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If you’re new to singing, you probably have a list of questions about how to get started. What are the best warm up exercises? What should I sing for my first audition? How do I find a good vocal coach? While there’s no one right way to become a singer, I can offer some advice on the best way to start. Here are my top four tips for beginner singers:

Always warm up.

Most people know to warm up before they do any physical activity. If you run, stretch your muscles and jog around the block a few times before you run a marathon. The same applies to singing—you need to warm up before you sing or perform.

Warming up will help your body get into the right position and make sure that all of your muscles are ready for use when it comes time to sing!

Good Breathing Techniques.

The most important thing for beginner singers to remember is the importance of using good breathing techniques for singing. Without it, you won’t be able to sing with any power or control, let alone emotion or stamina. Using correct breathing techniques will also help you to avoid vocal strain and other bad habits.

Using correct breathing techniques when you’re singing is by engaging intercoastal diaphragmatic breathing that allows air into your lower lungs (the ones below your ribs) rather than taking shallow breaths (where your shoulders and chest rise). This will give you more endurance when singing and prevent fatigue from creeping in too early on.

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Get help from a vocal coach.

Find a singing teacher or vocal coach to help you improve your vocal technique. Having a good vocal coach is important when learning how to correctly use vocal technique. Of course you can do a lot of research by yourself online by watching YouTube videos and reading articles but having a good vocal coach will ensure that you are learning good technique that works for YOU alongside steering you away from bad habits that can be picked up online.

In order to find a good vocal coach, look for someone who has lots of experience. If possible try and make sure that they’ve had formal training from an accredited institution (drama/music/performing arts school). For more information on this topic read my “How to find the right vocal coach for your child” blog post.

Care for your voice, and it will stay with you for life.

The first thing to do is avoid damaging practices, like smoking and drinking alcohol. These can be troublesome to the vocal folds and can cause permanent damage to them over time such as chronic laryngitis and vocal fold polyps. Make sure to stay hydrated – having the right amount of mucosal lubrication is vital to good vocal health! 6-8 glasses of water day should do the job! Room temperature water is best to have throughout your singing lessons. Using a humidifier can help to keep your voice healthy if you are sick or live in a dry environment. Acid reflux can also have a negative impact on the voice. If you suffer from this, try to avoid trigger foods before you sing.

If you start with these tips, you can have a foundation to build on!

One last thing: it’s important to remember that singing is a lifelong journey. You’ll never stop learning and growing as a vocalist, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way. You’ll get there eventually!

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