12 Tips on How to Have a Good Singing Voice

This article will help you develop a good singing voice.

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Here are some tips that will help you develop a good singing voice:

1. Relax your vocal chords before you start

Strained vocal chords mean you won't hit high notes well. Try saying "Mum... Mum... Mum..." in different tones instead of "do re mi." Warm up for at least a few minutes.

2. Don't force the high notes

When you do need to hit a high note, don't try too hard or tighten up. Relax and let your voice rise smoothly, but still maintain control. If you force your voice, you will end up hitting a bad note.

3. Drink plenty water (not iced) or have warm tea

This is best for your vocal cords because it simply hydrates them and helps clear away excess mucus. Cold water will shock and tighten your vocal chords. Avoid milk, soft drinks, and other similar drinks because the lactose in milk and the other sugars in soft drinks cause phlegm and mucus to build up in your throat 

4. Practice breathing deeply

Make a habit of breathing from your diaphragm instead of gasping and/or heaving with your chest for air. If you are breathing properly, your belly will expand, not your rib cage.

5. Practice phrasing

The right time to breathe while singing is between phrases (word groups sung together). In ordinary writing, phrases are often set off by commas or other punctuation, but punctuation may be absent from lyrics. Look over the lyrics before you start singing. Figure out where the natural pauses or breaks are. When singing, take breaths at these breaks. You have to practice phrasing/breathing so that you can sing without straining, gasping for breath or running out of air.

6. Record yourself

Record yourself while singing to see whether your voice sounds pleasant or irritating. Listen to your voice with an open mind, and don't try to convince yourself that it sounds right, if it really doesn't.

7. Improve and experiment

Try to make your timing and phrasing fit the song better. Experiment with varying amounts of nasal and chest tones, timbres, accents and styles to see what suits you. Have a good friend listen who can give you constructive and helpful criticism.

8. Practice singing in front of people

Looking at people while singing may feel awkward at first, but with practice you get used to it. If singing in front of others makes you nervous, try looking at their foreheads or over their shoulders. Practice singing in front of a mirror before you perform for an audience.

9. Be open to criticism

Try performing before friends or family, whichever you feel more comfortable with. Family members will usually try to sugarcoat reactions and not tell you their true opinions, while good friends may be more open and free with their thoughts. Be ready to laugh at yourself.

10. Enjoy yourself, show confidence, have some fun

11. Be persistant

Talent helps, but persistence is more important! Keep on developing your song list, vocal techniques, voice strength and stage presence. Keep on learning to "sell your song" to the audience, using hand motions (a hand on your heart, temple or pointing to the heavens, walking a little, each at the right moment), with sincerity, maybe a slight "tear" of sorrow in your voice or humorous timing as fits each song. Just don't give up.

12. Practice, Practice

We know that Practice makes PERFECT!

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    steveZ86
    13. Be Ronnie James Dio/James Keenan/Chris Cornell...
    FingerElvis
    At first I didn't believe you but after seeing your posts in 30 other articles you've won me over. Thanks for the tips champ
    -LAW-
    After looking at the picture for this article, I really fancy a cornetto.
    qpoitras
    How about some tips on the sounds you can produce. I seem to have a lot of different voices but can't control which one im using
    5t0rM
    Try singing some Limp Bizkit. Believe it or not it actually helps. Fred's voice often goes into the "mutating teen boy voice" territory. When you learn how to control that and how to make smooth transitions you're good to try something else that's different and it will be much easier to get the desired tone.
    Panasonic3
    that is some wack advice
    qpoitras
    not really in my interest either to try some limp bizkit. i think it may just by my setting. i can reach my tone as long i have the means to be loud.
    ngsalvo
    Even limited singers (Bob Dylan, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits) do well simply by knowing their boundaries. When learning how to sing, it is ludicrous to assume you'll be able to sing anything and everything flawlessly. In fact, simply by acknowledging this, you instantly give yourself permission to sing standard songs with a different 'flavor' or interpretation. Range is important and will develop over time. Controlling the sound that comes out of your mouth is again a practice thing - learning that 'when I push sound out while trying to sing in 'that' key, my voice strains and I get gravelly', or understanding that 'I run out of breath when I try to stay on pitch for slower songs' then gives you work areas BUT it also gives you clues as to how to go after a sound that might be missing from other songs you're trying to sing. Breath control is paramount. If you can't belt out at least a bar of music in one breath, you're not going to be a singer that people want to hear - you simply will not have the tone or control if all you're trying to do is stop yourself from passing out! But I think the most important thing about learning how to sing is setting goals and working towards them. Want better pitch? Practice pitching technique. Hit a 'D' on a piano and match it with your voice over and over again. Learn how it feels in your throat, chest, mouth, etc. Then hit a 'D' with your voice and see how it matches up to the piano. There! You can pitch your voice. Want better volume? Work on breathing. You can't sing loud without air in your lungs! Want to control when your voice cracks or breaks or completely cuts out? Sing beyond your capabilities for a few weeks. Then when you pair it back, you've got more strength in those areas. Vocal chords are like any other muscle in the body. Work them out and they will develop. Work them out in the wrong way, and they'll still develop - just not in the areas you're looking for improvement.
    cjog210
    Another thing would be to sing in a choir, that helped me a lot in middle school.
    Hence My Name
    For No.8, what I usually do is look between the glabella and nasion, if that makes any sense. It sounds complicated (probably because of those fancy words), but it is not really. Looking at someone's forehead is weird and trust me, the other person will know that you are looking at their forehead . Or you can just look at the person's direction straight on without focusing on the person. I use this in public speaking as well. It creates the illusion of having the confidence to look at someone, whether you do have it or not.
    LoseTheGenre
    I think the breathing is most important. Some Singers tend to rely on the throat alone to try to get their sound where they want; a well-distributed breath can make all the difference and keep your voice stronger for longer.
    Duce180
    To sing well you need to learn proper vocal technique. Singing is a skill like any other and there is a learning process. Yes there are some who are naturally talented singers, bu some of your favorite singers have probably been taking vocal lessons years before making it on the radio. My advice is to really take it seriously and see a vocal coach, or if you cant do that buy Singing Success, its a at home singing program that many swear by. The difficult thing with singing is it can be difficult to know if your doing things correctly, you cant see your instrument like a guitar and make corrections. Thats why having a vocal coach is so important.