how to sing better right now – fast and easy

How to Sing better right now!

HI guys! I’m Madeleine Harvey, and thank you for joining me today! We have a super exciting video planned! We’re going to be talking about how you can sing better right now! This video is intended to empower you to take command of your voice, and start singing better immediately! So if you’re finding that you’re getting frustrated with your voice, you can use the tips in this video as a checklist to keep you focused, moving forward, and of course improving. So if you like today’s video, be sure to give it a thumbs up and click the subscribe button below. I would love to see you here more often!

1. We’re going to start with the big one! And that’s creating space! Most of the tips that we’ll talk about today filter back into this one fundamental idea. And I feel that this is where you’re going to see most of your improvement. One of the very first things that you’ll want to do before you start singing is stretch your face. Singing is all about guiding your vibrations into tiny spaces inside of your face. It’s called resonance. You’re ability to do this will effect your tone quality, your power and your pitch. So bring as much aliveness into your face as you can stand! Make your eyes really big, flare your nostrils and feel the coolness of the air circulating into your nose space. Just get to know that feeling of openness. Then send a couple of sighs into your face and notice how you can feel the vibrations landing into the areas that you’re focusing on.
2. Pitch matching. If you feel that you may struggle sometimes with matching pitch in your singing that simply speaks to a lack of muscle memory that’s all. The ear bone is connected to the voice bone and that’s connected to the space bone. So get to know pitch and intervals by playing with small variations in sound. Humming works wonders because it moves the sound forward into your mask and allows you to register that resonance as well as the movement in the pitch. Bring that aliveness that we talked about our number 1 tip into it as well. That will allow for you to deliberately focus on the energy that’s needed to stay on pitch.
3. Articulation. Something a lot of singers do when they’re just getting started is mumble when they sing. Not only do we not understand what they are saying, but mumbling also creates a collapsed feeling in the face and there goes the neighborhood. Can you sense a pattern? How everything really relies on the need for space? Well done! So use articulation by over emphasizing your words. Notice how the articulation keeps the tone focused forward as well as your thoughts clear and projected. This is going to feel really weird. But signing is larger than life! So get used to it! Really, develop a sense of comfort with bigness.
4. Experimentation. Don’t be scared to look silly. Or play with a sound or a shape that may feel like it doesn’t sound like you. At the end of the day, it’s all about access to spaces. When you are exploring the space in your face where the sound needs to take place, you may need a little assistance from a crazy sound to get you there. I demonstrate crazy sounds all the time in lessons, and I will get a lot of resistance from singers who are just starting out because they don’t want to sound bad, or annoying. If you have a need for a specific tone quality, and refuse to play with sounds that are going to help you have access to bigger parts of your voice because those sounds take you away from that quality, you’re never going to have access to your potential. Of course you can have a vision for what areas of your voice you want to polish and use the most, but don’t be afraid to get really comfortable with the absurd and the unknown. All in the name of exploration. So adopt a playful frame of mind and see what new qualities you can discover. Feel those new sensations and get comfortable with the absurd that’s how progress is made.
5. Make good choices. When it comes time to perform, begin in your comfort zone. It’s so much better to build comfort and confidence with performing by choosing a simple song and doing it well, rather than sabotaging yourself with a song that you may need some time to develop. So choose a song that feels extremely natural and conversational to you. You want to wake up your voice with small progressions. Another benefit to choosing a relatively easier song when performing is you can anchor the feeling of comfort and simply enjoy the process of performing. And flex your performing muscles by focusing on communicating the lyrics and effectively expressing your point of view through the story.

23 thoughts on “how to sing better right now – fast and easy”

  1. Shaquetta Stewart

    Thank you soooo so so much!! Pitch and articulation is exactly what I need!
    It’s so great to have you freely help people to sing better! I’ll be sure
    to upload an audio for you to hear soon once I practice your tips and
    maintain the muscle memory! Thank you again 👏🏾👑👍🏾

  2. Patrick Nolan

    Very informative video. I’ve been singing for a year still pretty bait not
    that good. But this video really helped thank you!

  3. Ilayda Schmidt

    hii☺ when I sing, my throat hurts after I sing like 3 songs. what can I do
    to stop it?

    1. Madeleine Harvey

      +Ilayda Schmidt OH NO! Well, pain is not a good thing. So if you notice
      that there is pain after about 3 songs, you’ll need to tune into yourself
      to see what the aggravating incident really is… Usually pain and
      inflammation are caused when there is compensation happening…usually
      strain and tension. But that is not always the case. Sometimes, pain can be
      caused by too much air pressure…(Singing really loudly without support or
      interior muscle strength.) It’s like me going to the gym and attempting to
      bench press my own weight the first time around….(I’m likely to pull
      something or hurt myself.) What you can do, is try singing a little softer
      and see how you feel. You want your singing to feel fluid and even, like a
      melodic version of your natural speech. Stay relaxed, and feel the flow. I
      hope this helps!! BIG HUGS!

  4. Titiana de Vries-Haremaker

    You are a very good teacher, because your message gets through with clear
    explanations and you keep the interest!
    Bravo and thank you!

    1. Madeleine Harvey

      +Titiana de Vries-Haremaker Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m glad
      you enjoyed this video!

  5. Christie Kelf

    +Madeleine Harvey I was wondering if you could do a video on how to reduce
    “breathiness” when singing in head voice and also a video on how to control
    your voice properly, without moving your jaw? Thank you :)

  6. Matilda Norup

    Hi ! 😉
    So, the place where I take singing lessons at, have this “come and look”
    thing in two days, and I’ll have to sing a duet that is NOT in my comfort
    zone. My teacher said that it was just to show people what a lesson could
    be like, but I’ve been very insecure about singing in front of people in
    the past, and I’m scared that this experience may give me some problems
    with performing in front of people.. It’s very high for me, and it’s just
    in that “area”, where I can’t get my voice to blend.
    So all in all; I don’t feel my voice is ready, and I’m scared that I’ll get
    tensed, and sing in an unhealthily way.
    Please respond, I really need some tips ;)

  7. Hello! When I was a kid I really loved singing. I joined contests, I sing
    in parties, etc. But when I was in maybe grade 6, I stopped singing but I
    still love music. I just stopped in joining contest, singing for a lot of
    people. And now that I’m in grade 10 I wanted to sing like before. But my
    voice wasn’t the same anymore. Before I can belt high notes easily and I
    can play runs smoothly but now it sounds flat and after I sing some songs
    maybe 3-4, my voice hurts. What should I do?

    1. Madeleine Harvey

      HI Friend! Thanks for your question. Singing is a lot like being an
      athlete. The muscles that control the experience of singing will develop a
      sense of memory in regards to coordinations. When we stop singing, even for
      a little while, we can loose that sense of muscle memory and will need to
      develop it again. So go easy on yourself. Allow your voice to be what it is
      right now without the expectation of what it used to be. You’ve also grown
      a lot from grade 6 to 10.. And your body is literally different. Go slow,
      and easy. Develop the ease of flow in your voice before concerning yourself
      with jumping right into power. If your voice wobbles and breaks
      now…that’s ok. Spend time with that area of your voice sighing high to
      low. This will help even out your transitions and build the habit of
      sending your breath up into your face instead of pushing your voice into
      coordinations that may take some time to develop. I hope this helps. Thanks
      so much! Big hugs!

  8. Hello. Amazing video. I feel that i’m getting better using the techniques
    that you show. Here’s a cover of Britney Spears “Blur”

    Thank U!!

    I’m sure gonna be back for your next video!!

    

  9. Brooklyn Chase

    But what he really is lacking is the knowledge of how to engage in a process to learn effectively.

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