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March 14th, 2008:

A Little More Than 50 Great Singing Tips

I saw this cool website owned by a singing pro, and there includes practical tips for singing. Singers out there, read this!

Any tip or combination of tips can be used to improve your voice, your style, or fix a sore throat. Some of these represent ideal situations, which many certainly do not live in. Others represent the complete opposite of things you may have heard.
• Plan ahead.
• Sore throat? Try an apple or pear (or their juices).
• Don’t do anything that will hurt your voice in any way.
• When looking for a teacher, ask about his/her background in music, and whether they are willing to help you learn how to sing something other than their style of singing.
• Just because a singer sounds nice doesn’t mean s/he can sing.
• When you are learning to sing, you are doing it to find out what your voice is capable of, not someone else’s; be happy with what you have.
• To those who want to sing pop music: There is nothing wrong with learning classical.
• To those who wish to sing classical: There is nothing wrong with learning popular.
• You are not the person on the radio-don’t try to imitate them unless you are trying to learn something.
• Don’t inhale any kind of smoke at any time whatsoever.
• Reason: Smoke sticks to and burns your vocal cords.
• Don’t drink.
• Don’t do drugs.
• Don’t allow people to come at your vocal cords with sharp instruments. In other words: Don’t allow doctors to perform surgery on your vocal cords, as there is a possibility you may never sing again after this. The only way to not have vocal problems is to not do harm to your voice in the first place, a skill which isn’t taught due to lack of information.
• No more yelling.
• You can forget ice-cold drinks unless you have some sort of trauma to the throat area, i.e. tonsils removed, that sort of thing. Reason: It tightens up your vocal cords. They must be warm and loose in order for you to sing properly.
• Don’t talk too much. Reason: It wears down your vocal cords.
• Try to stay away from a lot of dust.
• Try to cough a little quieter.
• Don’t sing any song out of you range.
• No more than 3 performances per week.
• Don’t sing your loudest for extended periods of time.
• Ask as many questions of as many people as you can about singing.
• Keep away from air conditioning for at least two hours before a performance.
• Get to know and understand the organs involved in singing.
• Singing will help to cure a sore throat that is not the result of oversinging or overtalking.
• Practice as slowly and softly as possible.
• Learn every style of singing you can.
• Dairy products cause phlegm.
• Singing helps to get rid of phlegm.
• Keep a mint or hard candy handy.
• When singing, make sure you know what the song is about by knowing what all the words mean and what is going on in the music.
• If you must sing in a group, make sure you know what the other voices are doing.
• Know what the music is doing.
• Contrary to classical tradition, taking pictures is not a distraction.
• Play to the back of the crowd.
• Being hoarse in the morning does not mean you will be hoarse in the evening.
• After performing, place a warm, wet towel around your neck and do not speak for 10 minutes.
• Gargle with warm water containing 1/2 tsp each of salt and baking soda.
• Try to wear only one fabric on stage. Reason: Those lights get hot.
• Learning how to sing well takes time. There are no shortcuts.
• Try to make as little air as possible come out of your mouth when you are singing a musical phrase.
• Train your ears by playing only the first note of a musical exercise.
• Always take one day a week off.
• Unless it’s called for, always stand with good posture (this does not mean standing stiffly) when you sing. Any move you make will affect the sound you are trying to produce.
• Keep the tip of you tongue below your teeth.
• Don’t exert yourself the day before a performance.

Practice them’all helpful tips and have great fun singin’!