Voice Lesson: 3 Tips for Building a Bigger and Better Singing Voice

Updated on September 20, 2018
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Respected vocal coach and professional singer, Audrey Hunt lays it on the line when it comes to the responsibility of singing.

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Singing Will Always Be in Style

Singing is something that most everyone likes to do. We sing to celebrate, praise, soothe, entertain, and sometimes, to say goodbye. While some sing for a living, others sing to relax after a long day at work, or just because it's fun. Whatever the reason might be, singing will always and forever be in style. If you want to sound better when you sing, just follow these three easy tips to building a better singing voice.

Tip #1 Sing With Confidence

Lack of confidence in your singing voice, smothers and traps the sound, and restricts the tones freedom. Not only does this weaken the confidence in your voice by others, the lyrics are not believable. We rob ourselves of the most natural way toward self-expression.

A confident sound is a strong sound, unleashing desires and emotions. Give your singing voice freedom. Unleash your power and let it soar. After all, you've done this before. It happened the minute you were born in the form of a cry. This time you're going to do it in the form of a word.

Steps to Project Your Voice For a Confident Sound

Now, grab a bottle of room temperature water, (ice cold will restrict the vocal chords), take a few sips and begin the following exercise:

Using your imagination.

  1. Pretend that you are on a mountain top and miles away from the listening ear. Speak the word "hello" as though you were calling out to see if anyone is near. Think of the " riccola" television commercial, only substitute the word hello for the word "riccola."
  2. Take a nice full breath, starting from the belly, and up through the lungs.
  3. Expand the rib cage as you inhale. Then speak the beginning of the word, hello, making the sound of "heh" as you let out a small amount of air. Finish with "lo", holding onto this final syllable until you are almost out of air. Heh...looooooooooooooooo!
  4. Repeat this about 6 times using your speaking voice. Let your voice slowly slide and fall downward in sound on the "loooooooooooooo" . Hang onto the sound letting it fall or slide to a stop. Keep your body as relaxed as possible throughout this process. Keep the neck and shoulders tension free. Unlock the knees.
  5. Now repeat the entire exercise. But this time instead of speaking hello, sing hello.Sing any tone or pitch you like as long as you do not strain your voice Choose a comfortable tone. Carefully follow the same rules. You will be setting your singing voice free, allowing it to soar. You are building vocal confidence.
  6. Keep your voice well hydrated by taking sips of water throughout the exercises.

Singing Mouth position for "Ah" Vowels

Correct mouth position for singing words containing the "Ah" vowel such as "All".
Correct mouth position for singing words containing the "Ah" vowel such as "All". | Source

Tip #2 - Open Your Mouth Wide, Especially When Singing Words With The 'Ah' Sound

Why is it so important for a singer to "open wide" when singing words with an "Ah" sound?

For one thing, the mouth is the biggest resonator of sound and if we vocalize with the mouth barely open the sound will not project. Even with correct breath control and proper posture, unless the jaw is dropped when singing the vowel "Ah", the sound will be weak:and the tone, confined.

To find the correct mouth opening, place two fingers in your mouth vertically and sing "hah" or "ah" on an easy tone. This opening is just about right for singing any word containing the "ah" vowel, such as fall, ball, tall, all and call.

Don't overdue when trying to open your mouth wider usual. You can actually close off the backspace of the throat when singing if it's open too wide.

And remember to keep the tongue flat and relaxed on all primary vowels, (Ah Eh Ee Oh Oo ). If there's tension in the tongue there will be tension in the tone and you don't want that.

Practicing in front of a mirror will speed up your mouth memory.


Learn How to Generate a Bigger Mouth Opening to Project the Vocal Sound.

Placing two fingers between the teeth to establish the feeling of openness.
Placing two fingers between the teeth to establish the feeling of openness. | Source

Remember:

  • When taking a deep, full breath (inhalation). refrain from moving/lifting your shoulders up. Keep the chest area high and quiet. There should be no visable sign of taking a breath.
  • Your breathing should not be audible (heard.) If, upon inhalation, one can hear you taking in air,and your chest moves as well, you ARE NOT using your diaphragm to breathe.
  • Always, always, drink plenty of room temperature water to keep the throat hydrated and in good vocal health.
  • Avoid all screaming, shouting and continuous talking to avoid vocal abuse.



Tip #3 Breathe From Your Belly

Breathing is different for singing than it is for speaking. When we breathe normally, we automatically make a shallow inhalation. We don't even have to think about it. But when we sing we do the following:

  • Inhale quickly.
  • exhale slowly as we sing each phrase of a song.

This manner of breathing doesn't come naturally so we must train our body to breath for singing.

Inhalation refers to air moving into our body - breathing in. Exhalation occurs when we exhale or blow out the air. When we exhale to sing, we must control our exhalation. If we fail to do this, we run out of air to soon. As this happens, we have to take a breath (inhale) in the middle of the phrase which breaks up our singing. We also find that we can't hold a note as long as we should, especially at the end of the song.

Our goal as singers is to have a sustained and smooth exhalation. This control helps us to sing those demanding high notes and long slow phrases.

Smile Break

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Devote Yourself To Learning New Singing Concepts

By learning these 3 Easy Tips To Better Singing, you are guaranteed to build and improve your present singing.

Important ~

Because you will be correcting bad habits that have been ingrained and feel right, the only way to replace these habits is to teach yourself new concepts. This can only be done by consistent practice. Consistent is the key word here. Just set aside a few minutes each day preferably at about the same time. and just watch what happens.

Thank you for being here and Sing With Joy!


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    © 2012 Audrey Hunt

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      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Integrity Yes - Thank you for reading this article and for the vote!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        IntegrityYes - I thank you so much for coming by and so glad you liked this information. Thanks for the vote up.

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        IntegrityYes 

        6 years ago

        I voted up! That is great information.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Deborah - You made me giggle all through your comments. :-) I could just picture you sitting next to your grandmother singing away at the top of her lungs while you tried to hide. LOL And one of these days, I will prove to you that you CAN sing! Thanks.

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        Deborah Neyens 

        6 years ago from Iowa

        As a child, I used to go to church with my grandmother, who sang loudly and proudly to every hymn while I sat there cringing. The woman couldn't carry a tune to save her life. Unfortunately, I inherited that gene and I don't think even your excellent tips will help me. If I could change one thing about myself it would be my singing voice. But until I figure out how to do that, I'll stick to singing only when I'm alone in the car and spare everyone else the misery. : )

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        MsLofton ~ Be sure to print out these tips or save them on your computer. As you advance in your singing instruction this information will come in handy. Thanks and nice to meet you!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        snigdha.s ~ I use "Om" when I meditate. I prefer this sound because the letter "m" produces natural vibrations in the "mask" area which makes for a richer sound when singing. Thank you so much!

      • MsLofton profile image

        MsLofton 

        6 years ago from IL

        This is awesome, I am just starting out with my singing but these are great tips.

      • snigdha.s profile image

        snigdha.s 

        6 years ago from India,mumbai

        In India we practice the breathing exercise on "Om" after taking a deep breath.And very correctly you pointed out that the voice should start from your belly.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        DFiduccia ~ What a nice thing for you to say. Made my day. Thanks for the vote up!

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        DFiduccia 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas

        These are great tips for people who like to sing.

        Voted up

        DF

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Tara - You are so right about how a few small singing tips can make a difference in the singing voice. As you have said...it can change the way you sing immensely! Thanks Tara.

      • Tara McNerney profile image

        Tara McNerney 

        6 years ago from Washington, DC

        Thank you, this was very helpful. It's amazing how just a few small tips can make a difference. I've only ever taken two singing lessons, but it changed the way I sing immensely!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Unleashed Freedom - I love your name! And this is how we should feel when we sing - like we're unleashing freedom from within.

        Thanks for following me and I will return the kind gesture.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Charlotte - I enjoy sharing a lifetime of knowledge with others. This is all that I have to leave. You always make me feel good about that through your constant support and wonderful comments. Thank you, my friend!

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        Unleashed Freedom 

        6 years ago from star dust, planet Gaia.

        my teacher has been singing for the last 75 years and about 10 hours or so each day. ironically, he has a very different style ( not just to what you have said, but to what most teachers say as well), he once told me this funny story of his teacher and him in a room singing, and no one knew who was singing, as both their mouths looked closed (they were nearly closed, and neither of them move their arms or make fanciful movements so no one can tell if they are singing).

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Capedium ~ You are not alone in thinking that all we have to do is open the mouth and sing. Many people do. Now there are some (I was one) who are born with a gift for singing and appear to never need a lesson. But studies show that even talented, gifted singers need to study their art.

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        Charlotte B Plum 

        6 years ago

        I love how you describe things so simply and effectively! I learn so much from you =) Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge.

      • Capedium profile image

        Ov Overo 

        6 years ago from Oklahoma

        I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA PEOPLE NEED STEP TO SING.. sMILE.. bREATH... SERIOUSLY BREATH.. I THOUGHT YOU SING AS YOU ARE LEAD.. WELL I GUESS THIS ARE FOR THE PROS WHICH WE BUY THEIR ALBUM... REFRESHING.. NICE HUB.. IT TOOK NEARLY ALL MY TIME TO READ.. LOL!.. I HAD FUN READING IT.. MY CURIOUS HAD TO

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        drbj - I am planning your first singing tour, puppy and all. Her little laugh, along with paws over her ears is sure to draw a big crowd. Actually, the more I think about it, lets have your puppy open for you. :-)

        You are a dear for supporting my singing hubs!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        mcbirdbks - "Fly me to the moon, etc." A great song for flying and because you are an expert on birds I have a question. How high can birds fly? Maybe this is a dumb question, but one I'd like to know the answer to.

        And thanks for the nice comment. :-)

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        randomcreative ~ I want to tell you how much I appreciate your comments. You have supported me for almost 2 years with your encouragement and kind words.

        A big thanks to you, dear lady!

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        prasetio30 

        6 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Very informative hub. You still my teacher in singing. I always love your tips and this was the best class for me. You have done a great job here by writing and share this information. Very good presentation between text, pictures and video. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting) and take care!

        Prasetio

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        drbj and sherry 

        6 years ago from south Florida

        I wonder if it's too late, Audrey, for me to embark on a singing career now. I have always wanted to be a renowned singer. You have written such excellent tips for a singer that I am all excited about planning a tour. Oh, just remembered, my singing causes my puppy to laugh. Yes, she laughs out loud! Guess I'll just have to practic some more. La, la, la, la .... Oh, oh, she's holding her paws over her ears.

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        mckbirdbks 

        6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello vocalcoach, I think I'll leave this to the experts. You did a great job with the explanations.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Lady_E ~ Yes, it seems every time I turn on the TV a new singing competition is on. And if I were asked, I would love to become a mentor on one of them.

        Thank you dear Lady, for finding this hub interesting with tips you can pass on to others when needed. And Happy Easter to you too!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Great tips! Very inspiring and helpful as always.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Dear Sunshine ~ Good for you! And if anyone...and I mean anyone, tells you to hush up, just let me know. I will send the "singing squad" after them. :-)

        Your own private vocalcoach and friend.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        jools ~ Glad you liked the funny jokes I inserted - things get so technical, I thought these were needed.

        I died laughing at Bobs's singing to his budgies. I actually enjoy reading comments more than the hubs on most occasions!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Pamela ~ Hello my friend. Thanks for reading my hub. Most folks are surprised at how the physical is involved in good singing. Even those who are gifted at birth have to learn this. Appreciate your vote up and awesome.

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        Elena 

        6 years ago from London, UK

        This was so interesting to read with lots of practical advice. There are so many Music (Talent) TV Programs these days...I hope someday I see you mentoring on one of them.

        I hope to remember the tips I've read to practice and share with friends or any young ones who want to sing better.

        Happy Easter.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        diogenes ~ Hahahahahahahahaha! Almost fell off my chair with your hellooooooooo! Just as I began recovering from Will's very funny comment, you got me with your opening.

        You two should get together and put together a "hubact." How hilarious that would be.

        I'm sorry to hear that 5 of your hubs have been stolen. That's just not right. I won't let it ruin my life, but I'll never forget the shock of seeing my hubs word for word in this "den of thieves."

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        I practiced the mouth position today and it worked! No one told me to hush up! Thank you so much for the tip! You are my favorite vocal coach ever!:)

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi there lord. Yes, knowing these tips earlier in life would no doubt have made a difference! But as with all habits, learning to breathe from the abdomin can be learned quite fast. Thank you my friend!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        teaches12345 - Breathing from the diaphragm is the quickes way to completely relax. Glad to hear you tried it. :-) I have secretly wanted to be a speech pathologist like your daughter. Lucky for her she isn't my neighbor. Thank you so much!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Oh Will - You are the funniest man alive! What takes me a complete paragraph (or 2) to say, you say in 1 short line. Thanks for the wonderful laugh my dear and very precious friend. :-)

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        Jools Hogg 

        6 years ago from North-East UK

        Very interesting hub and I liked your funny jokes as well. I've just read about Bob singing to his budgies and it has made me giggle as well!

        Voted up, etc, etc. I shall continue to hone my vocal chords.."Hellllloooooooooo"

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        6 years ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a very interesting hub as I literally had no knowledge of what it takes to sing well. Voted up and awesome.

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        diogenes 

        6 years ago from UK and Mexico

        HelloooOOOOOO!!

        I sing to my budgies. If you ever believe creatures can't show emotion, you should see the look of horror on a budgie's face!

        Should help the Karioki set.

        PS Good luck with your announcement stopping people republishing your hub. I have had 5 to date like that and they won't remove them!

        Bob

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        Joseph De Cross 

        6 years ago from New York

        What an excellent hub! on singing. We wish we could've known these tips long time ago. Thanks Vocalcoach!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Sunshine - That's right honey! Just keep that beautiful mouth wide open and you'll sing like an angel. :) Thanks for liking the "smile breaks."

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Gee thanks, Audrey. Coming from you I consider this a real compliment!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        6 years ago

        This is a good topic and well written information on the subject. The videos are quite good and also informative. I tried the breathing exercise and found it kind of relaxing. My daughter-in-law is a speech pathologist and I have often heard her talk about healthy vocal exercises. Enjoyed the jokes. Voted up!

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        WillStarr 

        6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        Bookmarked for a time when I'm home alone!

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        Jennifer Vasconcelos 

        6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

        Great tips! My Dad was a singer in a rock and roll band (pun intended) lol. I used to love to sing with him. I never had any professional training ~ he did. :)

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        So that's why I don't sing well, I've been opening my mouth incorrectly! Thank you for the excellent tips!:))

        I enjoyed the smile breaks also!:)

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        Audrey Howitt 

        6 years ago from California

        Great explanations Audrey!!!

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