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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPerforming Arts · 1 decade ago

What is a good way to learn how to sing?

I've been trying to sing for years and I can't. I've been told that it comes from the diaphragm. Am I supposed to sing out like I'm whistling? With a blowing out type of pattern fluctuating my voice high and low? When I sing low I tend to need more air, is low pitch not for me or I'm not putting enough air in before I sing a note?

12 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    go for singing classes lol

  • 1 decade ago

    Going to a teacher is great advice, of course.

    I'd add these tips:

    Go to a music store and buy a chromatic tuner that has a built in microphone. Practice singing a scale and the needle/display will let you know if you've hit the right notes.

    Record yourself playing notes on a piano and trying to copy them vocally. Start with the lowest note you can sing comfortably and play through to the highest you can sing comfortably. This will help determine your range. Then, play multiple notes (within an octave that falls in your range for starters). When you listen back to your recording you should be able to hear your mistakes and what you need to work on.

    Use two notes at a time at first, then move up to three and more note combinations. I'm not sure how much music theory you understand, but when you begin, try intervals within a major scale starting with the tonic. For instance Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, etc. (If you're in the Key of C that would be C followed by E for the Major 3rd, C followed by F for the Perfect 4th, etc.)

    Sing scales and/or modes to warm up. Go through your Major scale chords as arpeggios ascending and descending. (In C: C - E - G - C - G - E - C, then D - F - A - D - A - F - D, etc). I'm sure you've heard this thing done before. In all of these exercises, concentrate on the accuracy of the notes and don't worry about trying to belt them out at the top of your lungs.

    And if you don't understand what I mean with words like arpeggios, modes, tonic, Major 4th, etc, go out and buy a book on basic music theory and you should be able to bring yourself up to speed in no time.

    Good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    When I was in grade school, I tried out for a musical production of "Cinderella" and got the part of 'Dirty Laundry '(the only non-singing part in the play!).

    I am now a singer/songwriter and have been lead singer in many bands. I have, indeed, taught myself to sing. I was able to find my own voice and develop it into an instrument. I believe just about everyone can do so. The important thing is to not try to sound like anyone else, and don't be discouraged at first if you sound bad. you have to make your vocal chords stronger, and that just takes time/practice.

    Here is the best way to find YOUR voice. This is my own invention and I know it's slightly odd, but it really works!

    The next time (and every time after that) you yawn, at the height of the yawn, let out whatever note wants to come out and sustain that note for the remainder of the yawn. It's usually the same note that comes out and you shouldn't try to change the note as this could result in straining your lovely voice. Doing this, I believe, can actually tune your voice with your ears, and it feels great. Guaranteed, it will be the best sounding thing that's ever come out of your head!

    Now don't stay up too late tonight waiting for the yawns!

  • 1 decade ago

    Go for a walks a long way from people. Sing. Practice. Yes, it uses the diaphragm. Open your mouth and sing!

    Breaths in singing are usually taken at the same time they would if reading the text - like at commas, definitely at periods.

    To practice breath control, do this exercise while walking: Breathe in for a count of 10, then out for a count of 10. Slowly increase to breathing in for 20, out for 20.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I suggest you join a choir. If you're painfully shy like I am, singing with other people is a great start because it boosts your confidence, you learn to harmonize with others, and you can take examples from people a little more experienced. The conductor will guide you so you'll know what to do. You wont have to pay for singing lessons with a professional instructor so you cant go wrong.

    And dont forget that practice makes perfect. Lots of luck to you!

    Source(s): I used to sing in chorus
  • 1 decade ago

    Singing is not really a thing that you can learn, you eighter born with a good voice or not. But you can practice on it, so your voice will become better, but not considerably. When you take a breath (before singing) try to breath in that way that you feel yout tommy filling up with air, notb your chest and try to breath out air slowly. Be calm, practise and good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    You must must must get a voice teacher. You would not believe the amount of improvement you can make after just a semester or so of lessons. Use the above mentioned website or ask the choir director at your school if he/she knows of any good teachers. Good luck.

    Source(s): Choral and vocal performer, 11 years Vocal performance major
  • 1 decade ago

    The best way is go to the singing class.

    Another way I would like to suggest is if it you have computer, use some recording software and record your voice. And check what is your actual weak point of your voice. Some effects ( like echo and reverb) can help you to improve the quality of your voice.

  • 1 decade ago

    best way is to learn the easy songs 1st.

    then slowly sing slightly difficult songs.

    before you sing, try to sing in harmony "e-ah-oh" for few times.

    when you sing, you must try to know and understand what the lyrics are trying to express and then you can immerse yourself in the singing.

    after say a week or more of practising a song, and when you are ready, you can learn to sing without the music.

    try to learn gradually.

    good luck!

    mercury of love

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Get yourself a singing teacher.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is no substitute for getting a voice teacher. I recommend this non-profit organizaiton's website. I am a member, but I don't get a "cut", I promise!

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