- Practice Daily
in addition to that walk around the block or visit the gym, make sure your daily exercise routing includes 5 to 15 minutes of vocal exercise. Your body (and your voice) will thank you for it! N.B. singing songs randomly on the shower or car does not count as practice.
- Breath low and slow
Imagine that your torso is a coke bottle that needs to be filled from the bottom up! Just before you breathe in, release your abdominal muscle and let the air flow into your lungs. Take your time… don’t rush. As you sing, imagine you are wearing a wide belt and your torso is gently squeezing out against it, when you get to the end of your air, let the breath fill your lungs again naturally and spontaneously.
- Don’t smile
Smiling when you sing creates jaw and neck tension and lower the soft palate. This has a negative impact on the tome. Thing like a fish keep your lips in a forward position.
- Warm up your voice
Always warm up safely for at least 5 minutes before you sing.
- Speak before you sing
Say your lyrics out loud rhythmically before you sing them. If you can project your voice and articulate clearly using speech tone, it will be easier to sing your lyrics afterwards!
- Don’t smoke
Smoking dries out and irritates your vocal cords and decreases lung capacity.
- Drink water
Drink small amount of room temperature water frequently. This will keep your vocal cords lubricated.
- Stand tall
Hunching your shoulders compresses your lungs and stifles the free movement of diaphragm. Try to keep your shoulders back and down.
- Don’t yell
Yelling over loud music, noise or other people puts strain on the vocal cords, which eventually weakens and damage them.