Singing is serious business, and considering that the UK’s music industry was worth £5.2 billion only last year, there is no doubt about its vibrancy. The temptation to sound like Adele or other music legends who can hold a note for long is alluring for many creative talents with singing voices. Indeed, this is possible only if you know your range and what it takes to become a musician without hurting your vocal cords in the long run. Below is a discussion on how to safely develop yours and be the best.
1. Have an idea of your current range first
Contrary to popular belief, your vocal range is more than belting out your lowest or highest singing voice. It is more to do with how comfortable you are when singing at any of these ranges without sounding like you’re struggling to hold a note. Additionally, it’s also more to do with how long you can continue singing in that vocal range as your career takes off. A screechy voice can be a major put off for people who initially wanted to hear you sing.
Additionally, there is no point in trying to impress your listening audience if your sole aim is to show your singing prowess at the expense of hurting your voice. It would help if you considered singing lessons to help you identify the comfortable range you belong to. A more straightforward way to self-check your range is to try it out with a keyboard.
2. Adhere to proper singing techniques
According to the Independent, a singer like Connie Fisher, unfortunately, encountered problems with her vocal cords at some point in her career. Several other singers like her needed time to recover their voice tone. Sadly, several up and coming musicians who blew their voice box very early in their careers had their passion for singing cut abruptly even before hitting the mainstream. Even UK’s Adele had problems at some point in more recent times.
The objective here is to always stick to proper singing techniques because even experts sometimes must rest their larynx. The advice to always sing with ‘an open throat’ is more than a cliché. Moreover, this can be done expertly when the larynx is in a rested position. If you’re standing to sing, remember to keep your back straight without feeling uptight.
The same applies to singing in a seated position. Indeed, it takes a lot of training to get it right from the beginning. Singing professionals also recommend singing from the diaphragm and not from the neck area. Although most of these tips can be learnt from the internet, you are better off seeking help from a voice trainer.
3. Always prioritise your vocal health
Those unharmed vocal cords you have now are supposed to carry you throughout your singing career. That explains the utmost need to prioritise your vocal health at all times. No matter how much a gig is paying, it’s better not to cram your performances in a short period. Another thing to avoid is ‘over-singing’ – which is doing more than your voice can allow.
Furthermore, even though it is a good idea to practice often, too many sessions can affect your vocal health. Indeed, it is a balancing act, and you can get the hang of it with time.