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How to Sing In Church Without Feeling Embarrassed

For those of you who have that constant, nagging fear that "someone might hear m
e" whenever you sing in church, keep reading. This article is for you!Steps
1. Be confident! Confidence (along with relaxation) is one of the most import
ant factors in singing, be it in church or somewhere else. Think about it - when
you sing in the shower, the tub, or even in the car on your way to work, you're
relaxed, and even though you may not admit it to anyone, you're confident as we
ll.
2. Sing in tune. Not sure whether you're singing the right notes (pitches)? D
o your best to stand next to (or in the pew in front of) someone who does have a
good sense of pitch (singing on tune).
3. Don't worry about what other people think. Your singing is to praise God!
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth." Psalm 100:1
4. Most people in churches aren't particularly good singers anyway - and bein
g in church, they'll all be happy to hear you singing and rejoicing, no matter w
hat your voice sounds like. "To sing once is to pray twice" (Augustine of Hippo)
5. Do your best!
6. If you look at others who DO sing they might sound not so great but they d
o it anyways. So put yourself in their shoes and sing along. Even if you sing te
rribly.

[edit] Tips
* Take voice lessons (singing lessons) from a private instructor (Avg. price
is around $15.00/lesson)
* Join a choir, especially a church choir, where you will be welcome as you
are and be taught.
* Remember, God didn't say to make a beautiful song, he said to make a joyfu
l noise to the Lord!

How to Find Your Own Singing Voice


Tired of being laughed at because your singing voice sounds like a donkey's? Don
't worry! With a few simple steps, you might find improvement. Everyone can sing
, but some not as good as others. Keep trying, and you too will soon be able to
sing like a bird.
Steps
1. Learn a song that you really like. Don't sing along to it while you're lea
rning it, though, because you'll try to sound like the person singing the origin
al.
2.
Sing the music scales with your voice. When you find the right key, you wi
ll know. It will sound beautiful to your ears and in your heart.
3. Record yourself. It helps quite a bit. Listen to the recording like you're
listening to the radio. Judge yourself like you're listening to someone else. M
aybe you're straining too much, or that note you sang was flat. Fix it, and reco
rd. Repeat until you get it right (or you don't want to overuse your voice).
4. Practice singing in front of a mirror. It'll help you enunciate the words
better and people will understand what you're saying.
5. Stand in front of your friends and sing! Once you are comfortable what key
best suits your voice, you'll do great!
6. Stay away from songs that are too challenging for you. Maybe come back to
it once you are more capable.
7. Always sing from your stomach not your throat.
8. Talk to a Vocal teacher, and register for some lessons. She or he will hel
p you find the voice within you. They will train you until you have a very uniqu
e voice that people wanna hear!

[edit] Warnings
* Don't hurt your throat doing this. Nobody sings well at every single momen
t in time. Just sing as you have been, as singing can make people feel happy.
* Screaming, talking loudly, and even whispering can strain your throat. Whi
spering strains your voice more than loud talking does!
* Making funny voice also causes strain to your throat.

How to Develop a Strong High Singing Voice


Developing a strong high singing voice takes a lot of time and effort. Go throug
h these steps regularly and you will begin to notice a change in your voice.
Steps
1. Sing a note and see how long you can hold it.
2. Breathe from your diaphragm. Don't ever breathe in through your nose, it w
ill make it harder to reach high notes. Work on breathing with your body and str
engthing your diaphragm.
3. Test breathing through your diaphragm. Bend over at the waist and sing. No
tice the feeling in your stomach and the sound that you create.
4. Warm up for a while before starting to sing. This produces a richer sound
as opposed to sounding strained. (i.e. when you blow up a balloon, it is much ea
sier to stretch the balloon before blowing it up. Your vocal chords function in
much the same way.)
5. Find songs that are in your voice range.
6. Start practicing scales and slowly increase the pitch each run. Eventually
you will have a higher range and a stronger voice.
7. Using your thumb, push the larynx from side to side gently, allowing your
vocal chords to loosen, thereby putting less stress on them when you begin to si
ng.
8. Find a quiet place inside of you and just let the voice you found out.

[edit] Tips
* Drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol, milk, hot chocolate and other thick dr
inks. Also, avoid chocolate before you are going to sing.
* Practice.
* It's best to drink tepid water. This will lessen the 'shock' to your vocal
chords. Sucking on a lemon-honey cough drop will also help.
* Do not eat large 'heavy' meals before singing.
* Stretch your vocal chords before singing. Not warming up or stretching wil
l cause irreparable damage to your vocal chords and your quality of voice will d
ecrease. Even singing at home, make sure that you warm up your chords!

[edit] Warnings
* If your voice is low, Don't strain yourself too much. Eventually you might
reach a higher pitch!
* Singing high notes from scratch is not advisable as you could damage your
vocal chords, it is far wiser and safer to gently sing up the scale as this gent
ly stretches your vocal range.
[edit] Things You'll Need
* A note (from a piano, CD or similar).
* Water.
* Mirror
* Recording device (optional)

How to Memorize a Song


Memorizing a song may seem like a difficult task, but it's not!
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[edit] Steps
1. Listen to the song. Sing along with what you know. This is your starting p
oint. If there isn't a copy of the song out there, make one. Record it off the r
adio if you need to. If it's an original song, find someone who knows it, ask pe
rmission, and use a regular tape recorder. If you are the writer, then record yo
urself singing (reading your lyrics while singing).
2. Make sure you sing the right words. Find a copy of the lyrics (online, in
a music store, or ask the writer themselves if it's an original piece), and copy
them out yourself. Word for word, write it out yourself. Double check them agai
nst the song, just in case. If it's your own song, you shouldn't have too much o
f a problem with this step.
3. Listen to the song again. And again, and again, and again. Sing along, usi
ng the copied lyrics if you need to. If you mess up, rewind to the beginning on
that verse or chorus and try again. If you forget what verse comes next, rewind
to the beginning of the song.
4. Try to sing the song alone, without the recording, but using the lyrics yo
u copied out.
5. Keep several copies in places you will be frequenting so that you can read
it when you have a moment. Keep one in your purse or a pocket and read it while
waiting in the grocery store line, or in the waiting room at the dentist's offi
ce. Keep a copy in the bathroom.
6. Repeat step four, without the copied out lyrics.
7. Double-check yourself by listening to the song again, and singing along. B
y this point, you should be spot on.
8. Try to write out the lyrics yourself, without any help.

[edit] Tips
* If you're having trouble remembering what verse goes where, try making a c
heat sheet with a quick summary of each verse in order. Try to find a pattern, o
r a story line within the song.
* If you're going to sing the song as part of a competition, it may help to
add a step 9: Try to sing the song just part of the way through, starting at ver
se 3 or something like that.
* If you have the time, try to decipher the lyrics yourself. This requires a
player with a pause and rewind button. Play a line or two at a time, write them
out, rewind to double check, and then move onto the next line. Repeat until you
've transcibed the entire song, then check your lyrics against the offical versi
on.
* Get a text-to-speech program like ReadPlease and type the lyrics into it.
Without the music it may be easier to memorize just the lyrics.
* Using a site like YouTube or taping a video or performance may help as wel
l.

[edit] Warnings
* The steps, except the first and last, don't need to be completed in exact
order, nor do you need to finish one step in order to move on to the next.