4 Huge Singing Tips – Sing Much Better TODAY!

Hey there! My name's Cooper, I am discovering the world while running my online teaching business, playing venues with a band / solo, and trying to learn with the most inspiring musicians wherever I go. In the last 8 years I've spent long periods in Australia, northern Europe, the USA, Sri Lanka and more. Originally I am from Tel Aviv, Israel. I hope I can be a helpful friend on your musical journey. 🙂

(Last Updated On: November 8, 2019)

As a guitarist, one of the most fun things you can do is to accompany yourself with singing, especially if you are feeling that you are singing well and other people are enjoying your singing! I like comparing singing while playing to “delivering” the whole entertainment package both for yourself and for the friends and listeners around you when you play the guitar.

Today I'll share with you the 4 best instant singing tips on how to sing better immediately, as I found out from researching online, personal trial and error, and listening to my personal vocal teacher.

*Originally posted in March '17.

“I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing”

William James.

Since I started playing guitar I almost always used to sing. Even though I knew I was pretty terrible, I still enjoyed it. This past year I decided that I have had enough and that I want to improve my singing and enjoy it even more. What you're about to read is the result in terms of the best “nuggets” that I can tell to anyone who wants to learn about the little changes that can make you much better quickly.

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Singing rather than just playing guitar will get you to the front of the stage while havin' a blast! This is me in Amsterdam, playing my favorite Dylan's song on stage with a couple of Dutch musicians.

Remember – Singing is just like learning an instrument, and everyone can become good if he puts in the time to practice and learn about it. Some people naturally have prettier voices, but any person can improve at least to a level where he/she sounds good and pleasant, even if you're not going to be featured on national TV for your singing skills. At the bottom of the article you can read more about great ways to learn how to sing if you are serious about getting better and singing very well.

The 4 Biggest Singing Tips that Everyone Can Immediately Apply and Just Sound BETTER:

1 – Sit/Stand Straight. Imagine a Cord Pulling You Up from Your Head (But NOT In a Rigid, Tense Way)

This is the first one, since posture is the single most important thing you can correct immediately. Just by doing that you will massively increase your voice resonance and get a fuller and nicer sound. Do not overdo that though, you are not a marine soldier, but you still have to feel your back and your neck straight. Further physical explanation on why this is so important is on tip #3.

♣ Extra Tip: When you are sitting on a soft chair that makes your butt sink in it, it makes you bend your back almost unconsciously! So make sure to sit on a firm and flat chair when you sing, or even better – stand! Standing does wonders to your voice projection and confidence, try it for yourself and you'll notice immediately!

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2 – Your Head Should Be Pointing Straight

Even when I do sit straight with the guitar, sometimes I have a tendency to mess that up by looking down, for example to read chord sheets out of one of my chord books. Looking down will cut down most of the resonance and volume of your voice – since it will compress your throat and the space in which the air can flow.

Solution: If you are using a chord book, place it on a taller spot like a music stand or a tall table, preferably with a support from the back of it that will place it vertically.

Always try to place your chord books at about your eyes' level. Looking down will totally cut your voice projection.

Always try to place your DIY chord books at about your eyes' level. Looking down will totally cut down your resonance, volume, and energies.

3 – Breathe into the Stomach and the Sides Of The Stomach

Your chest should barely be moving, as opposed to what you might think. So let's talk about what should be moving instead. When you are inhaling deeply and correctly, you should feel the air inflating your stomach and the lower sides of your ribs and upper stomach. This happens when your diaphragm is lowered as you inhale as you can see in the pic, and this is proper breathing for singing. (and in general – when you breathe deeply – that's what happens in your body)

Good Belly Breathing creates more space for your lungs to expand to maximum capacity – and to give you the maximum resonance, volume, and “air time” between the breaths you have to take. This is why it is also so important to stand/sit straight, since by doing that you are allowing more room for the diaphragm to expand!

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Standing / sitting straight lets you take in much more air and expand your lungs to the fullest capacity. This gives your voice maximum resonance, volume, and more comfortable “air time” between each time that you have to take a new breath.

4 – Open Your Mouth, Show Us Some Teeth! SING with Energies!

When you are shying out and singing with your mouth almost totally closed, your voice gets a “mumbling” tone to it. Our mouth (look at it as an “oral cavity”) is also one of our most important voice resonators. And no, you don't need to look like you are at the dentist or like you're about to swallow someone like Mick Jagger or Steven Tyler, but in proper singing, we should definitely see teeth at most of the time and it's a great rule of thumb to follow. Sing with energies! Pronounce all the vowels of your lyrics, and these teeth will come out naturally.

Sing in front of the mirror for a bit to make sure that you aren't making this mistake!


That's it. Do not develop bad habits! I suggest writing those singing tips down and referring back to them before you are about to practice your singing, this will make sure that you do not forget that tomorrow.

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Show us some teeth to get your singing tone going! Mick Jagger sure does, and his singing career seems to be going pretty well so far…

Just by applying these 4 simple principles when you are singing, your voice is guaranteed to become stronger, more resonant and more pleasant! Record yourself and notice the differences!

If at some point you will decide that you want to work more seriously on your singing – become GOOD, and you are willing to put time into it, the Superior Singing Method course has helped me immensely when I was starting my voice studies. (here's what I fully wrote about my experience with it) If you are willing to commit to about 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks, it will teach you everything you need to know to start singing with confidence. At the end of those two months your voice will be MUCH better, and you will be a lot more confident.

I took it myself and I am extremely happy with it so I am happy to highly recommend it.

Have fun singing and don't be shy! None of us was born a Paul Simon, but nonetheless, singing is still always fun and you gotta start somewhere if you want to get better.

Last thing – can you help us all and name ONE singing tip that helped you the most in the comments? THANKS! (:

Cheers!

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

Ella Fitzgerald.

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Read my full review of the Superior Singing Method online course:

 

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Don't Think Twice It's Alright – Dylan Cover (HARMONICAS!)

Hey there! My name's Cooper, I am discovering the world while running my online teaching business, playing venues with a band / solo, and trying to learn with the most inspiring musicians wherever I go. In the last 8 years I've spent long periods in Australia, northern Europe, the USA, Sri Lanka and more. Originally I am from Tel Aviv, Israel. I hope I can be a helpful friend on your musical journey. 🙂

24 comments for “4 Huge Singing Tips – Sing Much Better TODAY!

  1. Russ
    October 21, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Hi Cooper

    My biggest struggle is singing along while playing the guitar, particularly when I’m learning a guitar piece. I play fingerstyle mostly, which seems to complicate things even further for me! Any tips on this please or is it just repeat repeat repeat until the guitar part is automatic!?

    Cheers
    Russ

    • Alon Cooper
      December 6, 2019 at 7:46 PM

      Hi Russ. Besides rinse & repeat, there are actually quite a few good videos on the topic on YouTube. Look up “singing while playing the guitar”. I can definitely see how it’s harder with fingerstyle, but I’m sure you can overcome it. (: Best!

  2. Jennifer Vanderberg
    April 20, 2019 at 6:10 AM

    Thanks for your very informative blog, it is very useful and helps me a lot. I am thinking of doing an online course for learning to sing and I was reading some good reviews of online courses on https://onlinecoursesnet.com/ would you recommend an online course to learn or are private or classroom courses better to learn ? Thanks

    • Alon Cooper
      June 15, 2019 at 1:55 PM

      Hi Jennifer. I think that private singing lessons are the best, but they are a lot more expensive than an online course. So an online course can be a good method to “test the waters” first. Here’s my deeper review on the singing course that I personally used: (It’s not perfect, but it worked very well for me)

      https://guitarsongsmasters.com/superior-singing-method-review/

  3. Bill Edmondson
    August 12, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    Hey Cooper, don’t think twice it’s alright. Real đź‘Ť

    • Cooper
      September 1, 2018 at 10:16 AM

      Thank you Bill!

  4. Johnny C
    January 25, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Great article, thanks for all your teaching man. Shared it on my fb

    • Cooper
      January 26, 2018 at 9:21 PM

      You’re welcome man, thanks for sharing.

  5. K dog
    July 26, 2017 at 1:12 AM

    Ahhh made me wanna go back to my Amsterdam weekend with that first pic. What’s your favorite dylan song you said you played there?

    Anyways, loved your tips they did help me some and I also just bought this course and would start taking it now.

    How long do you think before I start seeing results?

    • Cooper
      July 28, 2017 at 3:22 AM

      Hey man, as far as I remember it was somewhere into the 3rd or 4th week going through the singing lessons when I really started feeling like my singing is getting better. It takes time, just like learning an instrument, but eventually you’ll be able to sing way better than what you’re used to.

      Now, two years later I feel totally different and very confident about my singing, as you can also see on my YouTube channel too.

      That Dylan song was “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” – by far my favorite. (and my favorite fingerpicking song as well)

      • K Dog
        August 3, 2017 at 4:08 AM

        cool. my fave dylan tune is girl from the north country. and “jokerman”.

  6. Jared
    April 27, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Who’s the best male singer you can think of Cooper?
    Just curious to hear your opinion

    • Cooper
      April 28, 2017 at 10:24 AM

      Haha, wow, terribly hard question. I can’t give you one solid answer because there are many male singers I appreciate. Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, (yes!) McCartney, and Jack Johnson are amongst my the voices I like the most.

      • Jared
        August 3, 2017 at 4:06 AM

        Fair enough. I do agree Jimi is also an extremely great (and underated) singer.

  7. Paul
    April 26, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    thanks, you have no idea how much these tips have helped me.

    Greeting from Colorado.

    • Cooper
      April 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM

      You’re welcome Paul, enjoy.

  8. eli87
    February 18, 2017 at 4:09 AM

    The “breathing into the stomach” one seems hard for me to grasp. Can you explain a bit more?

    • Cooper
      February 19, 2017 at 5:11 AM

      Hey Eli, the easiest way to explain breathing into the stomach is to focus on feeling (and visually seeing) the stomach inflating as you breath in.

      It’s easy to see when laying down on the back. Try to breathe in for a relatively long time, like 10 seconds, while trying to breathe in as deep as you can and watching your stomach as it gets the air in. That’s the type of breathing that’ll give you the most resonant and “open” voice to sing with.

  9. Emily
    February 14, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    I think the one tip that always had the best influence on my own singing was always simply to sit up. It has such a huge impact on how full my voice can sound like.

    Anyways, thanks, great tips.

    • Cooper
      February 15, 2017 at 7:25 PM

      You’re welcome, glad you liked the tips and found ’em helpful.

  10. beefy jerky
    March 8, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    My favorite form of learning is from books, I rather not do online lessons, Is there a good book about singing that you recommend?

    • Cooper
      March 9, 2016 at 5:07 AM

      Hey man, I read a book or two about singing but it’s hard for me to recommend them since I really believe it’s very hard to teach singing without the real examples.

      If I were you, I’d give personal lessons or online lessons another chance.

  11. JennaT
    March 20, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    I like that first quote about singing. Here’s another good one for you:

    Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.

    Lou Rawls (don’t have a clue who that is though..)

    • Cooper
      March 22, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      Nice one Jenna.

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