As an aspiring singer, you might not have the money for music school, and that’s okay. There are many different resources and tricks you can use to get better at vocals without having to take lessons at a music school. While music schools are arguably a great way to refine your skills and practise in a place where everyone is trying to improve their vocals and music abilities, there are still more affordable ways to practise without spending a lot of money every single month.
So what sort of things can you do to practise your vocals the right way without taking lessons? There are a few tricks you can use, such as singing other people’s songs, using instrumental tracks, and watching online videos. Each of these methods can be used to refine your skills in an affordable manner.
Using Instrumental Tracks:
Backing tracks are usually instrumental tracks, meaning there are no vocals recorded on them, but just the music. These tracks are designed to help two types of musicians: singers and solo instrumentalists. For the instrumentalists, it’s a great avenue for playing along to your favourite track and practise soloing over it. As a singer, you can use it to practise your vocals. You can visit an instrumental track website to practise singing other artist’s songs that you like to learn more about how the famous vocalists sing them. It’s great practise, and it’s very affordable. You can alternate between versions with and without the singer’s voice so that you can learn the parts and then practise them on your own.
Try looking online for instrumental track websites. There are a few options available, but be sure to sample the music before you make purchases. Some of the tracks are not always high quality, so you should find a website that has high quality tracks to sing along to.
There are many free singing lessons available online in the form of streaming videos. Video streamers are willing to give away free advice in exchange for your viewership, which they monetise to support their music careers. There are several different channels available online that you can watch to develop your personal singing technique without having to take singing lessons. Is there a downside to this? Yes, because there is no way of knowing whether you’re doing it correctly unless you’re experienced enough to hear bad pitch.
While singing lessons still might be a better option for you, having a virtual teacher is a great way to get started and at least get some free technique development skills out of the experience.
The most important thing in singing is to listen closely. Listen to vowels and consonants, and listen to pitch, tone, and timing. If you use the professionals as a reference, you’ll start to see yourself getting a lot better more quickly.