There are plenty of benefits to singing: It’s good for moral, can improve your mood, and also comes with a number of physiological benefits. There’s also studies showing that singing can improve your vocal muscles and reduce snoring.
Rather than detailing all the benefits of working on your singing voice, in this article, we’re going to go over a unique type of vocal training to help you learn how to sing.
Do you tend to break into song at random moments throughout the day?
Are you unashamedly one of those people who always sings in the shower?
If so, this is the article for you. If you’re too nervous to sing a song in public because you’re afraid of singing out of tune, here are some tips to find your voice and improve your singing quickly...
While the Japanese are the undisputed champions of karaoke, the popular pursuit is now truly global. With specialised karaoke venues, singing computer games, and home karaoke machines, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to opportunities to sing. However, if you can't afford singing lessons and want to be able to hit those high notes, you have to consider getting a karaoke app in order to teach yourself to sing!
If this idea is music to your ears, you’ll need a smartphone and at least one of the following apps:
Singplay: Firstly, it’s free! Secondly, it can convert the mp3s from your smartphone or tablet into karaoke tracks.
Yokee: This app has an impressive library of tracks and allows you to add effects to your voice. While it’s free, there are in-app purchases which can actually set you back a significant amount of money.
The Voice: On Stage: If you’re a fan of the TV show, you’re going to love this app. Put yourself in the shoes of a contestant and unlock new songs through your performances. Competitive people will love it.
Sing! Karaoke by Smule: If you want to compare yourself to other singers, this is the app you’ll need since you can sing with other connected users. By paying a few quid for the premium version, you’ll gain access to 800,000 titles which should keep you busy for a while.
Generally, karaoke apps allow you to record and work on your voice, to share your performances on social networks, and add effects to your voice (reverb, echo, etc,). Not only will these features help you improve your singing, they can help make the learning process more fun. Bit by bit, you’ll start gaining some self-confidence.
How Can You Download Karaoke Videos?
Now that we’ve established the essential mobile apps that every amateur singer should download, let’s have a look at how you can download karaoke videos.
In just a few clicks, you can prepare an evening of party games.
There are a few options available to those who’d like to download videos and instrumental versions of songs with the lyrics. Don’t forget that YouTube has an impressive number of karaoke videos. As always, in terms of music, it’s your best friend for successful karaoke nights. Don’t forget to look for singing tutorials online, too. You’ll find tonnes of useful tips and tricks for improving your voice.
Similarly, you could opt to pay for Karafun and enjoy the platform without adverts and having to look all over the place for karaoke videos. When you subscribe, you can access a database of around 27,000 titles and save your favourites to your computer.
There are plenty of sites that also allow you to directly download karaoke videos. You can use them to build your own personal repertoire of karaoke songs for practising your singing or making your evenings unforgettable.
If you want to get things moving along even more quickly and improve your vocal technique, you should consider downloading the best (free) apps so that you can work on your singing.
Kanto Karaoke: A veritable professional studio, this singing app includes a mixing deck and the option to easily record your voice. You can also convert midi files into mp3s and build your own personalised playlist.
Siglos Karaoke Player: This app, which plays and records karaoke, also allows you to change the key of a song that doesn’t correspond to your range.
Karaokay: Simple and easy to use, this singing app is really useful for those who’ve just started singing.
Tools for Recording Your Voice
Singing your favourite tunes in front of the mirror is fun. However, if your goal is to improve your singing, you have to regularly work on your singing and the songs you’d like to perform. This starts by first recording your own voice.
This is a simple and effective technique even though it can be a little disappointing the first few times you hear yourself singing. While the recording’s accurate, you’ll need to move on from it. Motivate yourself to keep trying and improving. You’ll soon become aware of the qualities and flaws of your voice.
So let’s not waste any more time and get the necessary equipment for recording your voice. It’s quite simple to create a home studio or mini recording studio with just a few carefully-chosen devices and programmes:
Microphone: This is essential. Recording yourself with the built-in microphone on your computer isn’t the best way to achieve good sound quality. It’s much better to get a good external microphone with anti-pop and a stand.
Headphones or speakers: These are useful for listening to your recordings without affecting the sound quality.
A Programme like Audacity. This programme is the most downloaded and, best of all, it’s free! It’s easy to use and a favourite amongst amateur artists and music lovers. It can record digital audio files (.wav, .mp3) and inlcludes a number of functions such as filters, tempo, volume, voice changers, etc. You can also remove the vocals from songs in order to turn them into instrumental versions.
Before recording your voice, try to create the perfect conditions:
Find a calm and quiet place where you won’t be bothered by background noises that’ll be picked up on the recording.
Test your microphone in order to check the levels and settings (it can be pretty pointless to finish recording a song only to find out that you can’t even hear your voice!).
If possible, you should film yourself as you record your voice since if you want to perform in front of a audience, your stage presence is as important as your singing!
The Best Sites for Learning Music Theory
It’s not enough to just sing in order to improve your voice, you need to understand the underlying concepts of music and, in particular, music theory. Good musical training is really important when it comes to being able to sing well.
Do you have a good ear for music and a beautiful voice?
If you want to become a good singer, this is an essential part of it. Singing by just listening has its limits. Furthermore, this can open a whole wealth of new possibilities. Whether you want to sing in a group or on your own, you should read the music and learn the notes. That means you’re going to have to learn music theory.
While this might seem impossible in the beginning, the internet is here to help you. You can easily learn music theory activities online.
Which are the best sites for easily learning music theory?
You can find plenty of sites (including ones for children) with fun tools for learning the names of the notes, reading sheet music, understanding the differences between sharps and flats, learning scales, etc.
|One Minute Music Lesson||This site is one of the best around. It includes short video lessons covering even the most basic concepts of music theory.|
|Metronimo||You can learn music theory with games thanks to this site aimed at children. There’s an app you can download for free.|
|MusicTheory.net||This site has interactive music theory activities for you to practise what you’ve learnt.|
|Teoría||This site includes varied resources on music theory and tutorials. There are also exercises for training your ear.|
|ToneSavvy||This site (which was formerly known as eMusicTheory) includes a plethora of music theory resources for both students and teachers.|
Despite all the tools available, learning to sing can be really difficult if you never take a single singing lesson and don't get help from a singing teacher. It’s all up to you to objectively analyse your performance and singing techniques, choose the right warm up exercises to train your vocal chords, and making sure you're in tune.
If you want to improve quickly, you should also try and develop good habits:
Warm up your voice with vocal exercises
Do breathing exercises
Adopt the right position
Broaden your vocal range
Learn to breathe correctly
Articulate yourself well
When learning without a vocal coach, we can sometimes pick up bad habits. With the right vocal warmups, you’ll be able to sing better without straining your vocal chords too much.
If you have the chance to go to a singing school or take private tutorials with a singing coach, you should definitely consider them as you’ll soon become the star of your karaoke nights! With a bit of talent and the help of YouTube, you might become the next big star!