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Every singer wants to improve his or her voice.
Besides the quality of work ethic and a ton of other factors, there's a really small difference between the most amateur and professional singers.
Usually, the biggest difference between people that are just starting out and people that have been singing for a while are the singing techniques that they use.
Many professional singers have had the benefit of years of voice lessons to undo any bad habits they might have developed over their career.
So in today's video I wanted to show you 10 different singing techniques that the professionals use to improve their singing voice.
#1 The first technique you can use to improve your voice is having a tall posture. In this technique, you'll stand with your feet at hip width apart. Your shoulders should also be even above your hips so that when you look at yourself in the mirror, everything is in a straight line.
It's also important that you keep your chest comfortably lifted and your navel tucked in.
With the tall posture in place, you're ready for the second technique.
#2 The second singing technique I'd like to discuss is the diaphragmatic breath. Lots of teachers spend tons of time instructing breath control and breathing techniques with their singers. I'm not one of them.
However, I can tell you that fixing a singer's breathing technique can definitely make a huge difference to their singing.
The proper breath for singing is called the diaphragmatic breath. In this technique, you have to inhale in a way that your stomach expands when breathing in and contracts when breathing out.
You'd be surprised how many people tuck their stomach in when they inhale, rather than allow the breath to expand their ribs.
#3 The third singing technique involves relaxation. While relaxing may sound like a general singing technique, learning to relax some of the extrinsic muscles in your voice can really help your sound.
In the video, I demonstrate two ways to check for tension, both in the tongue and in your throat.
#4 Warm Up. Warming up is crucial to performing well. A good warm up will clear the vocal folds of any mucus and supply more blood flow to the area.
Warming up correctly is incredibly important if you're learning to sing with a mix of your chest and head voice registers.
Singing Techniques #5-10 are all singing exercises designed to help you sing with a mix.
Singing with a mix means that you're singing between your different vocal registers without breaking or straining.
This can be difficult for people that are just starting out but is incredibly important.
The exercises that I cover in the video, the 5-Tone count, the lip trill, the octave and a half Gee, bratty Nay, No and Mum are all incredibly helpful for finding your "mixed" voice.
While it may not happen immediately, learning to singing with a mix is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a singer.