Can singing every day improve your voice? I bet you’ve been searching for the answer to this question for quite some time, haven’t you? Checking every free singing tips out there. But let me be blunt and give you the short answer: it’s a yes, but you’ll only improve if you’re singing sensibly. What do I mean by that? You need to have a specific direction in mind where you want to bring your skill in the future. Otherwise, you will just be spinning around like a chicken not knowing where to go.
Any task that you perform daily is habit-forming. What it means is that if you do something every day, your body will remember it–the techniques, movements, and how you feel. Consequently, it becomes second nature to you, you don’t have to consciously remember the steps to get the job done the next time around.
For example, learning proper breathing when singing is a conscious effort when you’re just starting out. At first, you actively think about your diaphragm and wonder if there’s even a place for it in your singing.
As you breathe, you knowingly move your tummy inwards and outwards in the learning process, and even not making any sense of it at all. After a while, it expands and compresses naturally as you’ve never had to learn it in the first place.
The same is true if you practice with lousy techniques. For instance, if you squeeze and tighten up to reach the high notes and do it with regularity, it will become customary to you, another habit you wished wasn’t there, causing unnecessary strain and tightness to the muscles in your vocal mechanism.
What then should you do? Well, unless the habits you just developed went astoundingly viral, thanks to social media, you’ll need to unlearn those bad habits, my friend, which will take a tremendous amount of time. Unfortunately, in that case, you will need to learn the proper way to hit high notes by discovering how to use your upper register.
To make things simple, the key to faster improvement is making it right the first time and then train with consistency. I suggest that you hold off practicing until you fully understand how to sing properly, based on the genre you’re gunning for. Fortunately, I have posted some articles that can help you in this regard.
Sing Every Day With The Motivation to Improve
Singing “correctly” every day is not enough. You must have the proper mindset and motivation.
You might have a friend or colleague who will never miss the opportunity to sing when he sees a karaoke machine. And despite being a karaoke enthusiast, it seems that he’s not improving. His voice isn’t as aggravating as a tone-deaf guy, and he’s hitting the right notes, mind you, but his performance isn’t as great as you would expect.
The question is, why? The answer is, he’s not singing with development in mind. He’s just content to hang out or relax after a long day’s work which is an awesome idea. But for you who wish to improve, you need to make sure that every time you take that microphone in your hand, you wanna make sure to consciously focus on your goal: Improvement, bringing yourself to the next level, each time.
Just Take It Light And Simple During Practice
According to Malcolm Gladwell in the Story of Success, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master anything. It could be more or less, it doesn’t matter. My take is, it’s the number of hours plus the quality of hours you put in. Some become experts way less than 10,000 hours but they become astoundingly good at something because of the other aspects within the hours spent.
You don’t need to practice every song in the book to attain excellence in singing. You also don’t need to sing a different song every time. You can stick to your favorite and simple song of old. It doesn’t matter what that song maybe, simple or otherwise.
The most crucial part is you know exactly what you’re looking to accomplish, then work extremely hard to attain it in the comfort of your practice room. You might have to seek all the help you need in whatever way possible, online, or arrange to meet a vocal expert in your genre if you can afford one. This sets yourself apart from the rest of them.
You can start with songs that don’t have a fast tempo and complicated time signatures, for instance. The song could be within a certain range and it doesn’t require special vocal techniques like legatos or vibratos.
When starting out, stick with the basics, until you’re ready to venture on belting out high notes, how to do riffs and runs, or trying out genre-specific styling. Pick a song you’re comfortable with, doesn’t require long breaths at a time, and use up all the air in your lungs. The goal is to just ingrain the fundamentals in your body and soul.
Reserve the challenging notes and techniques during your drills for later. Once you can clear your exercises without any effort, you move on to the next level of difficulty that you can handle and manage. You can then modify the type of songs you’ve been practicing previously.
Here’s the dichotomy: It’s funny to think that you need to take it slow to improve fast.
What If You Already Have Incorrect Singing Techniques As Habits?
We’re now living in the age of information wherein you can just type a few words and learn almost everything you want. Unfortunately, this is also the age of misinformation. Not everything written on the Internet is accurate and trustworthy. You can quickly learn bad habits, and you wouldn’t even be aware of it that you’re lagging backward instead of forward towards your goal.
Don’t fret. As I said, you can still unlearn those bad habits. There’s no distinctive trick, but finding that out rests on your shoulders. All you need to do is be patient. Learn and understand where you’re slacking and determine to isolate, then working them with intense motivation and focus.
You will fail many times as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, it’s inescapable, but the lessons learned in this process will make you either give up or conquer the world.
I have shared many insights and tools here on this website to empower and propel you in that direction. Feel free to use them. The goal is to overwrite those bad habits. Unlike doing things right the first time, overwriting bad techniques takes longer, but “it’s never too late to do the right thing” – Nicholas Sparks.
On the other hand, doing the right thing requires a lot from you, the sacrifices of time and resources. The question is, are you up to it?
Don’t Rush, The Turtle Always Wins The Race
You might be thinking that the key is to do a lot to gain a lot. My take on this? The right mindset is to always seek to find the best you can to do things right the first time around. Take your time, but do them with consistency.
Great things happen when you do the little tiny steps with consistency over a period of time. A quote from Desmond Tutu comes to mind, “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” Remember that the more mistakes you incur, the longer you’ll need to fix them later on.
Also, never forget to always focus on improving. Every time you sing is an opportunity to enhance your craft. It’s awesome to sing just for the fun of it, by no means, go for it, every day. But if you’ve been reading this article up to this point, I have a feeling that you’re aspiring to go further beyond just that.
If you ever read one of my inspirational singer articles, you’d know that all of them never got their achievements by just singing for leisure, per se. Most of them were desperate to pursue a dream while having fun at the same time, I’m positive.
Although some were forcefully (and cruelly) trained in the process, they all went to garner the time of their successes.
To Wrap Everything Up
Again, can singing every day improve your voice? Yes and yes. Focus on honing your skill every opportunity you have, taking small steps at a time but consistently going further to the next level. Like I’ve mentioned earlier in this article, you might have gone further to this point because you don’t just sing for leisure. Good for you.
I’m here to be some sort of a guide if you have any questions that you can think of. I can never stress this enough: it’s painstakingly challenging and time-consuming to break badly formed habits early on, but it’s never too late. There’s a lot of information on this website to help you out. Feel free to browse around and leave your questions down below.
Anyway, always be mindful when training. Do expect that I’ll be posting more free singing tips on this site, so always stay tuned! While waiting for those content, consider checking out my personal reviews on Best Online Singing Lessons And Coaches From Udemy: A Top Ten List.
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