What is the most important aspect of singing to you?

Australia
November 20, 2007 6:10am CST
I'm just wondering, everyone focuses on different aspects of singing. what do you beleive makes you improve your singing? what is important to you?
2 responses
@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
20 Nov 07
For me, I try to focus on finding the right notes and pitch while singing, because if you can't sing the right notes and at the correct pitch, then singing is going to be awful. Once I can sing at the right notes and pitch, maybe I might try to hit the higher and lower notes that I previously can't achieve. This may take a bit of time to master but with determination I'm sure I'll be able to do it. Lastly, I want to focus on being confident while singing, because then your showmanship would be better. That's all for my opinion! =)
• Australia
20 Nov 07
That's a great point in itself. You are working on one thing at a time! Heaps of people decide that overnight they are going to become the best singer in the world. But stepping stones is the only way to get there~ good on you! Confidence is so important! I need to improve on that!!
• Australia
20 Nov 07
Yeah, let us improve on our singing together! =)
@oldhippo (45)
20 Nov 07
Without trying to sound too nerdy, I come from a choral background. I like all types of music and still dabble at the choral stuff every now and then. If you are thinking in terms of pop singing, I would really try to create your own style. People like the Mariah, Whitney style of singing, but it's very predictable. Not that you can predict the way they're gonna warble, but the fact that no tune will be sung straight. That is their trademark - embelishing the tune. I think that if you can sing the tune you will be able to let your own voice sound through and give a much more unique sound. In terms of technique, my old singing teacher always used to tell me the following things: 1 - Project the sound through your forehead - sounds daft, but basically what he was saying was lenghten your neck and really open your throat. There is a piece of flappy muscle that hangs in the back of the throat called the "uvula" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvula) which controls the flow of air. By lengthening your neck, this is more properly controlled. 2 - Don't shout - use your diaphragm to breathe. Use as much of your lungs as you can and don't force the air out for loud notes; you'll simply make your throat REALLY sore! Hope that helps. I'm no singing teacher, but I have spent a lot of time singing and with singers. Obviously, you'll sing in a way comfortable to you, but the ideas above may help to preserve your voice and make the singing more enjoyable.
• Australia
20 Nov 07
That's great! I never knew about lengthening the neck! I guess you learn something new every day!