Whether you’re looking to improve your voice for a talk or play or to improve your singing voice, there are a number of proven strategies and tips that you could try. These voice improvement techniques include breathing exercises, vocal exercises, proper positioning of mouth and posture, and positive lifestyle changes. By implementing these strategies, you will definitely improve your voice and take your performance to the next level. But, nonetheless, it’s worth noting that none of the solutions outlined here will work overnight. Improving voice takes time and you’ll need to practice these strategies regularly if you want to see improvements.
Breathing Exercises to Improve your Voice
Take steps to master breathing in order to improve your voice. Learn to sing from your diaphragm and to control your breathing so you can hold your notes longer. The key here is to always breathe deeply into your diaphragm, rather than just breathing into your chest. Start by breathing in deeply and trying to fill your abdomen and back areas with your breath. Make sure you’re feeling your abdomen expand as you fill it with air while breathe in. Then, release your breath slowly and feel your body as you relax. This is known as diaphragmatic breathing and you must practice if you really want to improve your singing voice.
Using Vocal Exercises
Performing a number of vocal exercises before your performance can help you improve your voice. Yawning is one vocal exercise you could try, as it helps release the tension built up within the diaphragm and neck. Other proven vocal exercises you could try out include gentle coughs, lip rolls and humming along with your favorite tune. In addition to these exercises, practice your scales. Try singing scales starting from your lowest possible note to your highest while using a “me” or an “oo” sound. Practice your “woo” scales, as well. As you practice your scales, try not to push your range too much. Be gentle with your range and let it increase slowly over time.
Learning proper posture is vital if you want to improve your voice. That means paying attention to the correct position of your head, arms, chest, shoulders, abdomen, hips, knees, and feet. Try to keep your chin parallel to the floor. Make sure your back is straight so you can keep your head high and your shoulders slightly sliding back and downwards. Your chest should be positioned slightly up and protruding out a bit; while your stomach must be relaxed but always ready to be engaged when you start to sing. Ensure that your hands are relaxed and hanging on your sides. Be careful not to lock your knees and try to keep them relaxed and only slightly bent. Keep your feet slightly apart, ideally with one foot placed slightly in front of the other so that your weight is leaning slightly forward.
Correct Positioning Of Mouth
To improve your voice while singing, try to have an open yet relaxed mouth. Opening your mouth wide helps create space within your mouth, which is vital for controlling and improving your voice. But don’t open your mouth so wide that your facial and neck muscles will look tensed up. Find your relaxed “open mouth” position and adopt it. Another way to create space within your mouth is to drop your tongue and jaw and lift your soft palate (the roof of the back of your mouth). While at it, make sure your tongue is properly positioned at the floor of your mouth. Once you master how to position your mouth correctly, you’ll find it easy to improve the quality of your voice and the richness of your voice.
Positive Lifestyle Changes
Making positive lifestyle changes is important when you’re trying to improve your voice. This typically entails making sure that you stay healthy when you are trying to improve the quality of your voice and quitting habits that are known to negatively impact voice. Start by implementing a diet that supports a healthy voice and drinks enough water. Such a diet should include vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Relaxing, getting enough sleep, exercising and engaging in other activities that relieve stress and improve health will definitely have a positive impact on your voice. And, more importantly, try to avoid substances that can harm your vocals, including things like alcohol, tobacco, smoke, salted foods, milk products, spicy foods, citrus fruits, and cold and allergy medicines.