How To Get Better At Singing

Lisa Witt  /  UPDATED Aug 18, 2022

So you love to sing, but you want to know how to get better at singing? Read on.

Whether you’re dreaming of singing on stage or you just want to sound better for you, there are a few key changes you can make right now that will help you get better.

So let’s dive right in. First things first…

You have to exercise

You just have to. There’s no way around it. Your voice uses muscles, so if you want to get better at singing you need to exercise those muscles.

Exercises show you where your voice naturally “sits”, and they will help you notice where it might “flip” or crack.

So let’s get warmed up. Lisa shows you some fantastic “siren” exercises to do just that in the lesson. 

If you’re looking for more great vocal exercises, click any of the videos below:

Try this easy 7-minute warmup
Feeling festive? This holiday warmup works year-round

Use songs to get better

Songs are why we sing, right? And they’re the best way to tell if you’re getting better at singing. Because let’s face it…

Vocal exercises don’t sound that great!

In the lesson, Lisa uses “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. If you’d like to learn it, click the video on the right.

But you can use any song you like for this lesson.

It definitely helps if you have a piano or instrument to work with, but it’s not necessary.

To begin with, you’ll start by speaking the pitch and holding the vowels.

And when you do, you should notice something…

Learn to sing “Perfect” with this tutorial

Vowels are the singer’s secret weapon! All the beautiful parts of singing revolve around vowels. The consonants are like “interrupters” between the vowels.

So if you can get your vowels to sound nice, then you’ll already notice a big change in your voice.

So how do you do that?

Plug your nose

It’s really easy to get stuck in our noses with we sing. And for words that use an “M” or “N” sound, it’s impossible NOT to use your nose.

But the sound shouldn’t stay there.

As soon as you’re off the nasal consonant, you should not have any air flowing out of your nose.

A good way to check this is to plug one nostril with your thumb and start singing. Does it vibrate? Then you’re probably being too nasal.

It’s a simple fix…

Hit that record button

Use your cell phone to sing better – seriously!!

Grab your cell phone. Put it on selfie mode. Hit record, and start singing.

Yes, it’s scary.

But you want to see if you’re opening your mouth wide enough.

Chances are, you’re not.

Looking at yourself sing is a constant reminder to check your technique and adjust it if necessary.

Now you can use a mirror if you like, but the good thing about recording yourself is that you can listen back. Now I know that is a problem for a lot of singers because we don’t like the sound of our own voice

And there’s a reason for that…

We’re used to feeling the sound. Experiencing it in our bodies. So to hear it played back can be a little surprising, even cringe-worthy. But with time and practice, it becomes a fantastic record of your improvement.

And speaking of practice…

Practice every day

This is the final point. Because this is all about muscles, the more frequently you’re able to practice, the faster you’ll see results.

Here’s Lisa’s ideal daily practice schedule:

  • 5 minutes of vocal warmups
  • 5 minutes of vocal exercises (like the “siren” and nasal work)
  • 5-15 minutes of singing songs (because that’s what it’s all about)

This daily routine could take as little as 15 minutes or as long as 25.

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