#1
Hi, I always liked and learned people sharing their thoughts, so i would like to post a topic from time to time, and discuss and learn together:

Now a days, because of the competitive educational system and culture, many of us make always the same mistake: Jump the basics and try to do difficult things. So my first advise to anyone would be root your voice with easiness mastering the basics. It is a short cut!

When you are trying to sing a song, and doesn't sound so good, or you feel stuck, I bet you that you are forgetting one of this principles:

If you're straining, you're wrong. If you feel fatigue after trying to sing a song, you're wrong. If you're not enjoying it, you're wrong! The easiest way, is the right way. No matter if it's opera or death metal, the easiest way to produce the sound, is the right one!
Breath Properly: you should never forget that your voice is a wind instrument made 80% of air control, and the day you master breathing for singing, is the day that you became free of singing technique! Of course, even it should sound maybe too simple for many, I would like to add that this is a long term aspect. I recommend you always to start your practice with breathing exercises. For many reasons: 1. There is residual air stuck in your lungs you need to free before singing 2. It relaxes your muscles, and release the speaking tension 3. It stop your mental self-conversation and focus your mind 4. wake up your diaphragm 5. release the tension in the wrong-breathing muscles, like the abs .....etc
Posture: if you are tired, and you are singing seated with your back totally bent, you failed before start singing! A natural standing position would be enough to solve this.
Vocal range. If you don't know your type of voice, it is very easy to strain and do wrong coordination of muscles, so your voice will feel "unconquerable" and out of context. Neither I recommend to prejudge your vocal range, but pay attention. Your voice needs to make "changes" as you go upwards in pitch, if you don't know where this changes are, you're going to stumble sooner or later. Don't assume your voice type so soon, work on discovering it!
Mental/emotional attitude. If you don't have a strong self esteem, you aren't used to express yourself (whatever others may think), and don't have a strong believe that you can make it, then not even all the singing techniques together can really help you.
Practice makes perfection. Working hard from time to time is not the easiest way to learn. Your muscle memory works at its bests, when you practice everyday. It is better to sing 4 days a week 30min, than once a week 2 hours. For your body, it is not the same. Be constant, plan your milestones, and nothing can stop you to succeed!

If you underestimate one of this principles, it's going to make singing harder or impossible for you. The good news is that there is solution for any problem. I wish you the best with your practice!

Ricard
#2
already knew this but it doesnt hurt to read it through again

thanks dude/dudeet
#4
Some formatting would make that an easier read (paragraph space in between new topics, maybe some bold on the topic?) ♥
#5
There is a guy who posted some free warm ups including breathing exercises on youtube. It was the best singing vids I've seen on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5CWsFaVnWM (then check out parts two three and four)

It reinforces some of what you are saying here and gives a good starting place.

I would appreciate any GOOD links anyone else has to share.
Si
Last edited by 20Tigers at Aug 17, 2011,
#6
Thanks for your replies =)

Jajaja, yes some formatting would be nice. I just copied from my blog. In fact, I'm going to try to record good videos with good info and exercises soon, and I would love tho share and comment with you , nice people =)

One of the best singing videos on the internet is this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oiZ_jEkW6s
#7
Is it supposed to say your body is the same, instead of your body is not the same?
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#8
Hi besoates,

it is not the same to sing 4 times 30min each day, than 2hours in one day. that is a rule for any sport, diets...or anything in general with the body. when you want to make a change, short and daily sessions is always the best option!
#9
Quote by Ricard
Hi besoates,

it is not the same to sing 4 times 30min each day, than 2hours in one day. that is a rule for any sport, diets...or anything in general with the body. when you want to make a change, short and daily sessions is always the best option!


Well yeah I knew that, I was just pointing at the grammatical error that completely changed the meaning of the sentence to the opposite of what is true.
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