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Voice Lesson: Three Best Tips for a Bigger and Better Singing Voice

Audrey Hunt, the author of "Anyone Can Sing," gives valuable, professional tips for styling your singing voice.

Author of "Anyone Can Sing", Audrey Hunt, coaches actor/singer, George Rose.

Author of "Anyone Can Sing", Audrey Hunt, coaches actor/singer, George Rose.

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, follow these three easy tips for a better singing voice.

Tip #1: Sing With Confidence

A lack of confidence in your singing voice will smother and trap the sound. It'll also restrict the tone's freedom. Not only does this weaken the confidence in your voice by others, but the lyrics also 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.

Keep reading to learn how to give your confidence a boost.

How to Project Your Voice

Now, grab a bottle of room temperature water (ice cold will restrict the vocal cords), 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 complete 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 six times using your speaking voice. Let your voice slowly slide and fall downward iusing "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.

Mouth Position for Singing "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".

Tip #2: Open Your Mouth Wide, Especially When Singing Words With the "Ah" Sound

Why is it so crucial 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 proper breath control and 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" in 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 overdo when trying to open your mouth wider usual. You can 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.

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The Belly Breath or Low Breathing

Student, Kelli Hunt, learns Diaphragmatic breathing also known as the belly breath.

Student, Kelli Hunt, learns Diaphragmatic breathing also known as the belly breath.

Tip #3: Breathe From Your Belly and Not From Your Chest

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. When taking a breath, be sure that breath comes from the belly and not the chest. Inhale through the nose.
  • Exhale a little bit at a time as you sing each phrase to keep you from running out of breath.

This breathing doesn't come naturally, so we must train our bodies to breathe for singing. Singing is sustained speech and requires a different way of breathing than speaking.

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 too soon. As this happens, we have to take a quick 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 song's end.

Our goal as singers is to have a sustained, smooth sound known as legato. To achieve this, learning how to release just the right amount of air is necessary.

Tanking up with enough air, executed using the diaphragmatic muscle, helps us sing those demanding high notes and long, slow phrases.

Make it a priority to learn Diaphragmatic Breathing.


  • When taking a deep, full breath (inhalation), refrain from moving/lifting your shoulders. Keep the chest area high and quiet. There should be no visible sign of taking a breath. The only parts of your body that move are the belly and ribcage. These areas expand but are not noticeable when singing.
  • 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. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  • 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. Never strain your vocal cords by singing higher notes than are perfectly comfortable.


By learning these three tips to better singing, you will build and improve your present voice.

You will be correcting bad habits that have been ingrained and feel right to you.

The only way to replace these habits is to teach yourself new concepts which require consistent practice. Consistency is the keyword here. Just set aside a few minutes each day, and watch what happens. You may even be the next singing star.

Thank you for being here, and Sing With Joy!

Watch this video for learning belly breath

Questions & Answers

Question: How can I sing softly in the full range, especially on higher notes?

Answer: Soft singing (pianissimo) requires complete control over the amount of air you take in. Try practicing "the siren" exercise using a very light tone which will use your full range. Be absolutely sure you are breathing from the diaphragm (belly breath.) This is crucial for soft singing.

© 2012 Audrey Hunt


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

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 26, 2012:

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

IntegrityYes on July 26, 2012:

I voted up! That is great information.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 23, 2012:

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.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on May 23, 2012:

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. : )

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 13, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 13, 2012:

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 from IL on May 12, 2012:

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

Snigdha Shahi from India,mumbai on May 12, 2012:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 07, 2012:

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

DFiduccia from Las Vegas on May 02, 2012:

These are great tips for people who like to sing.

Voted up


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 28, 2012:

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

Tara McNerney from Washington, DC on April 25, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 22, 2012:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 22, 2012:

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!

Unleashed Freedom from star dust, planet Gaia. on April 22, 2012:

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).

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 15, 2012:

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.

Charlotte B Plum on April 13, 2012:

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.

Ov Overo from Oklahoma on April 09, 2012:


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 08, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 08, 2012:

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. :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 08, 2012:

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!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 08, 2012:

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!


drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 08, 2012:

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.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 08, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 07, 2012:

Great tips! Very inspiring and helpful as always.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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.

Elena from London, UK on April 07, 2012:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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."

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 07, 2012:

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!:)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 07, 2012:

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. :-)

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on April 07, 2012:

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"

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 07, 2012:

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

diogenes from UK and Mexico on April 07, 2012:


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!


Joseph De Cross from New York on April 06, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 06, 2012:

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."

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 06, 2012:

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

Dianna Mendez on April 06, 2012:

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!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on April 06, 2012:

Bookmarked for a time when I'm home alone!

Jennifer Vasconcelos from Cyberspace and My Own World on April 06, 2012:

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. :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 06, 2012:

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!:)

Audrey Howitt from California on April 06, 2012:

Great explanations Audrey!!!

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