Content of the material
- How to Hear Yourself on Mic in Windows 10
- Can Anyone Learn How To Sing?
- Have Fun!
- How to Sing Better Section 2: Learn Good Breath Support
- 5. Sing from the Diaphragm
- 6. The Farinelli Breathing Exercise
- Here’s how to do the Farinelli Breath at home:
- 7. The Scared Breath
- Here’s how to practice the Scared Breath at home:
- The Greatest Self-Taught Singers
- Georges Brassens
- Luciano Pavarotti
- Aretha Franklin
- How To Sing, Stage 4: Practice Perform
- Part II : Daily Practice Techniques
- 1. Find a Practice Spot Where No One Can Hear You
- 2. Don’t Bother With Silly Warm-Up Exercises
- 3. Don’t Sing Over Other Voices
- 4. Don’t Sing Acapella Either
- 5. Play Your Own Accompaniments
- 6. Memorize Lyrics ALWAYS. Read NEVER.
- 7. Practice A Little Bit, Everyday.
- 4. Master Your Breathing Techniques
- Is Singorama Worth the Money?
- SETTING UP THE CHANNEL ROUTING
- Alternative to Disconnecting
How to Hear Yourself on Mic in Windows 10
It only takes a few minutes to perform a mic test or get mic playback from an external device in Windows 10, but the feature is hidden behind un-intuitive settings menus.
- Open Sound settings
Right-click the volume icon on the bottom right of your taskbar and choose “Open Sound settings”.
- View your microphone’s device properties
Under the “Input” heading, select your playback microphone from the drop down and then click “Device properties”.
- Click “Additional device properties”
- Enable mic playback to hear your own mic
In the “Listen” tab, tick “Listen to this device”, then select your speakers or headphones from the “Playback through this device” dropdown. Press “OK” to save the changes. You’ll now hear your microphone through your headset or speaker.
Can Anyone Learn How To Sing?
Anyone can learn to sing! Learning to sing is quite simple. It’s about physically creating sound in a way that sounds good. And like anything physical, with repetition, you get better at it. With a few good exercises (found on this page) and some basic understanding, any person or non singer can learn to sing.
And no matter where your voice is right now, it can get better.
I’ve found with even the biggest star singers, there’s almost more. More improvement. More freedom. Better tone.
So if you are at the beginning of your journey, or you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your development, here’s an idea I’d like you to think about.
Try to suspend your disbelief. In other words, push away that little voice that says, “you can’t do it”. And instead, realise that you can become a very good singer as long as you’re willing to work at it. You could even become a professional singer.
Don’t base your idea of your potential on what you’re currently hearing. Understand that you have a great amount of potential that’s currently untapped.
And remember that singing is a physical process.
And that if you learn how to produce sound correctly, you will sound great!
I’m sure there’s been something you’ve done in the past where it was slow going in the beginning, but you stuck at it. And over time you developed and became quite good!
If you can think of something like this, draw on it now for inspiration.
This tutorial you are reading right now shows you just about everything you need to know how to teach yourself how to sing. So stick with it and you will get there!
In the end singing is all about having fun.
So make sure to enjoy yourself!
Of course, learning something new and getting good takes time and effort.
But you can do little things that will keep things enjoyable.
For example, you can use songs that you enjoy singing to practice to.
You can schedule in small performances now and then to have something to look forward to.
Set goals that excite you and reward yourself when you tick them off.
How to Sing Better Section 2: Learn Good Breath Support
5. Sing from the Diaphragm
Let’s face it:
Learning to breathe for singing is one of the most important steps in learning how to sing.
How do you breathe while singing? Well, just like anything else, there are lots of techniques to learn to breathe for singing.
But here’s all you need to know:
Rather than taking a breath from the shoulders or chest, we’re going to inhale from the diaphragm.
Breathing from the diaphragm is the opposite of how to sing throaty.
Can you learn how to sing from the diaphragm?
I’ve created a video demonstration that teaches you to sing from the diaphragm.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Step in front of a mirror so that you can see the full length of your torso from the side.
2. Place your hands on both sides of the bottom of your stomach.
3. Open your mouth and inhale.
4. As you inhale, allow the breath to expand your stomach outward.
5. When you exhale, allow the breath to bring your stomach back in.
If you see any movement in your shoulders or in your chest, you are doing something wrong.
Please note: when done correctly, this exercise can feel a bit weird.
That’s because for most of our lives we’ve been taught to inhale by bringing our stomach in, not out.
When learning how to sing with your diaphragm, it’s important to let the stomach expand on the inhale and contract on the exhale.
6. The Farinelli Breathing Exercise
There are tons of great exercises that will build your breath support.
But the Farinelli breath exercise is the best one for building breath control FAST when you want to teach yourself to sing.
Here’s a short video demonstrating how to do the Farinelli breathing exercise:
Here’s how to do the Farinelli Breath at home:
- Set a metronome to 60 beats per minute. No metronome? No worries. Here’s a free online metronome.
- Now, open your mouth and take a low breath from the diaphragm for 4 counts.
- Then hold the breath for 4 counts.
- Finally, exhale the breath for 4 counts.
- After completing the cycle of 4 counts, increase the count to 5.
So for the second round, you would inhale for 5 counts, hold for 5 counts and exhale for 5 counts.
As you do this exercise each day, see how long you can comfortably inhale, hold and exhale.
The moment you feel winded or have any discomfort, stop and come back again tomorrow.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can expand your breath control this way.
7. The Scared Breath
Now that you’ve learned to control your breath, it’s time to breathe for singing onstage.
Here’s the truth:
You probably won’t be able to take a 4-count breath when you’re singing on stage.
So how do you breathe for singing when you’re rocking out on stage?
The Scared Breath is a great way of taking a breath from the diaphragm very quickly.
Here’s a quick explanation of the Scared Breath:
Breathing for Singing: Everything You Need to Know
Here’s how to practice the Scared Breath at home:
- Stand in front of a mirror and turn to your side so you can see your stomach.
- Now, open your mouth and take a quick inhale with your diaphragm like you’re really scared but can’t make a sound.
- Make sure that the quick breath is totally silent and doesn’t have a “gasp” sound.
- As you take this “scared” breath, watch yourself in the mirror to make sure that your stomach is expanding on every quick and silent inhale.
When done correctly, this silent, scared breath will give you all the fuel you need to make it to the next line.
The Greatest Self-Taught Singers
As with many things in life, it helps to have a role model to follow. This is particularly useful for singers who are working without the help of a voice coach or private singing tutor.
Here are a few examples of self-taught singers who all learnt to sing in a variety of different ways.
The French singer Georges Brassens (1921-1981) isn’t the first singer you’d probably think of but he became hugely successful in his time.
While he was a bad and shy student at school, his mother refused to give him music lessons until he started perform better at school. He learnt to play guitar and sing by himself.
During the Second World War, he wrote his first poems in a labour camp near Basdorf near Berlin in Nazi Germany.
While living in poverty in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he wrote a number of songs which would later become hits: Hécatombe, La Mauvaise Réputation, Le Mauvais Sujet Repenti, La Prière, Je suis un voyou, Le Parapluie, Chanson pour l’Auvergnat, La Chasse aux papillons, J’ai rendez-vous avec vous, Brave Margot, Jeanne, Le Gorille, Je me suis fait tout petit, Saturne, Rien à jeter, and La Non-Demande en mariage. However, he didn’t even want to become a singer.
He was shy and frozen by stage fright. He preferred that his poems be performed by singing stars. He taught himself music, poetry, and singing by waking up at 5am every morning and working on his until he went to bed until he died.
When we think of beautiful voices, we often think of opera singers. Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) was one of the best tenors in recent years. Coming from a humble background, he wanted to be a teacher. Far from the career of a famous singer like we know him.
He learnt to sing on his own in opera choirs in Modena and only really started his career aged 26 after having spent one year as a teacher.
We know him as a talented tenor because he helped make classical music more popular during this time who performed duets with famous groups like U2 and famous singers like Sting and Mariah Carey in charity concerts.
With a different vocal timbre and style, there’s Prince (1958-2016), the kid from Minneapolis. This eccentric musician was above all a genius. At the age of 20, he produced his first album on which he played 27 different instruments.
He learnt on his own, firstly with the piano and the guitar and teaching himself to sing. This wasn’t a one-off, though. Prince produced all his albums on his own in the studio. He usually put down the piano first and recorded his voice last.
Some of his compositions required over 24 hours of non-stop work in the studio. A good role model to follow.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (born in 1942) learned to sing in her father’s choir aged six. She made public performances as part of her father’s “Gospel Caravan Tours” where she sang solo parts aged 14.
This is where she was discovered by John H. Hammond but it wasn’t where she became famous. It wouldn’t be until 1967 that the hits would come. She said that it wasn’t until she went to Atlantic Records and sat in front of a piano that the hits started coming. She just needed to do what she felt like and it worked.
Writer and rap artist Eminem (born in 1972) started on his own and is now one of the biggest-selling rap artists of all time. After a difficult childhood, Eminem discovered rap and started taking part in rap battles. He managed to build up his reputation as a white rapper in genre that was predominantly black.
To learn more about his motivation and how he got started, the film 8 Mile covers the whole story.
How To Sing, Stage 4: Practice Perform
Stage 4 is coming soon! (October 2019).
While you are waiting, take a read of my section on how to sing better by improving your style and stage performance.
Part II : Daily Practice Techniques
So now that we’ve covered the “big picture”…
And you understand both the planning phase…
And the long-term strategy of copying others to find your own style…
For this next section of this post…
We will discuss various short-term strategies in your daily singing to make your practice sessions 10x more effective.
Now let’s begin…
1. Find a Practice Spot Where No One Can Hear You
One of the biggest mental roadblocks for a singer attempting to sound GOOD…
Is an unwillingness to sound BAD.
Whenever you’re learning a new song or technique…
You’re going to do it wrong many times long before you figure out how to do it right. That’s just how it works.
The problem is…
When you practice in a place where roommates or neighbors can hear you…and you’re even the slightest bit self-conscious about them listening…
You’ll never be able to give 100% of your energy and focus to practicing, because you will be scared of sounding bad.
This is ESPECIALLY true when learning to develop power in your voice. And is probably the main reason why so few of us ever attain that awe-inspiring, wall-shaking volume we all wish for.
The mere thought of others laughing while you scream your head off in the next room is too embarrassing for most people to handle.
One possible way to handle this problem would be to spend months or years working on your confidence until you no longer care what others think of you…
But it’s SO MUCH EASIER to just find yourself an isolated spot where you can practice without being heard.
So if it’s at all possible…do that instead.
And when others finally do hear you scream your head off, you definitely won’t care anymore because you’ll know you sound amazing.
2. Don’t Bother With Silly Warm-Up Exercises
Just like any other muscle in your body…
Vocal cords do require a certain “warm-up” time before they’re ready to run at full capacity.
Which is why I’m sure you’ve seen vocal coaches on TV leading their singers through various warm-up exercises such as…
- reciting silly sentences
- or making exaggerated tongue and mouth movements
Perhaps you’ve even done some of these exercises yourself in the past.
And while they might have some value to certain people…they aren’t nearly as effective as just singing one of your songs.
Because as we’ve already discussed…every singer has their own unique set of voices…each one requiring its own unique combination of muscle movements.
And what better way to warm-up for those movements, than to simply sing something you normally would, but in a relaxed manner, in a way that minimal vocal strain?
So be sure to have 3 or 4 songs such as these in your repertoire and sing 1 or 2 of them at the start of each practice session.
Then once you’re feeling good, move on to some of your more challenging songs.
3. Don’t Sing Over Other Voices
A HUGE mistake that wannabe singers always make…
Is to practice by singing along with the original voice they’re trying to copy.
The problem with this method is that you never really hear YOURSELF…
Because your voice is always masked by the other singer’s amazing performance.
And it’s very easy to fool your brain into believing that the awesome sound you’re hearing is coming from your own mouth…rather than someone else’s.
So instead, always make sure that there are no other competing voices when you practice singing.
The first time you try it, it will feel horribly uncomfortable, because you will finally hear yourself as you actually sound…
And you will most likely discover that you aren’t nearly as good as you thought.
But it’s necessary to GET good, because it will allow you to hear what you’re doing wrong, so you can fix it. Makes sense?
4. Don’t Sing Acapella Either
On the opposite end, the OTHER common mistake that singers make…
Is to practice “acapella”, with no accompaniment at all.
While it does offer the advantage of exposing every little flaw in your singing…
People mistakenly believe that just because it’s “harder”, it will make them better singers.
The problem is…without a reference pitch to follow…
Your notes could drift all over the place and you would never know…unless you already have advanced pitch perception (which almost no one actually has).
If you actually want to be an acapella singer, then of course practice that way. However, if you’re like 99% of singers who’d rather sing with music…then PRACTICE WITH MUSIC.
Makes sense? Moving on…
5. Play Your Own Accompaniments
So the next obvious question becomes…
If I shouldn’t sing along with other voices…
And I shouldn’t sing by acapella…
Then how should I practice?
Now here’s the answer:
In a perfect world…you would have a custom mix created for every song you want to practice, with the vocals removed.
You would have an entire live band ready to accompany you…24/7.
In either scenario, you get the best of both worlds because:
- You also get to hear your voice in isolation so you can fix your weak points.
- But you also get an accompaniment to follow so you can work on pitch control
However, since neither of these two scenarios are realistic for almost anyone…
The next best solution is to simply learn to play your OWN accompaniments…ideally on either:
- acoustic guitar
…as they are the two most versatile instruments for this purpose.
While it will definitely require some extra work early-on…it will vastly improve both your singing and general musicianship in the long run.
And as a nice side benefit, it will earn you much added respect from your fellow musicians as well.
6. Memorize Lyrics ALWAYS. Read NEVER
While it might sound absurd to you personally…
There are some singers out there who think it’s okay to read lyrics off a sheet as they sing.
And they could not be more wrong.
If you don’t dedicate specific time towards memorizing the lyrics without the sheet…
You won’t EVER memorize them as well as you really need to.
So before you even begin practicing a new song, you should already have the lyrics and the entire song structure memorized by heart.
The entire thing should just naturally flow from your mouth, without you having to think about the actual words.
Because once that happens, you can dedicate 100% of your mental energy to the delivery, rather than being distracted by trying to remember what line comes next.
So as a good rule of thumb:
Learn lyrics first. Sing lyrics second.
7. Practice A Little Bit, Everyday
Unlike other musical instruments…
Which can be practiced 12 hours a day or more if need be…
You can really only sing for so long each day before your vocal cords have had enough.
For most people that happens anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours…with 1 hour being about average.
And when you love singing…that hour goes by quick, doesn’t it?
So…if you really want to get good, the ONLY way to do it is to practice every single day, no matter what…
- AND…you must continue to do so for the next few years or so…to have any chance of ever being the singer you dream of becoming.
- AND…you must do this, not only to GET good, but to STAY good as well.
Because even after you’ve mastered a song, if you don’t continue to sing it on a regular basis, your “muscle memory” will tend to forget things over time.
4. Master Your Breathing Techniques
Breathing is an aspect of proper singing technique that is often overlooked. Proper breathing technique is one of the most important skills any accomplished singer needs to learn. The breath behind your voice is what gives it its power and control. Conversely, if you loose control of your breath while singing, you loose the power and control over your voice.
Proper breathing technique will ensure you have as much power behind your voice at the end of a phrase as you did at the beginning of it. Additionally, just like with warming up, breathing techniques are important for your entire body and mind. When you are on stage, proper breathing technique can give you that calm, centered feeling you need to deliver a great vocal performance.
My advice is to listen to how and when professional singer breath. Watch Youtube performances (Be sure they’re singing live and not miming), and see how they handle this. Then, try and apply it to your own singing.
The important thing is you’re comfortable, and can let your full range of vocals out. It may take a while to reach this level, but keep practicing and you will get there.
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SETTING UP THE CHANNEL ROUTING
Pick an empty insert channel in the mixer. Let’s go with INSERT CHANNEL 5.
At the bottom of the channel, you will see a neon green line. It will be going from the bottom of channel 5 all the way to the MASTER channel on the far left of the mixer rack.
Follow that green line to the knob it connects to on the MASTER channel.
Then left click on the knob in the MASTER channel.
Now INSERT 5 is disconnected from the MASTER channel, which means that no audio will be flowing from INSERT 5 to the MASTER channel. That means you won’t hear your voice in your headphones.
BUT, we can still setup to record from this channel. Which means that we can hear everything that is going on with the music,but we won’t have to hear the voice that we record on Channel 5.
Alternative to Disconnecting
I think that it is a good thing to get used to hearing yourself sing in the microphone. So my recommendation instead of disconnecting, is simply to turn down the level that is being sent to the Master channel from Insert 5, or whatever insert you set your mic up on.
You would do this by following the green line from insert 5 to the Master channel, and then turning that knob down to a level that feels comfortable for you.
This means that some of the vocal will be in your headphone mix, but only the amount that you want.
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