How to Tune your Voice?

Tuning the voice is one of the most important but at the same time, the most complicated aspects to sing well.

Many people have the ability to sing in tune with almost no exercise and there are others who need certain singing techniques to make their voice sound better, but with this and the necessary practice, practically everyone can achieve it.

If when you sing you feel that your voice does not sound good, we are going to help you with some tips to get more out of it and learn how to use it. It is very important that our voice is in tune for good performance … and for the ears of others.

How to tune your voice:

There are several factors to intonation correctly and in principle they are the same for both a woman’s voice and a man’s. Among them we will highlight the following:

Control of the speech apparatus:

One reason why your voice may sound out of tune is often due to a lack of control over the speech apparatus. By using the external muscles of the larynx, your vocal cords cannot vibrate freely, so control is diminished.

Proper posture when singing:

In addition, a common cause is usually the posture you use to sing, so as not to lose tune it is advisable to have your spine completely straight and your arms and shoulders relaxed, while looking straight ahead at all times.

Record your Performances:

There is another possibility and that is that you have good control of your voice, but you are not used to singing in tune, so you need more practice. A trick is to record yourself singing and later listen to where you are going in pitch to be able to detect the error and correct it.

Practice with songs that suit you:

First, we must know what kind of songs we like or with which we feel more comfortable when singing. Since if you are not comfortable or do not reach the tone of that song, your voice will sound out of tune so you could get frustrated. Check first what your tessitura is before choosing the topics.

Listen well when you sing:

To achieve good tuning it is essential to listen well to yourself and to the rest of the instruments or base track on which we are singing. If one of the two things is noticeably unbalanced in volume with respect to the other, we will lose the reference and it will be more likely that we will go out of tone.

Lose stage fright:

Another cause for which you could go out of tune can be nervousness when you sing in front of many people, so it is very important to control your nerves on stage.

The advice we give you for this is to practice as much as possible in front of your friends, family, acquaintances or in front of people with whom you are comfortable and thus gain experience, for when the time comes to sing in front of many people you do not know. You will also feel more confident about yourself and that is very important since you will transmit and give the best of yourself.

Make scales accompanied by an instrument:

To start tuning the voice, we are going to start with the musical scales, it is much more boring, but they will help you reach your goal. You could help yourself with a piano or any other instrument. Every time you play a note, repeat your voice with each one of them and see from which your voice begins to go out of tune.

Your voice should sound the same as the pitch of the note you played. If the two sounds don’t match, you are going out of tune. Do not give up easily, as this process can be difficult or boring, but with perseverance, everything is achieved.

Control breathing:

One of the most important parts of learning to fine-tune your voice is breathing when singing. We have to take air through the nose. What happens if we take air through our mouths? That if our vocal cords are hot, and we let cold air enter our mouth, the change in temperature would irritate our vocal cords.

Getting your voice in tune is not a day or two tasks, not even a week or a month. You have to be very patient and everything will depend on your effort and the effort that you put into it.

We recommend to practice every day or at least whenever you can and perform the exercises that we have explained in this post in order to improve.

It may be that especially at the beginning it will be more difficult to do it alone because this is the aspect of mastering your voice that costs you the most, so if you still need a little more help, we will do all those basic exercises and more in the singing classes from our school.

In any case, we hope that this post has helped you and you can notice that each time your vocal performances sound better and if you have any questions or comments, you can leave it below.


My thoughts on getting started

OK, this is hard. I have just spent 40 minutes sitting here with a notepad, holding my pen poised above the first blank line.

Didn’t write a thing: just sat there.

I have a writing assignment to do. And I was brainstorming on the subject. I could write about my hobbies or my job and co-workers. I even thought of a story from the perspective of a writer pushing his quill and inkpot aside and using a fountain pen for the first time. Or the writer putting his fountain pen in a drawer and clicking his first ballpoint pen into action. (I like this idea. Maybe at a later date.)

My chosen favorite, drum roll please, “How Not To Write A Book for 48 Years”.

I can blame the first 5 years on having to learn to walk and talk and feed myself. Then the next couple of years were involved with learning the alphabet, printing “cat” and “dog” and learning cursive writing. This time was also filled with naptime and the consumption of that wonderful delicacy, school paste. The next 10 years or so comprised of more and more and more formal schooling. With extracurricular activities and homework, little time seemed to be left for anything else.

The next 30 plus years were full of the activity of being an adult. You know that routine: get a job to have an income to support yourself, provide a roof over your head and a vehicle for transportation so you can get to your job and then home again to clean, cook, do yard work and laundry, go to bed and start all over again the next morning. These were
very good years just very full and busy with all kinds of activities demanding priority treatment.

Writing has always been an interest for me but never took center stage.

Then last spring, I was suddenly downsized from my job in a medical office. Certainly surprised me! I was out of work for four months. This was a very frightening time for me–the first time in my life I had been out of work for longer than 2 weeks. Really brought home to me how tenuous working for someone else can be. Job security is nonexistent in today’s real-world and I never want to be in that position again. I know, I know…after spending the day job hunting, I should have been writing. But it is hard to write anything more complicated than a grocery list (bread, milk, Ramen Noodles) when you are panicking about being out of work.

So here I am, 48 years after my debut into this world and studying to embark on a new but very exciting career. I have no delusions that I will be the next Ernest Hemingway or Stephen King or Patricia Cornwell but hopefully, I can make a comfortable living from the craft of putting pen to paper or more correctly, putting fingers on the computer

Dorothy J Brockman
Just my thoughts on getting started.

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