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Different Methods for Learning to Sing

By Jon, published on 08/03/2018 Blog > Music > Singing > How Can I learn to Sing?
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Every year, there are tonnes of people auditioning for The Voice and, as you know, very few make it to the finals.

Would you like to compete in a singing competition but don’t know how to sing?

Put the kettle on and listen to our advice on improving your singing voice with vocal training!

Learn to Sing with Private Singing Lessons

The first and most important of our singing tips for beginners is to find a private singing tutor. Voice lessons are the best option for anyone who needs to learn the basics about singing or just needs some help getting motivated.

If like me, you struggle to regularly exercise, do yoga, learn a new language, or learn to sing on your own, you should let a private tutor help you to stick to your routine!

Why choose a private singing tutor?

Singing in front of other people when you’re first starting out can be really intimidating. The main advantage of private singing tutorials is that the student is alone with their tutor. It’s nowhere near as embarrassing as singing in front of an entire music class! You can also build a close relationship with your tutor as you trust their advice more and more. Unlike a group tutorial, private tutorials can be more flexible in terms of how they’re scheduled and how your time’s used.

What can you learn in singing lessons?

If you want to choose the right vocal coach, you need to look at elements like their experience, training, qualifications, and reputation. We recommend that students get a trial lesson (a lot of tutors on Superprof offer free tutoring for the first hour) so that you can tell whether they’re right for you.

In a singing lesson, you’ll learn things like:

  • How to breathe correctly and diaphragmatic breathing

  • How to maintain a good posture

  • How to improve your elocution

  • How to find your vocal range

  • How to sing in key

A good voice teacher is also responsible for helping you to keep your voice healthy as well as making sure that you get the most out of every hour spent practising singing.

How much do private singing tutorials cost?

How long is a piece of string? The cost of private tutorials can vary massively depending on the teacher, the location, and how many hours you book. Have a look on Superprof for tutors that match your budget.

Learn to Sing in Key

We often wrongly think that singing is innate! However, that’s not true. Even if you sing like a bag of cats, all hope is not lost! You can learn how to sing well!

There’s no reason that you can’t learn to sing in key with the help of the right teacher. If you know that you sing out of key, you’ve already done the first step: listened to yourself!

How can you learn to sing in key? You’d sing poorly if somebody put you in a bag. (Source: Inge Wallumrød)

What does singing in key mean?

This is mainly physics. Even if you don’t like a certain singer’s voice, that doesn’t mean they’re singing out of key. Singing in key just means that you’re singing in the right frequency, that’s all!

The frequency is the number of vibrations per second and is measured in hertz (hz). For example, 440hz is often used as the standard for tuning instruments.

Is this gibberish to you? In fact, when you sing in key, you just have to make sure your voice makes the same frequency sound as tuned piano would. This is why singers will often vocalise during their singing lessons.

While it’s often innate, you can also be taught rhythm. If you can tap your foot along to music, dance, or play an instrument, you’ve probably already got rhythm.

What tools can you use to learn how to sing in key?

As we saw previously, the most obvious solution is to enlist the help of a private music tutor. However, since we’re in the 21st century, why not have a look at some of the more modern solutions? There are several interesting apps you should check out:

  • Singtrue on iOS. This voice app can help you improve your vocal technique. It offers advice and also tracks your progress.

  • Swiftscales on iOS and Android. This is the most professional app on our list. You’ll almost feel like you have a real voice coach with you giving your personalised voice tutorials for your vocal range.

  • Sing! Karaoke on iOS and Android. With over 800,000 songs available, once you’ve got your vocal techniques mastered, you can practise with your favourite songs.

Learn to Sing on Your Own

Just like Luciano Pavarotti, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Eminem, or Lady Gaga, do you prefer to teach yourself?

Learning to sing on your own doesn’t mean that you have to do it without tools!

What are the best singing apps? There are plenty of apps for learning how to sing. (Source: pixabay.com)

What online tools can you use?

There are plenty of channels on YouTube that can help work on some of your singing techniques. Here are a couple of our favourites:

  • Eric Arceneaux is a YouTuber who gives advice to singers. His YouTube videos cover a variety of different aspects of singing from how to protect your vocal cords, vocal workouts, warm up exercises, ways to sing in key,  and how to stand correctly. Eric has plenty of great advice for those who’ve just started learning to sing!

  • Felicia Ricci has plenty of videos on how to improve your singing. She has tutorials on plenty of different aspects of singing: how to sing with emotion, how to sing without tension, how to sing into a mic, how to fix your singing using breath, how to sing high notes, as well as videos on how to memorise songs and lyrics and how to relax your tongue while singing. There are plenty of videos on her channel that you’ll find useful.

There are also websites that you can use to help you improve your singing with both articles and videos. The following two sites have both:

  • MusiciansWay.com: This site has put together a list of resources for singers that you may find useful. There are links to so many different sites that include: Articles for singers on vocal techniques and how to sing better, warm up exercises for singers, and vocal exercises with audio.

  • MusicTheory.net: You can’t expect to improve your singing without a good understanding of music theory and this site has everything you’ll need. There’s plenty of free content on this website as well as some better (albeit not free) content through their premium apps.

The Importance of Filming Yourself

When you learn to sing, every tutor will recommend that you record yourself so that you can see how you’re doing. Filming yourself is a great way to make you more aware of the errors you’re making and ways to improve. The next step is to show your video to somebody else and let them weigh in.

Start Performing to an Audience

The main problem when you learn on your own is just that, you’re on your own and you’re the only person hearing you sing. Start by singing to your friends and family. Feedback from a friend or family member is often much easier to take than from a complete stranger. Of course, you don’t need to do this right as you start singing.

How do you get over stage fright? If you want to put on a show, you’re going to have to have self-confidence. (Source: Josh Sorenson)

Choose a song that you know well and practise it until you’re able to sing it absolutely perfectly. Relax before you start and make sure you concentrate all the way through the song and that, most importantly of all, you enjoy yourself!

Don’t forget to eat healthily and drink lots of water, too! Are you ready to take to the stage?

Learn to Sing for Free

Before you start any kind of singing, you’ll need to work out what your vocal range and tessitura are.

“Tessitura is the most esthetically acceptable and comfortable vocal range for a given singer or, less frequently, musical instrument; the range in which a given type of voice presents its best-sounding (or characteristic) timbre.”

There are three main categories when referring to male voices: tenor, baritone, and bass (from the highest to the lowest ranges). Women’s voices are divided into soprano, mezzo-soprano, and alto.

How can you learn to sing without music tutorials?

You need to get the basics down first: relax your face, concentrate on your breathing, contract your abdominal muscles, relax your neck, and take care of yourself! By being aware of all this, you’re giving yourself the best possible start. Don’t forget to rest your voice after singing, sleep well, and drink lots of water!

Which tools should you use?

  • The Songbird Tree: you can find out plenty of things about how to improve your singing. Her advice for singers includes things like: How to improve your self-confidence, how to sing with vibrato, how to warm up your voice.

Of course, none of these resources will be of any use if you don’t put the work in! Half an hour per day is good enough to improve your vocal techniques without overdoing.

Learn to Sing in a Group

Far from clichés of being in a choir, being in a group is a great way to improve certain elements of your vocal technique.

Where can I find a singing group in the UK? Singing as part of a group can help you as a musician. (Source: pixabay.com)

Where can you find a group?

The advantage of groups is that you can find them all over the country from big cities to tiny villages. A quick online search will help to point you into the right direction.

Why sing in a group? What is singing in a group going to do for me?

Plenty of things!

Isn’t working in a group so much better than going it alone?

Furthermore, you can join a lot of groups without every having sung before! You don’t need a degree in music to join! What better way to gain some self-confidence than by being supported by a group of people rather than just one teacher?

How do you join a choir? Choirs are a great way to practise singing regularly. (Source: Blue Ox Studio)

If you’re not convinced, read on! They have to often include all types of voices and harmonies are one of the most important aspect of a group. If you didn’t know, harmonies are the simultaneous emission of several different sounds.

One group of singers will sing one note while the others sing another. The soloist will then sing something different, too. When you’re in a group, you’ll learn to sing alongside different vocal ranges and listen to them in order to improve your own singing.

You can therefore sing anything with any singer! Once you’ve mastered harmonies, you’ll have an incredible singing gift to show off. On the other hand, you’ll be expected to sing thing that aren’t always perfectly in your range. This means that you run the risk of losing your natural vocal range or avoid working on it.

Working on your voice on your own alongside working in a group is therefore the best way to go about things.

In short:

  • Learning to sing is easier with the help of a private tutor! Don’t hesitate to check a few of them out on our platform. There are plenty of superprofs waiting for you.

  • It’s not the end of the world if you can’t sing in key! You just have to train your ear. Everyone knows that you’ll hit the odd false note but you can learn to avoid it.

  • If you’re self-taught, there are plenty of resources online that can help you improve your voice. There are YouTube channels, programmes, apps, websites. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to learning how to sing. Most of these resources are free! Make the most of them!

  • Finally, joining a group is a great way to learn to sing with the help of other singers without having to take group singing lessons!

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