Are you not able to sing loudly without having your voice cracked or devolved into a screech?
Then chances are you’re doing something wrong.
But No worries:
In this article, I show you how to sing louder like a pro.
Here’s the thing:
Singing aloud is, at its core, about only a couple of things, 3 things to be precise, namely;
- Your emotional meter.
Each of these 3 has its own challenges and requires some unique tips to handle them. When it all comes down to it though, there’s only one thing you really need to do to sing louder; open your mouth.
Sounds vague, right?
Well, that’s simply the number one rule to sing louder; Jaw Open, Chin Down. And the problem is not that most of us don’t want to open our mouths, though some really don’t want to.
Here’s the thing:
While this happens to some because of improper technique use, for others it is jittery nerves.
So, what’s the way out?
Learn the right vocal techniques, understand how to control your breath, and practice singing from within your vocal range.
And of course:
It’s ideal to always start with using your chest voice. This brings us to the million-dollar question;
Head Voice Or Chest Voice?
If you’re serious about learning to sing louder, then you need to know what a head voice is and how it differs from a chest voice.
Your head voice is responsible for belting out those high notes as you hear from those superstars out there, the likes of Beyonce and Christine Aguilera.
Your chest voice though entails the part of your vocal range where you’re most comfortable singing.
And that’s all the answer you need, really. The chest voice is easier to sing with, so start your practice to sing at loud volumes from there for an easy start.
Ready to start singing loudly? Let’s dive right in.
Many aspiring singers think that the only path to singing louder is to practice until you run out of breath.
Now, don’t get me wrong:
Adequate practice is important but practising rightly is the key.
This is how to:
Adjust Your Posture
Maintaining the correct posture is essential in singing because all of your body is involved in the process. Unfortunately, a lot of singers make such mistakes as slouching when singing.
Now. do this:
Try standing straight to start with. You can get support by standing against a wall with your head, shoulders and butt touching it. Compare that to the previous posture you maintain while singing.
See the difference?
For a complete demonstrative guide, watch this video by Healthy Vocal Technique, teaching you posture and body alignment for singing.
Open That Mouth
Singing louder is NOT about rocking the head back and howling like a puppy. (Yes, I have made this mistake too.)
It’s important to open the mouth comfortably, especially when singing vowels, the ‘meat’ of vocal sounds.
It’s equally important that you avoid damage to your vocal cords. This is only possible by keeping your chin slightly down and your head facing forward. And it gives you better clarity and increased volume.
Control Your Breath
One of Beyonce’s star qualities is her almost inhuman control over her breath. If you want to achieve something similar, it’s actually quite simple. Below are some breathing exercises I picked for you.
Breathing exercises can help to improve the quality and volume of your voice or calm your nerves before an audience. To build power in your voice, do this simple exercise;
- Read a phrase out loud using a single breath.
- Try it a few more times.
- Rinse and repeat but, this time, in a song.
The more you do this, the further your voice volume increases.
Diaphragm breathing is about filling up your lungs fully with air. This exercise is important because singing is centred around airflow. Look up what a diaphragm is here. And practice till it’s second nature.
Using Your Tongue
This majorly centres around your head voice which we’ve discussed. By lifting the back of your tongue while singing, you’ll be able to hit higher volumes effortlessly.
See this complete video guide by Jacobs Vocal Studio, teaching you powerful breathing workouts for singers.
Remember what we said about practice? Well, here we go!
Vocal exercises are great tools for stretching your vocal muscles which is very important to avoid strain and cracks. An important one to practice is arpeggios, which helps to exercise your vocal range and power. You’ll find many examples online for reference.
Staying Hydrated is one of the wisest things you can do as a singer. Water helps lubricate your vocal cords, preventing a raspy sound. 8-10 ounces of water a day is about ideal.
- Your Emotional Meter;
Nervousness can turn even the greatest singer into a jittery mess. Music tutors like Christine Aguilera know this and have dedicated regular talks about it in her online masterclasses.
So, how can you manage your emotional meter?;
- Focus on your performance rather than the audience and whatever it is they think. You’re the star of your own show.
- Breathing Exercises are a lifesaver. The classic breathing exercises l for jittery nerves goes like this; breath in for 5 seconds, hold it in for 4 and let it all out for 7 seconds. It works like magic.
Get Proper Training!
Expensive vocal lessons don’t make a singer great all on their own, but it does help to avoid some pitfalls and secure personal instruction. As a novice or intermediate singer, that’s invaluable. And it doesn’t have to be so expensive either.
Still, have some questions? Read on!
Frequently Asked Questions About How To Sing Louder
How Can I Sing Louder Without Losing Quality
A trick to doing this is to practice raising the back of your tongue while singing. Letting it dip creates a breathy sound that isn’t good for projecting your voice.
How Can I Sing From The Diaphragm
You can try resting an object at the base of your lungs and drawing deep breaths in your lungs to try moving the object higher. It ensures you won’t sing with your head voice and strain your vocal cords next time you try singing louder.
What Should I Drink To Make My Voice Better?
Water. Room temperature water is especially good. Caffeine is especially bad since it dehydrates you. While there are herbal solutions expressly designed for singers, you can never go wrong with the water.
As an aspiring singer, one of the most essential skills you can master is the ability to sing louder, consistently and without strain. This article shows you how to do just that.
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