• Tina Van

4 Lessons to Sing Better (from our Intro to Singing Class)

We want to continue inspiring you to sing and share your voice.

The Tacoma Refugee Choir believes everyone can sing and should enjoy the benefits of singing. Many who had never sung formally find their voice and a supportive community in this very special choir. Being a good singer is not limited to natural-born talent. It takes practice to feel comfortable sharing your voice.We hope to inspire you to sing and share your voice and hope these tips and the instruction offered in our Singing Fundamentals course will give you more confidence and joy as you lift up your voice and sing.

1. Breathe breathe breathe!

You are already an expert in breathing, because you are still alive! 

Maximize how you breathe so that it is efficient for singing. Your breath has a huge impact on your voice and how your body feels. Start with expanding the rib cage as this will leverage physics to help you take a relaxed and efficient inhalation.

2. Posture

Pay attention to your posture when you sing. How you stand when you sing will affect your confidence, your breathing, your speaking and singing voice and even your mood. It's really hard to feel cheerful if your shoulders are slouching. Try aligning your body starting with your feet and then paying attention to lengthening your tailbone all the way up to where the atlas vertebrae connects with your skull. Erin calls this a bobble-headed dinosaur stance (check out the video to see her walk through it).

3. Reduce tension

Tension is the enemy of sound. You can release tension by taking a relaxed breath, managing air flow, consciously releasing muscles such as the tongue, jaw, shoulders, and neck, and efficiently articulating consonants. A favorite exercise is to sing through a straw to build the connection between breath and air flow while encouraging the body to not overwork.

4. Sing with Intention

Your whole body is in tune with your voice.

Singing is more than just the words you sing and notes you can hit. Your emotions (or lack thereof) will shine through. Connect with the words you are singing, what are you trying to share? Focusing on the emotions and the character of the song can help you to overcome technical challenges with your voice. 

Look forward to sharing your voice with the world. And don’t forget to practice! Notice how your singing can improve as you put these four things into practice.

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