— Learn how to sing alto – How to sound good when singing.
Singing alto is closely related to singing contralto, which can be said to be the lowest female voice. Operatically speaking, it is not formally defined, but specific parts are written keeping in mind the abilities of the singer. In contemporary music, the alto has taken the role of the sultry, seductive, unpolished voice.
See how low you can go in singing alto: Using a keyboard and The mid C (C 4) as the starting point start descending the notes. In case you don’t understand terms like C4 and mid C, there are a variety of programs under categories like ‘tuners’ and ‘virtual keyboard’ for download. In any case, you just need to know the sound of C4 and you can find it anyplace else, like the piano or guitar. G3 is 3 white keys below C4, and that is the goal, if you can hit it, you are singing alto.
Being comfortable within the lower notes: If you are a mezzo soprano finding your alto abilities, it might be difficult at first. So take it slow in singing alto, because you can cause a muscle tear by forcing yourself. Always remember that in the beginning stages don’t try to stay in your lower register for too long, always keep coming up for some fresh air. With time, you will start feeling at home in your alto parts.
Practice pronunciation in the lower notes. Sometimes transition between two notes is modified by the syllables involved in singing alto. Also practice expressing different moods at the lower notes. It is often an overlooked point how many voice modulations we make during normal conversation, to express our emotions. To fully exploit singing alto, it should be as expressive. Make up cadences centered in the alto and practice them to see if vocal attributes such as volume and pronunciation vary adversely.
Planned Practice Timings: Obviously, it is much easier to explore the lower range in the mornings, so take advantage of it for singing alto. However, if you can hit that note in the morning, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do it during choir practice in the evening. It’s suggested that you use morning sessions to explore your range, while keeping another session to practice songs etc. Note however that practicing after drinking milk or tea should be avoided.
Let me start off by saying that when you sing, you can’t hear your self the way the people in the room hear you. Not only does the way you hear your own voice make you sound different inside your own head, everyone hears things differently. What sounds like heaven to one will sound like garbage to another. There is nothing you can do about that.
One way to get around this is to use a recorder. By recording yourself singing, then playing back the recording you can hear your self more like other people. You will be able to focus on things you need to improve that way. Remember, just because it sounds good in your head, does not mean it sounds good outside it.
It is also important to take constructive criticism well, and use it to figure out areas you are weak in. While people shouting “you suck!” is something you will just have to deal with, many will offer compliments, but… then tell you something they didn’t like. This is constructive, it can help you to improve your singing. Just ignore the idiots that shout you suck, they do this because they are not the one getting attention.
The truth of the matter is that anyone who is not arrogant in their artistic pursuits will be their own biggest critic. We often only hear the bad in our voices and forget about the good things. One of the keys to getting over performance anxiety is learning to not be so hard on yourself. It’s fine to remember there is always more to learn, and things you can do better, but you shouldn’t forget your good points either.
My name is Ryan Murphy and My love in life is music. Listening to it, making it and exploring it.
Music really is my drive in life.