Practicing your singing skills, singing in a local choir, or taking singing lessons regularly can feel very rewarding. There's nothing like working towards a goal such as performing a song in front of a crowd and spending hours of your time practicing until you get the results that you want. Besides being rewarding, singing can be quite challenging too! For some people, these factors and challenges of singing make it a fun and rewarding hobby.
For some people, singing can be time-consuming to learn as the techniques associated with it such as breath management and control require daily practice to master. After mastering the proper techniques, your singing ranges will improve, and singing in front of a crowd can feel much more enjoyable as you become more confident in your abilities.
For casual singers looking to improve, singing can be a life-changing hobby by providing you with proper music education. It's also a good way to make friends with other voice students at your studio, choir, or singing group. This is especially beneficial if your regular lifestyle does not leave you in a great mental state, as you get a chance to relax and hang out with your singer friends and chill for a few hours to get away from your everyday life!
Enjoy These Benefits of Singing
Singing can benefit you in many ways, but the most obvious benefit is that singing is fun! For many people, having fun is an important part of life and when you are looking for a hobby, you'll want someone fun and exciting instead of boring and tedious. When something makes us feel good, our minds work better and our emotions work better, which in turn makes our bodies work better. This results in a chain of benefits that are also backed up by scientific studies.
When you sing regularly, you will notice positive effects in all aspects of your life. For children who sing or play music, studies have found that they tend to get better results at school than their peers who have not received any kind of musical education. In older people, not only does singing improve your abilities in hard sciences like maths, but it also gives you a better understanding of the art and how you express your feelings and emotions.
Multiple studies have found that singing brings both mental and physical benefits, and can be a great way to cope with unpleasant feelings. In terms of emotional wellness, singing can help increases your self-esteem and confidence. When you can sing well, you feel proud of your skills. And after successfully performing in front of a crowd, you may feel happy chemicals in your brain that will improve your mood.
Additional mental benefits of singing include increase mental alertness, decreased negative feelings like anger, depression, stress, and anxiety, and a higher sense of creativity and creative energy. In addition, people who sing regularly report an increased sense of self-esteem and higher creative energy.
In terms of physical benefits, studies have found that singing can workout the lungs by toning the intercostals and diaphragm muscles. Sleep patterns have also improved for those who sing regularly as well as improved postures, improved aerobic capacity, and better immune systems. In terms of preventative physical health, singing has been found to improve the physical balance in people affected by diseases like Parkinson's.
Singing Fundamentals To Improve Your Skills
The first fundamental that many music schools teach students during the first lesson is to find and know their vocal range. This refers to the number of notes that you can hit easily using your natural voice. There are several voice types, but some common ones are soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. Your voice is also your instrument, and understanding what notes it can and cannot hit helps you protect it from damages. Once you are comfortable singing within your own range, you can work on skills to help you extend your vocal range.
Another fundamental you'll learn in a musical program is how to have a good posture for singing. When you learn from a professional program, you'll know how important it is to stand up straight with your shoulders back when using your voice, and how you should not tilt your body back, forward, or onto its sides. When hitting higher notes or when trying to project your voice more, remember to not lift your chin and keep it down instead. This gives you more control and power in the sounds you make.
One more fundamental to know is how to breathe properly while singing. When you don't have proper breathing, this can make your sound choppy or weak. You also don’t want your audience to hear you gasping for air in between notes nor do you want to run out of air while sustaining a long note during the song. The best way to achieve good breaths is to practice singing with your diaphragm instead of your chest. The diaphragms are the muscles right below your rib cage and you can practice using them properly by putting your hands on your stomach, breathing in through your nose, and breathing out through your mouth while pushing downwards and contracting your abdomen muscles.
Maximizing the Benefits of Singing
With all the benefits of singing, consider making singing a part of your daily routine by dedicating chunks of your time to the art. There are some lifestyle changes that you can make to help you improve your craft. Similar to how football players require regular conditional training to enjoy good health, with singing, your voice is your most important asset, and it takes time and resources to take good care of it and enjoy the benefits your voice can bring to your daily life.
Drink Lots of Water
We've all heard of the phrase "drink lots of water" before, but when have we followed this advice to the letter? It's common knowledge that water does wonder for our health but did you know that it can also help you improve your singing? That's because drinking lots of water avoid drying out your throat, so it's a good habit to get into by taking water throughout your day and before you start practicing singing.
So what type of water should you drink? For many drinking cold water has been a habit many has gotten into because for one, it feels great to take some during a hot day. But did you know that drinking your water at room temperature is much better for your voice and vocal cords? Switching to warm drinks like tea also does a lot to soothe your throat which in turn allows you to produce better sound, though keep in mind that coffee does not give the same benefits to your throat as tea.
Sugary drinks are another thing you can cut out or take less of to protect your voice. If you are not keen on making a major lifestyle change, you don't have to cut these drinks out completely! Just remember to stay away from them before you practice singing or before you perform in from of a crowd.
Like with mastering any art, craft, or instrument, singing is no different. Despite what many people might think about how having a good voice is simply an innate talent, it also requires a lot of practice to hone your voice. This is where hard work and dedication come in as there’s no getting around a lack of practice. You can’t sing better by just reading a guide or listening to music, you have to commit to practicing daily to get better so you can enjoy the full benefits of singing.
So often should you practice? Well, this depends on how much time you are willing to dedicate to your art and what your goals for singing are. From 10 minutes to 5 hours a day, no matter how long you practice the key is to be committed and consistent. Ideally, most casual music students practice their craft for around one hour each day. But even 15-30 minutes every day is also much better than three hours once a week, as your voice will build up the muscle memory from the consistency of your practice.