Step One: Recognize that even if you are able to sing naturally, vocal training is a “must” to achieve the success you desire.
Step Two: A knowledge of piano playing is an asset to vocal training because it aids you in doing vocal exercises. However, if you do not have that knowledge, get a chromatic pitch pipe to achieve the same purpose. It will allow you to hear and sing tones by advancing in half-steps. Example: C to C#, D to D#, E to E# etc.
You can purchase one from music stores such as Guitar Center or download one on sites like google chrome.
Step Three: Purchase Dr. Smith’s Vocal Techniques for Beginners. You may download it to your computer.
Step Four: Schedule and purchase a 30-minute or 60-minute vocal lesson @ Music, Entertainment, Talent & Action.
Step Five: Read information about vocal production and technique that you find of interest. Now . . . you are ready to begin the first lesson.
Learning to Sing Vowels
Learning to sing vowels correctly is the key to a listener’s ability to understand the words of the song you are singing. If the words are not understood, the message of the song is lost. If you are not conveying a message, why sing?
Vowels are: a, e, i, o, u, but have a distinct vocal placement with the lips, tongue and teeth in order to be understood. Singers acquire correct placement as they progress in vocal technique. A typical vocal exercise maybe to to sing “ah” on a sustained tone beginning with C on the chromatic pitch pipe or middle C on the piano and progress chromatically until the C thirteen half steps above is reached.
The same can be done with each vowel. Note that vowels have different pronunciations in different words . . . the same as in reading a text. “A” may be “ah” in one sound and “aye” in another. This is why vocal coaching in essential.