Updated: Feb 6, 2019
So, how does one physically improve the Art of Natural Singing without resorting to unnatural resources?
A number of people have taken interest in over the years, yet have struggled to find definitive answers for... IMPROVING ONES SINGING to a natural, fluent ability. There's so much artificial manipulation to vocals on recordings nowadays that it is really hard to study the art of singing from these recordings. In fact, there exists a sort of dying culture of natural vocalists. Why? One would think that because of technology and the internet (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram) learning anything would be easy. Well, that is the case. Anything CAN be learned. However, the same is true for the opposite... learning nothing can also occur because of the use of technology. The technological advancements in the music industry have created a growing trend of music creators who use technology to make music production easier... by the push of a button and the use of plugins. It is because of this movement that understanding certain vital properties of natural sound (frequency, velocity, amplitude, pitch, timbre, duration) are becoming less and less important to the art of physically writing and creating authentic works of music.
So, how does one physically improve the Art of Natural Singing without resorting to unnatural resources? Following are a number of suggested exercises to instantly improve your sound. A consistent daily schedule of practice in these areas will help refine your skill. There are a number of good videos on YouTube... use this option sparingly though. You may get overwhelmed by the variety of different approaches to the subject. Nevertheless, have fun with the following exercises.
While standing in front of a mirror, speak your vowels: A-E-I-O-U. Closely watch the movement of lips, mouth, and jaw line. Focus on these areas:
Closing of your jaw on any of the vowels. You more than likely closed your jaw while speaking E and the U (most likely on all of them).
Take your first two fingers and pull your jaw down 2 inches (or even better – use a plastic bottle cap or a cork (wine) to prop your jaw open). And speak the vowels again. And repeat again (we’re trying to re-program muscle memory – so the more the better).
Now sing the vowels on one pitch. A-E-I-O-U. Your goal is to keep your jaw open (long not wide) without closing for all of your vowels. Repeat until you can do it.
Now sing a phrase of one of your songs – and make sure your jaw opens to the same position on all of your vowels.
Maintain correct posture. To sing properly, make sure you have good posture
Learn to breathe from your diaphragm
Open your vowels
Keep your chin parallel to the floor
Extend your vocal range
Transition between the different voice areas