We’ve been watching reality TV search for singing idols from around the globe and it suddenly brings out the hidden talent in us, singing… All ages has this talent and you cannot discount that in every corner you go there is an outstanding talented individual, ready to belt out his favorite piece once asked. While some are only good in listening, most of us prefers to give it try in order not to be left out of the fads. I believe nobody don’t know how to, as am pretty sure all of us knew the national anthem with all our heart…. agree? Here are several tips on how to sing like a pro even if you haven’t set foot upon a studio or attended any formal training in vocalization.

  1. Listen Carefully – to all the songs you really wanted to cover. We call it “cifra”, which is to listen through a pair of headset before trying its first stanza. Carefully look out for highlight of the song such as diction, intonation and the proper timing. They say that a good singer always listen whenever they got time. Buy a pair of good quality headset for your best listening experience.
  2. Watch Video Tutorials – a lot of video links are browse-able in the internet. A lot of enthusiast are sharing their own version of each song they seem to perfectly imitate even if they’re from a country where mandarin is the mother tongue. Watch it carefully and pick up the salient point of the song.
  3. Perfect Practice Makes your Work Perfect – this requires patience and desire of the act which is singing… You can try that Japanese invention “karaoke” where many are honing their skills using this medium. Dont hesitate to try songs that you’ve been listening thru your iPod or Walkman during your younger years.  Try to “play first with the lyrics -on-” before serving your version afterwards.
  4. Record your Song and Play it Back – There’s no better way to know how good you are but to listen to your own piece. Be honest with your feelings and find the best adjustment needed to at least have it “near the proper version” or some call it “placado”… And you’ll hear it for yourself if you need to change songs later on.
  5. Know Your Voice Range – Do you possess a baritone,  falsetto, high pitch voice? The very main reason for this one is to acclimatize your voice range with the songs you are belting out. Elvis Presley’s voice was so different that he made great albums even during when the accompaniment sophistication were so basic that his voice truly brought justice to those songs he did. Until now some are buying his albums.!
  6. Exercise your Jaw – If you are able to watch most of Manny Pacquiao’s fight , you’ll notice he has done numerous jaw-turning exercises as part of his pre-actual-fight rituals… and he is not only a boxer but a good singer as well. Then do your own do-re-mi vocalization rituals before singing.
  7. Breathing is the Key – balladeers are so good with this that they carried out songs of difficult phase without a haste. Diva’s are the best using diaphragm power singing… give it a try while submerge in a pool, you’ll notice the biggest improvement once you deliver your piece.
  8. Proper Word Pronunciation  – like a customer sales representative, you got to speak the proper word, as simple as differentiating B from V…. F from P and so on. That way you’re simple delivery becomes a good sound to hear about.
  9. Fake your Voice – as the lead guitarist always telling me before, every time we have a session… “fake it” either accent you fake adds up substance to the song.
  10. Create your List of Songs – beefed up your arsenal of favorites by listing down the songs you really wanted to perfect. Variety of songs from greatest to latest hits and of different genres surely make you sound like a pro.

You still got a whole month to practice and make sure you wont decline an invitation to share your talent to your your co-workers and office mates this coming Christmas parties and family reunions. How about you? any suggestions to sing like a pro that can help others….. excuse me, it’s my turn to sing the “Hawaiian wedding song” – Elvis Presley’s version.

You are a great listener thus making you a greater singer. It’s the song not the singer. – Paquito 


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