Talent Thursday: Singing

TalentThursday: Singing

Indian music, jazz, opera, ghazal, pop, rock are some of the music genres. Music sets the tone of the event. Listening to music may get your feet tapping or bring back memories. Everyone has a different music preference and go-to playlist. But have you ever thought of creating music?

Many take singing up as a career, some download singing apps and sing along while others sing to the latest songs. Singing is a natural way of communicating and expressing. You?ll find people make a career in singing on discovering their natural talent. Still, others develop this talent through intensive training.

Let?s get into the nuances of singing. Here are the key aspects:

1. Tone

The tone or the timbre of your voice will help you be a more versatile singer. The overall sound or tone of your voice will set you apart from others. When you hear a song on the station, you can differentiate the singer because of the tone. Two people can sing the same song and sound different because of the tone. You need to practice on your chest and head voice. Chest voice refers to lower and thicker tones that are used while speaking while head voice is the higher notes where you may feel the vibration in your head. The tone depends on the pitch of the music.

2. Pitch

How can you sing with a great pitch? Pitch is the frequency or shrillness of a sound. A singer may have perfect pitch but horrible tone. An incorrect pitch can prove to be unpleasant to the ears. You could even use an app to check if you are singing on pitch.

3. Breath Control

Breath control is one of the easiest ways to improve on your singing. As an aspiring singer, you probably have been told to breathe from your diaphragm. If you?re wondering where does the diaphragm lie? It is just below your rib cage. When you inhale the diaphragm contracts and moves downward n the body, and when your exhale the diaphragm relaxes and moves upward in the body. As compared to speaking, singing requires a higher rate of breath cycles and a long breath. Place your palm on your stomach and practice deep breaths and hold your breath between inhalation and exhalation.

4. Rhythm

Do you have an ear for music? Do you find yourself hitting the high and low notes on time? Rhythm is all about timing. Play a song and snap your fingers to the counts, and when your snapping is aligned to the counts, you are in sync with the rhythm. The same applies to singing. Songs are divided into a 3-beat or 4-beat rhythm pattern. Your ear is trained during this exercise.

5. Diction

When you sing you need to say the words in a precise manner. The positioning of your tongue, teeth and lips plays an important role. Practice tongue twisters to get through pronunciation of syllables. Exercise your vocal chords by pronouncing patterns of vowel and consonant. Additionally, you can study phonetics which will help you understand the sound of words.

You could get all the aspects of singing right but the love and passion for singing is what will make you an amazing singer.

?It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.?

- Hillaire Belloc

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