So you want to sing? You want to hear your voice piercing notes while your guitar is resting? You want to feel the music not just in your soul and fingers, but your voice? This will be the first of a few articles on the basics of singing. I will aide you in learning to sing more properly as in vocal lessons. You can take these techniques and use them in your own way for your own songs.
What is a building with no foundation or support? The breath is the foundation of all singing. Without breath, no air passes through the vocal cords to vibrate them. The stronger your support, the stronger your voice. But how can I get this support?
Check your posture. Stand up or sit up straight. I want you to let your shoulders not roll forward or back, but to hang evenly at your side. I want you to imagine a string from the ceiling to the top of your head holding you up. Now imagine that string continuing down and picking up your sternum (breastbone) slightly. This will create enough space to breathe properly.
Take a breath in, but instead of breathing in normally, I want you to envision the air moving into your feet rather than your chest. If your belly comes out, you're breathing in correctly. Let it go and breathe in a few more times. Congratulations, you have just breathed using your diaphragm. It's a muscle shaped like an upside-down bowl at the bottom of your ribs. When it contracts, it pulls your lungs down and creates a vacuum in your lungs. Air comes in from the outside to fill this vacuum, and you have a breath.
Now, breathe in again. Once you get it in, make the hut sound that you so often hear from movie drill sergeants. Click on Pressurized Breath under the folder Singing Tips to hear what I'm talking about. This will pressurize your breath so that you can get more sound for a longer period of time. Click on Pressurized Singing to get your first exercise and see how it works. Unpressurized Singing will allow you to hear the difference. The difference isn't much, but you should hear the pressurized singing to be more steady and even.
Your first exercise is to take a breath and sing a chain of numbers as high as you can go. Then take a breath, pressurize it, hold that pressure, and sing that chain of numbers. Practice that pressurization until you can do it without making noise. Click on Pressurized Exercise to hear me exaggerate the latter of the exercises I listed. Notice the inhale and the pressurization are both exaggerated just to let you know what to look for.
Next article will outline sound and pitches! Thanks for reading this.