Learning how to improve your singing voice can sometimes be frustrating. I know how it feels when you love to sing, but struggle to get it the right way.
For those, who are looking for a solution, this article is for you. In the next couple of minutes, I’ll talk about 3 common singing mistakes and how to fix them.
Common Singing Mistake #1 – Reaching for High Notes
This is by far on the top of the most common singing mistakes untrained vocalists make. The higher the notes they want to sing, the more they are reaching to get them.
The real problem here is, that singers lift their larynx when going higher in pitch.
I know, it seems to be a natural reflex to lift your larynx when singing higher notes. Truth is, the ideal position for the larynx would be very relaxed and “neutral”. Some singers recognize their problem and want to fix it by holding the larynx down.
That’s neither healthy nor does it sound very good. (DO you know Kermit The Frog?).
What happens when you lift your larynx?
- You sound narrow, weak, and crimped.
- You maybe end up screaming out your high notes
- You show a desperate look on your face.
And honestly, that’s not what we want.
So, how to go about it?
To be honest, it will take some time and serious practicing to retrain your body and mind. The best way to do this is by learning a proper and solid vocal technique. You can start with these 4 Ways To Improve Your Singing Voice or you can join an online singing program.
Fortunately, there are some helpful exercises that can help you right now.
- Have The Right Idea of High Notes (mental exercise)
We have to turn our thinking upside down. So, when we want to sing HIGH, we must think LOW.
Don’t reach for the high notes like for the stars in the sky, rather dig them out from deep down below.
- Do Squats
This is a great (physical) exercise where you actually feel a high note low in your body.
Sing an ascending scale with 3-4 notes. At the top note, you do a squat. What happens is that the highest note of the scale will instantly feel like the lowest.
- Hold Your Jaw
This is also a good one… but you have to be careful.
Put your hand on your jaw and gently push it backward. Your larynx is now locked in a relaxed position.
Start singing a scale and keep that position with your hand. As your body is now unable to engage and lift the larynx, he will lookout for new strategies to sing higher notes.
As a result, he will use the “right” muscles. You just have to be careful and don’t force anything in this process. Start low and give your body the chance to adapt to this new way of singing little by little.
Common Singing Mistake #2 – Singing Out of Tune
This is another big one amongst the most common singing mistakes. And it’s probably the reason number one, why so many people shy away from singing in front of other people.
For many people (listeners) it’s just like this…
You can have the worst technique or even a horrible sounding voice…but if you can hit the right notes… people will say you can sing.
When I started out, I struggled terribly with singing on pitch. Although (in my head) I knew exactly the notes of the melody, it came out totally different.
The common belief is, that we can’t fix this.
You often hear people say: “I just can’t sing.” or “I don’t have a voice”.
But I can tell you from my very own experience…
Singing Out of Tune Is Something You CAN Fix.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s behind singing off-key…
Although the exact reason for singing off-key remains unknown, there are two things for sure. It’s not your ears… it’s your brain.
It’s not your vocal cords…it’s voice placement and muscle tension.
Hmm, sounds a bit complex, doesn’t it?
Well, actually it’s not.
But Basically… This Is The Roadmap to Singing On-Key:
- Ear Training: The term is a little misleading, because -as I already mentioned- it has nothing to do with your ears, but with your brain.
I just recommend everyone to start with eartraining. It’s a great foundation for singing in-tune every single time.
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- Brain synchronization: You only need a pen and a piece of paper for syncing your brain in less than 10 minutes. Draw circles clockwise and counterclockwise as well as lazy 8s. I’ve talked more about this method in this article.
- Body tension: It’s little-known, but having the proper (muscle) tension is key to singing on or off-pitch.
To put it simply: If you’re too flabby – you’ll sing flat. If you’re too strained – you’ll sing sharp.
Common Singing Mistake #3 – Singing Outside Your Range
I still don’t know why someone would rather crack, scream, and almost die at “We are the champions” than adapting it to his own abilities.
Or even better… choose another song.
Quite frankly, only amateurs make this mistake.
If a professional singer covers a song, he can’t sing in the original keys, he will always transpose it down or makes his own version.
Just listen to John Mayer’s version of “Free falling“ (RIP Tom Petty).
There is a saying…
“Life is a sales pitch.”
Whether you like it or not, it’s true.
And when you’re singing in front of an audience, no matter if you do it for a living or just as a hobby, you sell your music and yourself to others.
If they “buy” it, you will get fame and fortune.
So, why not…
Become a Smart Singer
- Buy a capo and find the ideal key for your voice.
- Choose those songs, already written within your range, or…
- Write your own songs. Learn more about this at How To Learn To Write Songs
Over the years, I’ve noticed 3 common singing mistakes, primarily newbies or untrained singers make.
- Reaching for high notes
- Singing out of tune
- Singing outside your range.
It’s my deepest belief, that every one of these common singing mistakes can be fixed. There are several strategies in place.
If you are willing to put some work and effort into it, and follow-through, you will be rewarded with a new voice.
In fact, singing will be so much more fun.
One day it will be hard to believe that you even made these common singing mistakes.
If you want to start getting a better voice then read 4 Ways To Improve Your Singing Voice and do ALL the exercises…NOW!
To your singing success