4 Huge Singing Tips – Sing Much Better TODAY!

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As a guitarist, one of the most fun things you can do is to accompany yourself with singing, especially if you are feeling that you are singing well and other people are enjoying your singing! I like comparing singing while playing to “delivering” the whole entertainment package both for yourself and for the friends and listeners around you when you play the guitar. Today I will show you the 4 best instant singing tips on how to sing better immediately.

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing”

William James.

Since I started playing guitar I almost always used to sing. Even though I knew I was pretty terrible, I still enjoyed it. This past year I decided that I have had enough and that I want to improve my singing and enjoy it even more.

My first step was buying a book about singing. Later, I took a few lessons with a teacher, and eventually, I ended up taking an online course which helped me go through the biggest improvement (which you can read about at the bottom.) The tips I will provide here today are the best ones I have learned along the way.

Singing will get you to the front of the stage and in great fun. This is me in Amsterdam playing my favorite Dylan's song with a couple of Dutch musicians.

Singing rather than just playing guitar will get you to the front of the stage while havin’ a blast! This is me in Amsterdam, playing my favorite Dylan’s song on stage with a couple of Dutch musicians.

Remember – Singing is just like learning an instrument, and everyone can become good if he puts in the time to practice and learn about it. Some people naturally have prettier voices, but everybody can improve at least to a level where he sounds good and pleasant, even if he is not going to be featured on national TV for his singing skills. At the bottom of the article you can read more about great ways to start learning singing if you are serious about getting better and singing very well.

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The 4 Biggest Singing Tips that Everyone Can Immediately Apply and Just Sound BETTER:

1 – Sit/Stand Straight. Imagine a Cord Pulling You Up from Your Head

This is the first one, since posture is the single most important thing you can correct immediately. Just by doing that you will massively increase your voice resonance and get a fuller and nicer sound. Do not overdo that though, you are not a marine soldier, but you still have to feel your back and your neck straight. Further physical explanation on why this is so important is on tip #3.

♣ Hippie Tippie: When you are sitting on a soft chair that makes your butt sink in it, it makes you bend your back almost unconsciously! So make sure to sit on a firm and flat chair when you sing, or stand – which is even better for the voice projection!

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2 – Your Head Should Be Pointing Straight

Even when I do sit straight with the guitar, sometime I have a tendency to mess that up by looking down, for example to read chord sheets out of one of my DIY chord books. Looking down will cut down most of the resonance and volume since it will compress your throat and the space in which the air can flow.

Solution: If you are using a chord book, place it on a taller spot like a music stand or a tall table, preferably with a support from the back of it that will place it vertically.

Always try to place your chord books at about your eyes' level. Looking down will totally cut your voice projection.

Always try to place your DIY chord books at about your eyes’ level. Looking down will totally cut your voice projection.

3 – Breathe into the Stomach and the Sides Of The Stomach

Your chest should barely be moving, let’s talk about what SHOULD be moving instead. When you are inhaling deeply and correctly, you should feel the air inflating your stomach and the lower sides of your ribs and upper stomach. This happens when your diaphragm is lowered as you inhale as you can see in the pic.

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Good Belly Breathing creates more space for your lungs to expand to maximum capacity and to give you the maximum resonance, volume, and “air time” between the breaths you have to take. This is why it is also so important to stand/sit straight, since by doing that you are allowing more room for the diaphragm to expand!

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Standing / sitting straight lets you take in much more air and expand your lungs to the fullest capacity. This gives your voice maximum resonance, volume, and more comfortable “air time” between each time that you have to take a new breath.

4 – Open Your Mouth! Show Us Some Teeth!

When you are shying out and singing with your mouth almost totally closed, your voice gets a “mumbling” tone to it. Our mouth (look at it as an “oral cavity”) is also one of our most important voice resonators. And no, you don’t need to look like you are at the dentist or like you’re about to swallow someone like Mick Jagger or Steven Tyler, but in proper singing we should definitely see teeth at most of the time and it’s a great rule of thumb to follow.

Sing in front of the mirror for a bit to make sure that you aren’t making this mistake!


That’s it. Do not develop bad habits! I suggest writing those singing tips down and referring back to them before you are about to practice your singing, this will make sure that you do not forget that tomorrow.

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Show us some teeth to get your singing tone going! Mick Jagger sure does, and his singing career seems to be going pretty well so far…

Just by applying these 4 simple principles when you are singing, your voice is guaranteed to become stronger, more resonant and more pleasant! Record yourself and notice the differences!

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If at some point you will decide that you want to work more seriously on your singing and you are willing to put some time into it, the Superior Singing Method course is brilliant. You will need to commit to about 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks, and it will teach you everything inside and out on how to sing better and all the best singing tips you can think about from A to Z, and in the end of those 2 months you will not recognize your voice – it will be worlds better.

I took it myself and I am extremely happy with it so I am happy to highly recommend it.

Have fun singing and don’t be shy! None of us was born a Paul Simon, but nonetheless, singing is still always fun and we gotta start somewhere if you want to get better.

Can you help us all and name ONE singing tip that helped you the most in the comments? THANKS!

Peace!

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

Ella Fitzgerald.

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Read my full review about the Superior Singing Method online course:

 

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And that’s how I sound like when using those four tips:

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16 comments for “4 Huge Singing Tips – Sing Much Better TODAY!

  1. K dog
    July 26, 2017 at 1:12 AM

    Ahhh made me wanna go back to my Amsterdam weekend with that first pic. What’s your favorite dylan song you said you played there?

    Anyways, loved your tips they did help me some and I also just bought this course and would start taking it now.

    How long do you think before I start seeing results?

    • Alon Cooper
      July 28, 2017 at 3:22 AM

      Hey man, as far as I remember it was somewhere into the 3rd or 4th week going through the singing lessons when I really started feeling like my singing is getting better. It takes time, just like learning an instrument, but eventually you’ll be able to sing way better than what you’re used to.

      Now, two years later I feel totally different and very confident about my singing, as you can also see on my YouTube channel too.

      That Dylan song was “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” – by far my favorite. (and my favorite fingerpicking song as well)

      • K Dog
        August 3, 2017 at 4:08 AM

        cool. my fave dylan tune is girl from the north country. and “jokerman”.

  2. Jared
    April 27, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Who’s the best male singer you can think of Alon?
    Just curious to hear your opinion

    • Alon Cooper
      April 28, 2017 at 10:24 AM

      Haha, wow, terribly hard question. I can’t give you one solid answer because there are many male singers I appreciate. Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, (yes!) McCartney, and Jack Johnson are amongst my the voices I like the most.

      • Jared
        August 3, 2017 at 4:06 AM

        Fair enough. I do agree Jimi is also an extremely great (and underated) singer.

  3. Paul
    April 26, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    thanks, you have no idea how much these tips have helped me.

    Greeting from Colorado.

    • Alon Cooper
      April 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM

      You’re welcome Paul, enjoy.

  4. eli87
    February 18, 2017 at 4:09 AM

    The “breathing into the stomach” one seems hard for me to grasp. Can you explain a bit more?

    • Alon Cooper
      February 19, 2017 at 5:11 AM

      Hey Eli, the easiest way to explain breathing into the stomach is to focus on feeling (and visually seeing) the stomach inflating as you breath in.

      It’s easy to see when laying down on the back. Try to breathe in for a relatively long time, like 10 seconds, while trying to breathe in as deep as you can and watching your stomach as it gets the air in. That’s the type of breathing that’ll give you the most resonant and “open” voice to sing with.

  5. Emily
    February 14, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    I think the one tip that always had the best influence on my own singing was always simply to sit up. It has such a huge impact on how full my voice can sound like.

    Anyways, thanks, great tips.

    • Alon Cooper
      February 15, 2017 at 7:25 PM

      You’re welcome, glad you liked the tips and found ’em helpful.

  6. beefy jerky
    March 8, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    My favorite form of learning is from books, I rather not do online lessons, Is there a good book about singing that you recommend?

    • Alon Cooper
      March 9, 2016 at 5:07 AM

      Hey man, I read a book or two about singing but it’s hard for me to recommend them since I really believe it’s very hard to teach singing without the real examples.

      If I were you, I’d give personal lessons or online lessons another chance.

  7. JennaT
    March 20, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    I like that first quote about singing. Here’s another good one for you:

    Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.

    Lou Rawls (don’t have a clue who that is though..)

    • Alon Cooper
      March 22, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      Nice one Jenna.

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