid foundation for your singing. For those wanting to take their singing even further, you can look for longer courses and opportunities to explore different types of singing.
How To Improve Your Singing Technique
Whether you were born with a beautiful voice or not, there are quite a few ways to get the voice you’ve always dreamed of. Here are some of Superprof’s favourite resources for learning how to sing.
To improve your singing quickly, try the following:
- Online tools and resources like YouTube, mobile apps, podcasts, etc.
- Take online singing lessons or use MOOCs.
- Listen to a lot of music and record yourself singing.
- Regularly practise singing.
- Read books on singing.
Vocal exercises are part of any singer’s practice routine and good vocal technique is the foundation of any vocal training. Online tools and resources like YouTube, mobile apps, and podcasts can offer advice on how to sing better and will also allow you to practise where you want and when you want.
These tools and resources are great if you’re looking for warm-up exercises, exercises to improve your vocal technique, or inspiration for improvisation. Even if they can’t replace vocal coaches, tutors, or singing teachers, they are still very useful.
Listen to a lot of music and record yourself singing. It’s a good idea to listen to lots of different types of music to give you a better idea of what the human voice is capable of.
We hope that you’ve found this advice useful. Take your time and don’t give up as a lot of learners tend to plateau after a few months. This is a great opportunity to double down, work harder, and push yourself.
If you're looking to get singing lessons with a private vocal coach or tutor, look no further than the Superprof website. There are plenty of talented and experienced tutors available for all musical styles, levels, and ages. There are a few different ways to get lessons, too, so you can learn one-on-one with your tutor, in a group with other students, or online.
Don't forget that a lot of the tutors on the Superprof website offer the first lesson for free. You can use these free sessions to try out several potential tutors before deciding on the one that's right for you.
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