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
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?
- Auditory training (for your ear to guide your pitch and timbre)
- Muscle training
- Vocal technique
- Notions of musical theory
The first step in the study of singing is relaxation. Here’s how:
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.
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 disciplineEveryone 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!
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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