I believe every one who has a desire to sing can do so. Singing is a way of expressing ourselves and it FEELS GOOD! Many people say that they can’t sing but this is not true, it just means that they are not really confident with the sound of their singing voices. So for those with a true desire to sing, persistence, patience and practice is the key. I will just mention that again, persistence, patience and PRACTICE is the key – note the capital letters on PRACTICE! Moving on…
All notes in music can be written down and therefore have specific pitch and time value. The best way to start improving your ability to sing in time and tune is to copy the sounds you hear from either a piano (vocal exercises) or sing along to one of your favourite songs. Now, lets begin by talking about PITCH!
Pitch means: The frequency of a note; how high or how low it sounds.
Without good pitch, new singers can begin to slur their notes and hit wrong ones all together, that’s why PRACTICE (theirs that word again) is so important. Now, before we get into the really fun stuff like: Your anatomy, how we sing, how to sing from the diaphragm, vowels, breath control and much, much more lets talk about range.
Vocal range: Is the span from the lowest to the highest note a particular voice can produce.
Female voices are usually higher in pitch than male voices. The highest and lowest note the student can sing is how a teacher discovers his/her vocal range. The range of your voice depends on two things: Your gender and your vocal chords. If you are a female your range may be a Soprano (higher) or Alto (lower) if you are a male the ranges are Tenor (higher) Baritone (middle) and Bass (low) if you are a female singer learning to sing a male song, your version may be higher. This is because you have a naturally higher range than a male singer so you may be singing the notes in a different octave to the original. But what is an octave? You may be thinking…
An Octave is the musical distance of eight notes.
Most singers can generally work up to about three octaves but then there are singers who can sing five octaves. One such singer is Mariah Carey, but she can also open garage doors with the highest note of her voice... I think we will stick to one solid and well-polished octave for now… Which, brings us too…
Forcing and straining
When we start out as singers it is easy to believe that we can come become the next vocal superstar in no time at all. However, these artist have been training for years. There are a lot of big voices around these days and lots of artists like to perform Vocal Gymnastics however, as a new singer the key is to develop the timbre and tone of your voice, before you even think about the strength and power. Strength and power will come in time as a part of natural growth, which leads us to our final phrase of lesson one. The meaning of the phrase: Timbre - not to be mistaken with wood!
Timbre: The quality of a sound that distinguishes one voice or instrument from another.
Every singer has his or her own sound because everyone’s anatomy is different. Like some people are shorter or taller than others, we all have slightly different shapes, sizes and thicknesses of the parts of the body that are used for singing. Your windpipe, larynx, lungs, tongue and lips create your own sound, which is referred to as the timbre (tone and quality) of your voice. All musical instruments have their own timbre, which gives them their own unique sound no matter what notes they are playing. So celebrate your tone, because there is nobody else on the planet that sounds the same as you do!
So sing like nobody is listening and reap the many health benefits along the way. You will open yourself up to a whole new world of enjoyment and best of all - it's free!