Getting really good at singing takes a lot of work. The only way to get to a professional level is to find an actual vocal coach and to take real vocal lessons, be they online or in person. You can get good at singing with some of the tips below, but in order to become great, you’re going to need actual voice teacher.
Like I said, you can improve a lot if you’re starting from nothing as a singer. You can’t improve to the top level without professional help, but you can improve to an intermediate level quite easily. The first thing you need to do is to work on your posture.
Posture is important for anything in life and singing is no different. Standing up straight allows the air to flow smoothly over your vocal cords. If you are hunched over, it impedes airflow. It also tenses up your muscles, including the vocal cords. This is detrimental to your voice. Not only does it make you sound bad, it can also damage your voice.
Once you’ve got standing up straight down, you need to work on your breathing. You probably heard people tell you to breathe from your diaphragm. This is not entirely true. What you want to do is breathe from your belly. Breathe the air into your belly and then out. You’re not breathing into your diaphragm per se, you are using your diaphragm while you’re breathing. This allows you to get a much smoother airflow over your vocal cords and will have a drastic impact on your singing voice.
A common mistake many singers make is when they reach for high notes, they literally reach up with their mouths. They point their faces upwards. When they sing low notes, they do the opposite and point their heads downward. This tenses up your vocal cords and is not good for your voice. Instead, try to keep your head level. This will help your muscles in your neck and throat relax.
The same as above goes for your tongue. People often move their tongue around too much in their mouth. Try to keep it forward as much as possible. That way it is not impeding the airflow over your vocal cords in our mouth.
Warming up is vital for any singer. Any time you want to sing, even if it is just a song at karaoke, you need to warm up. Do some of the warm-up exercises on musicaroo.com, my favorite site that teaches people how to sing and you will see a huge improvement in your vocal techniques.
And after singing, you should cool down your voice. This helps your vocal cords relax after a singing session and helps prevent any damage.
There are also a lot of simple things you can do, like avoid any cold liquids before singing. You want to keep your vocal cords moisturized, but cold liquids tense them up. Instead, drink room temperature water. It is by far the best thing you could drink for your vocal cords. If you want something with flavor, go with tea. Avoid things that contain too much caffeine and definitely no alcohol. It goes without saying that you should not smoke.
Exercising actually helps your vocal cords, too. A big factor in harming your singing is stress and exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Furthermore, it relaxes you. It relaxes all your muscles, including the vocal ones. This will help you sing better. Similarly, relaxation exercises like yoga or meditation will help out your singing, too.
The final tip I can give you is to practice. Practice every day. Actually, you should probably take one or two days off a week to give your vocal cords a rest. But every other day practice.
They say practice makes perfect and while it might not make you perfect, it will make you much better. So sing a few songs every single day. Mostly you want to sing songs that are easy for you, but always add one or two that are a bit challenging. They shouldn’t be too hard, but maybe just slightly outside your comfortable range, so that they force you to improve your range.