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Discover tips from Amy Hollinrake to help you find your own unique voice!

Singer finding her natural voice

When learning to sing, or singing for the very first time, many people tend to imitate a favourite singer or vocal style. While taking inspiration from our favourite vocalists is a good place to start (especially for developing new ideas and style), without blending with your own ‘natural’ sound, it can lead to developing a voice that is a copy or reproduction of someone else’s.

So how do we find our unique voice? There are many exercises we can do to either begin to find our natural voice, or to undo ingrained habits of altering the voice in a way that produces a highly-affected sound.

Obviously, there will be times when you will want to produce a certain vocal style or ‘colour’ more suited to a specific genre, but it’s important to have a solid understanding of your own natural sound so that you can confidently and suitably manipulate it – while still sounding like you!

Here are a few things to consider, and exercises you can try either on your own or with your vocal tutor to start to find your natural, unique singing voice:

  • Firstly, remove vocal tension through stretching the body and singing scales to ‘blah’ to open and loosen the vocal tract (a relaxed larynx sound).
  • Exercise breath control through long exhales to ‘shh’.
  • Experiment with each of the five basic vowels used in singing. These vowels are EE – EH – AH – OH – OO.
  • Try speaking lyrics first and emulate that pronunciation.
  • If you are completely relaxed and rid of all tension, you should feel vibrations around the hard palate, the nasal area, as well as under the eye sockets. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘mask region’.
  • Once your speaking feels natural and free, try to do the same thing, but on a steady monotone pitch or simple melody. Try to do it in the same simple, conversational way check your voice still moving naturally and freely.

Experiment with these exercises and try to shift your perception and intention when you sing, to allow your voice to resonate in the most natural way!

Learn why taking good care of your voice is essential. Tips on vocal health and how to care of your voice!

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It is absolutely essential to take care of your vocal cords

Taking good care of your voice as a singer is essential as it is your musical instrument and you must protect it as much as you can.

Taking good care of a piano for instance isn’t that complicated as long as you get it tuned on a regular basis and ensure that the temperature and humidity/dryness of the room is maintained at a consistent level.

In the unlikely case that it would get damaged, you can always purchase a new one, but you can sadly not buy a new voice!

That is the reason why you should really protect your voice as much as you possibly can.

You must be careful as your voice can easily be exposed to various dangers which could create severe damages.

In this article, we are happy to share some tips that can help you prevent injuries and ensure that your voice perform at its best at all times.

Here is some advice that can definitely help you take care of your voice and improve your overall singing!

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The most common fear of singers is getting a cold or a flu as it results in not being able to sing at all

Avoid getting a cold where possible

The most common fear of singers is getting a cold or a flu as it results in not being able to sing at all. Losing your voice could be compared to playing a violin without strings so always ensure to dress well, especially during the winter season. Wear appropriate clothing and always add a scarf to your outfit. Washing your hands regularly is also important too to avoid getting any illness.

Using a humidifier in your residence is a good idea.

Keep the level of humidity to 30%.

If you do unfortunately get ill, do not sing and avoid using your voice when possible.

If you are a singer, smoking should be avoided and drinking alcohol should be restricted.

It is a fact that smoking irritates the vocal folds and alcohol make them dry.

Always drink lots of water when singing

Water, food and sleeping

Drinking plenty of water is however perfect for your vocal folds.

Eating spicy foods should also be avoided as it can cause stomach acid to move into the throat, but adding vegetables and fruits in your diet is excellent to keep your mucus membranes healthy!

Sleeping enough hours and being well-rested is important as fatigue has a negative effect on your voice. Exercising regularly is also brilliant as it helps you keep a good posture and improve your breathing. Good breathing being key to the enhancement of your voice!

We all have a beautiful natural voice that we should all cherish, but it is even more important if you are a singer.

Other musicians produce a sound with a musical instrument. In your case, your instrument is your voice so the only way to produce a wonderful tone is to look after your voice and take care of it!

Remember to breathe properly and be free in your body when singing!

Warm up properly and remember to breathe!

Warming up before singing is also essential. All instrumentalists warm up before performing and athletes prepare their muscles before playing to avoid injuries, so there is no reason why you should not do the same!

You might not know the exercises that should be done before singing, but do not worry as an expert singing instructor will be able to show you how to proceed.

Taking breaks regularly during your practice sessions is also important as you should not practise with a tired voice. It is similar for pianists, violinists or any other instrumentalists. They must rest their fingers and not study for long period of time. Otherwise, they could might injury themselves.

At The London Singing Institute, we take great care of our pupils and we always ensure that their voice get trained properly in order to avoid any injury. We also make sure that their voice become as beautiful as they deserve to be!

If you study at The London Singing Institute, your vocal instructor will also teach you a few breathing exercises that are fundamental.

Breathing properly is key to the development of your voice and improvement of your tone production.

He or she will help you find your natural voice placement and choose songs that work well for your vocal range. Songs can also be transposed to suit your voice better.

We do hope that this article is useful and that you now have a better idea of how to take care of your voice!

Learning to sing as an adult beginner – find out why you can!

Adult singer

You might have tried to sing in a couple of events, or when you were with a small group of close friends. You may also have recorded your voice while trying to copy the style of the singer who sang your favourite song.

Have you noticed that your voice either breaks during high notes or fluctuates with a change of tune? Or you have repeatedly hit the same note wrong so many times that you’ve stopped trying to sing that particular song?

If you can relate to this, then you are probably a beginner trying to sing.

Your voice is your body’s own musical instrument.

And like any other instrument, you need to practice and make it sound the way you want it to sound.

If you are an adult beginner and want to polish your singing skills, here is how you can be the singer you’ve always dreamed of becoming:

Understand Your Vocal Range

This is perhaps the most basic part of learning how to sing. Listen to music from different genres and experiment with singing them. Ask a friend to listen to (pick someone with good taste) or record your own voice to understand what your voice does when you, for example, move from low to high notes. This will help you know what sort of music comes naturally to you and you’ll know what genre you need to focus on, or what improvements you need to make. This is a good starting point.

So get to know your vocal range. There is no use trying to sing songs in a tenor voice when you actually have a baritone voice! Do remember that all ranges are beautiful, and the secret is finding your style and range and developing that!

Develop Your Personal Singing Style

You must have heard song covers online where a song is sung in a completely different style from the original track. Some of these are just weak attempts; others may even sound better than the original! The good thing about music is – it belongs to everybody. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to singing a song, sing your favourite song the way you like and the way it sounds right.

Take time to develop your own personal singing style. If you do so, you will be pleasantly surprised at the results. The best singers in the world have all developed their own unique vocal style. Think of David Bowie or Bob Dylan, even Morrisey. All of them are not classically perfect – but they express the correct attitude and fans love them for that!

Take Singing Lessons

If you want to see your voice improve and are serious about becoming a singer, then the best step to take would be to sign up for singing lessons.

Beginner singing lessons for adults in London are gaining in popularity because of an increase in interest in music and singing among people in Central London. (People have started to recognise the fact that music is a very important part of society! – It even increases your IQ!)

Beginner singing lessons for adults in London are held at our City and Mayfair location.

The singing classes at the London Singing Institute for beginner singing lessons in London are extremely result-oriented and we have excellent vocal instructors who genuinely cares for your voice and your vocal goals!

With enough professional instruction, as well as lots of time and effort you should see a massive result in your vocal development. (On the condition that you practice properly and follow all the exercise…)

Taking singing lessons is important to improve the quality and strength of your voice. And for difficult techniques, training is important to avoid harm if you use your voice in the incorrect manner.

Your singing abilities go with you, wherever you go. If you want to be a singer and impress people with your voice, then get in touch with us today.

We have some of the best beginner singing lessons for adult beginners in London and Central London!

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FACT: You do NOT need any prior experience to develop your voice!

Female vocalist
Yes, you can learn how to sing! You just have to get started!

A lot of adult beginner vocal students are initially very concerned about not having prior experience.

The truth is that we all start at the beginning.

It is simply the best place to start.

A great singing teacher will know how to make you feel comfortable regardless of your experience.

It is often extremely nerve-wrecking to sing in front of a teacher for the first time and a lot of beginner adult students simply lack the confidence to sing a song at the first lesson.

That is EXACTLY we at the CLVC we provide lessons in a comfortable, friendly environment and give you PLENTY of time to try and understand the process of learning how to sing.

We do not expect you to reach any level in the beginning and we simply encourage you to discover this wonderful gift that you have been given – YOUR VOICE!

So please never feel you are not talented enough..

If you are shy… we have taught plenty of shy students before and guess what? After a while they are not that shy anymore…

We respect your individuality and will always work with you to help you develop your voice and sing the style of music that you love!

Take the first step and reach out —- soon you will discover the MOST beautiful natural sound that has been bestowed upon you – your voice!