Your vocal health is an important part of being a singer. When you have a strong voice and use it frequently to perform, you need to be sure that you are practicing proper vocal training to keep up with the demands of being a singer as well as keeping the voice healthy.
When you start singing lessons, it can be difficult to figure out which song you want to sing first, especially if you aren’t aware of your voice type, or what style you’d prefer to practice. These are choices that are solidified as you progress in your lessons, but at first, it can be difficult to pinpoint.
Picture it. You’re in the car for a long road trip, or you have to entertain your children for hours on end until you reach your destination. One of the best options for making time pass is to sing along to some well-known songs and put on your own in-car concert.
The most important part of learning to sing is learning how to properly warm up your voice. For children, warm-ups can seem and be a really boring part of their voice lesson. As a voice teacher, it can be beneficial to make the vocal exercises fun and engaging for kids so that they are more likely to participate actively.
If you have been studying voice, or spent time around other vocalists, you may have heard them refer to their “book”. This book refers to a singer’s repertoire. What a singer chooses to study and perform is hugely important. It frames your identity as an artist and the way you are presented to your audiences.
I can’t count the number of times a student has told me, “I can’t sing with vibrato, I’m a pop singer;” or “I can’t sing an aria, I’m a musical theatre singer.”
Admittedly, I was once a victim of this kind of thinking. I would say, “I can’t belt, I’m a legit singer.”
How Adjusting Your Voice Can Completely Change It’s Quality and Sound
Most seasoned singers know that warming up is one of the most important tools to keep a voice healthy and maintain your tone. Vocal Timbre, or as it is described as the quality of that tone utilizing complex overtones, or sound waves, is that unique “something” that gives color and personality to your voice, and how it is recognized.
Think you can’t sing? I disagree.
If you struggle to carry a tune, chances are you aren’t tone deaf, but that some part of your voice is just a bit out of whack. Your voice is an incredibly complex system that requires all its parts to be in balance to function smoothly.