Whatever your style of singing is, if you want to strengthen and improve your voice, singing exercises are the way to it. Singing songs is not the same as singing exercises and it will not help you improve the quality of your tone. Singing along with the radio or your iPod will not help you develop your fundamental singing voice.
It will help develop your personal style but most people use the other singers voice as a crutch instead of developing confidence in their own voice. When you sing along to songs you will be repeating any bad habits you currently have. When you sing along to other singers voices you emulate them and if they are improperly trained as most singers are, you begin to reproduce their bad habits.
Even if you have solid technique, and all of the singers you try to emulate have good technique this is still not how to go about strengthening your voice. This is because songs tend to stay within certain given pitches and repeated pitches over and over. While this is good for developing muscle memory for a particular song if you intend to sing it with a group. It does nothing to expand your range. Singing scales is the most effective way to warmup, loosen, strengthen, and expand your singing voice.
Don’t Worry About Pitch In The Beginning
Some people worry themselves to death about being on pitch when they start off. If you’re just starting singing exercises you’ll likely will miss some notes. Once you have more control over the of your voice you can start paying attention to pitch. As you go through the scales everyday singing on pitch or at least realizing that you are off pitch will come easily.
Just pay attention to when the scale goes up and down, and take note when you are off. But don’t stress out over it. Songs will not cover the range of notes that scales will. Scales will take you out of your comfort zone, strengthen your voice and enable you to develop confidence in singing songs. The key is to translate singing scales properly to singing words and phrases of a song properly. Singing exercises are intended to develop and strengthen your voice allowing you to then add your own unique style and coloring.
Some of the Most Effective Singing Exercises:
Vocal coach Ian Castle covers the lip roll and its’ benefits in this singing exercises video.