Are you just starting out as an aspiring singer? Don’t have enough money for lessons yet and you just want to get used to the basics first? There are plenty of educational singing videos online and courses to follow. We strongly recommend doing as much research on the style of singing you would like to learn before you get into.
Once you’re there, these useful singing tips for beginners should help you to rock it when you’re ready for the stage!
Tip 1: Don’t Eat Too Much Before You Sing
Singing on an empty stomach can be dangerous when on stage, whilst singing with a full stomach can also limit your performance. It’s not a great idea to visit your local all-you-can-eat buffet right before a gig. The same rule applies to heavy foods such as Curries, Pizzas, and deep-fried foods.
We strongly recommend a light meal before hitting the stage, Sushi is our favorite option and is highly recommended by many professionals in the industry. If raw fish is not your thing, then try and eat a light meal such as a Chicken Ceaser Salad or whatever else you prefer, just don’t fill up the tank over the limit!
Tip 2: Stay Healthy & Hydrated
Being able to balance the right amount of energy, and being able to move freely on stage, is an amazing skill to master especially for long road trips with numerous shows lined up. A good healthy diet goes a long way for a traveling musician and should be a top priority on top of a good exercise regime.
Our throats can naturally dry up. On stage, if you are in a smokey environment and are continuously using your vocals, then the chances of your throat drying up increases, especially if you’re a smoker which is also not recommended for any professional singers. It is extremely important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before a show. Drinking 2 to 3 liters of water per day is essential and should also be part of your weekly diet.
Tip 3: Energize Your Body!
Singing on stage requires a lot of energy, and the more energy you put into your performances, the better they usually are, and the more the crowd appreciates you. If you rock up on stage looking and feeling all sluggish then it’s going to reflect on your performance. Getting good rest before a show is important, but a quick energizing session before the stage is also vital for delivering a high energy show.
Some people may only require merely 10 pushups to get that boost, whilst others may need to psych up by pumping some tunes and going for a light walk or run. Whatever works for your body should be practiced along with other methods to stay energized!
Tip 4: Exercise Your Muscles
Stretching and working out your muscles are great ways to be loose and flexible when on stage. By being toned and fit, you will be able to keep up with the harsh demands of the industry, and you will always be fresh and ready for projects.
We’re not only talking about working out your biceps, or your massive chest, we are also talking about working out the most important muscle for singing, your diaphragm. Strengthening your diaphram can be achieved using various breathing techniques that can be found online. Be sure to do your research to get it right otherwise, if you can afford it, we highly recommend getting a professional singing teacher to help with this area as it is extremely important.
Tip 5: Warm Up Your Vocals
And finally one of the most important tips for any style of singer is to master your own warm-up technique whatever it may be. You can follow a program if you like or combine a few programs together to create one that suits your voice. Over time you will slowly understand your self more and through performances, you will learn where and how you can improve your voice with pre-stage vocal warm-up techniques.
Do NOT ever attempt to sing without properly warming up your vocal cords as you can cause serious damage such as vocal fold lesions, these are growths that include nodules, polyps, and cysts. Vocal cord nodules, sometimes called singer’s nodules or nodes, result from repetitive overuse or misuse of the voice.