5 Top Vocal Tips for Choir Singers
Level up your choir singing with these five essential tips
If you sing in a choir, chances are you care a lot about your voice. Making sure it is healthy, strong, and in tune is essential to do what you love to do. So we’ve put together the five best ways to keep your voice sounding great.
These will help you develop your skills and hone your technique as a beginner, and they’ll stay helpful as you become a skilled veteran. Remember, it’s never a bad time to improve your choir singing!
If you’re asking, “How can I improve my choir voice?” — you’ve come to the right place. The following tips are proven to work. And when you’ve implemented these tips, who knows where a great choir voice can take you?
1. Practice (With a Purpose)
The most important element to any skill is practice, practice, and more practice. Nothing comes close to being as essential, and there is no cheat code to avoid the hard work and time that it takes to get your voice to sound incredible.
That being said, there is a right way and a wrong way to practice.
If you simply sing without any clear plan, you won’t get very much out of your time. While this might help if you are an absolute beginner, this kind of practice gets diminishing returns. Even if you are just starting, there are much better ways to go about it.
Practice with a purpose, focusing on certain parts of your voice that you struggle with or new techniques that you would like to add to your toolset.
2. Have a Warm Up Routine
Knowing the right way to warm up your voice is critical to both your skill today and your longevity.
A great warm up routine lessens the strain on your vocal chords, and it also wakes up the complex neurological networks that are engaged when singing. Think of this as tuning your instrument as well as maintaining it. Even a short routine that you do consistently is far and away better than doing nothing.
Eventually, you will probably want to memorize a couple of routines: one that is short and one that is more thorough. Having these two options will pay off in the long run, making you more likely to warm up when you won’t be singing for very long, but still giving you one that fully warms you up for practices and performances.
If you don’t have a warm up and would like to find a good one, check out this great video!
3. Record Your Singing (Audio and Video)
You can hear yourself while you sing, but it is very difficult to hear yourself objectively. Getting a good sense of where you are doing well and where you need to work on pitch and delivery are all made much easier when you have a recording you can check out.
And remember, don’t limit yourself to only audio. Video can be a great way to see if you are following the physical elements of choir singing — like posture, choreography, and more.
Bonus Tip: Sing in front of a mirror to get immediate visual feedback on your technique!
4. Find a Singing Partner
If you are a member of a choir, chances are there are other singers you know that would be interested in doing a little extra practice, even if only once in a while.
Having a partner gives you a lot of extra motivation, both from their encouragement and that little dose of healthy competition. Plus, keeping extra practice time is easier when we are accountable to someone else.
And, best of all, practicing with someone else is more fun!
5. Stay in Shape
While you don’t need to run marathons to sing in a choir, your voice will benefit from good physical health — especially stronger breath.
Exercise and plenty of water will keep you feeling good and energized, while also making your voice as powerful as it can be.
Regular exercise also makes you more relaxed in general, which can be key for better singing. A relaxed body can produce a much richer tone and more notes than a tense one.
Improve Your Singing Voice
INTERKULTUR knows the value of a beautiful singing voice. It’s the reason we host so many choir events throughout the year!
With the tips above, hopefully you can find your best voice and share it with the world.