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Train Your Voice by Learning How to Breathe Properly

Some people are naturally better singers than others - they are born with natural talent. Even if you are not one of the lucky ones (and even they need to do voice training exercises) there are a few tips on how to train your voice to improve your singing voice. Many people love to sing and it's even more enjoyable if you know that your singing voice is in tune and that people are really enjoying listening to you sing.

You will need to learn some basic singing exercises to improve the strength and stamina of your vocal cords. Ultimately these exercises will lead to improved singing by helping you develop as a singer both from a performance standpoint and as an athlete in full control of your vocal abilities. As athletes know you have to exercise to get stronger so do your vocal exercises. It will payoff when it is time to put on a performance.

How to Train Your Voice - The Fundamentals
No matter what style of singing you prefer the basic voice training concepts are the same. You might like to swing, or rock or croon or even rap but the same approach to training your voice still applies.

How to Train Your Voice - Posture
One of the most important things for a singer is breath control. To create the best platform for proper breathing you must stand up straight and balanced. This will create the room that your diaphragm needs so you can control your airflow down low from the diaphragm.

How to Train Your Voice - Breathing
Great singers have great breathing technique. You cannot really be a great singer without great breathing technique. For singers proper breathing means that you raise up the soft palate at the back of your mouth while lowering or energizing your diaphragm. The combination of these two things gives you the ultimate in breath control.

How to Train Your Voice - Energized Phonation
Now you've got to learn to convey your great posture and breathing into a great sound. First of all hiss, yes, a nice long hiss whilst you really stretch your diaphragm - if you can hold a good long, steady hiss then you're probably doing this part right. After you've mastered the long hiss and it is suitably consistent slur it into some "buzzy" lips, a little bit like when you blow a raspberry. Don't worry about pitch, that will come later, these are just the fundamentals about how to train your voice for better singing. Adding pitch is the next step remembering to maintain your posture and breathing at all times.

Once the basic breathing techniques are ingrained it is time to move on to making some actual singing sounds like "ah's" and "om's". While singing these vowel sounds try to practice the same control you had earlier with your hissing and buzzing sounds. Move on to scales and easier songs. Try to do things in an orderly progression so that you never get ahead of yourself or your abilities. It is the best way to train your voice.

Helen Nadel provides music and vocal education to children. Helen has extensive experience with vocal instruction, which enables them to help you discover your weaknesses and develop a plan to turn them into strengths. Her knowledge will help you move your voice forward in a constructive way so that you will protect your voice while you are developing it. Helen’s various levels of expertise in vocal expression have a lot to do with the ability to sing from the diaphragm.

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