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SINGING HELP pleaseee?????

OK so I am beginning to play the guitar and along with that i would like to increase my singing ability

I dont think I can sing but i believe i have potential. Im not HORRIBLE but im not great/gifted

the thing is im not going to get a vocal coach so is it possible for me to learn from online videos or just keep practicing singing?

I know this might take a while before I accomplish this but i have all the determination in the world and will work very hard.
Im not totally serious since I dont have confidence that I will become really good

Find a vocal coach. Incorrectly performed techniques can ruin your singing voice. Investing in an experienced vocal coach is well worth the money.
Learn your vocal range. This is essential, as singing pieces written for the wrong range may strain your voice.
Correct your posture. Stand tall with one foot slightly in front of the other one, feet shoulder width apart. This allows you to breathe easily and to allow maximum lung capacity to allow better notes and phrases.
Breathe properly. The voice is best described as a wind instrument and breathing is 80% of singing. Proper singing begins and ends with proper breathing. This is the breathing that we all did as babies, the breathing that we all do subconsciously all day. Touch the top of your collar bone. About a half of an inch below your finger is the top of your lungs. Now find your nipple line. This is the place where your lungs expand the largest. Now find the place right below your sternum where your rib cages meet. This is the bottom of your lungs and the housing of your diaphragm. The reason your stomach may pooch out when you breath deeply is because your diaphragm is pushing down on everything below your rib cage. Your lungs are not actually in your stomach. Your ribs move like bucket handles attached to your spine and your sternum. When you breath in, they move upward and make your chest expand, when you breath out, they move downward and your chest decreases. IMPORTANT: When you’re singing, your diaphragm should always be in a “poised” position. Breath in deeply right now and hold it. Now place your fingers on the fleshy part between your rib cages where they meet (right below the center of your bra if you’re a girl. If you’re not, you still know where I’m talking about.) Now, as you breath out, try to keep the part you are touching poised and sticking out but do not push against it. I know this is a terribly difficult thing to do and will probably not work the first few times you do it. However, this is how the diaphragm should be at all times while you are producing sound. Trust me, it makes singing a lot easier. Don’t take my word for it. This information comes from vocal expert Dr. Sharon Mabry, director of graduate studies at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and author of many books on vocal production. I am her humble and lucky student.

Always warm up before you begin singing or doing practice exercises. you should always warm your voice up in this pattern: middle range, low range, then high range, then back to middle. You should spend at least 10 minutes on each range and do not stress your voice if you’re frustrated and can not hit a note. Warm back down or up to your comfortable range and then try again, carefully.

Other things to practice:

dynamics – sing a comfortable pitch and start very softly, crescendo to loud then decrescendo back to soft. Do this with many different vowels and pitches

agility – try singing from do to sol to do really fast back and forth, trying to hit all of the notes. Do this in increments of half steps on different syllables. This will help your voice become more flexible.
Use good breathing techniques. Practice taking in deep breaths and exhaling slowly for as long as you can.

A very good hint as to whether you are letting out a constant stream of air, required for proper technique, is by lightly touching your lips together and creating a bbbbbbbbbbb sound (like a motor boat sound) while humming a pitch or without. If your lips stop vibrating together, then the air has stopped flowing freely.
Pronounce your vowels correctly. Words are truly nothing but a constant succession of vowels with consonants dropped in occasionally to create meaning. So practice all your vowels at every pitch (high, low and in between). In English there are very few pure vowels. Normally, we will encounter diphthongs which are two or more vowel sounds elided together. In classical singing, the singer will sustain the note on the first vowel and then say the second on the way to the final consonant. In country, singers like to slide through th first vowel and elongate the second vowel on the sustained note. Where as: a classical signer would sing “Am[aaaaaaai]zing Gr[aaaaaai]ce” and a counrty singer would sing “Am[aiiiiiii]zing Gr[aiiiiii]ce”. If you can, always sing the first vowel for as long as you can before letting the second vowel in. Here are some pure vowels to practice with: AH as in “father”, EE as in “eat”, IH as in “pin”, EH as in “pet”, OO as in “food”, UH as in “under”, EU as in “could”, OH as in “home”. Try singing all of these vowels while maintaining your core sound which is the resonance in the mask of the face.
Practice scales. You need to do this often if you have pitch problems. Most coaches will recommend 20-30 minutes a day when starting out. Practicing scales will also strengthen the muscles used for singing and give you better control. To practice scales, identify your range (tenor, baritone, soprano, etc…) and know how to find the notes that cover your range on a keyboard or piano. Then practice the major scale in every key moving up and down using the vowel sounds. At some point you can start working in minor scales as well. Solfege (Do,Re,Mi,…) is also an effective tool for improving pitch problems.
Undergo vocal muscle training. If your voice is weak, know that this is usually caused by under-developed muscles or improper use of the resonators (the pharynx, the hard pallet, and the nasal cavity). Muscles can be strengthened and with training you can learn how to use your resonators to project a powerful voice.
Always work on a new song. When you start a new song, start with the rhythm and conducting. Sing the things you enjoy and while you’re practicing, try to spend 15 minutes on each song. Do not sing through mistakes! If you make a mistake, stop and start that section over again correcting the mistake. Otherwise, you will learn the mistake. Be sure to connect the voice through each word. This is called legato. It is the essence of singing. Of course, if the song calls for staccato, do so, but legato is what makes singing so much fun to sing and listen to.
Be reasonable with your self-expectations, regardless of where you are coming from, if you can devote 20 minutes or more a day to practicing scales and songs you can expect measurable improvement within four weeks. Most pitch problems can be corrected within 3-4 months. Understand that your progress is linked to your ability to practice daily (as with most training). If you only do 15 minutes a day, a few days a week, you could spend a year or more. If you devote yourself you could completely transform your voice in three months. Everyone is different.

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