Listening to singers perform on stage is such as a pleasure especially when their vocals can hit various ranges effortlessly. Aspiring singers look up to the pros and tend to practice day in and day out to reach their goals. However, just like with athletes, singers can also experience problems, which need to be remedied in order to achieve full range of vocals.
Common Problems of Amateur and Professional Singers
- Inappropriate breathing support/Poor Breathing. Budding singers seem to have difficulty controlling their breathing at the start and sometimes tend to gasp for air while professional singers rely on their diaphragm for breath support. A singer tends to push airstream or over-support when singing thus causing harmonics that aren’t needed.
- Poor quality of tone. You’re probably aware of different descriptions of tone such as nasal, resonant, and rich. A good tone, however, depends mostly on the listener. Singers tend to vary their tone or use amplification to alter their tone.
- Lack of agility, flexibility, endurance, and production ease. Some singers tend to have problems with these four as they lack proper practice or knowledge.
- Lack of compliance, discipline, and commitment. Regardless of whether you are an athlete or a singer, constant practice is a must to achieve perfection. Singers who don’t have the discipline or the commitment to singing may perform poorly when compared side by side with those who have discipline.
- Lack of confidence. Many singers have that “prima donna” attitude, but sometimes it is just a cloak to hide their insecurities. The best way to alleviate this is constant practice and self-awareness.
- Vocal abuse, poor hygiene, and oral care. Students of singing tend to forget caring for their vocal chords hence the quality of their singing becomes impaired. A whole night of drinking, smoking, or even eating too much sweet can affect their vocal chords, which can damage their chances of singing as a pro.
- Poor articulation. Some singers tend to have poor articulation due to the tension on their lips, palate, jaws, and so on. Sometimes, the speaking habit of the singer gets translated into their singing, which can affect the overall quality of their voice.
- Limited range in pitch. All types of singing voices have their optimal pitch but due to the lack of coordination of the vocal chords and breath support, the transition in register is not as smooth as everyone hopes. A break will be easily noticed once the singer changes his or her pitch.
- Aspirate or hard glottal attack. There are some singers that aspirate before phonation where excessive air is pushed out causing a breathy tone in their singing. The same thing occurs in hard glottal.
- Poor posture. The way a singer stands when singing can affect the quality of their voice as air passageways get blocked or are hindered because of bad posture.
As a singer, it is not unusual to make these mistakes but being conscious about them can help you correct them as needed to become the best singer that you can be.