Originally Answered: Yikes.?
Ok, I’ve seen so many ‘How do I improve my singing?’ Questions on yahoo answers, so I thought I’d write everything I do, or have learned from my years of vocal training.
Firstly – warm up.
Before you sing, it’s incredibly important that you warm your voice. Loosen your body and generally relax. Roll your shoulders and neck, and try to un-tense yourself. Many people lead a busy tense lifestyle and this can be heard in your singing unless you are relaxed!
I find it helps to drink water just before singing.
Now do a few warm up exercises, firstly by singing ascending and descending scales, using the sounds “Ve-va” and “My”. Then do a few arpeggios, changing the sound you are singing. I find it helps to sing “Ahhh – Ehhhh – Eeee-Ohhhh”
Warming up your mouth is also important, so when doing the scales and arpeggios, really pronunciation what you are singing. By lifting the face and really using the jaw you can greatly increase the sound.
Heres what I think your face should be on each vowel:
A – almost as if you are saying ah, jaw dropped, tongue forward.
E – If you say ‘e’ you naturally widened the lips into a sort of smile. When singing, you need to make this smile more pronounce. So when singing ‘E’ the jaw isn’t dropped, but you need to smile and raise the cheeks.
I – Almost like the ‘e’ sound, smiling and raising the cheeks.
O – pucker the lips slightly, as if you are about to kiss someone. This produces the best ‘oooo’ sound.
U – almost like ‘O’ but slightly more open.
Secondly – getting the support and breathing.
When you support, you HAVE to use your diaphragm. By having support, is the only way you can progress in singing, as it is that important. If you don’t know what ‘support’ is, place your hand in the gap where your ribs separate, then push out, as though there is an invisible belt constricting your stomach. The muscle you feel is your diaphram. When singing, you rely on the diaphragm to produce the sound, therefore you need to warm this up. To get used to using the diaphragm, every time you sing a note on your ascending scale warm-up, push out as though the invisible belt is there. That will get you used to using it. Then you must make sure you use that as a basis for your singing.
Breathing is very important. Before singing, take a few deep breaths. When I’m performing, I find it so much easier to sing a song if I start it with a good breath. By ‘good breath’ I mean breathing in for a couple of beats before singing, instead of the sudden breath. By breathing in slowly, and not raising the shoulders, you prepare your diaphram and what I like to call ‘channel’ which the sound will come from. This produces a better first sound.
Thirdly – Singing!
Once you have your support, warmed up voice and correct breathing, you can sing. When first learning a song with music, don’t just sing it all through first time. You have to be disciplined, or else you will pick up bad habits in the song which is incredibly hard to get rid of. Go through each passage, making sure you know how it goes, and practicing it by sections. This also helps you to pick up the places where you are going wrong or out of tune easily.
I would suggest recording yourself when singing the song as well, just so you can see how you look. Don’t forget singing involves face, lungs, and diaphragm, as well as the voice.
>.< So I hope all that kinda helped. The only thing you can do is pratice pratice pratice!