I know you all know by now that I am a huge fan of ABBA’s, but I simply have to know this; in the song ‘Fernando’, Frida Lyngstadt sings the melody and Agnetha Fältskogg is the background vocalist.
Are these these terms used correctly: to sing the melody and background vocalist.
If so, can you say: first vocalist, etc…
In the U.S. I think most people would refer to Frida as the “lead singer” or “lead vocalist”, or say she “sings lead”, while Agnetha “sings backup” or is the “backing singer or vocalist” or “backup singer or vocalist”.
how to become a better singer
The first step to being a better singer is to learn proper breathing technique. As a singer, the best way to breathe is from the diaphragm, not from the chest. The reason being, by doing this you are able to fill your lungs with more air. This will enable you to sustain notes longer, and will also allow you to prepare for vocal warm ups. Breathing should be slow and steady, and this should be practiced all day long, not just when singing. For a singer, this way of breathing should be constant.
The next step is to work on how the air is going to be expelled from the lungs through the folds of the vocal chords. The first exercise that can help you practice this is one called “lip rolls.” With the lip roll exercise, the lips are gently placed together, and then the air is expelled almost like a baby doing a “raspberry” if you will. It is not that easy to do and must be practiced efficiently before moving on to the next exercise.
Third, one should use the lip roll exercise and apply it to a musical scale. The air should be expelled while almost “humming” the note of the scale, slowly progressing up the scale, and then back down.
After the previous exercise, one can proceed with the “shhhh” exercise. IN doing this, you breathe in deeply from the diaphragm, and then expel the air in a harsh “shhhhh” sound and let all the air out slowly.
The above exercises may seem silly, but they will not only help improve your vocal range, but will also act as warm ups so you will have less stress on your vocal chords, and will be able to sing across registers more easily.
Learning How to Sing Higher
When you’re learning how to sing it seems to be most peoples’ ambition to increase their range right from the start. There are tools out there to help enable a person to do that but it doesn’t really come easily in most cases. It takes lots of hard work and practice and dedication.
There are vocal lessons out there that claim to be able to increase a persons’ range in the first hour of using the technique found within the lesson. To be honest I was (like you may be) a little skeptical because I had been singing for a fairly long time already and I pretty much knew that you could increase your range but it was not something that would be accomplished in an hour or so, but rather over the course of weeks or months and with regular practice.
On the other hand I also knew that there is a physiological “thing” that goes on in your body that tends to limit what you can do vocally. One of the keys to being able to sing higher is to know how to break through these how to sing higher barriers