How do I become a better singer? Relax.

Sing.  Listen.  Adjust.

Sing. Listen. Adjust.

That’s essentially all it takes to improve our singing, but none of that adjustment is possible without relaxing and freeing ourselves of tension. Every singer has a relationship with tension that limits our vocal potential. It effects everything. It effects our range, pitch, register, tone, breathe, performance, etc. It’s not the only way to improve our sound but it’s hard to make any positive change if we are holding on to tension.

Tension comes from lots of places and is usually an unnecessary, learned habit. You can see it in our faces, our bodies and hear it in our voices. Usually an overcompensation for a lack of breath support, proper placement and trust in ourselves, it builds and builds until it stops our voice dead in its tracks and we have start our phrase over, we crack or we strain.

Every singer is different so there is no one exercise that is a cure all but the key is to observe your self while you sing. You can use a mirror for visible tension in the mouth, face, shoulders, neck, etc., but will have to become in tune with your throat, tongue and larynx to notice the tension that is not obviously seen.

Ask yourself, “Where is my tension coming from?” There has to be away to achieve sound without unneccesary tension. What is it?  Singing should feel good. Is your breathe relaxed? Is your body, face, jaw, throat relaxed while you sing? Relax. The worse thing that can happen is that it sounds bad. That’s the worse case scenario, but we have to make bad sounds before we can make good sounds, especially if we are relearning to sing.

Relax.

What have you got to lose?

In the mean time…Sing On!

If you need a bit of extra help, let me know. We can always schedule an online singing lesson via Skype or FaceTime and get you started on the right foot.