“He who sings frightens away his ills.” - Miguel De Cervantes
Interested in training your voice, vocalising, improving vocal technique, but don’t know how to play a musical instrument?
Not a problem because anyone can get started with a cappella. It’s time to start learning music without needing a backing track.
That’s all well and good but many of us don’t know how to train our voice and naturally improve our harmonies. YouTube might have a solution!
The number of people watching music videos on YouTube is increasing so there’s never been a better time to find videos on a cappella on YouTube.
The platform is home to plenty of different videos with musicians and professional singers to help you.
So which are the best YouTube videos for learning to sing a cappella?
Here’s our selection!
Classifying Your Voice Type
Many people in the UK are using YouTube to learn new skills and you can use YouTube tutorials to find your voice type. This video by "Dr Dan" teaches you how to work out what you can expect from your voice and understand your limits and your voice type.
In this video, Dr Dan not only explains how to find your vocal range but he also helps you to work out your voice type from your vocal range, prima voce (which he explains in the video), and anatomical factors that affect your voice. In short, you can't classify your voice type by just using any of these factors in isolation.
He also explains how vocal ranges don't always line up perfectly are approximate. Popular singers tend to go beyond most of these established ranges. Additionally, Dr Dan's included several free resources to help you go through the process of identifying your voice type.
Find out more about the history of a cappella.
Learning How to Sing in Key
While there’s plenty of advice we could give you about a cappella, the most important thing is that you can sing in tune. When there’s no backing music to help hide any flaws in your voice, you have to make sure that you’re singing in key.
After all, if you can't sing the required note, you'll sound awful. Singing in key can take years of practice but once you know what your vocal range and voice type are, this will help you to pick songs and pieces that you have a chance of singing in key. If you pick a song outside of your vocal range, you'll never be able to hit those notes.
A vocal coach or singing lesson can be useful for ensuring that you're not singing off-key. It's always a good idea to have a second set of ears to listen to you.
Vocal Warm-Ups on YouTube
No matter what type of singing that you’re doing, you need to warm up your voice.
The Jacobs Vocal Academy YouTube channel has several videos. However, rather than explanations of vocal technique, they're mainly used to help you when you want to warm up.
For example, in the "5 Minute Vocal Warm Up" video doesn't explain how to warm up but rather provides you with 5 minutes of piano scales for you to warm up to. While not very useful if you want to learn how to warm up, you might want to bookmark this video (or the longer 10-minute version) so you can put it on whenever you need to warm up your vocals.
The Greatest Vocal Exercise of All Time
The New York Vocal Coaching channel as over a quarter of a million subscribers. In this video, the channel's founder Justin Stoney has a look at what he thinks is the best vocal exercise.
He opts for the "ng" sound, a nasal consonant, explains what it is, the benefits of singing it, the exercises you can do with it such as the pure "ng", the "ng-ah", and "ng-vowel".
Justin is a good presenter and clearly explains what you need to be doing and is comfortable in front of the camera and the channel has plenty of other videos that you can move onto once you've finished with this one.
Singing Techniques for A Cappella
Eric Arceneaux's YouTube channel is approaching 1 million subscribers and with good reason; Eric's a pro!
He has a great understanding of singings and his voice lessons are clearly explained. He's comfortable in front of a camera, knows what he's talking about, and generally charismatic.
He has videos on opening up your voice, increasing your vocal range, improving your tone, strengthening your voice, and diaphragmatic singing. Additionally, he has videos on vocal warm-ups and professional vocal warm-ups.
If you want to get better at singing, you'll need to learn from your mistakes. Make sure that you record yourself when you sing. You can either record the audio or record yourself with a video. As a beginner, you'll want to record both the audio and video so you can hear the mistakes you make as well as see some of the mistakes you make in terms of posture and form.
After all, all of these videos are great but the one of you singing will be the most important as it'll show you whether or not you've taken on board the lessons from the other videos in this article.
Whether you’re a composer, choirmaster, or singer, your voice is important. The internet, and YouTube, in particular, are useful tools when it comes to learning how to sing a cappella. After these videos, you can bet that your singing will have improved.
Are you ready to start singing?
If you want to learn to sing, find your singing voice or just hit those high notes, you can get singing tips and singing lessons from private tutors on Superprof.
Having a private voice teacher or tutor can help you learn how to sing better and focus on the singing techniques you need to work on. After all, these voice lessons will be tailored to you. You won't be straining to sing along to songs that aren't suited to you or doing pointless vocal exercises and singing exercises that don't apply to you.
You can discuss what you want out of your lessons with your private music teacher or singing teacher and they'll put together a voice training course that'll help you improve your singing. They can help with ear training, finding your vocal range, warm-up exercises and warming up effectively, getting over stage fright, and how to sing high, for example.
On Superprof, there are plenty of talented and experienced singing tutors to help you improve your voice. There are three main types of singing tutorial on offer: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each type of tutorial comes with its pros and cons and some tend to be more expensive than others so you need to carefully think about what's available, how you like to learn, and what your budget it.
Face-to-face tutorials are the most cost-effective type of tutorial available. This is because you're the only student and your lessons will be tailored to you and how you like to learn. Of course, this means that your tutor will be spending time outside of the tutorials planning exercises and activities for you to do during your lessons. All this extra work comes at a cost so these tutorials are also usually the most expensive per hour.
Thanks to the internet, you can also get online singing tutors who'll teach you using video conferencing software. These tutors won't have to travel to you and can also schedule more tutorials each week. With less travelling time and more earning potential, online tutors tend to charge less per hour as they have fewer outgoings per lesson taught.
Group tutorials are useful for students on a budget as you can share the cost of a tutor with the other students in the tutorial. Whether these other students are friends of yours or strangers, you can get an hour of tuition quite cheap if you're happy to be in a group. Of course, this does mean that you won't benefit from as much one-on-one time with your tutor.
Make sure that you benefit from the fact that many tutors on Superprof offer the first hour of tuition for free so you can see if they're right for you and if you get along.