Singing in a group is a great way to improve your singing, especially if you’re nervous. You could go to a football match or go to church — whatever suits you.
One of the best things you can do for your voice is to join a choir near you. When you practise with a choir, it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes because you learn as a group to get the right notes when you rehearse. It is an uplifting experience, you meet new people, it’s good for your health and it’s good for your confidence. I really recommend this! See the section on joining a choir for more information about this.
Another great place to start is singing workshops — many arts centres, schools and community centres run group classes. And if you really want to sing “Halleujah”, look out for events like a “Messiah from scratch”. They are great fun!
Some people go for singing lessons, which can really help if you want personal coaching, but of course this will cost some money. A good singing teacher will help you to find your voice and develop your skill with exercises in breathing and posture, but also help you to grow in confidence.
If you’re a newcomer to singing my advice would be:
When you sing, take deep, controlled breaths. Nerves can play havoc with your breath and can leave you feeling light-headed. Follow these exercises to develop your breathing skill.
Remember that your voice is not YOU. It’s just a collection of bits of muscle and cartilage with air blowing through. People may judge your voice but it shouldn’t be a judgement on your personality as well. Don’t worry what others think about you.
Singing is something that needs to be worked at; you don’t arrive at a wonderful sound without some practice and some advice.
Everybody has to start somewhere.
Keep at it and don’t give up!