Singers Planet

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Mirror

Look into the mirror and practise singing. Looking into the mirror will help you see your facial expressions when you sing. When you sing, make sure that you open your mouth sort of into an "O" shape, a yawning position. If you notice, many professional singers do this, it really helps carry out the sound.

Record

Record yourself frequently. Record all your practises and performances. Then listen to yourself. Only you can be your best judge. You don't need to go to a studio to record yourself. You can record yourself on a home tape recorder.

Sleep

Sleep well before a performance. Sleep more than enough.

Procrastination

DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. A large number of humans are known to be great procrastinators. If you want to succeed, make sure you complete whatever is on your mind TODAY cause "tommorow never comes".

Ice - Cold Drinks

Ice tightens the vocal cords. Your vocals cords must be warm and loose to perform well.

Alcohol

Alcohol dries out the vocal cords. Drink more water

Smoking

Smoke sticks to the vocal cords and burns the tissues of the vocal cords

Breathing Techniques

Do not breathe with your shoulders going upwards. When you breathe your tummy should be pushed outwards. Your tummy should get enlarged like a balloon. When air is pumped in a balloon, the balloon gets enlarged. Similarly when you inhale, the air inside your lungs should enlarge your tummy.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Sing Everywhere

Try singing in the shower. Try singing with headphones on while walking down the street until you get comfortable singing in front of people. Also practice in front of the mirror. Sing to your Mom, your Dad, your friends and sing whenever/wherever you get the opportunity to sing.

Singing

Singing is a brilliant means of self expression, a good way to relieve stress and tension, and a great vehicle for developing self confidence.

Instrument

Try learning an instrument. Piano or guitar is a good instrument to learn as you could sing and play together. Playing an instrument will aid you in hearing the notes more clearly. It also looks cool to play and sing together.

Listening

Listen to the legends. Listen to all kinds of music. Listening is a great study.

Learning A New Song

When you decide to learn a new song, learn the song in parts. First learn the verse, then the chorus and then the rest of the song. Listen to the song repeatedly until the tune is on the tip of your tongue. Sing the song along with the original singer until you feel comfortable singing all alone by yourself.

Physical Exercise

Any kind of physical exercise is good for you. Even just walking is great.

Cool Down

Similar to wam up exercises you should do cool down exercises to cool down your voice. After a performance try doing simple humming exercises. This will relax your voice.

Smile

Keep a smiling face when you sing. Smiling opens the cavities of the vocal cords enabling you to sing freely and more smoothly. Try this: While singing high notes, just smile and sing the high notes. You'll be amazed at how the smile technique works.

Rest

Get plenty of rest before a performance. Singing will become much easier after you've rested.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Sing From Your Diaphragm

The correct way is to sing from your diaphragm. Singing from the throat is the incorrect way to sing. This will eventually damage your vocal cords.

Emotions

Dont worry if you cant reach the high notes. Instead try to sing with emotions. Trying to sing high and cracking on the high notes would impair an overall brilliant performance. Instead try singing with feelings and stay within the range (border) of your voice to captivate your listeners.

Lyrics

Memorize all the lyrics of the songs you sing. When you know the lyrics thoroughly you will be able to express yourself better.

Hydration

Keep your vocal cords hydrated at all times. Drink plenty of water. A dry throat creates mucus which makes singing difficult.

Sore Throat

The best remedy for a sore throat is salt water gurgle. Add salt to a glass of luke warm water and gurgle. Gurgle at least 3 times a day. Avoid the ubiquitous sore throat lozenges.

Hard Work

In all my life I have found many substitutes but none for hard work. Hard work pays.

Microphone Techniques

The best position to hold a microphone is to hold it at least 2 to 3 inches away form the mouth. Do not eat the microphone. Eating the microphone is a term used when you place the microphone too close to your mouth. If you place the microphone too close to your mouth this will produce bad noises. The consonant's B and P particulay will create pops (bad popping noises). A technoligical term for this is called sibilance. Move back from the microphone when you have to sing high notes.

Practise

Practise is very important. Even the very talented have to practise. Follow the old adage - 'Practise makes perfect'. Set aside a time for practise. At least half an hour a day is good to keep your vocal cords in shape. Divide your practise session. Sing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening. This way you will not feel like practise is a chore. You'll be amazed at how wonderfully you sing after regular practise. We humans are known to be great procrastinators. Do not procrastinate.

Genre Of Music

Don't restrict yourself to singing just one genre of music. Experiment with different styles of music. This will keep yourself enthused and would also arouse your interest in music. Your repertoire should include a selection of ballads and fast songs.

Warm Ups

Before a performance you should warm up your vocal cords. Warm up with light vocal exercises, lip drills, tongue rolls and scales. If you sing without warming up you could hurt your vocal cords. Just like an athelete warms up before a marathon, singers need to warm up their vocal cords before a performance-athon.

Jumping Jacks

Physical exercise has proven to be beneficial to combat nervousness.
If you feel nervous before a performance try jumping jacks.

High Notes

Open your mouth when you want to sing high notes. Try this: Stand in front of a mirror and eat an apple. When you sing high notes open your mouth like eating an apple.

Diet

Avoid dairy products at least 3 hours before any performance. Dairy products like milk, chocolates, cheese, custard, yoghurt etc... creates mucus.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Relaxation

One of the ways to overcome stage fright is by doing gentle breathing exercises. Try this: Hold your hands together, close your eyes, take a deep breath (inhale), then hum a low note as you exhale. Repeat this exercise 10 times. Continue this exercise for 5 minutes. Relaxing will aid you to perform better.

How To Get A Record Deal

To get a record deal you should first make a demo consisting of 2 to 3 songs. Your demo should not be more than 3 minutes long. Send your demo along with your recent photograph and a short biography of yourself to record companies.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Breathing

Proper breathing is very important for singers. Practise breathing exercises regularly and you will notice a great change in your singing.
To breathe is your prerogative. Air is available for free. So go ahead and take a deep breath of air when you sing.