Ten Tips to Take Your Singing Voice from Amateur to Professional

You don’t know what you don’t know. If you want to move from amateur singer to professional singer, the best way to do that is to learn all you can and practice, practice, practice. No matter how much experience you have, singing lessons or the help of a vocal coach can greatly improve your singing voice from amateur to professional. Here are ten tips to follow to take your singing voice from amateur to professional.

  1. Voice and Tone – The quality of your voice is very important and is often what grabs the attention of the audience and/or judges. This is the sound of your voice (deep, smooth, light, raspy, etc.) The more you sing, the stronger your voice will become.
  2. Control and Pitch – You should be able to vocalize a variety of notes, identify pitches and intervals, fix off-key notes. It’s important to know if you are singing on pitch and in the correct key and whether you are sharp or flat. Record yourself and play it back. Listen carefully and make note of your mistakes.
  3. Enunciation and Diction – If you enunciate well, your audience is able to understand the lyrics of the song easily. You want a clear, flowing sound and this comes from good diction. To improve your enunciation, practice by reading aloud and pronouncing vowels and consonants.
  4. Rhythm -Most of us learned about rhythm in elementary school. It’s the beat of the music. If you cannot keep up with the rhythm of the music, then you must practice. It’s crucial to be able to identify different beat lengths, sing the notes with different beats, and to hold the tempo of the music.
  5. Breath and Support – You’ve heard about breathing techniques if you are at all familiar with singing. Any good singing coach will review breathing techniques with new students. Being able to breath correctly will relax your voice which in turn will improve your vocal sound. Breathing is also connected to good posture.
  6. Volume – Make sure the volume of your voice is evenly balanced. One indication of an amateur singer is someone who sings so softly they cannot be heard or one who belts out every note. Neither of these are qualities of a good singer. Your volume should be right for the song and be enjoyable for those who are listening.
  7. Song Style Choice – You’ve heard about the importance of song choice if you watch American Idol. Match your voice to the song. It’s important to know your natural range and how to vary your volume and your tone to suit the style of music you are singing.
  8. Consistent Performance – This is another component that is discussed frequently on American Idol. You must be able to sing consistently and reliably. Every time. Don’t confuse this with singing the same every time.
  9. Versatility – You’ve heard the saying “she could sing the phone book” and that’s true of any versatile singer. For a good singer, it won’t matter what they are asked to sing because they will be able to adjust their voice to match. As a new singer, you can develop your versatility by stepping forward and trying new things.
  10. Identify Weaknesses and Improve – Know your range and stay within it. Constantly work on your breathing techniques. Develop your listening ear so you can identify and adjust or correct your volume, your tone, or your pitch if needed. Develop this by listening to other singers and by recording yourself singing and playing it back. It’s also important to respond to constructive criticism well and use it to improve your skills.

Maybe you were born with good tone or great rhythm but you still need to work on developing all of these other components in order to be a good well-rounded professional singer. Anyone can have a good singing voice with the right training. Stick with it, take care of your vocal instrument, have a good attitude, and you’ll be well on your way to making your dreams come true.