Tips From DJ Sprunk
I have been taking voice lessons from my awesome friend, Courtney A.K.A. DJ Sprunk. I'm now writing this text to pass on what I've learned about singing to YOU!
*Diction. Diction is fully pronouncing your words so people can hear them clearly.
*What is your rhythm? What sort of inflection is in your voice?
*Sing it how you feel it & with good posture.
*Use belly breathing and use your air rather than strain on vocal cords to get the power you want in your voice.
*Practice singing an "oooo" or other vowel sound on a musical scale. Match your voice with notes using a piano or guitar.
*On notes that are hard for you to hit, it may help to aim a little above the note you are trying to reach.
*Sing in the shower to rejuvenate your vocal cords with the steam in the air.
*If you feel you have strained your voice, drinking warm water with a lemon or gargling salt water will help.
*Speaking of lemons. Mouthing the word "lemon" without actually opening your lips and then again like normal will help you feel your natural voice.
*If you are playing guitar as you sing, playing finger style (no pick) may help your voice be well balanced with the guitar (rather than the guitar drowning out your voice).
*Sing bass through the chest.
*Relax your voice as you sing, and sing in your natural tone.
*Lip roll warm-ups are where you make a buzz or raspberry with your lips as you make tones with your voice. You can do scales, arpeggios, or just move your voice around. This is a good one to expand your range. You can do a similar exercise humming an 'mmmm'
*Belting out in rhythm like a carnival barker, radio DJ, or even an advertisement can be an alternative style. Think Fred Schneider from the B-52's. These kind of vocals still use pitch modulation. It is sort of like a hybrid of rap and singing.
*Use these links for further study.