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Sing Better Than Ever: 6 Tips to Improve Your Present Singing Voice

Updated on June 24, 2017
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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.

Belief in Yourself - An Absolute Must For Better Singing

Back in the late '70s, I was nominated for "Teacher of the Year" in the Music category for Vocal Education. I don't tell you to impress you -- I tell you to make a point. Living in Southern California, I was up against some very good teachers who were much more experienced than I and also had more impressive credentials. Needless to say, I was more than a little surprised to find I had been the recipient of such an award. At the awards ceremony, my students approached the podium one by one, sharing their experiences as students in my vocal classes. It soon became clear that they all shared one particular reason for their progress and love for my instruction: "She believed in me so much that I learned how to believe in myself too."

It was at that moment that I realized the importance of believing in yourself, which brings us to tip number one . . .

1. Believe in Yourself - The Foundation Of Great Singing

As a singer, I can tell you that if you don't believe in yourself, no one will. Your singing must ring true. You must be confident if you expect to sing with the best voice possible. A confident sound contains a rich, ringing, and well projected tone. If you lack confidence and are worried about how you sound, begin a program of positive affirmations and visualization to connect with your inner power. Here are some suggestions for positive affirmations to help you:

  • "I thank my Creator for my beautiful and perfect singing voice."
  • "Each time I sing, I am filled with confidence."
  • "People love my singing. My voice is awesome!"
  • " I experience no fear what-so-ever when I sing."
  • "I allow my free, glorious, and heavenly sounds to touch the hearts of others."
  • "I accept my voice as it is. My singing is exceptional and brings its exclusive, rare and unique sound rich and beautiful."

Create whatever it is that you need or want. Then, affirm your creation by repeating it over and over again. Visualize yourself singing in a place filled with people. Listen to the beauty and richness of your own singing tone: so confident, grateful, and eager to share the precious messages contained in the song.

Visualize the moment down to the last detail. How many people are in the audience? Describe the size and look of the room, the stage, the band or accompaniment, the lighting, and your assistant. What are you wearing? How do you feel?

Remember, it is the decisions you make when you have no time to make them that define who you truly are.

Believing in yourself is one of the first steps to success. If you don't have confidence in yourself, it will be difficult to succeed in anything. Even these six tips for better singing won't be 100% effective until you feel confident.

Proper Mouth Position for Singing the "Ah" Vowel

This singer demonstrates how wide the mouth opening should be for singing words containing the vowel "ah."  Place two fingers between the teeth and sing "ah."
This singer demonstrates how wide the mouth opening should be for singing words containing the vowel "ah." Place two fingers between the teeth and sing "ah." | Source

2. Open the Mouth to Sing With a More Powerful and Confident Voice

With the mouth barely open, your singing tone will remain suppressed or hidden-sounding. You must create enough space for the sound to come out. Don't be self-conscious about a generous mouth opening. How will your tone ring unless your mouth is open enough for it to? Ever watch a singer close up and personal on television? At times, you can see almost to the back of their throat.

So give your singing a big boost by keeping the mouth open as you sing. You will quickly hear a more powerful sound.

To assure that the mouth is open wide enough, place two fingers (one on top of the other) between the top and bottom teeth. Keeping the fingers in the mouth sing 'ah,' then remove the fingers from the mouth while still retaining the 'ah' sound. Did your mouth remain open after removing your fingers?

An exercise to help you to train your mouth and jaw to the right position for singing words using the 'ah' vowel is:

  1. While using a mirror to monitor for openness, sing the following words in a medium, comfortable tone: hot, brought, not, fall, hall, tall, talk, walk, father, stars, bars, far, and broad.
  2. Be sure to sustain the vowel 'ah' for a few seconds before closing the word with the final consonant.
  3. As you repeatedly practice each word, start off by going very slow. Gradually build your speed until you can sing through the list at a faster pace.

Tip: Shape Each Vowel Correctly For Better Singing

The five basic vowels for singing.  Shape the mouth properly for each vowel. Use a mirror to monitor your lip position.
The five basic vowels for singing. Shape the mouth properly for each vowel. Use a mirror to monitor your lip position. | Source

3. Breath Control: Learn to Breathe Correctly

Belly breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, is essential to a better sounding singing voice.

The tone that you sing actually "rides" on the air that is being exhaled as you sing.

When you begin phonation (speaking/singing), air causes vibrations to occur which produces sound and will continue until you run out of air. If you are currently breathing in air by the use of the upper portion of the lungs only, you will not only run out of air too early, but also have a weak and breathy sound.

Learning how to inhale by inflating around your waistline takes practice. As you repeat the belly breathing exercise, you'll be unlearning the wrong way to breathe and replacing that with the right way to breathe.

Connecting With Your Breathing

To learn to breathe using the belly breath (diaphragm), lay on the floor as pictured, book on abdomen centered at the waistline.  As you inhale, expand the abdomen and lower ribcage which will lift the book.
To learn to breathe using the belly breath (diaphragm), lay on the floor as pictured, book on abdomen centered at the waistline. As you inhale, expand the abdomen and lower ribcage which will lift the book. | Source

Learning the Belly Breath

  1. Lie on your back with your knees in a raised position. Your feet will be flat on the floor.
  2. Place a light book (or you can go heavy with the yellow pages, etc) on your stomach centered at the waistline.
  3. Once you feel completely relaxed, quickly lift the book using only your belly, which will then move upward.
  4. Hold this position for 5-15 seconds.
  5. Now, lower the book very slowly until the belly returns to its natural flat position. By lowering the book slowly, you are matching what happens as you sing. Your air must be measured carefully to prevent running out of air too soon. Your goal is to control the amount of air your release so that you have enough to finish the phrase of lyrics.
  6. Repeat this exercise several times, using a hissing sound as you release your air while lowering the book.
  7. Variations on this exercise would be to replace the hissing sound with a singing tone on an easy pitch. You will soon see how you are learning to control the amount of air you emit during exhalation.
  8. Breathe through your nose and mouth simultaneously.

When you have mastered the belly breath on the floor, try the same exercise in a standing position. Because you won't have a book resting on the abdominal wall, place your hand where the book was positioned in the floor exercise. Feel for the expansion around the waist and lower ribcage area.

Lastly, don't forget to always keep your shoulders absolutely still during inhalation.

Tip: Always Keep The Shoulders Still Upon Inhalation

In a standing position, place hands on abdominal area centered at the waistline to monitor the expansion as you inhale.  If you have trouble with this, return to the floor exercise. This must be practiced consistently and become automatic.
In a standing position, place hands on abdominal area centered at the waistline to monitor the expansion as you inhale. If you have trouble with this, return to the floor exercise. This must be practiced consistently and become automatic. | Source

4. Activate Your Resonators: About Your Resonating System

When you sing, you want to discover just how to activate all of your resonators. Your resonators are the mouth, nasal passages, chest, and head areas.

  • Moving the sound forward means that when you sing, you make your tone resonate in these different spaces. At first, practice using the 'ee' vowel when you sing. This will help you to feel the vibrations in your resonating areas much easier.
  • You want to avoid "swallowing" (singing from the back of the throat) the vowels as you sing. You may add other primary and secondary vowels as you progress.
  • When you hear words like register, chest voice etc., these are essentially just convenient labels used to describe the difference in placement throughout the singer's range. Each of these registers vibrate when sound is produced. Feel for these vibrations when you sing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Singing

What is vocal placement?

Vocal placement is the term used to describe the technique of being guided by the vibrations and resonances of the body when singing. These sensations can usually be felt in the chest, face, nose, mouth and the head.


What is a vocal register?

Opinions and descriptive terms differ on this subject. However, generally speaking, the word 'register' is used to describe a section of the voice. These 'sections' are loosely categorised by how the vocal cords vibrate, glottal, and pharyngeal shape, where the voice resonates in the body and the resulting quality or timbre of the voice.


What is chest voice or chest register?

Chest voice or chest register refers to a deep or rich full sound that is most commonly used during speech.

Air flows over the vocal folds which are are fully apart and the vibration or resonance can often be felt in the upper chest. This is the area of the voice where you should be singing the lower notes of your range. Male voices can be easily felt in the chest cavity, but most female voices have a more subtle vibration and must work on this area.


What is middle voice or middle register?

The term 'middle voice' is not as commonly used as some of the other descriptions like chest and head voice. This section of the voice may also be referred to as mix or blend and it describes an area where a vocal bridge or passaggio may occur.

Once the singer has mastered the art of moving smoothly through this transition area it is considered to be mixed or blended. If the singer experiences a vocal "break," the "siren" exercise can help smooth out the break.


What is head voice or upper register?

Remember those lengthening cords as you ascend the range? Well, you'll need these to access 'head voice' which is where you should be singing those high notes.

The resonance is usually felt in the cheekbone, teeth/lips area, which is sometimes referred to as the mask or masque.


What is whistle voice or super-head?

Whistle voice or superhead is the top end of the vocal range which sounds similar to a whistle or squeal.

Few singers use the whistle register, although it has gained popularity among some female commercial artists.


What is falsetto or false voice?

Falsetto is the lightest register and requires loose vocal cords and incomplete closure which produces a breathy voice that can sound quite feminine, although it is generally used by men rather than women.


How do you know if you're singing in head or chest voice?

Place your fingers on your breastbone, then sing a few notes from the bottom end of your range. You should be able to feel the vibration in your chest through your fingers.

If you don't feel anything, try belting 'hello' -- if you're singing in chest voice, you should feel something there. If you are singing in your head voice, you should feel the vibrations somewhere in the region of your teeth/lips, cheekbones, nasal cavity, or forehead.

5. Sing Songs That are Within Your Comfort Zone (Range)

This tip is very important -- it can make all the difference when auditioning or performing.

Some singers find it easier to sing very high tones, while others are comfortable in the middle range and still others love singing dark, lower sounds.

  • If you're a high soprano, your best sound will be in the highest part of your vocal range.
  • An alto would prefer very low to middle tones.
  • The respective male voices must also stay within their comfort zone to avoid the risk of vocal damage.

Once you've discovered where your range is, stay within your range. When you sing higher than is natural for you, you may end up with vocal damage as you strain to hit the notes.

So, how do you know if a note is too high? Anytime you feel tightness or gripping in the throat, you can be sure that the note is out of your range (too high). Another sign that a particular note is too high to sing is hoarseness. If you experience hoarseness after singing high notes, you must stop vocalizing.

When you find a song that you want to sing and it's in the wrong key for you (too high or too low), see if you can have someone transpose it down so that it is completely comfortable.

Music Is Our Birthright

When you sing, release your power and sing with joy and purpose.
When you sing, release your power and sing with joy and purpose. | Source

6. Sing Expressively: We are Music -- Music is Our Birthright

Technique will set you free. After you have mastered the first five tips above, you've earned the right to express yourself emotionally as you sing. And, here's how.

When you sing, breathe life into every musical phrase. Sing with feeling. Be in the moment so that you can create your own truth. Don't miss out by allowing internal dialogue to clutter and distract your mind. Singing is a form of communication. Communicate your desires, passions, needs, wants, fears, joys, prayers, love, loneliness, pain, anger, peace -- all the emotions and feelings which are appropriate for the song with your listener.

Do not be over-dramatic, just be truthful. Call upon your past experiences and use them to reawaken what has been tucked away. Singing connects us to a deeper place within ourselves because sound is feeling.

Singing brings back into light all our memories, dreams, tensions, conflicts, confidences, and insecurities.

When you sing or speak, your vocal folds vibrate. Air breathed in is released and passed through your vocal folds. And, like two plucked strings, they release a set of vibrations which in turn set off other sets of vibrations. These vibrations are not only heard, they are felt. These feelings can conjure mental pictures, reveal past events, and sometimes teach us things about ourselves we were previously unwilling to accept.

Be vulnerable. Show and share your feelings. Feelings are not judged. They just are.

Singing is not only a release of energy, but a transformation of energy as well. The body, the emotions, and thoughts are all one. Singing is holistic in nature. It supports our wholeness as human beings.

This is the sixth and final tip. It is, perhaps the most important of all six tips for better singing. It's no wonder to me why most of my students have undergone some kind of personal transformation during our course of study.

Final Thoughts

Singing engages our internal energy systems and utilizes all the senses. Every sound that is sung awakens a feeling, and each feeling triggers a memory or a thought. Each thought then triggers an action.

While we are singing, we open up fully to experiences that we were previously unaware of and feelings that have been hidden.

Singing is one of the more effective ways to heal and can effect personal change in our lives.

Karen Carpenter gave us one of the most beautiful voices of all time:

Sing a song

Make it simple, to last your whole lifelong

Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear

Just sing, sing a song.

-- Sing

What a beautiful and necessary message. Singing really belongs to everyone.

So, again: Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear.

Just sing. Sing a song.

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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      William O' Brien 4 weeks ago

      I found this information very helpful.

      I will put it to good use.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      PALLAVI

      I think you are saying that you can sing because you're a baritone. Actually, being a baritone, bass or tenor has nothing to do with singing. I may be mis-interpreting your message. Thank you for reading my hub and leaving your comment.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      Mahi

      Thanks for your comment. These tips will help your singing only if you practice them daily until they become automatic. This takes time. Good luck to you.

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      Johnd961 2 months ago

      It's perfect time to make some plans for the long run and it is time to be happy. I have learn this publish and if I may I want to suggest you few attentiongrabbing things or advice. Maybe you could write next articles regarding this article. I desire to read even more things about it! egagdfdbfdke

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Johnson mary

      I'm glad to hear that you enjoy singing. Do you know that it's good for your health? Thanks for being here.

      Pamela

      The more you sing in front of other people the more your confidence will grow. Practice your singing every day and be sure to use proper vocal techniques. I recommend studying with a good, qualified teacher.

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      pamela 4 months ago

      Nice tips. I always want to go for music competition but dnt av the confident. I dnt knw wot to do

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      Johnson mary 4 months ago

      I like to sing music

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      Audrey Hunt 4 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Shirley

      So nice to see you here and thanks for visiting my site. Breathing is the very foundation of singing. Your tone "rides" on air which acts as a cushion for your voice. I've written quite a bit about the importance of learning diaphragmatic breathing and why it's important.

      Keep on singing and thanks again.

      Audrey

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      Shirley 4 months ago

      I so love to sing but sometimes get out of breath,trying is possible to do love your site on how to sing thanks

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      Cp.Williams 9 months ago

      I just want to make one Vivek track something to work with I've had training I know how to sing I want make better with what I already have

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      vocalcoach 10 months ago

      Thanks cielo. Very nice to see you here. Come back any time!

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      cielo 10 months ago

      that really helps

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Monica,

      I'm so glad to hear from you. Your comments have touched me. Please don't give up on singing. You CAN sing! It's your birthright. Keep singing to raise your self-confidence. Also check out my other articles about singing - I've written several that are meant for you! Thank you so much for your kindness.

      Audrey/vocalcoach

      Famous Vocal Coaches

      Thank you so much for your thumbs up on my article. I'm so happy you like it so much. I wish you success and joy in singing.

      Audrey

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      Famous Vocal Coaches 13 months ago

      Thank you for your post!This tutorial is fabulous! Lots of great info including, Next is start warming up Find your range. I’ve only been watching her tutorials for a week and I already feel an improvement.Thinking, More Power without strain.

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      Monica vedastus 13 months ago

      Well i am a student from secondary level, at our school we have the teenagers competition we call it as BONANZA. In this event that we expect to happen in this Friday 9th of September we as young teenagers we are being encouraged to express our feelings and our talents and that includes confidence. For me i wanted to sing but when i think of it i feel like singing is not my talent and i don`t belong in it because when i try to practice i feel my sound is in like a base form and is not qualified in a song that i would like to sing and also the other thing that prevents me from doing so is lack of self confidence, when i try to ask my friends if i can sing in this up coming event they tell me that i can do it but later when i sit down and think, i feel like i can`t do it and sometimes i feel like i can do it, but all these i know its because of lack of confidence and not believing in myself that i can do it without any challanges, But thanks to all these 6 tips that i have passed through them i think that i can do it without fear. Thank you for the one who posted this page because it will help so many people who are going to visit it. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Bill

      Just sent another chapter. Thanks.

      love,

      Audrey

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      Bill 16 months ago

      I don't know if you got my email yesterday.....I have only received the first chapter of your book, and I sent you comments on that. If you've done a new chapter I never received it. Please send again.

      love,

      bill

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jayycarlos

      Thanks for your comment. I'm so happy to know that my article has restored your confidence. Keep on singing...it's your birthright!

      vocalcoach

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      Jayycarlos 16 months ago

      You gave me confidence thank you I think I suck but at least I wanna keep trying now thank you coach

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      Audrey Hunt 17 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Leanna

      There are many fantastic and successful singer blessed with beautiful, rich low voices. Adele, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, and the great Judy Garland are just a few.

      It's not how high you can sing that's important or popular - it's 'how' you sing. Having said this, with training it's possible to learn to sing high if your vocal range includes higher notes.

      You can always email me for more information and help.

      Thanks Leanna and keep on singing!

      Audrey

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      Leanna 17 months ago

      Thank you for your article, it was very informative, and has helped me with my breathing. My problem still is with reaching high notes, and I don't really know what my vocal range is. I think I'm an alto because I sing sort of low, but I don't know, because I can change my voice to sound like an opera singer. I have always wanted to sing since I was very little, music is my life(besides God lol). I've always wanted to be a famous singer, (even though I don't think I'm good at it anymore) I wrote my first song at three (I made more before that but they weren't fully songs) and I've made up tons of more in 10 years (I'm 13). I used to be able to sing beautifully, I won two music awards in a row at 5 and 6 years old, and I love dancing. When I was 11 the problems happened, I stopped singing for a while because of so many different things, and then puberty hit (lol) and changed my singing voice. When I turned 12 I started singing again but hated my voice, I could not reach any high notes and my voice cracked on every sentence, and it was much lower then before. Obviously my vocal cords got damaged from many things and I'm trying to repair them, and its been working I can reach some high notes (meanin I end up screaming to reach them most of the time) and it doesn't crack as much. But I still don't like my voice, because I think its not good enough, people today like singers with high voices who can hit high notes. I don't have that and can't do that, I feel like my ho

      es and dreams are dashed. No one compliments my voice anymore. I'm scared no one will ever recognize me as a great singer. I'll still sing though because singing is what keeps me alive (besides God). I really need some help for this problem, and my mom can't afford a singing coah. It will take a miracle to fix all of this. I love your articleand thank you for making it. Btw I'm a girl.

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      Audrey Hunt 18 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Cody

      Thanks for reading my article about singing. I have written several articles to help singers and all kinds of tips. These can all be found right here on hub pages. All you have to do is type in my name once you open hub pages. Then type in singing.

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      cody 18 months ago

      hey any tips with singing please tell them to me.

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      Audrey Hunt 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      baseteana - Singing with a nasal sound happens when the soft palat - back of the throat - remains closed. You must open the back of the throat. To learn to do this, the sensation is just like yawning. Practice doing a yawn and with the mouth open lift the soft palate while singing an 'ah.'

      Kay - I;m so glad you found my post helpful. Thanks.

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      Kay 24 months ago

      Thank You So Much For These Tips. I found what I really need.

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      basetsana 2 years ago

      Hi there, iv looved singing ever since I was a baby and iv always wanted to pursue it as a career, my vocals however are a big concern of mine, I stay in south africa and vocal lessons here are very expensive and I can't afford them, iv been singing most of my life and iv always envied anyone who can sing, but doesn't want to sing..my tone is very nasal and when singing, I feel like there is something blocking my throat so I can't reach high notes. iv been trying to fix this on my own but really nothing has improved... Can you please help me

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kathleen - Thanks for your great comments. As we age we tend to get lazy about our breath control. When this happens, our vibrato can begin to sound like a wobble or even a billy goat.

      All we have to do is learn to control our vibrato by using a steady stream of air at the end of each phrase. If you have Skype...I can show you how to do this. Recording your voice as you practice this procedure helps immensely.

      Audrey

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I've sung all my life, probably because my Mother was a singer. She sang in church the morning before I was born!

      I'm 62 and have so much vabrado (?) in my voice now that I can't seem to control. I'm still a voice in the choir, but no more solos. Is there anything I can do to lessen this effect on my voice?

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Chitrangada and a Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for being here and for the lovely comments. And yes - music does involve the entire being. I love that you mentioned this. Thank you my friend and blessings to you.

      udrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a very helpful hub for singers to improve their singing and also for those who are still learning.

      Music involves the whole being and it is an expression of the heart and mind, put into words.

      You have provided some very useful suggestions. Thanks and voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      suthap - Very good advice and well stated! Thank you.

      mm - I appreciate your being here. Hope to see you again.

      Israel - Good to hear that you love to sing. I suggest you enroll in a public singing class. Adult Education provides some good training. Thanks,

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      Israel 2 years ago

      I Love Singing But Most Time I Wishe I Could Sing In The Female Part I.E Soprano. And Ever Sinced I Watched Glee I Now Wanted It So Badly. And I Couldn't Get A Vocal Coach To Train Me. What Can I Do To Train Myself,excersie,and Some Song To Help Me With. Great Hub Also. Waiting To Hear From You

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      mm 2 years ago

      Thankyou

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lako - Please contact me by sending me an email. Thank you for your interest. Enjoy!

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      Lako 2 years ago

      I really liked ur points. may i take lessons?

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Carmen - Please contact me by email for information. Thanks.

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      Carmen 2 years ago

      Hi, do you do skype lessons? I'm in Tasmania Australia :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      new eunice - When you sing, concentrate on one thing only - the lyrics. If you do that, you will not be nervous or scared. This really works! Thanks.

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      new eunice 2 years ago

      i need to go on stage the first time and i need to sing a song. the song is called yesterday once more from the carpenters .im very scared when i see this website i feel beter. my friend try to tell me that my voice is good but i dont know...i just very nervous to sing because i dont think that my voice is nice.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Liz

      I thank you for reading my article on singing tips.

      I, too think you should be singing. Begin by singing for yourself and just enjoy the adventure.

      Consider singing in a choir to help you overcome your shyness. You can also grab a couple of friends and form your own singing group.

      The important thing is that you sing, especially when you love it so much.

      I hope to see you again soon and it's so nice to meet you.

      Sing with joy - vocalcoach

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      liz 2 years ago

      Really glad i read these tips.. I have an almost unnaturally deep voice compare to people my age (21 years old) and when people hear me talk they ask if i sing. I tell them i don't of which they respond with "you sound like you should"... and the funny thing is i love to sing... but I'm incredibly shy and funny like singing infront of others cause somedays i feel like I'm singing really good and others days i feel like I'm horrible... so i just tell myself i don't want to accidentally torture someone with my singing lol

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello jomar collado cubelo. How nice to see you here and to take the time to thank me for the singing tips. Have a wonderful day and come back soon.

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      jomar collado cubelo 2 years ago

      Thanks For Your Tips. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      friends toee you

      Thank you! Glad to hear that my hub on singing was helpful. Come back again.

      izhar

      I'm always happy to help and thank you.

      Manojkumar

      You're welcome. Happy to hear that you will be singing and loving it!

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      Manojkumar 3 years ago

      Thanks for the lesson..

      And yes, I love to sing, I will not be worried whether my singing sounds good for others, I will be singing, singing,singing....and just singing..

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      izhar 3 years ago

      I thank u soo much for your kind reply...i'll soon mail u my further queries...its such a great thing that u told me . Thnks a lot..

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      friends toee you 3 years ago

      OMG! THIS NEW TECHNIQUE WAS

      SO FABS!!!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      oga -

      Thank you for reading my article about singing. Save 'closing your eyes' for an emotional implication otherwise it's like shutting your audience out. Contact me at 'mzvocal@sbcglobal.net' for information about singing instruction. I'm glad to see you here. - vocalcoach

      Izhar -

      I'm glad to see you and to learn that my singing tips are helpful. You may contact me at my email 'mzvocal@sbcglobal.net' for further help and information. I'm glad that you want to take your voice to the next level. You must develop a unique and different sound. This is one of the most important factors for auditioning for a television show. I will soon have a brand new article available on "How to Prepare For A Television Singing Show." So keep tuned. My best to you and Sing With Joy.

      Samuel

      Hello and thanks for being here Samuel. I will help you with your vocal problem. At your present age, you must be careful when you sing. Be sure to use good singing technique. There are ways to access the head voice but it takes proper technique. You may contact me at 'mzvocal@sbcglobal.net.' for further help or questions. Thanks - vocalcoach

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      Samuel 3 years ago

      Hi VocalCoach,

      I am a 14 year old boy and I am pursuing singing. I am currently on the worship team at my church. There is another boy there and his voice is much higher than mine. He gets a lot of the lead roles in the songs we sing. I tend to stay in my chest voice. I don't really know how to do head voice. I watched several tutorial videos online, but I just don't feel confident about it. I don't necessarily know what I am asking, but I just wanted some else's opinion on what to do.

      Thanks,

      Sam

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      izhar 3 years ago

      Hello ma'am I m from india... but i love singing english songs.... i just love your article ..your tips are amazing ..i want to pursue a career in music in europe hopefully in england or U.S i really want to go in the x factor...impress the judges n i need help for this my vocals are a bit good..many people told me this but i want to make it amazing..can u help me out in this please...it will be soo nice of u.. thank you!!

      -Izhar

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      izhar 3 years ago

      Hello ma'am I m from india... but i love singing english songs.... i just love your article ..your tips are amazing ..i want to pursue a career in music in europe hopefully in england or U.S i really want to go in the x factor...impress the judges n i need help for this my vocals are a bit good..many people told me this but i want to make it amazing..can u help me out in this please...it will be soo nice of u.. thank you!!

      -Izhar

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      oga 3 years ago

      I started singing in church and while worshiping, always close my eyes; now I find it very difficult to sing without closing my eyes. Pls I need ur help and will like to make u my voice coach. What should I do?

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kae Iero-Way

      Good for you - starting your own band. I'm so pleased that my vocal tips help. And for more tips take a look at my other articles here on Hubpages. Your voice does deepen around your age and be sure to develop this lower range as it will add richness to your present singing. Thank you for your kind comment and I can be reached at - mzvocal@sbcglobal.net - Take care.

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      Kae Iero-Way 3 years ago from Cincinatti, Ohio

      Hey, VocalCoach!

      I'm thirteen years old and just recently, I decided to start a band. We're going to be playing in the genre of rock, seeing our influences are bands such as Paramore, Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance. Your six tips were a huge help in my singing; is there any more advice you have? I've never sang before in my life, as Gospel music has become too high for me to sing (my voice has deepened a lot in the past year... You could say it's broken, but I'm not sure that's supposed to happen in girls!) and I've never really counted myself as religious anyways. In the last 6 months, though, I've gotten seriously into music and that brings me here. I think you're a wonderful vocal coach and I wish you could teach me :)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      saaf the UK

      It's nice to see you here. Thanks so much.

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      saaf the UK 3 years ago

      Thanks for the advice

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dorothy Thorpe

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. You are a good teacher. I'm pleased that my article has given you some help. Wishing you the best!

      Audrey

      smaira

      Thanks for being here and for sharing your comments. Sing with joy!

      Emmezali

      Hello again. It's so nice to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your good news with me. So glad that you are feeling better. Reiki is on my list - first, I'm concentrating on my book. Sing with joy!

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      Emmezali 3 years ago

      I came to this article because I was singing along with the Hairspray cd, and I noticed I can suddenly reach high notes I could not reach before. Also I have enough air to keep singing all the time (I used to get out of breath) and I don't get a throatache anymore (that used to happen especially because of those high notes, I think because they were not within my reach). I just wonder how this could have just happened! The only reason I can think of why this suddenly got better is that I sleep better and I used to have a light throatache every day, and that is gone now. I might have had a chronic infection going on and now it's gone?

      Anyways, when I read that you wanted to hear from me, I thought I would share the reason I read it. :)

      Also, did you learn Reiki? You thank just the way I learned it in my Reiki course. Thank you for being here :)

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      smaira 3 years ago

      nice

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      Dorothy Thorpe 3 years ago

      Thank you for your excellent article, you clearly are a passionate teacher. I am a singing teacher from Melbourne Australia and I was looking for some advice to give my students who are preparing for their first performance. All your advice is excellent, I will particularly be sharing number 6 (Sing Expressively) with them.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lyndelle Dream

      I'm pleased to hear that my article on singing helped you so much. I invite you to visit my other singing tips. Thank you! Audrey

      Subash

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this article and hope to see you again soon. Audrey

      teaches1234

      Singing is a healthy thing to do. You'll find that it helps you to relax as tension is released when you 'break out in a song.' Keep singing my friend. ~ Audrey

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I used to sing much more and after reading your post, I feel encouraged to at least sing around the home again. Thank you for the lessons.

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      Subash 3 years ago

      What a wonderful article. Thank you so much for sharing.. : )

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      Lyndellie Dream 3 years ago

      Absolutely Brilliant! Thank you so much, I loved it learned so much from reading this very helpful

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Johnb399

      Thank you for leaving your kind comments. I'm glad you liked this. vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      aly - Step #3 in this article provides step-by-step instruction on how to sing from the diaphragm. Please review this section. If you practice these steps a few times every day for 6-12 weeks, you will be breathing correctly. Thank you for being here. I would love to read your comments on my other articles about singing.

      Good luck,

      vocalcoach

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      aly 3 years ago

      hi, I've been told I'm a good singer but i feel as though i lack confidence. I've had a chance to audition for American idol but my nerves made me procrastinate until auditions were over. A few times i sang in front of friends and got positive feedback. I also have trouble singing from my diaphragm.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Teina - I appreciate your kind comments. Nice to hear that this hub has been so helpful. Keep singing! vocalcoach

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      Teina T Benioni 3 years ago

      Thank you big time for that I've bn teaching myself & your tips r so the cream on the cake & comfirmation to my research & now I have finally got proffessional help & it all co insides & corrects my theories of such a vast play ground of this subject I wish you all the happiness & warmth in your life forever yours faithfully Teina I am a 52yo male cook Island maori born Y& raised in Auckland New Zealand God bless your kindness in sharing your knowledge thanx again! x

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      Pharma843 3 years ago

      Very nice site!

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      Pharmg647 3 years ago

      Very nice site! cheap goods

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Johnc179 - As long as you provide a link to this site I have no problem with you sharing this post.

      Thanks.

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      Johnc179 3 years ago

      Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group? There's a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks kdckakdgcbkf

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      Tapendra teotia 3 years ago

      when I sing a song then i feel that my voice is very cute but when i ask other persons then they say that my voice is so rough .so please tell me that how i can make batter my voice.

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      Tapendra teotia 3 years ago

      when I sing a song then i feel that my voice is very cute but when i ask other persons then they say that my voice is so rough .so please tell me that how i can make batter my voice. THANKU

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      king solomon - Thank you so much for your kind comments. You light up my life!

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      king solomon 3 years ago

      congratulation, u are a good teacher, more grease to ur elbow, god bless u

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      ME AGAN 3 years ago

      Im sorry I'm just a little angry jealous and hurt and sometimes being a poor and not

      famous sucks I HATE IT SO MUCH.

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      alanna king 3 years ago

      I ever become a rich famous celebrity and could have been born as one in the first place some

      times I would have my own band called Orange Blossoms at ages 13-15 in September 2005

      to July 2007 .

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      lol0l0 3 years ago

      breath through ur nose and mouth...where else can we breath from other than our nose and mouth ahah xD

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      Johnb399 3 years ago

      I really enjoy the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic. ddegebaaaegc

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      janice 3 years ago

      Thank you for the tips i get nervous singing but by verse two im fine so i don't start strong an i hate it I'm a soprano an singing alto hurts.

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      Celene 3 years ago

      I loved that you included Karen Carpenter! I aspired to be like her, I been covered her songs because I feel that they're within my vocal range, but I am not as good haha. She is just the best singer. This was really helpful advice I am really going to have to try these exercises. I stopped singing for a year and I feel like my voice just became weak and I feel like I sound terrible now. Im trying to get back to it again but being that I never have taken lessons I dont know where to begin. I came across this page and you gave me hope. These tips seem easy and it really encourages people to just Sing! Thanks. for that.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      daniel - Thank you for reading my article, 6 tips for how you can sing and singing better than ever. I'm happy to hear that my instruction has helped you. Keep singing!

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      daniel 3 years ago

      thanks am happy to learn something from am sure my voice will improve..

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Shawn - The only person to listen to is 1. Your heart and 2. A qualified vocal teacher. I believe in you!

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      Shawn 3 years ago

      Even after Saying that Somehow i believe deep down in my heart that i will make it large someday . I DO !!

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      Shawn 3 years ago

      This is a Beautiful and I appreciate your feelings , though I can't really sing . One of my friends said you are the worst singer in this world though when i recorded another song she said oh you are getting better but still not good enough . Its been a year since i recorded any song .

      I just haven't got it , Don't have it !!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Shamir - Thanks for reading my article. To sing is a wonderful thing. Never let anyone 'put down' you or your voice. ~ vocalcoach

      Cassandra - If you follow these tips you will sound much better. Keep recording your voice to help you with singing on key and be sure to breathe correctly. Good luck - vocalcoach

      Brandon - Thank you for being here. I like your comments. Sing with your heart and plenty of breath support. ~ vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Annaliese - Thank you for your very nice comments. You may email me at anytime. Find it at the top of this page. Sing with all of your heart. - Audrey

      Hello Randy - Your kind comments have touched me and I thank you very much. - Audrey

      Raman - Thank you for reading my article and for liking it so much. Keep on singing.~Audrey

      Maryam - Your voice should never be hoarse after singing. Learn how to breathe the correct way for singing, by inflating your tummy and ribcage when you inhale. This will keep you from getting hoarse and you will sound better when you sing. Contact me by email at the top of this page if you need my help. Keep singing and do not allow anyone to discourage you. Singing is your God-given right. Thanks - Audrey Hunt

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      Brandon Tribbey 3 years ago from Annandale, Virginia

      Awesome blog I love the tips you give and I also really like the presentation of your blog. Music is very inspiring and you give some great advice. I have a blog also please check it out www.ubersingingtips.blogspot.com

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      Cassandra 3 years ago

      I am a high school junior and I plan on singing the song warrior by Demi Lovato in the talent show at my school this year. I downloaded a karaoke version from iTunes onto my iPod and I listened to the song with the words twice before practicing singing the karaoke by myself so I would get my timing correct. I did get the timing perfectly but I noticed my pitch was just awful and way too high plus my voice kept cracking. I really hope all these tips will help me.

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      Shamir 3 years ago

      Im 14 years old and I would like to become a singer. I haven't been able to sing aloud though because I'm afraid of what people might say about my singing. This article has really inspired me and I thank you for your support and encouragement.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Daniel - The best way to know if you have a good singing voice is to sing for a professional, qualified vocal teacher. But I say, if you love to sing - sing and enjoy it!

      shirlb - Thank you. Glad to see you here. I invite you to check out my other articles on singing.

      Eddie - Do not strain your voice. You risk damaging your vocal cords. To increase your range, work with a qualified vocal teacher. I applaud you for working on my breath control exercises. ~ Audrey

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      Maryam 3 years ago

      I love this hub. It was simply brilliant.

      I love singing but I tend to sing really softly since I don't even know if I sound good or not. I have a really confident personality is just that I don't want to embarrass myself if I sound really bad. I recorded my voice before and it sounded horrible so that was mainly the main reason why i keep singing softly.

      My friend plays in a symphonic orchestra, my school orchestra and she's in a girls choir. She hears me sing every now and then because i happened to caught up in humming or singing a song then she will scold or complain that I'm doing a wrong note or my voice was too high or low. I don't do music. How should I know if I'm doing it wrong?

      Just one more thing, after I sing a couple of songs my voice goes really hoarse and i have to drink a lot of water. Is there any way that i can prevent that?

      Thank you so much for your time XD xoxox

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      Raman joshi 3 years ago

      it is the great experience to reading this 6 tips

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      Randy 3 years ago

      Am soo touched with ur lessons,may God richly bless u for showing me the way to singing well....thankyou soo much

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      Annaliese 3 years ago

      This really helped me! I am working on my singing because I want to have a singing career. I sure wish you could be my vocal coach! You sound like just the person for me.

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      Eddie 3 years ago

      Wow, I'm back here to thank you so much for sharing your amazing singing tips! I've been practicing them, especially the breathing exercise, and it’s incredible how much better my voice is sounding since I started! I've been playing piano for many years now, but I recently started singing in a band. I usually get positive feedback, and people who hear me sing tell me I'm a pretty good. My voice starts at Bb2 and I can go up to E4 relatively comfortably without using falsetto. After E4, I can reach higher notes (without singing falsetto) but then it feels like I'm straining my voice and my throat hurts a little, and I can tell it doesn't sound as good as when I sing lower notes. The thing is, I feel so much joy when I sing high notes, especially in soulful and rock-n-roll songs—I feel my whole body and heart fill with bliss. It's contradictory, because it sounds a little bad when I strain, but at the same time, very powerful. I was kind of bummed when you said that can damage the voice. So, what really bothers me about my voice is my limited range (not considering falsetto, because in falsetto I can reach as high as G5). So I’d like to know what you think about my range (Bb2 to E4), if it’s a good range or it’s too limited for a professional singer. I’d also like to know if there is a way to extend your range, so you can sing higher notes with your head voice without straining or using the throat. Thank you very much!

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      shirlb 3 years ago

      Excellent article