How to Get Power in My Vocals

by Steven J. Miller
Avoid screaming while you sing to preserve your vocal cords.

Avoid screaming while you sing to preserve your vocal cords.

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Developing power in your vocals provides you with a strong voice capable of filling an entire concert hall. To develop your vocal cords safely, you will need a daily practice routine, complete with breathing exercises, warm-ups and vocal exercises. These elements will help you form a solid technique and build your voice gradually. Remember that developing a voice safely takes time and patience. Stop and take a break if you feel fatigued or your voice begins to strain.

Items you will need

  • Piano

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Step 1

Practice diaphragmatic breathing by standing or sitting with your back straight. Plant your feet firmly on the ground. Pull air into your lungs with your diaphragm. Expand your stomach and sides to ensure you breathe correctly.

Step 2

Buzz the first five notes of a major scale. Use the piano to double-check your pitch. Sopranos and altos may start on middle C. Tenors and baritones should start on F below middle C. Basses start an octave below middle C.

Step 3

Sing the first five notes of a major scale and begin ascending by half-steps. Breathe from the diaphragm and take in a full breath, even if you don't think you need it. Sing as high as you can, but stop the moment you feel the least bit of strain.

Step 4

Practice a descending fifth on the sound "hmm." This will help to expand the length and flexibility of your vocal cords, increasing your power.

Tips & Warnings

  • Beginning singers should practice 15 to 20 minutes per day.
  • Intermediate singers should practice 30 to 60 minutes per day.
  • Advanced singers should practice 60 to 120 minutes per day.
  • Professionals must practice at least three hours per day.

About the Author

Steven Miller graduated with a master's degree in 2010. He writes for several companies including Lowe's and IBM. He also works with local schools to create community gardens and learn environmentally responsible gardening. An avid gardener for 15 years, his experience includes organic gardening, ornamental plants and do-it-yourself home projects.

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