Updated: Mar 14, 2019
Here are a few vocal tips that I learned while studying voice at LeMoyne Owen College under the direction of Bennie Wilson, and also during Opera Study Abroad in Pisa, Italy, and a few I've learned myself along the way. Even though I'm mainly a soul/jazz singer these days, a few of these techniques have helped me along the way no matter what genre of music I'm singing.
· The most important technique for the best vocal execution will come from how and where you breathe. Retrain yourself to breathe from the diaphragm and not the chest.
· Reduce the tension in the throat and jaw when singing your notes, whether of a high or low pitch for smooth execution
· For good posture stand with feet shoulder width apart, relax the shoulders, chest and chin up.
· Try not to sing or practice more that 2 to 2 ½ hours a day. Give your voice some time to rest. Its an instrument too, so when you’re tired, it will show in your voice.
· If you are a performer, try singing while walking or riding the bike for even better vocal control and stamina (at least 15 minutes to start off).
· During the winter/cooler seasons, wear a scarf to protect your throat and ears.
Fruits and beverages that help to lubricate the vocal chords:
Plenty of water (room temperature recommended, spring water preferred)
Foods, beverages, and activities to avoid:
Fried, greasy foods
All of these either dry out your throat, loosen your vocal chords TOO much, produce excess mucus in the throat or can just plain make you uncomfortable before and while you sing. You don't want anything hindering the best execution of vocal production.
Happy training!! If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.