If you’re serious about singing, you probably want to improve your singing voice. If you’re a novice, it’s probably best to take at least a few voice lessons with a local teacher. A professional instructor can give you feedback and guidance you need to get on the right path.
Before you can improve your singing voice, you need to objectively assess the current condition of your voice and your musical goals. Record yourself singing and play it back. Do you like the way your voice sounds? Most people are less than thrilled the first time they hear their own recorded voice.
Think about the singers you admire. What is it about their singing that you want to emulate? Think about other singers whose work you don’t care for. What don’t you like about it?
Listen to a wide range of singers and write down what you like or don’t like about each one. Pay close attention to singers who perform the type of music you’re interested in and whose voices are similar to what you want yours to become.
Finally, even if opera isn’t your thing, listen to a few opera singers. Focus on their tone quality, vibrato, phrasing, and dynamics. It’s probably best if they’re singing in a foreign language, so you aren’t distracted by the lyrics.
Why do you sing? It may seem like a silly question, but the answer is important. Do you sing just for the joy of it, or did the church choir director twist your arm because they needed to fill a spot? (If that is the case, you should take it as a compliment. No matter how badly they needed people, they wouldn’t recruit someone with a horrible voice!)
What kind of music do you want to sing? What are your musical goals? Do you hope to become a professional performer or music teacher, or do you want a role in the next musical at your local community theatre?
The answers to these questions will give you an idea of how to proceed. You are essentially determining where you are now, where you want to go, and mapping out the route by which to get there.
Aim high, but at the same time be realistic. Achieving your goals and dreams won’t happen overnight—it will take hard work, discipline, and dedication. Once you have your road map, make a plan and follow it. Be willing to seek help and take advice from experienced professionals. Their job is to help you improve your singing voice.
If you can’t find a local teacher or can’t afford their fees, you might want to look into online singing courses. The main disadvantage is that you can’t get immediate feedback on your progress, as you would from an in-person teacher. Online courses also tend to take a one-size-fits-all approach, whereas a teacher can offer alternative strategies if a particular technique or exercise doesn’t work for you.
However, a high-quality online program, such as Singing Is Easy or Singorama, can teach you the fundamentals to improve your singing voice and polish your performance skills. Since there is no feedback from a teacher, it’s helpful to record your practice sessions and listen objectively when you play them back. You might want to also ask a trusted friend to listen and comment.
Objective feedback is important. You won’t improve your singing voice if you don’t know the specific vocal characteristics you need to work on. This doesn’t mean you should be hypercritical of yourself, just honest and realistic. Most online courses provide examples of good-quality tone for comparison purposes.
Any good method or course will require you to work and practice faithfully in order to reach your goal. If you are willing to do what it takes, you will improve your singing voice and be that much closer to your dream.