Learning to sing should be a lot of fun! So, I’m going to share with you my top 5 fun singing tips for beginners. That will make you start singing and keep you coming back over and over. If you enjoy the way you learn, you will consequently keep singing for your whole life.
You may have caught the singing bug young, when you were in school. Or maybe you have wanted to sing all your life. But there was never any time or money to learn. This is your chance to do something for yourself, no matter your age.
Tip 1. Join A Choir to Sing with Regularly
You probably thought I was going to say start some lessons and I will get to that. Most people can sing a little (shower singing counts!) For this reason you should go join a choir! If you have never been in a choir you can’t know the joy of hiding in a crowd of singers of all levels and joining in.
It’s incredibly fun and you don’t need to be fantastic, you will learn on the job. There are some fantastic choir leaders around the world, who will make you welcome and teach you singing tips as you learn the songs. Indeed, they are often singing teachers already.
No matter your age, you will make new friends, have a few laughs and be practising how to use your voice.
This is the first step to feeling confident enough to sing a little louder, be more confident. As an added bonus, you will be able to stand next to really good singers and learn from them.
It will work your memory muscles, as you will have to remember the tune very quickly and eventually the words. Look locally and go once to a few choirs so you can choose a choir that suits you. Some are very serious and expect you to be able to read music. Some clever choir leaders teach a line at a time to each part of the choir, so you don’t need to read music. All you have to remember is your little bit.
Joining a choir will make it possible for you to work out your vocal range. Your speaking range is usually an indication as to the natural pitch of your voice. Choirs are made up of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Not all choirs have enough singers for every section, some women’s choirs may not have a bass section. Whereas, other choirs may combine the tenor and alto sections. Consequently, the choir leader will encourage you to try different sections until you feel that you are singing in a comfortable range for you.
Tip 2. Start Singing By Imitating Your Favourite Singers
The best place to sing along with your favourite singers is in the car. You are private and will be relaxed as you enjoy the music. Many professional singers, myself included, warm up and strengthen their voices by singing with people we admire.
A professional singer can make you sound awesome and lift your spirits. The added benefit is that to reach the notes and sing clearly, you will begin to really listen to the style of the singer. Listen to their near perfect pitch and copy, copy, copy. Learn each word and notice how your singer phrases each sentence.
Tip 3. Polish Your Voice with Singing Lessons
Take the time to look online at other articles on singing here.
You can choose to find a local teacher in your area. Also, ask around at the music shops and see if you can get a recommendation. Decide what style of singing you wish to learn and when asking around, ask what type of music this teacher likes to teach. You may want to learn pop songs, or gospel or even Opera. I trained in Opera for 6 years and never regretted this. The breathing techniques alone were worth the money of lessons and I still use them in every performance I do 40 years later.
Because of my Opera training I never have voice strain, I have 3 octaves and great strength in my voice, which is commented on even now. Since those lessons, I haven’t sung opera, I enjoy pop, Jazz and Ballads but the techniques are still the same. Being able to sing softly with great pitch and power to articulate the words, is a worthy goal.
Tip 4. Find a Buddy to Sing with
This may seem obvious, but a learning experience shared, is a joy doubled. If you prefer to be in a smaller group to sing or even just with a friend, this can really help you. Not only can you have a laugh together and share tips but you will encourage each other to practise.
It’s this regular practise that will make you want to sing.
With the amazing technology we have at our fingertips now, we can learn online. Sing along with Karaoke You Tube, download Mp4 song backings and watch singing lessons online.
There is nothing to stop you from polishing your natural singing voice. (Make the time and use free lessons if necessary.) A little advice (don’t listen to well meaning family and friends about your voice) seek out an expert, to give you considered feed back.
My middle brother told me I couldn’t sing at 14, so I set out to prove him wrong. Also, in High School I was thrown out of the choir (probably for misbehaving) but I went onto a life long professional career in performing.
If your desire is strong enough, you will find a way. Especially, if you use one of my 5 fun singing tips for beginners.
Tip 5. Learn to Play an Instrument
Perhaps you think this may be too much to learn to play guitar or piano, as you are learning to sing.
But far from being a distraction, the simple art of learning the chords. To a song and then being able to sing and play will inspire you.
It is no harder to learn both at the same time. We all started as beginners, so in this case you are starting two compatible skills. They will compliment each other and open new experiences to you. Such as, playing and singing with friends or in a band.
If you have ever considered joining a band you may wish to read my …. 8 Tips on how to Play with a band. It can be enormous fun and give you a focus for your singing and guitar lessons.
Guitar or Piano?
For instruments, the guitar for singers is my first suggestion because it is cheap to buy. Easy to move about and not so big that it will take over your house.
There are two courses that I would suggest to learn guitar and they are Learn and Master Guitar by Steve Krenz and Guitar Mastery Method by Charlie Wallace. Different ways of learning that should help any style of guitarist.
I hope you have enjoyed our chat on becoming a singer and if you have any questions or would like to leave your own personal view, please leave a comment below.