Another exercise for improving the voice, is before I’m singing I try to relax my jaw lower area by singing my “ya ya ya” through the scales. This helps me free any tension around my mouth area including my jaw and ready to open once I begin singing. Another technique to unlock jaw tension when you have no time to go through your scales is to drop the jaw and yawn at the same time which is the much easier and time effective approach but gets the job done before you go on stage.Even though practicing tongue twisters don’t help improve your voice range I still think it’s important to practice my dictation when singing so people understand what i’m actually singing and that i’m finishing every word and not cutting off to early because I’ll only be cheating myself and it will start to become a habit. To improve my dictation I do lip thrills going up and down keys, I sing “sixth,sick,sheep’- sixth,sheep,sick” very fast and loud up and down scales and also focus on my vowels when going through tongue twisters because that’s where I lose a lot of my clearity.
How do you practice singing in tune?
The first thing I do to make sure I am singing in tune is to not jump straight into a song but work on humming pitches and notes of the song hence I can get the feel of how I should sing that song in tune just before singing. Before, I start humming I try to be in a very quiet environment so i can hear myself if i’m humming in tune and where I need to go back on to practise. This exercise takes a lot of practise and patience because it can be very irritating if you cannot hum a certain note in tune or not able to realise if ur singing in tune at all but it all takes practise and I have come to realisation of that.
Another way I practise to sing in tune, is to record myself singing a song. Once I play it back and work out where my voice differs to the tune I go back and record myself singing the part which was off tune. For this exercise to be efficient to my needs with precise tuning I have to sing very loudly and clearly even if i’m off tune for most of the part. I try to work out from the recordings if I need to make any adjustments to my tuning. After mending my incorections I try to record again numeral of times with ease and not building up to that certain note. This will benefit me because i will be able to correct myself (tuning wise) and progress as well.
How do you keep your voice working in order ? (diet,hydration eyc..)
One way I keep my voice working in order is to warm my voice up. This is very important because you can really damage your vocal area if you sing a very difficult song without any preparation beforehand. An exercise to keep my voice working in order is to rotate my shoulders and neck both clockwise and anticlockwise 10 times. This helps me become less rigid around my neck and throat area before I sing.Furthermore, another method I use is rubbing gently my jaw and cheek muscles. I place both my palms on each side of my face in a very slow circular process while raising and lowering my jaw as I massage to help loosen the jaw area. I do this exercise for about 30-40 seconds 4 to 6 times. There are also a few factors that will destroy your voice in the long run that I have learnt about like: Alcohol- which dries up the brain preventing you to sing at your best. Smoking which is bad for my inside vocals and any acidic substances like orange juice, citrus if I have a bad throat. I always try to stay hydrated with drinking plenty of water every day.
How do you set up your mic and eq/effects for appropriate sounds and tones?
Firstly I place the mic on the mic holding stand which could either be the straight stand for singers who are just singing and not playing an instrument or a boom stand for singers who are also playing an instrument whilst singing so they don’t bang there instrument accidentally. Then connect the female end to the microphone and plug it in. The cable can just lie on the stand or you could also wrap the cable around the boom but I prefer not to because it’s easier for me to just take off the mic from the mic stand. The equalizer (eq) is the relative volume of the different frequency spectrum relative to itself. Every microphone model/make handles frequency differently. Microphones will exceed certain frequency ranges while others may cut shor them or not affect them in any way. For example the SM58 cuts short the frequencies in the 7 to 8 KHZ range. Which means once I start singing I will get a different tonal sound.
How do you use your voice to create different sounds/tones for different aspects of music?
Personally to make my voice sound a certain way for a different piece of music I will either sing softer, harsher, high volume or low pitch depending on the genre of the music style. For example if I was to sing something within the rock style my pitch and tone would be very high/angry for the screeching parts and I would sing the words very harshly. On the contrary If I was to sing a piece of jazz music my tone would be the opposite. It would be more calming, chilled and the pace would be almost like your being spoken to.
What health and safety issues are there when using your instrument?
One health and safety issue is when I’m singing I have to stand in a correct posture with my neck not to high or low when im about to sing. I almost think about it as a power pose in my head before I sing. This decreases any tension around the body and allows you have to best chance to belt out any song and to sing in the best way.Another health and safety issue is when I push my voice in a straining way this can actually damage my voice in the long run and prevent me singing a whole song properly without hurting.
How do you prevent injuries and strains?
Personally I prevent injuries and strains by not over using my voice like shouting or screaming because this would put a strain on my voice. When i’m about to sing to stand in the best posture so I can hit all the right notes and controlling my breathing through my diaphragm.8. What do you do to warm up?One thing I do to warm up my voice is to to hum my whole song I am about to sing and do a few humming, thrills or ooooh up and down scales for 10-20 mins before singing.