How did it all start?

Singing and music has been a source of entertainment from the prehistoric times. Singing as a hobby got more serious with the evolution of different cultures around the world. Drums, bells and stringed instruments in tribal ceremonies have added charm to the tones produced by the singer.

Who picks this hobby?

Anybody with healthy vocal chords can sing. Does that mean everyone can sing anything perfectly? That may not happen. Though with training a person can sing well, it does allow every trained singer to render every song prefectly. This diversity exists because every voice is unique and the voice culture varies.

What is voice culture?

Voice culture is the way a person modulates one’s voice to generate a tone. This varies due to the singer’s cultural background, pitch limitations, accent and familiarity with the language in which the song has been written.
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Lot of children are introduced to this hobby during their early years. Voice at a tender age can be trained and moulded to suit a variety of singing styles. Apart from technical aspects, it is also believed to reorient the child’s attitude and personality in a positive way.
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Pitch, timbre, rhythm, tone and melody are some terms every singer should get acquainted with, while choosing singing as a hobby. These aspects are used differently by each singer.

Singing is not just about entertainment. Many singers opt this avocation because it leads to self discovery, is therapautic, brings out the creative genius and so on.

How to enhance my singing skills?

To enhance one’s singing skills, the singer should assess and understand their singing style and the genre they want to specialise in.

  1. Practice a lot
  2. Sing under the guidance of a mentor, tutor or guide
  3. Listen to songs in the genre that you want to specialise in
  4. Choose early hours to practice to gain a command over your voice
  5. Practice before a mirror
  6. Asks your friends to give their feedback
  7. Use online forums which offer free platform for you to showcase your singing skills
  8. Participate in school and college music festivals
  9. Participate in singing competitions
  10. Form a band – it is not just about singing, team up with instrumentalists to get professional

Some resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_types
http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/33221/self_improvement_and_motivation/how_to_overcome_shyness_through_singing.html
http://www.voicecultureindia.com/what-is-voice-culture
http://serinia.wordpress.com/

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