Things You'll Need
- Keyboard or piano
- Voice teacher
- Tape recorder or computer
It is absolutely impossible to greatly improve your voice in only two weeks. You can, however, improve your singing over time, if you are patient and you work hard and can at least carry a tune. To do this, you will need to hire a voice coach who can teach you techniques for improving your ear and intonation, your breath control and your tone quality.
Hire a voice coach. It will be very difficult for you to improve your voice on your own, as improving your voice means improving your technique in multiple areas. A voice coach will drill your intonation, your diaphragm and muscle control, your breathing and the ways in which you produce and connect your pitches.
Open your mouth wide when you sing. Of course, it is impossible to sing with your mouth closed, but the more you open your mouth, the more air gets into your mouth and ultimately into your lungs. This also gives you more ability to project your voice.
Open the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat. To do this, clench your tongue to the roof of your mouth; you will feel almost as if your throat is blocked. Remove your tongue and you will feel your throat and the roof of your mouth open.
Take full breaths. To do this, breathe in deeply and feel your stomach push out. This happens because your lungs are expanding and pushing your diaphragm down. The more air in your lungs, the longer you will be able to hold notes or expand vocal phrases.
Practice your intonation. To do this, you will need a keyboard or a piano. If you do not have a keyboard, you can get a small one at a music store. Play notes and then sing them back to improve your pitch.
Record yourself singing on a tape recorder or on a computer. Then play it back and listen to yourself. This will also help you to hear when your pitch is off.
Imagine your notes as rivers or waterfalls, or as some kind of gummy substance that bends or flows. This will help you to fluidly connect your notes so that your phrases don’t sound stilted.
Trust yourself. When you trust that you know your music, that confidence will come through in your performance.
You must be able to carry a tune. If you cannot, nothing will help you. Take in a full breath and then let it out slowly, piece by piece. This will greatly improve your breath control over time.
If you try to rush the improvement of your technique, you will fail. Two weeks is not enough time, but if you give it months, or even years, you can succeed.
Based in Washington, D.C., Lena Freund began writing professionally in 2007, while living in Tel Aviv. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Middle Eastern studies and Hispanic studies from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern history from Tel Aviv University. Freund's articles about travel, languages and cultures have been published on various websites.