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The Three Biggest Mistakes Singers Make

Audrey Hunt, author of "Anyone Can Sing," gives us a quick vocal lesson to avoid the three main mistakes made in singing.


What Happened to My Singing?

As singers, there can come a time when we no longer work hard to improve our voices. It's common to become complacent and satisfied with our singing. We stop practicing good vocal techniques. We start to feel too comfortable with our singing. When this occurs, mistakes start to happen.

The Three Most Common Mistakes Singers Make

Bad habits become more and more ingrained. You don't even recognize it. You are even unable to hear it. But when you find that you are getting hoarse, or you can't hit those great high notes anymore, that is when you decide to get some help.

The three most common mistakes singers make are:

  1. Controlling the breath. Using the chest to inhale air instead of the belly.
  2. Trying to sound like their favorite recording artist.
  3. Clear, correct diction.

This article will address these problems and improve your singing!

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Place hand on abdomen to monitor expansion.  Inhale as you expand, hold breath for count of 123456789 and then release air.

Place hand on abdomen to monitor expansion. Inhale as you expand, hold breath for count of 123456789 and then release air.

Mistake # 1 - Controlling the Breath

Few vocalists understand the importance of breath control. Complete knowledge of the breath control system and its work is crucial for a dependable and consistent singing voice.

When I ask students why they must work on their breath control, the two reasons I get the most are "So I can hold a note longer" or "So I can sing the entire phrase without running out of breath." While these are both excellent reasons for working on breath control, neither is the primary reason. The most important reason is that the singing tone is directly affected by the way you breathe.

It makes sense that the better control you have over your breath, the better you will sound Your tone "rides" on air, which acts as a cushion. Developing breath control will make your voice sound full, rich, and clear instead of weak and breathy.

If you are one of the many vocalists who inhale by lifting your shoulders and chest area, you absolutely must stop that bad habit right now. When you breathe this way (inhalation), you are not expanding the rib cage, and your diaphragmatic muscle isn't be activated. This muscle is your "breathing muscle."

Your first order of business is to learn as much as you can about diaphragmatic breathing and begin to incorporate it now!

The video below demonstrates how to introduce the diaphragmatic muscle for breathing. After viewing the video, get comfortable on the floor, on your back, and practice the demonstration. The link above will teach you step-by-step instructions for implementing the "belly breath" needed for singing and good health.

Control the Breath

Inhale, hold on to the air squeezing a little out as you phonate ( sing ). This is how you control the air.

Inhale, hold on to the air squeezing a little out as you phonate ( sing ). This is how you control the air.

As you inhale, expand at the waistline.

Mistake # 2 - Trying to Sound Like Your Favorite Recording Artist

Be original when you sing. Instead of trying to sound like your favorite recording artist, develop your unique sound and style. You aren't like any other person. There is only one you. It would be silly to try to duplicate the entire look of someone else. You are one-of-a-kind. You are unique, and your singing should be just as special.

Here are a few ideas for bringing out your uniqueness:

  • Convey your dramatic expression through your song interpretation and delivery.
  • Use tonal shadings and dynamic contrasts. This is a key ingredient to styling your song.
  • If you have a good falsetto use it. Using the falsetto voice is a powerful effect for "grabbing" your audience's attention. Remember to use it sparingly. Listen to some recordings of the great Smokey Robinson.
  • A beautiful vibrato is a huge part of developing your style. However, an uncontrolled vibrato ( too fast - irritating or too slow - more irritating ) must be avoided. A straight tone is better than an uncontrolled vibrato. A good vibrato is subtle, not thrown in your face.

As a singer, you have a responsibility to the composer. Interpret the lyrics and convey the meaning of the song to your listener and audience. It would be best if you genuinely felt emotion. Be vulnerable because, without it, your singing will not be believable.

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Mistake # 3 - Pronunciation Problems - Diction

The five basic vowel sounds are Ah, Eh, Ee, Oh, Oo. Correct mouth and tongue positions are mandatory for clear diction. Consonants are another problem for singers who have not learned how to articulate them.

When singing a song, many vocalists pronounce the words the same way they speak. Singing requires different rules for pronouncing words. Sung vowels are different from spoken vowels.

Here are basic rules for clear articulation:

  • Use the consonant as a springboard to launch you into the vowel sound. An example: See how quickly you can move from "m" to the vowel "ah."
  • To improve your delivery of consonants, it will help to exercise your tongue and lips. In many cases, the very tip of the tongue is the cause of problems. Keep these areas relaxed with trills.
  • If you tend to have lazy speech problems or patterns, they will be exposed when you sing.
  • Do not drop the final consonant. Enunciate final voiced consonants.

Even advanced singers fail to shape vowels. Monitor the mouth formation as you look in a mirror. Eventually, the shaping of the lips will become automatic through practice (daily for several weeks). Each time you sing a word, the mouth will naturally form the correct position for the vowels.

The most crucial factor in singing words is knowing how to position each vowel. The video shown below will introduce you to the correct mouth opening for primary vowels.

Lesson on Positioning the Vowels for Singing

Spoken Consonants Drill

Summing It All Up

The three worst mistakes singers make are:

  • Breathing incorrectly. Learn how to activate and control the breathing system. Inhale by inflating the abdominal and ribcage area. Release air a little at a time during phonation to make it last throughout the phrase. Practice using the diaphragmatic muscle for correct breathing. Your singing will improve tremendously.
  • Trying to sound like your favorite recording star. Develop your own unique, personal style, which is what singing is all about. Be you and not a copy of anyone else. It's okay to try to imitate another singer to learn vocal techniques. But, once the technique is mastered, apply it to your unique voice.
  • Pronunciation problems and diction. If the listener cannot understand the words you sing, they are robbed of the entire singing and emotional experience. The body parts that form sound and words are the tongue, teeth, jaw, and lips. Learn how to form and sing every vowel and consonant. Recording your practice sessions will help.

Singing can reawaken what has been tucked away deep inside of us. Connecting us to a deeper level brings memories, dreams, hopes, conflict, confidence, and an array of feelings to light.

When you sing, channel your energy into the song, and allow whatever you feel to penetrate the music. Don't be afraid to show your feelings when you sing.; the song comes alive emotionally.

You are the creator—you alone breathe life into every note and every word.

© 2013 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 30, 2018:


The singing voice is like other muscles. When we stop using them, they don't perform well. Begin to exercise your voice lightly every day. Don't over-due. Singing scales will be the best way to go. You will eventually get your voice back. If you need help, contact me.

Thank you for reading my article.


Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on October 02, 2017:

I'm not a singer. I just love to sing so I tried to sing daily as an exercise and my own entertainment. But I stop my singing routine for a few months now, and suddenly my voice became hoarse and I couldn't able to hit a note like I did before. I hate the sound of it. I will try to follow these tips.

Very informative and well-written article. Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 23, 2017:

Liz - Hi again. So nice to see you. I love the quote by Oscar Wilde. Being unique and different from everyone else is so much easier than trying to sound or be like others. You are an original and I've always admired you for just that.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 23, 2017:


Shame on first hubby and he deserves to be your ex. :) So glad you're taking this article seriously and will do the singing exercises. Don't let anyone rob you of the joy that singing brings. Thank you my friend.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 21, 2017:

Stopping by after reading this again; and love the 'don't copy styles,' directive. I even have a quotation from Oscar Wilde that I like to use:

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 19, 2017:

Audrey, I absolutely love this. I use to sing all the time around the house. Why did I stop? 1st husband hated me being jovial and singing, so he would turn on TV/radio full blast.

Present hubby loves my singing, but I have gotten out of the spirit of it. I love and will be doing the exercises.

Thank you, Blessings and Hugs my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 06, 2013:

jirel - To sing lower tones it's necessary to activate the "chest" voice. Most women need to learn this from a certified vocal teacher. One technic I use for my vocal students is to get down on all fours on the floor, let the head hang loosely and concentrating on a deep, dark sound use "whoa."

I highly recommend being monitored by a professional while learning to do this to avoid damage to your vocal cords.

Thanks for your comments. If you need further help, please email me. ~ Audrey

jirel from Philippines on July 14, 2013:

Hello, thanks for such an amazing hub.I love singing too.People say that I'm a good singer.The problem with me is my voice is really like a childs voice.When I sing asian songs I have no problem as they have similar voices.But when I try to sing songs that have a deeper voice, I sound funny due t my childlike voice.I can hit any notes, low or high and I haven't received any training too.However, even though I try to sing from the abdomen, my voice is not very deep.I kind of hate this as I want to be versatile.However, when I sing songs of low scale, I don't sound like a kid.Of course this is genetic but is there a way I could get a deeper voice like that of adeles and other singers?Thanks

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 11, 2013:

Vinaya - Thanks for being here, even though you don't sing. Your support makes me happy and your comments give me a smile. Have a wonderful day my friend ~ Audrey

tillsontitan - So glad you like my tips and hey, you are still a star in my book! And after your genuinely beautiful comments, I'm moving you to the top of my 'marriage proposal' list.

I hope your grandson enjoys my hub Mary and thanks for forwarding it on to him. He must be pretty darn good to be appearing in local musicals. I appreciate what that takes. Not just talent but dedication, hard work and perseverance.

Thanks my friend ~ Audrey

Mary Craig from New York on July 11, 2013:

What great and detailed tips Audrey. Oh how I wish I had known you years ago. Could I sing? Yes and I was pretty good but age and smoking have moved me from a soprano to an alto. Can I still sing? Somewhat.

If I had you as a coach I'd be a star by now!

You are so knowledgeable and it shows in the great hubs you write. I can't propose marriage because Effer already did, and then there's Epi, but I do love you and your hubs. I know you are helping a lot of people with this great information.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinned. Also sent a link to my grandson who is a pretty good singer now appearing in local musicals.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 11, 2013:

I never tried to learn singing. I'm not even a bathroom singer. But I enjoyed reading this useful and informative article. Had I known this, I would have never been a joke when I tried to sing in a party.


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 19, 2013:

Cogerson - How kind of you to pass this along to your family - the ones who sing. And really appreciate your vote up and useful. Hope your week is all you would like it to be!

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on May 18, 2013:

You have posted some very interesting advice.....granted I can not sing a lick....but other members of my family can so I will be sharing this hub with them. Voted up and useful.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 13, 2013:

Mhatter00 - Pushing the voice, whether singing or speaking is still something almost every singer does until they are taught through voice lessons the repercussions of this mistake. As for sight reading, you are spot on. Musicians are given many more gigs and recording contracts when they can sight read. Thanks so much for sharing!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on May 11, 2013:

My worst mistake was pushing my voice when I was young. Money was easy for a singer who could sight read.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 25, 2013:

bredandagnes - Oh, thank you so much. You have made my day! Regards, Audrey

bredandagnes from Ireland on April 25, 2013:

I absolutely love your hubs-My son is a singer and I love to sing for fun-really good and helpful advice.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 20, 2013:

moonlake - Are you sure you can't sing? Chances are more than likely you can. If your sister has a nice voice. there's more than a 75% chance that you do as well. I'm glad to see you here and thank you for voting up.

moonlake from America on April 20, 2013:

I can't sing and never will be able to. My sister had such a nice voice and I always wished I had been born with one. Great information voted up on your hub.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

Audrey - I couldn't help but smile as I read how many of your students come in singing for you and everything sounds like uh. :) All too familiar! Thanks .

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

Joanne - Jazz singing is not an easy genre and your friend sounds like an excellent singer. I'm quite sure she is using correct breathing techniques and she is quite right about singing being her passion. Ya just have to do it regardless. I want to thank you for forwarding this hub to her as well as your generous vote up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

torrilynn - I'm glad for the opportunity to bring you some insight into singing. Thanks a lot!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

dghbrh - Gosh...thanks so much for reading and commenting on my hub. I appreciate your sharing this and the great votes!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

Hi mary615 - You were so fortunate to have such a teacher in elementary school. And singing in the church choir is very rewarding in so many ways. Ah....Frank Sinatra. He ushered in a whole new way of truthfully singing with emotion and style! Thanks Mary!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

Alecia - Your comments are so interesting and I so agree with you about the diction. Thanks so much!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

No problem, sister :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

Kasman - I am honored to have received your comments. I love your attitude! Thank you and thanks for the vote up.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 31, 2013:

Hi Andy - Nothing wrong in resembling your favorite singer as long as you bring your own interpretation along. I recomment working with a qualified vocal teacher to develop the raspiness. It's a tricky technique and you want to be careful of injury to the vocal bands. Thanks and the best of luck!

Audrey Howitt from California on March 13, 2013:

So many of my students come in singing undifferentiated vowels---and no consonants--so everything sounds like "uh"

Joanne M Olivieri on February 22, 2013:

Very useful information. I have a very dear friend who is a jazz singer and works very hard each day on her voice. Her diction is perfect and she always makes us song her own. As far as the breath, I don't know about that aspect. What I do know is that she sings each day. It's a tough life sometimes but as she puts it, "singing is my passion." I will forward this hub to her. Voted up.

torrilynn on February 22, 2013:

vocalcoach, i never knew or felt that singers could actually make mistakes while they were singing. thanks for the insight. voted up.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on February 22, 2013:

Ummmm.... i can't sing at all but i loved your hub. It seems very useful also for the aspiring singers. Singing with emotion to touch and reach the listeners is very nice thing you said here. I love to listen to any kind of music, songs just you name it and i love it though i can't sing. Thanks for sharing this one and I am sharing it too. Votes up +++++

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 22, 2013:

Even in the little four room elementary school I attended, we had the fortune of having a teacher who love music. She played a beautiful piano, which made me want to play, and we would sing a little song each morning, and she taught me to want to sing.

I always sang in the church choir.

When I read your advice about singing with emotion, I think of Frank Sinatra. He knew how to sing those lyrics with emotion, so did Bing Crosby. These new "modern" singers don't do a thing for me.

Voted UP and will share.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 22, 2013:

I sung growing up but I really didn't know all of this. Our teachers were mostly preoccupied about us sounding good but breathing and diction are very important. Some singers I can't listen to simply because they don't have clear enough diction for my taste. Great hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 15, 2013:

Audrey - I'm laughing out loud, reading comments that only a serious vocal teacher would fully appreciate :) Wonderful, my friend - absolutely delightful!

DzyMissLizzy - Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful and interesting comments. I'm familiar with the S.F. Girls Choir as I lived in the Bay Area for a number of years. A very respected Choir and not just anyone is accepted into the group. Excellent training in vocal technique.

I love the term, brassiere breathing:) Glad you have shared your trip down memory lane. Thanks for the vote up. ratings and the share!

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on February 14, 2013:

Sorry for the brother part, my ipad sometimes does some auto fill and it caught me off guard this time!

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on February 14, 2013:

Absolutely coach! Great hub with tips that make sense. I've been a singer my entire life. I've been lead singer for a few different bands and I've been songwriting for almost as long. I have made probably every mistake on here and then some.

It took some formal coaching from an opera singer to help correct these problems. I think I want to keep this hub on standby for anytime I might get complacent. Thanks so much for writing it brother! Voting this up!

Andy McGuire from Los Angeles, CA on February 12, 2013:

I hear what you're saying about making your voice unique, but I do want to have some resemblance to my favorite singer, Tim McIllrath, while indeed making my voice unique. I guess the main focus of that is adapting the raspiness of his voice into my own. Any tips?

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on February 11, 2013:

Ah, great reminders! I had a voice class in college, and she taught diaphragmatic breathing...and further instructed that it is more of a problem for women, indoctrinated as we are to "stand up straight and keep your tummy tucked in." Letting your abdomen bulge out while breathing was considered a 'no-no' for so many, hence the raised shoulders style that this teacher called, "brassiere breathing!"

I also recall the warm-up scales of "mi; my; may; mah; mo; mu" sounds, each covering 2 notes up and back down in a sort of glissando style (but shorter, of course).

For a short, short time, I took some private lessons, and that teacher did have us lie on the floor and sing from there to practice correct breathing--it's impossible to breathe by raising your shoulders while lying down.

My younger daughter was in the San Francisco Girls' Chorus when in school, and they were given very specific ways to pronounce certain words. Specifically, words with "r" in the middle, such as "world," were to be pronounced more like "wuld" when held over a long note, because the central "r" is jarring, and the word will be understood in the context. ("Joy to the World" was used for the example;" the 'r' was actually pronounced, but glossed over quickly.) They were also taught to heavily emphasize end consonants to separate them from the next word: "and-uh heaven and nature sing" again using that song's example. It's hard to illustrate in is subtle, just enough to bring a full stop to the word.

As for emotion, that's my downfall. I'm far too sensitive, empathetic and overly-emotional...I can't even sing a silly song like "Puff the Magic Dragon" without getting teary-eyed, and having my voice get shaky. That's not a good thing.

At any rate--sorry for the long treatise..voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 11, 2013:

Breath, breath, breath, breath breath, vowel, vowel, vowel, soft jaw, soft tongue. How many time do I go back to breath with students--oh let me count the ways!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 11, 2013:

samikan - Thanks so much for reading my hub. And I appreciate your reading my other hubs on singing. I love your comments.!

samikan from online on February 11, 2013:

oh !..nice i am also hobby singer ..thanks for posting .. will read your other post too....

samikan from online on February 11, 2013:

oh !..nice i am also hobby singer ..thanks for posting .. will read your other post too....

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 11, 2013:

girishpuri - I'm so happy to see you here. Thanks for reading my hub and commenting. I appreciate your sharing this!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on February 10, 2013:

These are very useful suggestions for improving one's voice, thank you so much for sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 10, 2013:

rajan - I so agree with your comments about singers on American Idol and such. Thank you for voting up and the great rating. Take care.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 10, 2013:

Ha-LOL :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 10, 2013:

Thank you Minnetonka Twin. I will work on a video of me singing. I want to do that before I reach the age of 99 :)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 09, 2013:

Audrey, we have a lot of singing shows on TV here these days with so many contestants lining up to be the winner. Many, I see don't follow these basic rules. Primarily, they tend to sound like a singer they idolize. Many of them do not care about the pronunciation which I feel is important to bring out the true beauty of the lyrics in meaning. And most importantly barring the good ones who make the last rounds, their breath control leaves much to be desired.

Awesome hub. Voting and sharing.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 09, 2013:

You really know your stuff vocal coach. I have to agree with fpherj that it would be great if you'd upload a video of you singing. Please, Please!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 09, 2013:

Awe Epi - My poor heart is racing away. You are the master wordsman. (Is there such a word? If not there should be.) My day is always brighter when I inhale a word or two from my Epi.

You have your own special "harem" on HP filled with the finest that is offered. You are our knight in shining armour, coming to the defense of daily living. Stay well, healthy and very happy there in Lake Erie knowing how loved and appreciated you are!

Alastar - "We can only wish some of the singing show-specifically American Idol contestants- good have had this info before embarrassing themselves in front of millions." This made me laugh. You've no idea how many times this thought goes through my mind.

Alfalfa had a big ego :) And yes, there are many who think they can sing and that too is embarrassing. My mother used to embarrass me to death singing hymns in church. She had perfect pitch, however her vibrato was akin to the sound of a billy goat. And it was loud. Anyone that can speak can learn how to sing as singing is sustained speech. The crucial fact is making sure the teacher is well qualified. Thanks my friend!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on February 09, 2013:

This was so very interesting on singing mistakes and its helpful advice-info, Audrey. We can only wish some of the singing show-specifically American Idol contestants- good have had this info before embarrassing themselves in front of millions. Have read where Alfalfa on the Little Rascals actually believed he could croon with great ability, which raises the question to me : why do so many who can't sing believe they can, and the hub here seems to show just about anyone can improve regardless of skill.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 05, 2013:

Eddy - My day is always wonderful when I see you here. "You - light up my life." Love and hugs to you.

teaches - You are so kind. You make my heart soar! Thank you dear friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 05, 2013:

fpherj - The answer is YES - but I want to tell everyone!

epigramman on February 05, 2013:

Sorry FPHERJ48 , lol, I think I may be first in line ...... lol

and Audrey it's true - I always have difficulty controlling my breath too when it comes to you and 3 major mistakes most singers make (and that includes Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift) is:

1. trying to sound like Audrey

2. trying to sound like Audrey

3. trying to sound like Audrey

no can do.

I sincerely hope all is well in your life these days dear Audrey and here I sit having afternoon tea and sending you warm wishes for your health, happiness and prosperity for you and your family in 2013

lake erie time ontario canada 4:45pm

Suzie from Carson City on February 05, 2013:

WOW! Audrey.....will U marry me? We don't have to tell anyone.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 04, 2013:

Oh fpherj48 - I've read your comments 3 times and LMAO every time. When I read the last line "That precious baby at the top of the page, must have heard me singing this morning.......and I thought I was alone!!" - well, I was drinking a sip of water and ended up spraying it all over my keyboard and puter screen :) You are hilariously funny as well as divinely gorgeous. I just love it!

Moesky - Thank you for the wonderful comments. So very interesting. I would love to hear some of the songs you have written. Composing is such a gift. Take care my friend and thanks again.

Angela - Wow, I didn't know you auditioned for Tabor Records. That was a while ago :) You must have a great singing voice. Patsy Cline was my favorite singer. A pure, natural sound - so clear and distinct. Thanks for sharing, Hugs

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 04, 2013:

Hi William - You are an exception to the rule. Imitating a voice as perfect as Bing Crosby would certainly indicate you are not doing anything wrong with your voice. Keep up the great singing. While age can affect the voice some, as long as the air and vibrato is controlled your singing will be beautiful into your 100s. :) Thanks William, my friend.

drbj - I'm trying my best to reply to you - I 'm having a time of it - laughing so darn hard at your comment. " Falling asleep - what do you suggest dear? " Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You are absolutely priceless! You give my laughing muscles a great work out. Gracias, my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 02, 2013:

Billy - Hello and thanks for being here. You are my biggest support. I learn and grow from you. Your hubs are timely and the whole world would be a better place to live in if the advice in your hubs were followed by all of us. Thank you for giving my hub your seal of approval. Hugs !

Carol7777 - I would love to have 30 minutes with you just to prove to you that you can sing - and sing well :) Just because you didn't find your singing voice years ago ( most likely your teacher didn't know how to find it.) doesn't necessarily mean you don't have one. Just say'in -

I appreciate so much your sharing my hub on pinterest as well as the great votes. Have a la-la-la- kind of day :)

Mike - I want to thank you for your comments and always for your support. Your help, on my behalf, inspires me in many ways. How fortunate I am to have found you on hubpages so "many moons" ago. With gratitude - Audrey

Dianna Mendez on February 02, 2013:

I only wish I had you as a coach when I was in a singing group as a teen. We were good, but with this advice we may have made a better impression. My struggle was with learning to breathe. I see that you have linked a really good hub to this for learning this technique. Thanks! Voted up+++

Eiddwen from Wales on January 31, 2013:

As always Audrey so interesting and useful .

Thanks for sharing and here's wishing you a wonderful day. Lots of love to you from my little corner of Wales.


Angela Blair from Central Texas on January 30, 2013:

Wonderful, informative Hub. Umpteen jillion years ago when I had visions of being a country music star my idol was Patsy Cline. I worked diligently to sound just like her and apparently made it as when I auditioned in Nashville the record producer (which was Tabor Records at the time) told me I sang well but he already had Patsy Cline. His decision broke my heart as did her death two weeks later. She was magnificent in my mind. Thanks for all this marvelous info -- Best/Sis

Moesky on January 30, 2013:

Excellent article and advice. I've been through all three. With my north-England accent I tended to mumble -had to learn to open up my whole mouth cavity. Breathing is important to me...I write long passages in my songs (but I play saxophone, so that helps). And learning to accept my own voice - well... this is what stops most people singing. We don't like our own voices because they sound strange to us...I made the mistake early on trying to sound like everyone from Dylan to Sting..I'm still learning to accept my own voice, even when others say I have a good one. It's all to do with the fragility of our egos.

I hope your Hub inspires many more people to sing...and sing...and sing.

Suzie from Carson City on January 29, 2013: me me re mi fa sol la ti ti la sol fa mi re do. The worst mistake I make, is attempting to sing, in the first place..

It must be so wonderful to have a lovely singing voice.....and more be able to instruct others in voice lessons! I wish you would create a video of you singing one of your favorite songs and include it in your next hub!

The only other thing I have to say is......That precious baby at the top of the page, must have heard me singing this morning.......and I thought I was alone!!...UP+++

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 29, 2013:

These are marvelous suggestions, Audrey, for improving one's voice. I planned to try all the exercises you described and started with the first one - learning to control the breath by the proper use of the diaphragmatic muscle.

But I never got to the succeeding exercises. Each time I laid down, I kept falling asleep. What do you suggest, m'dear?

William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on January 29, 2013:

I've never sung professionally, vocalcoach, but (probably because my father played piano all his life and there was always people singing at my home) I've been singing all my life. I sang around the house so often that I'm sure I drove everybody crazy. You offer sound advice (no pun intended) but I think I've been pretty much imitating Bing Crosby without even knowing it. But, if you're going to imitate anyone then you can't go wrong imitating Der Bingle. It doesn't come any better than that. At my advanced age (77) I don't sing much anymore, and I can testify that it sure makes singing far more difficult when you are not singing all the time. For me, anyway, I find that singing with the amplification of a microphone enables me to sing my best.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 29, 2013:

Hello vocalcoach this Hub is filled with great information. You will surely help all those singers who find their way here. Glad I stopped by.

carol stanley from Arizona on January 29, 2013:

Very interesting and this hub enticed me because I have the world's worst voice. I took some lessons many years ago to help my voice. no avail. This is great information for the singers and would be singers out there. Pinning and voting up+++

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 28, 2013:

#2 could be said about life in yourself! Wonderful suggestions about singing my friend. It's pretty obvious that you know your stuff. I would have loved to have had you as a singing coach when I was younger.

sending hugs your way


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