Quick Pointers Before You Start Your Pop Singing Lessons
By: Jazz Tan
In singing, natural talent is one of the important elements to have. There are people who are just really born to sing. However, this talent must be polished and continually honed, and the best way to perfect your singing voice is to go for pop singing lessons.
But before you start your formal lessons, read through the quick pointers below to get the most out of your training.
- Practice vocal dexterity
Do repetitions of the scale to determine your vocal range. Go up and down, up and down the scales and notes to further develop your vocal skills. Know your range and be powerful on it and make it your strong point.
Developing this skill will come in handy during actual performances. The current style of pop music gives singers a lot of opportunity to improvise, wherein they play around with notes in a scale to come up with unique and soulful harmonies. You can practice this on your own, with a keyboard or a piano. It is the modern adaptation of the vocalization of classical music.
- Learn and be aware of your registers
It is important to recognize your high, middle, and low registers and work on all of them equally to produce a nice and even tone when singing. This will also be a focus in one of your pop singing lessons.
- LOW register – this is your normal speaking voice, so this does not take much effort from you. Also called the chest register for men, it is achieved usually with an open mouth. The best way to practice your low registers is to exercise it in front of the mirror. Make sure your face is relaxed, you are not forcing your voice out of you, and that there is enough abdominal force with it. Practice by going through a descending scale, gradually lowering your tone half-tone by half-tone until you reach the lowest, most compatible tone.
- MIDDLE register – a bit tougher to master than your low register, you can practice this also by using a descending scale. For most women, this is their chest voice. This is what is considered the “most abused” voice range, and you will tend to alter your voice a lot at this register. Make sure you stay relaxed, and that you are still using chest voice, and not head voice.
The transitioning from low to middle, and from high to middle is also a bit tricky, so make sure you understand your comfort level and the proper techniques when going up and down to and from your middle ranges.
- HIGH register – when this is not your normal speaking voice, you will tend to squeeze it in to stay in this vocal range. If you do not know the proper technique though, you will just sound nasal and high-pitched. The correct way to practice this is to tighten your cheeks by lifting it up to some sort of a smile. That way, your high ranges will sound more natural.
- Belting it out
This is singing forcefully while staying in your high registers. This technique is very delicate that a lot of singers who belt it out just sound like shouting without the singing. Practice this by keeping your abdominal muscles tight as you sing. Use ascending scales, until yor reach a comfortable high tone.
Remember these tips when learning or practicing singing, and you will find that your pop singing lessons will be easier and much more enjoyable!
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About the Author:
Sarah Tan is a music instructor in Singapore who loves to share her extensive knowledge of music and the art of performing to her students and blog readers.