The best singers in the world may have been born with wonderful voices, but almost any person can sing well by following a few tips and making a few changes in his or her approach to singing-and to living.
Some tips to sing well involve making changes to one's lifestyle. The most important tip is to give up smoking and all tobacco products. Smoking and tobacco not only irritate your throat and vocal chords, but, over time, smoking can reduce your ability to breathe deeply. Breath control is essential to singing well. Getting enough exercise is another tip that will help you to sing well. It helps you develop good breathing patterns, and it strengthens your muscles and improves your posture, which also is essential for singing well. Finally, don't underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep. The most effective singers are well rested and healthy.
Some tips to sing well involve your approach to the music you wish to sing. You should understand what your singing range is and select songs that are within it. If you try to sing music that is too low or too high for your natural voice, your singing will sound strained. Over time, you may harm your voice. Another tip is to warm up your voice before you sing. Humming or singing an arpeggio (a range of consecutive notes) or "la, la, la" for a few minutes before you perform will help prepare your vocal chords and diaphragm (the big muscle under your breastbone that supports your breathing and singing) for your performance. When you prepare to sing, stand up straight and gently clasp your hands in front of you. Squeeze your hands together when you need to hit a high or intense note.
Finally, one of the most important tips to sing well is remembering to relax and have fun. Singing is supposed to be a pleasurable experience-for the singer as well as the listeners. Take a deep breath and relax before you open your mouth in song. Smile while you perform. Your smile will remind yourself how much you enjoy singing, and it will enhance your listeners' experience.