How To Become A Singer – How To Become A Famous Singer
By: Aaron Anastasi
You may be wondering how to become a singer. It seems like at some point most people do. And, if you’re honest, you may really be wondering how to become a famous singer! After all, very few of us want to learn to sing just for our own personal fulfillment, so that we can sing to ourselves while we do chores around the house, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Me either.
In this article, I you will discover:
- How to become a singer
- What you can do to start heading there today
- Two great vocal tips that will give you a jumpstart
How To Become A Singer
The actual steps of becoming a singer, especially a famous singer, vary from person to person. There are probably as many different stories of how to get there as there are singers who got there and who are still there. It’s important to understand that time and chance are big factors in making this come true.
Having said that, there are definitely things that you can do in order to start down the path of making your dream a reality. Your first concern should be the first question: How to become a singer. When you focus on that, and work toward being a good singer, then the rest—fame—has a far greater opportunity of coming to pass. After all, every singer that you know, and have heard of, spent a lot of time and hard work to get to where they are. But I’m sure none regret it, as I’m sure you won’t either.
Now, can anyone become a singer? I think that it’s possible that anyone can become a great singer. Is talent a factor? Absolutely. Is it necessary to have a ton of it? Not at all. That’s the great thing about singing. It is based on a group of muscles, that make up your voice, and these muscles can be trained to function the way that you want them to, in a way that allows you to have a beautiful, powerful, rich voice that moves people.
So, becoming a singer starts with understanding what your voice is all about and things that you can do (and things that you can avoid) in order to develop your voice into it’s full potential. Half of singing is knowledge about your voice; that’s where the reading and teaching comes in; and the other half is that knowledge applied, usually in the form of body posture, tension releasing, vocal warm-ups and exercises and consistency. This is essentially how you become a singer.
What You Can Do Today
The first thing that you can do is read as much information as you can get your hands on. It’s a good idea to get some kind of step-by-step guide that will walk you through the basics of foundation first and then work toward more advanced exercises and performing tips.
Get a feel for what kind of voice you have and what your capabilities are. Find out what category you fall into. If you’re a guy, you may be a bass or a tenor or somewhere in-between like a baritone. If you’re a girl, you may be a mezzo or a soprano. These distinctions matter because they will determine what kinds of exercise you will do, and more particularly, where on the scale you will start your exercises.
Also, listen to others. What do they say when you sing? Do people regularly tell you that you have a nice voice? It may be that you have some incredible hidden talent that just needs to be discovered through a little bit of work.
If you have the opportunity, sing anywhere that people will listen, maybe a church choir or musical, maybe a school choir, maybe someone is putting a band together in your area or at your school. You could audition. There’s no better way to become a singer than to sing, to be a performer than to perform, especially when it comes to overcoming stage fright.
Three Vocal Tips To Become A Singer
The first thing you should know is that your voice, being made up of a muscle, needs to be warmed up before you jump right in to doing crazy exercises or singing high notes. Putting too much pressure on your voice can cause strain, and, in some cases, even permanent damage. But this can be avoided by starting with warm-up exercises, the right warm-up exercises.
It’s a good idea to start out with mouth-closed exercises as opposed to ones that have you soaring over octaves and singing “Ahh” type notes that will strain your voice.
One great one that I like to start off with is “Hmmmm”. Now this isn’t simply a hum sound; it is more of the sound you would make when you’re pondering something. When someone says, “Would you like to go for ice cream?” You say, “Hmmm, let me think. I’d like to, but I just started this new diet today.” Give this “Hmmmm” about five to six goes to start the warm-up.
Secondly, for this exercise, and any other warm-up type exercise, it’s always good to start with what I call the 50-20-80. Let me explain. You don’t want to start singing notes that are at the top of your range, somewhere in the 80-100 range, because this can strain your voice. But, just as importantly, you don’t want to start too low either, in the 20-0 range. You want to start right around the middle of your range (around 50, if 0 represents your lowest note and 100 your highest) and work down to 20. Then work back up to around 80. Once you’ve done that for a couple of minutes, you can feel free to work the highest and lowest notes in your range.
Best of luck to you!
I hope this article was helpful, and thanks for reading!