Looking for easy songs to sing for beginners? The truth is, even the easiest songs take some work to perfect. Learn more in this article by Hicksville, NY singing teacher Kimberly F...
As an opera singer, I can’t recall how many times I’ve heard: “Why are you going to grad school for singing? Isn’t singing easy? What could you possibly be learning all day?”
Well, let me tell you. Singing is a lot harder and a lot more complex than it seems.
Even the easiest songs for beginners require a good amount of vocal technique and stage finesse to effectively perform. Here are just a few things that a singer must master in order to perform successfully:
- Breath Control: Good breathing technique allows the singer to create a smooth and consistent sound. It requires a good amount of practice. Not only must a singer learn how to breathe correctly for singing (called “diaphragmatic breathing”), but he or she must also build up the muscles that control the breath.
- Diction: Singers need to enunciate their words if they want the audience to understand the lyrics. This involves learning how to correctly produce audible consonants and clean vowels.
- Posture: Without the correct alignment of the spine, breath and tone are compromised. Some singers study Alexander Technique for years simply to learn correct posture and how to release the involuntary tension from their body that interferes with good singing.
- Healthy Technique: Without correct technique, a singer can easily injure him or herself, or quickly wear out the voice. This is how vocal nodes and other medical problems arise.
- Stage Presence: A performer’s ease and confidence onstage can make or break a performance. Singing in the practice room won’t matter if you clam up in front of an audience.
- Emotional Connection: A real performer knows how to relate to the song he or she is singing and how to convey those feelings to the audience.
These are just a few of the basics. If you are pursuing a career in a more specific type of singing, such as musical theater or opera, there are even more components to master. A classical musician must learn music theory, music history, ear training, and various foreign languages to name a few things. Broadway singers must perfect their dancing and acting skills, as well as keep their body in prime shape.
Singing is, for all intents and purposes, an athletic endeavor. It involves the entire body. Your body is your instrument and it requires just as much, if not more, maintenance as any other instrument. Rest, exercise, and good eating are a few of the obvious ways that you can care for your body.
So the next time you hear a singer on the radio or attend a live show, you’re witnessing the product of many hours of intensive practice and study. You’re experiencing many different fine-tuned aspects at work simultaneously.
Don’t take singing— and singers – for granted. A great way to learn some of these skills is to work with a local teacher. He or she can provide a safe learning environment and show you the ropes of good singing.
Because behind every great singer is a great voice teacher.
Kimberly F. teaches singing in Hicksville, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Hofstra University, and her Master of Music from Bard College. Kimberly has been teaching students since 2007. Learn more about Kimberly here!
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