The Ten Commandments of Singing: Tips for Vocalists and Aspiring Singers
Becoming a vocalist is not as easy as it seems. Behind all the spotlights and cheers from fans comes tons of hard work achieved only with tedious and constant perseverance. A good singing performance is not something acquired just by throwing a coin in a wishing well. It entails a lot of practice, patience, and preparation on the part of the singer/performer. Just as writers use their pens, papers, or laptops to weave ideas into words, singers use their entire body to make music. While their voice and vocal cords are the primary sources of their musical sounds, still, it would be valuable to know that a singer’s performance is highly dependent on overall use and care of his body. That is why it is a must for every professional and aspiring vocalist alike to take great care of their entire physique if they want to acquire the much needed resistance and brilliance in singing.
1. Thou Shall Follow a Vocal Warm-Up Routine and Abstain from Abusive Vocal Activities
Rationale: Singing without warming up, shouting on top of your voice, talking without rest, and other similar deeds are some of the many detrimental practices most singers do with their voices. These will cause too much pressure and strain to your vocal cords which can jeopardize the integrity of their membranes. Periodic exposure to these activities can also lead to inflammation or formation of nodules and polyps which are common causes of temporary or permanent loss of voice.
Lip Trills Rock!
Remedy: Prevention of vocal abuse is the rule of the thumb. According to the expert vocal trainer Vocal Coach, singers are required to warm-up their voices at least ten to twenty minutes before doing an actual singing performance. Basically, there are a number of vocal warm-ups singers could use to prep up their voices. Personally, I find doing lip trills the most useful. This technique cuts my warming-up time in half in situations when I have to urgently perform onstage. Also, it is very helpful whenever a piano or pianist is nowhere to be found, which makes it impossible for me to proceed with traditional warm-up exercises. I can also conveniently do it whenever and however I want it to be during my trip to shows and gigs. On the other hand, you also have to allot some time to allow your voice and vocal cords to “recharge” and regain strength. You can do it by dedicating at least two days of rest in a week to let your vocal cords relax from your week-long singing engagements.
And lastly, avoid talking too loud. Make sure to speak in a properly modulated voice and permit rests in between speeches or conversations.