How Can I Teach Myself To Sing ?


Many people ask themselves 'how can I teach myself to sing?' as the cost and time associated with learning from a professional instructor is horrendous not to mention the scrutiny you must learn under. How then can you teach yourself such a complex skill to a degree that can make people sit up and listen when you break out in song?

Yes it is possible to teach yourself how to sing? You wouldn't believe how many people who are singers today were self-taught.

With good instructions, you can teach yourself how to sing incredibly well and with today's advanced technology you can easily learn and practice singing using online programs. It's a lot easier than you might think.

Singing is not a talent or a gift that you are born with. If you can talk, you can sing! And if you already sing well, you can certainly sing better! It's all about technique. Good singing is a skill - one almost anyone can learn.

Firstly there are a few things you can do yourself that will help you develop a good singing voice and expand your range.

  • Breathing
    If you learn to breath correctly while singing you will go a long way to improving your voice. One issue many people have is that they hold their breath while singing rather than letting the air flow through them. If you do not have enough breath to sing long notes then you need to develop a better breathing. To do this you must draw breath into your diaphragm down at the bottom of your lungs called diaphragmatic breathing instead of belly breathing or chest breathing. An exercise you can do for this is to place a hand on your diaphragm and a hand on your chest and breath in and out steadily, while doing this make sure the hand on your chest does not move much at all while the other hand should be moving with your expanding and retracting diaphragm. Once you can breathe properly and learn how to sing without holding back you can really start to get into it.

  • Emote
    While technical skills are vital if you cannot move people with your voice you are not much of a singer. When singing even practicing be emotive, use your whole body and face and limbs to show the emotions you are feeling when you are singing the song. A singer who cannot bring emotion into their voice is like a flame without any heat, it fulfils one criteria but it is not complete.

  • Practice
    As simple as it sounds practice is vital, it may not make perfect but it does make much, much better! Do not over do it and get a sore throat but sing whenever you can! Sing in the car! Sing in the shower! Sing when making a meal! Make music and singing an every day part of your life and experiment while you do it. You will learn a lot this way and you will become more comfortable with your voice and breathing. Also while practicing if you can use a mirror to sing in front , you can see how your body reacts when you sing, changing slight things with your posture and face when using a mirror can give you remarkable changes in your voice.

The one thing to understand when learning how to sing is that your vocal apparatus (the source of your voice) is not contained in your throat. It is not just one organ, but a complex system composed of many parts: the torso, the neck, the head, the nose, lips, tongue, teeth, hard and soft palates, uvula, larynx, lungs, diaphragm, etc. In fact, you use your entire body when you sing.

You have to understand that your body has muscles that can be developed in the similar way athletes train their muscles. Learning how to sing is similar to learning a sport, you have to train and practice to get better. You have to learn the proper singing techniques such as proper breathing, finding your pitch, air flow, projection, breath control, phrasing and off course music theory.