Learn to sing: the complete step by step to start now

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As a singing teacher, I listen to all sorts of questions about how to learn to sing. Many people want to know, for example, whether it is a matter of talent or effort.

Others think there is a “gift” for music. There are people who think that shyness can prevent someone from being a singer, or that there is “beautiful voice” and “ugly voice”. There are even those who think that only those who have a good voice when they speak can sing.

To end the myths about learning to sing, I decided to spend a lot of time organizing and writing this guide. In it, I will try to cover all the questions about singing that I have heard.

Then I’ll teach you the step-by-step for anyone who wants to start learning to sing right now. The text is long, so if you want to go to the practical part soon, just go to section 3.


Get to work!

1. Can everyone learn to sing?

Yes, everyone can learn to sing.

There is no such thing as an ugly voice, a beautiful voice, a talent, a gift, and it does not even have to be the son of a singer. Shy people can also sing (Chico Buarque and Milton Nascimento are shy) and I have seen many older people learn too.

But is it easy to learn to sing? It depends.

Watching my students, talking to other teachers and singing colleagues, I came up with a formula that, if it turns out, turns anyone into a singer or singer:

LEARNING TO SING = LEARNING TO LEARN + TIME TO STUDY

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That is, if you are very keen to sing and have not learned yet, it may be because you have never given yourself enough time. And the reasons are many: there are people who do not even have time, others are just undisciplined.

And it does not take much time either. In music learning in general, attendance is much better than the amount of study hours. In other words, it is much better that you study a little every day than many hours in a single day.

So start by throwing down the myths of singing. Beautiful voice is something that you build with study of vocal techniques.

Will and time are the only two things necessary to learn to sing.

2. How to learn to sing without a teacher? It’s possible?

Yes, it’s possible.

However, the process may be longer and some care is needed. For example, without a teacher, you need to keep an eye on vocal wear. Any sign of hoarseness, voice fatigue or discomfort should be taken seriously.

What’s more, the teacher has enough experience to better organize your studies and make you pay more with the time you have. He is going to be able to make his knowledge better distributed.

This is because to learn to sing, you need knowledge of different areas. Here are some of them

  • Musicalization
  • Auditory training (for your ear to guide your pitch and timbre)
  • Muscle training
  • Vocal technique
  • Notions of musical theory

Many people who have a “catch” in learning, is because they end up practicing some of these skills a lot and forgetting the others. The ideal is to have a certain regularity in studies.

But that does not mean that just doing singing lessons is that you will get there. From now on, let’s get into the subject of how to learn to sing itself.
3. The stages of singing study

Follow the following lines as a step by step for your study. Respect the order in which things appear. At the end of this article, I will talk about how much time to devote to each of these moments.

The first step in the study of singing is relaxation. Here’s how:

3.1 How to relax to sing

People believe that only the muscles of the face, the diaphragm and the abdomen are involved in the singing process. But the first step to singing well is relaxing the body as a whole.

If you are like most, there are good chances of your singing moment coming after a stressful day at work. And when you get home tired, you may want to sacrifice the song to rest.

Instead of doing this, put relaxation as the first step of your study. For this, you should start stretching and stretching. Alternative techniques for relaxing, such as meditation, are worth it as well.

3.2 Why relaxation is importantHave you tried singing on the day of your year-end test? Or after fighting with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Have you noticed that your performance is always a little worse when you sing in front of other people?

It is normal not to yield the desired on these occasions. And you know why?

Because the more relaxed we are, the better we sing. I’ll give you an example that proves this.

You know when you watch the clips and shows of Beyoncé, Freddy Mercury or other famous singers, and you think like this: “Looks like he does not make any effort to sing!”

For the reason this happens is relaxation.

That’s it. Appearances are not always deceiving. Anyone who studies singing every day, if he does it right, ends up understanding the “law of least effort.”

This law tells you that you should achieve maximum results by striving the least. In fact, every time that sharpest note or a Adele-like scream appears in the song, the will it gives us is to make every effort for it to come out.

Do not do it! The harder a stretch is, the more relaxed you must be to run it.

Avoiding vocal tension is good for your technique. After all, it makes you not tire too fast. And it still gives life to your voice, which does not wear out over the years.

So remember, to learn to sing without tension, it is not enough to soften the throat. You have to be relaxed and relaxed in your entire body.

You may have noticed that singing starts long before you open your mouth.

Now, answer quickly: why is it possible to sing? If you answered that it’s because of the vocal folds, mouth, tongue or anything like that, you missed. You only sing because of the air.

First, because it is he who fills his lungs before the voice comes out. Secondly, because it is in the air that your voice spreads, allowing the people around you to listen to the music you are singing.

And when we talk about air, it’s not the amount that matters, but the control you have over it. It is not by chance that every professional singer separates a good part of his singing study to train his breathing.

3.4 Physical activities and breathing for singingThere is a better way to throw air into your body before you sing.This makes it better used and ends up resulting in greater vocal power, a more beautiful tone and less fatigue at the time of singing.And speaking of tiredness, air is also the biggest reason many people recommend swimming as a physical activity that helps to sing.

It’s simple: who needs nothing to train and develop lungs to store a lot of air and this helps when it’s time to sing too.But cool, you do not have to rush past to renew your club card just because of it.Just like swimming, any aerobic exercise has the same effect.

Do you know those physical activities that are tiring and that, if you can not breathe, you will not be able to do it? Well. You can run, swim, paddle, walk, cycle or spin that gym session, which will have the same effect as swimming.

The important thing is to practice a physical activity that needs a lot of oxygen. After all, that’s where the name comes from: “aerobic” is the exercise that needs air to be done.

3.5 An exercise to improve breathing

Well, let’s get down to business: a simple exercise to teach you how to breathe properly and have more (and quality) air available to sing.

Stand upright, open your legs slightly and place your hands on the ribs just below the chest. Every time you pull in the air, make sure they are opening.
When you put the air out, stay tuned. Your ribs should remain open for as long as possible, even if the lung is already empty.
Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with as much air as you can, forcing your ribs outward, that is, to the sides.
At this stage, be very careful not to lift the chest or expand the abdomen. And check your belly button. It should be slightly contracted.

The name of this technique is “intercostal diaphragmatic breathing” and it is what you should use in the corner. Over time, you will feel like a frog, so much so that your abdomen will inflate!

Are you dizzy? No problem! You’re doing it right. There is so much oxygen in your brain that it hits a zonzeira every so often.

3.6 The Importance of Vocal HeatingDo you know those alcoholic cars that the engine needs to warm up before it leaves the house? Even today, your voice works identically to the engine of those old cars.

If you sing without preparing it, you will not perform as warmly as a voice, and you may still have problems with vocal calluses and hoarseness in a couple of years.

So let’s warm up this alcohol engine so you can get out of the garage once and for all and give your best on the stage out there.

3.7 How to warm up the voiceVocal warmup exercises have the function of making the blood circulate better in the areas you use to sing.

Note that when I say “areas you use to sing” I’m not just talking about the vocal folds or the mouth.

The muscles of the face, neck, ribs, abdomen and even the back will participate in each of your shows!

So take about 10 minutes of your study to activate all these regions. Do like this:   

  • Stand on your toes and stretch your whole body for a few seconds. Then return to its normal position and extend it again two or three times.
  • Massage the head and the muscles of the face with the tips of the fingers and the center of the hands.
  • Rotate your tongue a few times to one side and the other.
  • Make circular movements with the shoulders and neck, lengthening them.
  • Pull the air in by inhaling deeply – and using the technique to open the ribs I mentioned above – and release by making sound of “z”, “s” and “f”. Do this very smoothly.
  • Repeat these exercises as well when you finish studying. This allows you to turn off the voice and aid in vocal health.

Ready. With a few minutes a day, you take care of the health of your voice and you have more quality in the corner.

3.8 Heating and voice quality

The voice of the singer, unlike what happens with the instrumentalists, is produced by his own body.

Now think about it: if the alcoholic car in our example has the wheels out of alignment, the effects of it will be felt on the car as a whole, unbalancing its functioning and even making it drink more, do you agree?

In the same way, if you do not relax, stretch and warm up several muscles of your body, the corner gets compromised.


4. Be yourself always!
The first will of every singer is to imitate. Incidentally, not only of the singers, but of all musicians and many artists.

It turns out that since our voice is a very important part of our personality, this can be particularly strange for us singers.

If we naturally sing the songs we like – even if it was not us who composed them – they will sound perfect in our voice.

But when you play tricks and use the sound in a way that is meant to be as close as possible to your favorite singers and singers, that naturalness goes downhill.

The result is something forced and it does not reflect what you have the best.

Try to imagine if your sense of not being able to sing a song of your idols convincingly is not out of lack of originality.

It is very important for anyone who is starting in the singing to understand that it is better to learn to sing with personality from the beginning.

Even because one thing that everyone admired in a singer is the interpretation of the songs he sings.

And interpretation is something very personal. Everyone has a different feeling to add to a song. And for the listener, it is much better to see what his is, rather than a mere imitation of the original version.

Start now to get rid of the need to reproduce exactly what you heard when you met your favorite songs. In a few days you will be more noticed and rip off compliments when singing.


5. Practice with calm and discipline
Everyone who knows me or has taught me knows I do not believe in talent.

This is the opposite of what many teachers think. But for me, nobody is born to be a musician.

Incidentally, you must have noticed that I always speak in “study singing”, not just “train” or “sing”, as is more common to listen there.

This all has a reason: if you really want to learn how to sing like the singers you admire, you need to know some things like the ones we speak in this text, but it also has to work hard.

And remember: it is not hard to lock yourself in the bedroom and study the corner all day long. In doing so, the most you can do is to be hoarse in two days.

Do I have a word for you? DISCIPLINE. Liked?

If you practice a little every day and do not let anxiety get in the way, you will get better and closer and closer to being the singer you want to be!

6. Conclusion

To recap: study a little every day (and take a break on Sundays). Do not just sing the songs, do the exercises I said here. And be yourself.

Start this way: if the time you have for singing is, say, 30 minutes a day, then begin with a brief relaxation, then lengthen your whole body. Until then, it must have taken about five minutes.

Over a 10-minute warm-up (doing the exercises I recommended above) and ready, you can start singing the songs you like.

Also, choose an aerobic activity to do, breathe, stretch, relax, and be disciplined.

After a few months, come back here in the comments to tell me what you think. I bet you’ve already made a difference!

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