Tips To Improve Your Vocal Power
No matter what level of a singer you are, I’d like to give you these 3 singing exercises that should improve your singing ability in a short amount of time. Even if you don’t think you have the natural talent to be a great singer, with the right instructions and training, you will be able to sing better than you’ve ever dreamed of.
In this article, I’ll be showing you some exercises that will help you sing with sustained power and maximize your vocal tone.
1) Drop Your Jaw When You Sing
This is a quick pointer that can give you a pretty big improvement in a quick amount of time. You probably heard it before, but I bet no one really explained this technique to you in detail. So let me start by explaining what dropping your jaw is NOT.
Dropping your jaw is not simply lowering your chin. Yes, your chin will naturally lower when you drop your jaw but the two are completely separate things.
OK, want to see what dropping your jaw feels like? Just take your finger and place it at the end of your jaw line. It’s the place where your jaw line and the bottom of your ears meet. You should feel a small dip there.
Now begin to yawn. Notice how the dip will open up. And also notice how much more space there is in your mouth and in the back of your throat now. Now try and do this with your mouth close.
This is what dropping your jaw feels like. If you can learn to drop your jaw while singing, this one tip can be very beneficial.
2) Learn To Control Your Breath
There are many articles out there on the internet but few emphasize the importance of have a steady control over your breathing. The skill of being able to let out a steady, sustained jet of air is a crucial skill for a singer to have. All the pointers in the world won’t do you any good if you can’t sustain your breath when singing.
So, with that in mind, I want to give you a breathing exercise to help you develop your breath. It is called “The Bent Flame.”
Light a candle and hold it about 1 foot away from your face. Then draw in air and blow at the candle using a steady stream of air. Your goal here is to bend the flame without blowing the candle out. Try to sustain this for as long as you can.
You’ll notice that this requires a great deal of control on your part. Just keep practicing this exercise and you’ll find that your singing will be much more smooth.
3) Plan Your Breath
This one is the last of the tips but by no mean is it the least. When learning to sing a song, most singer will just dive right into it. And this can be a fine approach but one problem it causes is that the singer might find himself/herself in the middle of the note or verse without enough air to finish the phrase properly.
One easy way to fix this is by planing out when and where you are going to breath in during a song. Simply take out your lyric sheet and mark out all the places where there are pauses and stops. Then sing along to the lyrics and make a note of where you feel comfortable and where you might be low on breath. This will tell you when you need to breath in.