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

Updated on October 08, 2016
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Respected vocal coach Audrey Hunt believes singing is our birthright. "If you can speak, you can sing. Here's how."

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.

Mouth position for singing "Ah."
Mouth position for singing "Ah."

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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      Putz Ballard 6 years ago

      Great hub with useful advice, I loved Karen Carpenter's voice.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Another great hub but sadly my singing days are doomed I am one of the few people that gets shushed in church when I sing :) Had to tweet this one - there is hope for us tone death ones.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Awwwwwwwwwwe billy - You are just the type of person I live for! If you ever head to Nashville, look me up and I will prove to you that you can sing. You will be getting applause at church instead of shushes. :-) Always nice to have you visit and I love your comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks Putz Ballard for your comments. Karen was the best. I miss her singing very much. Do you sing?

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your ineresting information. I haven't got a good voice but I love singing.

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      Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Great hub! Your instruction is right on and much needed. I believe that there are good voices and then there are anointed voices. Those with the anointing can take you into the very presence of God. I only live a couple of hours south of you would love to meet you. I was born and raid in s. Calif.and went to Biola where I majored in music voice applied. Thanks again for the great work.t

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Judicastro - I agree with you and am currently working with award winning gospel singer Michael English, who has one of those kinds of voices. His sound gave me goose bumps. I currently live in Nashville - are you in Tennessee? I would love to meet you too. I imagine you have a beautiful voice!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Hello - We who love singing, should sing! That is the only true reason for singing. I hope you continue to find joy as you sing. Thank you for your comments.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      You are so right: “Believing in yourself is one of the first steps to success… if you do not believe in yourself, no one will.” Wish I could hear you sing!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      HI Martie - How are you, my friend? Wonderful to see your name pop up in my email. I am recording a CD soon (never too old) and will send you one or make sure you can download it. Thanks.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      My oldest daughter has a beautiful voice she sung a solo to usher in the lent season and it was aired on TV. Did I ever get chills. She's a wonderful soul, so patient and filled with love and peace. My youngest daughter rarely sings because she feels she pales in comparison to her sister. I sing loud and proud, and not well, to encourage her to feel the joy in music, she joins in and her oldest sister looks on and smiles wide! I hope this helps me to sing better just for the greater good! Peace :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Katie = Your daughters sound so precious. But, how could they be anything otherwise with you as their mother. I hope both of your girls continue to sing - it sounds like they are supportive of one another. It's a wonderful thing that your daughter has such a beautiful voice and encourages her younger sister. The more she is acknowledged as a singer, the more confident she will become. I love your "I sing loud and proud". With your permission, I would like to borrow the line "sing proud" when closing my email to my students. Thank you again.

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      drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      I always knew that my breathing was the root of my terrible voice. I love to sing, i just can not.

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      Benji Mester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Your 4th tip was really helpful. I don't have that skill yet at all. I'm going to practice my resonance and see if that doesn't take my singing to the next level. Thanks much!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you so much, vocalcoach! Oh, this feels like Christmas coming!

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      LadyWriter 6 years ago from UK

      My singing is pretty awful, I try not to inflict it on people and I don't like singing in public - especially hymns, you seem to be going along OK in your 'comfort zone' range then suddenly it's all too high and you have to lower your voice a whole octave(?) to try to get back on track. I might give these tips a go.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ladywriter - this still happens to me when I sing certain songs - some songs are just written to high. Thanks for your comments and appreciate your stopping by.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      drchrischasse - very glad to hear that you love to sing - just keep doing it. Oh, tried to vote for #12 on "sweet Jane" but can't seem to find it. Can you help me?

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      MartieCoetser - You are so welome. Christmas is a lovely time to break out in song.

      Benjimester - Really glad to hear you will be practicing tip #4. Connecting with the resonating system makes a huge difference in the tone. Thanks

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      drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      If i keep reading, I might be a singer someday :).

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      drchrischasse - Your comment put a huge smile on my face.

      You are too cute! Thank you.

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      masmasika 6 years ago

      Great hub and great achievements being a teacher. I have always loved singing since I was a little girl. I cannot forget my music teacher who was the best teacher I could remember. he could sing very well and we learned from him how to use our diaphragm while singing. he hated people who sang for the sake of singing. He made me love music and sings.

      Thanks for the great hub.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks masmasika - You know - I remember all my music teachers from childhood too. What a lasting impression these teachers made. Your teacher must have been very good as he taught you diaphragmatic breathing. Marvelous!

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for another Beautiful Hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      LillyGrillzit - How are you? So nice to see you and thank you so much for your nice comment.

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      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

      Wow, who knew there was so much involved with singing. I feel like after reading this I could try out for American Idol! lol...hmmmm...not really. I love to sing...luckily, my dogs love me regardless of what I sound like. Great hub!!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      theherbivorehippi - I am still smiling from your comments. I'm so glad you love to sing and I'll just bet your dogs love every song you sing. Thank you.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..my oh my ... now there was a voice of an angel - Karen Carpenter - I'm sorry she had to leave us so soon. And six tips to better singing by the epigramman

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      1. Read her hubs (all of them) and then hire this vocal coach!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      :-) I have a huge smile on my face. I think I will print this comment and frame it for all who enter my music studio to see. Are you for hire? Manager? P/R? Agent?

      Yes - Karen was the voice of an angel. No one remotely close to capturing her pure and velvety tone. What a loss!

      Thank you Epigramman

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      joe w bennett 6 years ago from Clinton, MS, US of A

      Hi voccoach...i've been singing (and yes, often screaming) in rock bands for 40 years, using the worst techniques imaginable. I have lost an appreciable amount of what was always a limited vocal range and hope to learn from your hubs how to better protect what little is left and if possible, reverse some damage. Thanks for following...

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Singing is one of my hobby. Thanks for share some great tips for us. I learn much from this hub. You are my online coach in singing. I am glad to follow tips to singing well. I'll bookmark this one. Vote up as usual.

      Prasetio

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      joe w bennett - How nice to meet you and to find that you are a singer as well. I will be happy to help you with your singing. Thanks for commenting and stay close by. Going to go check out your hubs now - Live to Love

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      joe w bennett 6 years ago from Clinton, MS, US of A

      very nice to meet you and really liked this hub...I know about breath control but sometimes slip back to singing from my head instead of "pulling it up from the toes"...am going to try belly breathe tonight and will be reading more of your stuff too

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      embee77 6 years ago

      Hi - I LOVE your practical advice for singers. What great tips and insight. Thank you. I will use your tips in the future. Here's a funny story: I replied to a search for choir members over the summer in the church I had just joined. I love to sing, tho I'm not that strong. They were very welcoming! Then I realized I don't know the songs!! Everything in its time, right?

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      prasetio30 - I am very happy to be your vocal coach and will help you anytime. Very pleased to hear that you sing. That is wonderful! Thank you for rating up.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      joe w bennett - Thanks for taking time out to leave such a nice comment for me. Good luck with the "belly breath".

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      embee77 - Great story. And I hope you continue to sing.

      Thank you for your comments and I am eager to visit your hubs. Have a good one!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      I find an online coach in my singing. I'll bookmark this hub. Very useful tips. I tell you I don't have to be an awardee like you but I really enjoy singing in the church choir. Great that you have this written. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lita - It's great that you have found joy singing in the church choir. I also did this for many years as well as directing church choirs (which is something I dearly love to do). I am enjoying your hubs. Thank you.

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      randy  6 years ago

      Yes, breathing is so important for many aspects in life. I can't tell you how many singers I see who don't open their mouths. Nice article!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      randy - thank you for leaving such a good comment. If you decide to start writing articles, please consider joinging hubpages. It is by far the best and supportive writing site on the internet.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I keep repeating all the exercises and the self encouragement but I can hardly hear myself for people telling me to shut up. Beautiful hub! Thank you Ma'am!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Micky Dee - Thank you for making me laugh till I hurt. With your great sense of humor, you don't have to sing.

      Thanks so much Micky.

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      triosol 6 years ago

      Great Hub. very useful information. Voted up.

      PS Btw I am bathroom singer ;)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      So pleased that you liked my hub and bathroom singing is the best!

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      beth811 6 years ago from Philippines

      I'm always out of tune when I sing no matter how I tried and run out of air reaching the higher notes, LOL.

      Thanks for sharing these great tips. You're indeed a vocalcoach as what your user id implies :)Bookmarked and rated up!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      beth811 - You are so cute! You just get yourself right over here for a lesson and I will fix those problems in a hurry! :-) Thanks so much for your response and rate up. Appreciate it.

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      maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

      When I was young the music teacher would move among us to locate the discordant sound she always stopped when she got to me. My voice has always been low and often I start off ok but soon it goes way too high for me.

      My dad God bless him use to say that I couldn’t carry a tune if he gave me a tin bucket to put it in Lol.

      We put on a school Pantomime one year and I was allowed to be in the choir so that all the rows were even. However, I was under strict instructions not to sing just mime Lol..

      I became so self conscious about my voice that even when not under instructions to mime I often did. This went on well into adulthood until one day God challenged me during a time of worship when I was busy miming to one of the songs. He gave me a revelation that He had created me in total and was well pleased with His handiwork and that included my voice. I was rebuked for concentrating on what I sounded like rather than on Him and singing to Him. From that day forth I never mimed again and to my ear anyway I think that I can sing in tune.

      I am part of the worship group at church now, not as a singer though I do sing I play a tambourine and my husband plays the drums.

      I enjoyed your hub and found the advice there useful so I am rating it up and hitting the useful button.

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      carlmikael 6 years ago from Sweden

      Amazing, great tips and info!

      Highly appreciated, i love music and working everyday on improving my vocals, i will go through everyone step by step.

      Cheers!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      carimikael - wonderful to see you here and if you need any help at all, just email me. Cheers to you to!

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      Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      vocalcoach - Great stuff, I hosted karaoke in Iraq for the troops and got back into singing and I now host it for the Nursing home vets at the Va Fridays is music day and all week long My Karaoke Cafe guys stop me and make sure I know they'll be there on Friday! It is a grand thing. On the Alzheimer ward, we have guys that can't remember what they had for dinner but can sing Cheatin Heart from memory. Music has a great power and God Bless you for pasing it along to so many.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hmrjmr1 - You are one of those rare people who truly lives the greatest of all commandments "To love one another". I, like you, spent a good number of years entertaining Alzheimer patients. And yes, I saw those who couldn't remember members of their own family, but could sing along to some songs and remember every word. Thank you, my friend, for the wonderful comment and stay in touch. God Bless you, too!

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      davbel 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the advice! I've always wanted to be able to sing. I've been a musician for years and while I'm decent on multiple instruments, my singing is not that great. I always suspected that it was possible for most people to improve but wasn't too sure how to accomplish this. Your tips are appreciated!

      I wish I'd known about you last year when I still lived in Nashville (Goodlettsville actually), I would have enjoyed the opportunity to take some lessons. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to help everyone.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      davbel - Hello and thanks for your comments. You know, I do give lessons using Skype and the results are just amazing. If you would like a trial lesson, let me know. Be more than happy to help you I am looking forward to reading your hubs and welcome you as a friend. Have a great one!

      Maggs224 - I loved your story, but get unsettled when I hear about the comments made to students from teachers, etc. There are no bad singers, just bad teachers. :-) If we were studying together, you would soon learn that what has been told to you in the past is just wrong! I offer vocal lessons on Skype if you are interested. It works beautifully. Meantime, you keep on singing and loving your present vocal sound.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Very good hub. My Mother was 'Bel Canto' trained by a well known UK teacher called Jenny Bleasdale. Mum went on to cut a record with Columbia (music by Sri Lankan musician Nimal Mendis) and record in studios at the same time as stars such as Cliff Richard etc etc. She later went on to being a vocal coach herself, (and was extremely sought after). I remember one exercise she used to get her pupils to work on extensively was the "oooooooo" sound in front of a lit candle flame, the object being to draw out the 'ooooooo' sound as long as possible without making the flame move/flicker. This is an excellent means of breath control. The idea was also to focus the sound as if it was being produced from the centre of the forehead, not from the throat.

      Loved this hub as you give some excellent advice.

      Nice one :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mistyhorizon2003 - Wonderful comments which I enjoyed so much. Your mother sounds fantastic and has left quite a mark for herself. Extremely gifted. I use the very same exercise, using the candle to control and manage air. Love the idea of focusing the sound from the centre of the forehead. I just can't thank you enough for reading my hub. You will be seeing alot of me. :-) I am so pleased to have met you here on HP. My very best to you mistyhorizon.

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      Derek James 6 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks for the tips, vocalcoach. I sing karaoke at my club every Sunday night. There are only six or eight of us and we make some terrible noises on times but we love to sing so we support each other. Its a fun night. I remember working with a guy once who had a terrible stammer, he had great difficulty getting his words out. But, he could sing without a break in his voice and his sound was really great. Thanks again for the lessons.

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      jcalbon 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed these tips--I knew breathing made a big difference, but was never quite sure what *to* do. So, I'll definitely be giving these exercises a try. Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      jcalbon - So glad to see you! Appreciate your comments. And...I am coming out with a new hub on "how to breath" so look for it soon. Thanks. :)

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      This is very interesting. I will have to tell my husband to read this. He dreams of singing and song writing in Nashville. Paramount wants him but he says they are a hoax. Have you heard of them? Paramount Song.com? He has a talent for sure. He is a better writer then singer. He loves country. He feels the music, a way I don't. Thanks for the tips. I look forward to reading more. Best wishes my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ashlie - Did you know that I am a vocal coach in Nashville? I prepare artists for recording their album, american idol (yuck) and work with some of the bigger names. I will check out Paramount for you. If it is the same recording company as Paramount Records he will be okay, but there are so many rip-offs, its a shame. Just remember to stay away with any organization who wants money up front. The recording business if full of bad, evil people. I am here if you need me. Tell him hi for me. Love'ya.

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      theseus 6 years ago from philippines

      Great hub! I can totally relate to your techniques having been singing ever since I was a kid. I didn't have formal voice lessons though. I only sing for family and friends, and often to myself alone. Singing though is one of my hobbies. I can sing all day long and enjoy it still.The first song that I fully memorized at 4 (so my mom and relatives claim )was "Someone's waiting for you" by Lea Salonga.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      theseus - Hello, dear one. Lea Salonga has an amazing voice and you had great tast for being only 4. It thrills me to know that you love to sing and that singing brings you great joy. You are very special and I am blessed to have found you on hubpages.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well my neighbors are going to owe you thanks! I often have to laugh because I sing loud when I'm cooking (and it is not so pretty) :-) then I'll realize the neighbors are in their back yard! Chuckle:-)!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh, RealHousewife - hahahaha! Love this. You are a breath of fresh air and a real delight. You just keep singing, sweetie. Lalalala! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I do - and it makes me laugh! I should charge them for entertainment! Be glad I'm NOT your neighbor:-). And I tell you - I listen to a wide variety of music. So they might get a bit of classical or country or rock! I am glad if you got a chuckle too:-)! Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello RealHousewife - You are so funny! Here I sit with a big smile on my face. How bright and wonderful you are.

      You're getting to be a habit with me...an exhilarating, delightful and much wanted habit! Stay close, my sweet one.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh you'll be sorry for that one - I intend to! I also am such a music lover - I couldn't stay away!

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      Dreatech 5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Well done ma'am! Have discovered singing as a talent right from my childhood, more also, i discovered that i can compose any kind of song am in mood for. Though it has been a talent, but i hardly create time for it. Will i be affected badly haven't abandoned it for a long time before coming back to it? I will make you my personal music expert hence-forth. Voted up ma'am. Thanks

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      Kelly Camara 5 years ago from Fall River, MA

      This is a fantastic, useful, and beautifully written hub about something I also try to instill in the youngsters in my area! What a gift to be able to teach, and CONGRATULATIONS on your award! I was referred to you as another source of inspiration here on Hubpages and I am so glad I did...even for this "Old Broad", your advice and teachings here are still valid to remember and keep to my heart. Thank you! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kelly, you dear, sweet lady ~ So very nice to meet you here on hubpages! Thank you for reading my hub and taking time to leave your lovely comment. I will stop by to read a hub or two of yours. Have a extra special day! :) vocalcoach

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      kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      This is a really good article! I know I'm long overdue to visit your hubpages. I'm sorry about that. I survived my second semester of sigh-singing. I thought I'd let you know that. haha (Assuming you remember how nervous I was...and you gave me a little tip). Thank you for that.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Well, congratulations! And, yes...I do remember how nervous you were. Sight-singing is marvelous training. Let me know if I can help you or answer any questions. OK? :)

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      kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Oh I will. This summer I'm teaching a children's chorus at a summer camp. Naturally, the first place I thought of researching how to do this was here on your hubpage. It's been a while since I've done any training (being on the trainee AND the trainer side). I remember how to breathe diaphragmatically (I don't think that's a word, haha), and all of that, but how to TEACH it... I'm a little nervous.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      kaltopsyd - How wonderful that you are teaching a children's chorus! I will be happy to walk you through some teaching tips if you like. We can meet on "skype" N/Chg for this. My joy and pleasure to help. Let me know.

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Cool -- I need to do lots of work on this... and your tips help me understand where I need to work. I just wish my vocal range was larger.... Thanks

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Scarytaff - Sorry for the long delay. I just found your comment and I love it. How's the karaoke going? Singing is so good for us, in so many ways and for so many reasons. Thanks so much!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Excellent Hub. I used to love to sing with my dad - I love to sing - don't do much of it these days and never in public.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dreatech ~ I'm sorry for the long delay in acknowledging your comment. It sounds like you have a wonderful musical gift. So even though you may go a long while and not use it, it absolutely will be there ready and waiting for you.

      Having said that - the more we use and practice our talents, the better they become.

      Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Neil - Very sorry for the delay in responding to your comments. I'm very glad you found these tips to be helpful. In most cases, the vocal range can increase through proper exercises and professional training.

      Stick with it and let me know if you need help.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Niel - So glad you liked these tips. To increase your range - start barking high like a puppy, then begin to sustain the high barks (make sure each one is well supported by plenty of deep breaths). Gradually descend one note at a time as you bark until you are well in to your full voice. Be sure the bark is very light and easy. Do not push!

      Jalava ~ I love hearing that you used to sing with your dad. What great memories you must have of the two of you!

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      EVANS 4 years ago

      i would like any who want to help me improve my singing talent

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Hi Vocalcoach, I used to take vocal lessons and this hub brought back many memories. I woke up singing this morning and after reading this I want to start practicing breathing exercises again! Thanks for inspiring me! Voted up and Shared! Take care, Kelley

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      Katina Davenport 4 years ago

      Awesome hub! I am a singer and sometimes I forget about these little tidbits. This is great advice and will help me to continue to sing my best. I will book mark this and visit often.

      I learned something new about the chest and head voice. I tested the vibrations and I use both. I only use the head voice when I go into the higher notes.

      Great hub!

      Thanks!

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      I loved this hub. I'm not a singer, nor do I intend to be one, other than when I'm in the shower. You should think about publishing this as a book with illustrations. Do gifted singers, naturally go through these phyical steps you have outlined here? Voting up and sharing.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Ah yes, I agree with you: being able to sing is definitely a personal achievement that anyone can accomplish. I find myself normally singing in the car, humming my favorite melodies, etc. Another great tip would be to listen to songs and see where the singer takes a breath and try to mimic. For me, it gives an idea as to what is considered the "phrase" in the vocal melody. A song I normally listen to is "Anywhere" by Amy Lee (Evanescence) because the phrases are long and it is holds a very wide range for a vocalist. That song also gives away where Amy takes a breath to sing the phrase. Your other tips, such as comfort, is definitely vital. If you feel comfortable singing, first and foremost, you can definitely sing whenever you want to and hone your skill at it. :) Oh, btw, I voted up and very useful! Thank you for sharing :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Lovely hub my dear! I am half way through my end of the year student recitals --2 down--2 to go

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I've done some singing in the past and all your points are excellent. What do you have to say about stage fright? Or are you one of the lucky ones who doesn't know what that is?

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Kelley - You are the best! It is so sweet of you to share this. Because of you new comments are coming in. To thank you I would like to give you some tips on breathing. Do you have skype? Thanks so much for your kind support.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      davenstan - Yes, the head voice is only for higher notes that can't be reached with the full voice. Good for you!

      Very glad you dropped by. I have more hubs on singing that may interest you. Thank you!

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      Charlie 4 years ago

      I'm a musician in my free time, and I was looking for tips on how to be a better singer. This article HELPED A LOT. Whenever I want to sing, there's always someone or someone else that brings down my singing....the tip of confidence HELPS! Opening the mouth, using the diaphraghm, using resonators, and singing with true feeling based on dreams or past experiences. YES!

      I just want to say thank you for making this article for those who really want to sing and give the audience good chills, love, peace, hope, faith...and MORE LOVE. I hope my future wife hears this. =) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! after reading this article, I hope my singing will naturally do this each and every time. Thank you again.

      Peace, much love, hope when needed, and good faith forever. and don't forget. LOVE

      thanks,

      -Charlie

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Charlie - Happy to meet you! I'm glad that my hub has helped you with singing. That really gives me a high. Stop listening to anyone who brings you down. Whatever they say, remember that its only their opinion and it's usually a wrong one. Professionals and experts, never rain on anyones parade. They are kind and encouraging. Chances are a little jealousy is going on.

      Keep singing no matter what. If your passion is singing, chances are you're probably pretty good. So hang in there, lose the negative folks and surround yourself with positive people. Good luck!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Audrey Howitt ~ Wow! What a huge undertaking just 1 recital is, let alone 4. I salute you! I hope you are taking some time off this summer. Thanks for reading and commenting. Musically yours, vocalcoach.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      peoplepower 73 - What a nice compliment. I have been thinking about publishing a book on this very topic. But I haven't a clue as to how to go about it. Any ideas?

      To answer your question - yes, absolutely. Whether they are aware that their body is busy going through these steps is another thing. But to teach anyone, professional, amateur or even shower singing ( lol ) these techniques are the very thing that produces a beautiful, rich, controlled singing voice.

      Thanks so much. Appreciate your kind vote and rating.

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      avlora bear! 4 years ago

      hello!!! i love singing and i just got a gig in my small town with my friends we are so excited!!! but i cannot hit high notes i will try your tips and keep practicing! our first gig is this friday wish me luck!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      avlora - I do wish you luck. I'm glad to hear that my hub was helpful to you. Hope to see you again soon! Sing with joy!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kathleen - The better prepared a singer (or anyone) is, the less the stagefright. Also, through experience and repetition, the fear diminishes. Thanks so much for reading my hub and commenting.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      KDubarry03 - What marvelous comments! Thank you for sharing the following tip - "Another great tip would be to listen to songs and see where the singer takes a breath and try to mimic. For me, it gives an idea as to what is considered the "phrase" in the vocal melody."

      I appreciate your vote up and useful!

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      Raitu Disong 4 years ago

      Great help!

      I feel confident now!!!

      Thanks

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      Lite 4 years ago

      Hi vocalcoach! i love to sing, i want to sing but sometimes i just cant impress myself about my voice but im trying. thanks for the list of this tips :) my friends says i sing well but sometimes i really dont have the confidence to sing to a lot of people.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Raitu Disong - So glad your confidence is back:) Very good to see you here. Keep on singing.

      Lite - Sing for yourself! When you feel comfortable doing that you will one day feel confident to sing for others. Try not to judge your singing. Just enjoy it. Sing from your heart and the rest will follow.

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      jimmar 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I'm learning to play guitar (for my own satisfaction) and trying to sing along has been a challenge. I think confidence IS my #1 issue. I will re-read and apply and perhaps keep myself entertained at a higher level. Thanks.

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      Kayla Washington 4 years ago

      Hello, im 13 yrs. old and have and incredible voice. I had been out with the Flu and trying to recover my voice. But, every time i try to sing my voice starts working and then it gets scratchy and starts working again(pitchy). I know my vocal cords haven't fully developed. Lately, i have been singing in alto at school and i couldn't even complete my singing test correctly. I need some tips and some information on what is going on. THANKS!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Kayla - When we are ill our singing voice is affected too. Give yourself time to completely recover from the flu before trying to sing. Until you are well again, your voice will not be stable. Many factors make up the singing voice. We use our entire body in singing, not just the vocal cords.

      Even after you have fully recoverd from your illness, your singing voice must be slowly introduced again by limiting the amount of time you sing. And do not overdue. Stay in an easy comfortable range using a medium tone. This includes your daily warm ups. Begin with just 5 minutes, then rest. Drink room temperature water. After you have rested your voice, do another 5 minutes. Rest again and drink again.

      Continue this pattern for 2-3 days. Then you may begin warming up for 10 minute intervals, then 20 until you can sing for 45 minutes. No loud singing and no high notes. Be sure you are breathing correctly by using the diaphragmatic muscle (belly breath.) I wish you success.

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      Tara 4 years ago

      Hi! I absolutely love the 6 tips listed above. I have been singing since I was a child, but it wasn't until I was 11 years old that I consciously began to try to emulate singers on the radio. I am now 37 years old and I want to work on my singing voice. It has always come so natural for me. Many of my family members are singers, so I always heard someone singing all the time. I guess I never focused on some of the things you have listed, but I should have. While reading I tried some of the techniques and I do hear a difference. There is always room for improvement and I don't wanna loose my voice.

      My voice has changed since my teens and twenties. Now I am able to hit the lower end of my range easier and I can't hit some of the higher notes anymore. I would be considered a Mezzo Soprano. I would like to work on scales. Do you have any suggestions?

      Thanks for the wonderful information!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      jimmar - You are following your passion! That's the first step to success. The rest is dedication and practicing. The secret to singing and playing at the same time is to be proficient first with guitar and then add your voice.

      Know your chord changes fluently then add your voice without judgement. When you come to a spot where you hesitate, it means you need to practice just that particular chord change and not the whole song.

      I congratulate you for teaching yourself how to learn guitar and voice. That's so great! Thank you for being here and for leaving me a comment. Hope to see you again soon :)

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      Leah123 4 years ago

      This really helped me. I know I'm a great singing, but struggle with high notes. But i will use your teqniques to help me becaimse a better singer ;)

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you. Your hubs are so informative.

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      Bryan 4 years ago

      i really enjoyed this article made me feel hopeful, maybe sometime in the next 20 years i might hit a correct note ;)

      But thank you i know some people who will benefit from this because they have great musical ability and will gain much use from this!

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      Tarzan 4 years ago

      I have the strangest problem.

      I am able to sing quite a range. I sing most comfortably around F2-C3... but I cannot seem to produce those notes with much power.

      I sing decently all around - My highest comfortable note is B4.

      I produce massive amounts of power upwards of C3 - but the comfort of singing is not like singing F2-C3 - going as low as D2 is not even a problem for me.

      I cannot figure out my voice. Out of all of my research It seems to be that my voice is what classical theatrical voice teachers might refer to as "Bass Baritone". But the problem is that my "passaggi" are C/C#4-F/F#4 - which is supposedly "baritone-tenor" or basically low tenor.

      But my voice is not as attractive in the higher register, though it is much more powerful. I believe my voice is most attractive in that area where I sing the most comfortably... but I cannot produce that power. I understand the vocal chords are more open in lower notes which allows more air to pass and so therefore there would be less volume anyway. But this does not make for a good performance without amplification unless I'm singing one on one (which I love doing, but I also would like to be able to perform well no matter what the situation and regardless of amplification).

      Am I crazy? Have I overly researched? Are these things mere guidelines and the art is not as easily discerned scientifically? I love to sing for the joy of singing - but it would be pointless also to not share that love with others in a proper way (or else there would not be vocal coaches).

      If I had the money, I would most certainly hire a vocal coach. But I do not; so I was hoping that you might be able to provide a little insight here that would at least guide me in the right direction. By the way, I am not trying to be a theatrical singer - I just dig in and grab all the information I can when I am learning.

      I have this hub bookmarked as I have read it for the last year. This is definitely the best real advice for singing I have found. Thank you very much.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Leah123 - It's good to see you here. Be careful with those high notes. Use plenty of air generated by the diaphragm to help you and do not strain your voice. Take care.

      StephSev108 - And thanks to you for being here. Appreciate your follow and support.

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      alice 4 years ago

      i sing all my favorite song exactly what they done but one day i can't sing 2 song but before i sing that exactly what there but after my mistake i gat very sad and i never wanna sing for 3 months and now i can't sing so how i can became sing exactly what they done

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      alice 4 years ago

      please help me

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      Ski racing accessories 4 years ago

      A good singer is naturally a good singer and does not need some specific tips. However believing in oneself is quite important to sing with confidence, heart and soul. Thank you so much for sharing the tips!

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      drentburg 4 years ago

      can u add me wz another technique do i hve to take oily foods or lemon stuff coz it makes my voice worse than expected

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      paul onome 4 years ago

      is there any food i should not take when am about to sing. Because i find it difficult to stress on some words like fe, ze, and so. please i need help on those words.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      paul - Avoid all dairy and ice or cold drinks.

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      The me boy 4 years ago

      I love to sing but when ever I do my voice drops an octave, my brother and sister really hate it when I'm singing along to songs in the car, wot do I do?

      Please help,

      The me boy

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      When your voice drops an octave it is because this is the natural "place" where you should sing. Do not change. Explain this to your siblings. You are singing the right way. Thanks.

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      The me boy 4 years ago

      Thank you, I am now officially a devoted fan of this site!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I am very happy to hear this. I invite you to read more of my articles on singing. Take care.

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      The me boy 4 years ago

      Will do

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      Lite 4 years ago

      thanks for the nice words! :) another thing, when i try to record my voice in the bathroom it really sounds so good, but when i try it outside the bathroom, its not as good when i was on the bathroom. haha :)

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      Jamie FibroAngel Leitsch 4 years ago

      There are three youtube videos of me singing that I uploaded today, ever since I was little I wanted to sing but was always so shy and just thought I had no talent whatsoever.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lite - The acoustics in the shower are the best! We all sound better:) Enjoy your singing voice!

      Jamie - Congratulations! I will see if I can find your videos. Stay confident!

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      haley 4 years ago

      hi i love to sing but dont really have confidence and dont belive in myself because i am a horrible singer and i dont know how to become a singer i do so much research and i cant still figure out how to become a singer can someone please help.... and can someone become a singer that cant sing good...

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      samundra 4 years ago

      good job..........

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      sana 4 years ago

      hi sweetie i like u but i can't understand ur tips

      i don't know what to do

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      Ann 4 years ago

      Thank you. This is the best advice I have a read.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks Ann. I hope to see you again!

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      grty 4 years ago

      this is AMAZING IM IN TEARS RIGHT NOW I am now a proper singer and i can make my own songs up, thanks

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      Anne 3 years ago

      this is so amazing i can sing so beatiful now, thanks to you

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Anne - This is all I need to hear. Thanks so much and come back soon!

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      arathy prasad 3 years ago

      i have one sound while singing and other when talking, help me!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      We all do. However singing is an extension of the speaking voice supported by air. Learn diaphragmatic breathing and correct placement for the tone and the results will be much improved. Thanks.

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      Jane 3 years ago

      I have lost the range of my voice ( I only sing for my own amusement). I ceased taking HRT 2yrs ago , could it be that ? I am quite bereaved as I have so many songs that I know and like to sing . I love singing to and with my grandson . I will certainly do the excercises that you recommend .

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jane - What is HRT? Your range can be restored with the help of a qualified vocal coach/teacher and the right vocal exercises. Let me know if I can help you. Also, breathing correctly is crucial to restoration of the range.

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      jeff 3 years ago

      why is it i feel like when i sing along with a song i sound great but when its just me i cant find my voice

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      jeff - The reason is this: As you sing along with a recording, your ear is imitating the melody of the song so it has help. When you sing without the help of the recording, your ear gets lost (and so does the melody) because the notes have not been memorized by the brain. Ear-training exercises would be great for you! Thanks.

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      Nina 3 years ago

      I need help on the 2 one

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi - Follow the instructions carefully for #2. I've added more information. Using a mirror really helps. Practice every single day. Thanks.

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      person 3 years ago

      i cant hit high notes nd im jealous of other people cuz i love to sing :(

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      clarissapalmore 3 years ago

      Good Hub and great advice on the breathing!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      clarissapalmore - Thank you for sharing your appreciation on breathing for singers. I'm so please that you read this. Cheers. !

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      Sophia 3 years ago

      Hello! Firstly, I'd like to thank you for this wonderful and informative article you've put up...it is very simple to understand, yet very detailed. I came across this page completely by accident, but I am so glad I did.

      Maybe you could answer a couple of questions I've had in my mind for a long while, especially recently. Singing has been my long-lasting hobby...I simply cannot go one hour without at least humming to myself the tunes from my favorite musical, "The Phantom of the Opera." Only recently have I truly made the decision to better my voice by setting aside practice sessions to strengthen my voice. Now that you have a little background, here are my questions:

      1. My vibrato is developed, and I can use it effectively in both low and high notes. My range is quite broad (e3-c6, d6 falsseto), so I can't label myself as "soprano" or "tenor" or anything. I can sing powerfully with a vibrato in my lower range, as well as sing softly with a vibrato in the higher notes. However, my vibrato vanishes when I try to sing powerfully AND hit the higher notes. I'm not straining to hit the notes, but my vibrato just doesn't emerge. Any thoughts to why this might be? Any exercises I could try?

      2. How exactly can one control his or her voice while keeping the mouth wide open?

      3. My transition from lower to higher notes sounds very noticeable. How do I make this smoother? My weakest point in singing comes right after I come into my head voice...here, it is the most difficult to control, whereas I have a much simpler time singing much higher notes. Any thoughts or suggestions will be much appreciated!

      Thank you for your article and for your time...I will await a response! :)

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      Alex Cousins 3 years ago

      Hi. I am a British singer who has been singing for all his life. I have always believed in myself and given each performance my all. And I recently got a YouTube account with everything planned out. E.g what I can sing, all that stuff but something has gone wrong. My voice suddenly sounds scratchy and I'm unable to find any songs that I can sing and the few that I can sing have no backing tracks. And now everyone's saying I have a bad voice and that I shouldn't bother. How do I get back to the earlier days?

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      Veronica 3 years ago

      Ever since I was young i have always wanted to sing just like Karen carpenter i have always loved singing but every time i tried I got no where my voice got flater and flater then my voice would crock very bad and now I'm in my mid fortys I really need help all i wanna do is sing sing

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      ola 3 years ago

      I'm impressed. I've practiced some of the tips and they have really helped me. I'll continue working on the rest and I believe that soon enough, I'll be a very good singer. I would love for you to be my vocal coach. Thanks...

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      ola 3 years ago

      I'm impressed. I've practiced some of the tips and they have really helped me. I'll continue working on the rest and I believe that soon enough, I'll be a very good singer. I would love for you to be my vocal coach. Thanks...

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      Annoimous 3 years ago

      thanx for the tips ;-)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      My thanks to:

      Sophia

      Alex

      Veronica

      Ola

      Annoimous

      I appreciate your comments and invite you to read more about singing with an amazing voice here.

      Sing with Joy ~

      vocalcoach

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      Liwaya 3 years ago

      A blessed day to you hub... This is not an accident to be able to read your tips about how you can sing and sing better than ever.. I am just a back up singer in our church. They said I have high voice, but sometimes I felt shy to sing. Truly maybe lack of confidence but in my heart I really love to sing.. This help me much when I asked God to guide me what to do inorder for me to sing well and can glorify Him... Your tips is all I need for me to improve.. Another thing hub, they said I can sustain my voice for a few second but there is no tremolo as what they called it. Hope you can give an advice for this matter.. Thank you so much hub, your such a blessing from God.. God bless you more...

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      Becca 3 years ago

      Hi! My name is Becca and I have always LOVED music. And singing. But I have also always been VERY conservative, shy, and kept-to-myself. That's why I love singing. It's my escape. My safe-haven. My everything. I have never ever sang in front of anyone before. I have always wanted to try out for honor choir though. By using your techniques I think I might be able to build up the nerve to try out! The only tip I have trouble with is number 1. I have mastered everything else. But number one is holding me back. You made some really AMAZING points. Thank you for writing this. It has taught me a lot. Hopefully some

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      sophia - Your high notes are lacking enough breath support. Vibrato needs plenty of air. Take in more air for those high notes, completely relax your throat, and the vibrato will appear. So nice to talk to you.

      Alex - Sounds like you need to review diaphragmatic breathing. When you don't breathe this way, stress is put on the vocal cords and the sound is scratchy. Give it a try. Thanks.

      Veronica - Age makes no difference when it comes to the voice as long as correct technique is used. Keep singing and enjoy!

      Ola - I am available. Send me an email please.

      Liwaya - You must be sure to have enough breath to induce vibrato. And be very relaxed in the shoulder and face area.

      Becca - Keep telling yourself you are an awesome singer while looking in the mirror. Sing for as many people as you can and accept any applause or compliments as confirmation that you wing well.

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      aditya 3 years ago

      I just love singing and I do it every night once everyone is asleep. But I never sang in front of anybody except a few of my friends, I even uploaded a video on youtube but it was not good. I'm not able to find someone who can help me improve my voice, so the above mentioned tips were very helpful....thanks a lot for them.

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      didi 3 years ago

      u are great

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      John Adams 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      I tried some of your affirmations in front of my mirror. I've never seen a mirror just explode like that before...

      Singing has got to be fun, but I have zero ability. Fortunately that just makes me part of the overwhelming majority of people, most of whom can't carry a tune in a wheelbarrow and really shouldn't make the attempt, at least not where anyone else can hear.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      aditya - I'm so glad to hear that these tips have helped you. I have several other articles here on hubpages that will help you too. Keep singing - never stop!

      didi - Thank you. So are you!

      DeaverTex - Hahaha! I love your comments. But I still know that you can sing - as long as I'm your teacher :)

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      Dustin 3 years ago

      I love what you wrote. I have been a musician all my life and a mediocre singer at best, but I have always wanted to be a great singer. Not for other people, or money and fame, just for myself and those around me. Today was the first time I have ever tried looking up tips on singing better and I came across this page. I have to say, the section on "believe in yourself" was wonderful. I have found that believing in myself is the only way I'm able to succeed at anything I do. I struggled with self-doubt and low confidence for most of my teenage/young adult life. Every time I read a discussion or hear someone encouraging others to believe in themselves, I get overjoyed. Encouragement to believe in myself, is the best advice I have ever received and has done more to change my life for the better than all other advice combined. It is no wonder that you received the "Teacher of the Year" award. Thank you for posting your articles.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dustin -

      Thank you for reading my article and for leaving me such a great message. You are so kind. I'm so pleased that I have helped you in some way. I wish you much success and keep singing. It is your birthright! Audrey

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      Daniel 3 years ago

      Hey these are amazing tips!

      The best I have seen so much. They seem really professional. I can read you write from your heart!

      I have wondered a long time about whether I can sing or not. Once I sang for a girl and she said she truly loved it, but I'm not sure if this was just out of emotion or she really liked my voice. I can play the piano and I am practicing on my guitar and my drums and want to make songs, but really want to know if I can sing well or not.

      How do you know you can sing well??

      I also once recorded my voice with my iPhone and I can't say it's bad, but my voice sounds weird. :S

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      shirlb 3 years ago

      Excellent article

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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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      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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      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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      Raman joshi 3 years ago

      it is the great experience to reading this 6 tips

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      Shawn 2 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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      Shawn 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      daniel 2 years ago

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

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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      Celene 2 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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      janice 2 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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      Johnb399 2 years ago

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

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      lol0l0 2 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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      alanna king 2 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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      ME AGAN 2 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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      king solomon 2 years ago

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

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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

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      Tapendra teotia 2 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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      Tapendra teotia 2 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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      Johnc179 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      Pharmg647 2 years ago

      Very nice site! cheap goods

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      Pharma843 2 years ago

      Very nice site!

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      Teina T Benioni 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      aly 2 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 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Johnb399

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

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      Lyndellie Dream 2 years ago

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

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      Subash 2 years ago

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

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      Dianna Mendez 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      Dorothy Thorpe 2 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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      smaira 2 years ago

      nice

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      Emmezali 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      saaf the UK 2 years ago

      Thanks for the advice

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      saaf the UK

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

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      Kae Iero-Way 2 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 2 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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      oga 2 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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      izhar 2 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 2 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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      Samuel 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      friends toee you 2 years ago

      OMG! THIS NEW TECHNIQUE WAS

      SO FABS!!!!!

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      izhar 2 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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      Manojkumar 2 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 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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      jomar collado cubelo 2 years ago

      Thanks For Your Tips. :)

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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.

      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.

      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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      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.

      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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      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.

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

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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.

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

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      mm 23 months ago

      Thankyou

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      Israel 23 months 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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      Audrey Hunt 23 months 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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      Chitrangada Sharan 22 months 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 22 months 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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      Kathleen Cochran 17 months 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 17 months 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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      basetsana 17 months 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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      Kay 17 months ago

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

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      Audrey Hunt 15 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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      cody 11 months ago

      hey any tips with singing please tell them to me.

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      Audrey Hunt 11 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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      Leanna 10 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 10 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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      Jayycarlos 9 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 9 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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      Bill 9 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 9 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Bill

      Just sent another chapter. Thanks.

      love,

      Audrey

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      Monica vedastus 6 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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      Famous Vocal Coaches 6 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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      Audrey Hunt 5 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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      cielo 3 months ago

      that really helps

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      vocalcoach 3 months ago

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

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      Cp.Williams 2 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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