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

Updated on August 13, 2018
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Respected vocal coach and professional singer, Audrey Hunt lays it on the line when it comes to the responsibility of singing.

Your Voice Is Unique. Embrace it.

Don't be a copy cat. Sing your own individual, unique way.
Don't be a copy cat. Sing your own individual, unique way. | Source

Are You Stuck With The Way You Sing?

You may think that you're stuck with the voice you have, but this isn't true. You can actually change the way your singing sounds today and end up singing better than ever. Sound too good to be true? Well, it's not.

Think of it this way. Let's say you want to build muscle in your triceps. You don't like the way your arms look. After checking out a few youtube videos, or getting tips from a body-builder, it's clear that you can change the appearance of your arms by consistently working on certain exercises. You may need to make some changes in your diet as well, but the exercises are mandatory.

Now, it wouldn't make sense to exercise your thighs if you want to concentrate on your arms. It's the same with the voice. Specific exercises geared to develop areas of the voice are essential to better singing. If singing on key is a weakness, it makes no sense to work on developing vibrato. How is vibrato going to help to carry a tune?

Several factors are necessary when it comes to singing with a better voice, depending on what your present strengths are as well as your weaknesses. It's important to focus on the exact areas that need development.

I can't possibly cover everything here but will introduce a few vocal techniques (skills) to help you to sound better (and in some cases) much better than you do now.

Proper Mouth Position For Singing the Vowel Ah

To assure proper mouth opening when singing words containing the vowel sound Ah, place two fingers between upper and lower teeth.
To assure proper mouth opening when singing words containing the vowel sound Ah, place two fingers between upper and lower teeth. | Source

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

The first area to cover is the way you open your mouth. Sound silly? It's not and here's why.

With the mouth barely open, your singing tone will remain suppressed or hidden-sounding. You have to 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 the sound to escape? Ever watch a singer up close 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 and better sound. This is no time to be embarrassed. You're a singer and the mouth is part of your singing instrument.

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. Remember to avoid singing too low or too high. Keep the pitch centered around your speaking voice.
  2. Be sure to sustain the vowel 'ah' for a few seconds before closing the word with the final consonant. In other words, say you're practicing the word "walk". Sing the first part of this word "WAAAAA", holding the 'ah' before adding the final consonant, 'K'.
  3. As you repeatedly practice each word, start off by going very slow. Gradually build your speed until you can sing through the above list at a faster pace.

Tip: How long must you practice? Until your goal becomes automatic. Best results are attained by practicing for a few minutes every day as opposed to practicing hour-after-hour, for long periods of time, one or two days a week.

Every song you sing uses five basic vowels similar to those learned in school. The mouth changes position slightly for each vowel. The more you practice correct mouth position for each vowel the better your voice will sound.

Proper Mouth Position for Singing the "Ah" Vowel

Notice how my former student ,Kristin McNamara (American Idol) ,drops her jaw when singing a word containing the "ah" vowel.
Notice how my former student ,Kristin McNamara (American Idol) ,drops her jaw when singing a word containing the "ah" vowel. | Source

Tip: Shape Each Vowel Correctly For Better Singing

The five basic vowels for singing.  Notice the different mouth positions on the notes above  for each vowel.
The five basic vowels for singing. Notice the different mouth positions on the notes above for each vowel. | Source

3. Breath Control: Learn to Breathe Correctly

Your singing sound rides on air. For this reason, you must learn to support your sound. One reason singers go flat is that the voice is not supported well enough.

Belly breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, is essential to applying the right amount of support. Maybe the following will help you to understand this a little better:

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 the air by the use of the upper portion of the lungs only, (just the chest) you will not only run out of air too early but you may also find your sound is weak and breathy.

Learning how to inhale by inflating around your waistline takes practice; much practice. I would caution you to not get discouraged or give up on this technique. You'll need to use this way of breathing to enhance your present voice, extend the vocal range, sing with vibrato and project your voice.

As you work religiously to learn the belly breathing exercise, you'll be unlearning the wrong way to breathe and replacing that with the right way to breathe.

How to Breathe From the Diagram.

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.

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 be sure to 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.

To Reach Higher Tones Raise the Eyebrows

A helpful tip for singing higher notes is to raise the eyebrows.
A helpful tip for singing higher notes is to raise the eyebrows. | Source

Believing In Yourself And Positive Affirmations

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 this to impress you -- I want 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 have a hunger to express yourself truthfully and confidently. 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 for others.
  • I allow my free, glorious, and heavenly sounds to touch the hearts of others.
  • I accept my voice as it is. My voice is exceptional and brings its exclusive, rare and unique sound rich and beautiful.
  • I am unique. My voice is also unique It's one-of-a-kind.
  • Today, I release all self-doubt about my singing.
  • I follow the dictates of my heart, regardless of what other people may think.
  • I value and honor my singing voice.
  • Every day, in every way, my singing gets better and better.

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 tips for better singing won't be 100% effective until you feel confident.

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.

Problem Solvers For The Singer

Problem
Solving the Problem
 
Too Breathy
Inhale more air and connect words
 
Voice cracks
Breathe in more air and sing with a lighter, relaxed tone, especially during the "break"
 
Throat hurts after singing
Not enough breath support. The voice is being strained.
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Vocal Registers

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 categorized by how the vocal cords vibrate, the glottal, and pharyngeal shape, and 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 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 vibrations 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.

What is head voice or upper register?

  • This is the higher part of your voice. Most people feel vibrations in the skull. Its important to sing with a lighter volume when exploring high tones.

What is whistle voice or super-head?

  • Whistle voice or super head 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's Your Self-Confidence?

Without a doubt, the one aspect that helps us to sing better than ever is a good supply of confidence. Confidence shows assurance and the ability to believe in yourself as well as believing in the song you perform.

How do we develop confidence when it comes to facing an audience?

  1. Knowlege
  2. Preparation
  3. Experience

Knowlege - How much do you know about your singing instrument? Have you committed to good vocal instruction? Are you studying with a qualified teacher on a regular basis? Do you take music theory classes? How are your sight-singing skills?

Preparation - How well do you prepare for your solo? Have you recorded your voice? Are the lyrics well memorized? Have you rehearsed "talk spots" in case of an emergency during your performance?

Experience - Doing is learning. Just be sure you're doing it the right way. Gain experience the following way:

  • Be ready and willing to show off your singing ability to anyone, anywhere. Venues such as assisted living for the elderly, karaoke clubs, local choirs, talent shows, caroling, hospitals, and parties all offer ways to hone in on your vocalizing.
  • Teaching others how to use their voice puts you to the test as far as understanding how your own voice works. This is also a good way to begin performing for an audience, even if it's only an audience of one or two.

Self-confidence is learned. We develop this trait, little by little. You have to work hard at building your confidence.

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.

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      chandra bahadur thakuri 

      26 hours ago

      find the article useful

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      benita

      Thank you for reading my hub on How to Sing Better Than Ever. To answer your question: All vocal control stems from using the diaphragmatic muscle during breathing. This is also called "The Belly Breath." Please study my article on Diaphragmatic Breathing.

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      benita 

      7 weeks ago

      i have a deep vioce but am also an alto singer how do i control it

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      Leilah J Zaheer 

      4 months ago

      I am learning about the music industry. I definitely want to go into it in Years to come. I am passionate about music. I am charismatic. I Went to clasp's charity choir in wokingham. This was friday the 8th of June at the bradbury centre in wokingham. I have got pitch, tempo, Rythm, syncondation. I am being serious. This is in my abc guide Book to music theory. I like music. I am a trainee singer.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Sunil

      A mic cannot break your tone. The microphone enhances the voice and magnifies your sound.

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      Sunil 

      4 months ago

      I am afraid that the mic is breaks the tone of my song and voice

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Rudolph

      I suggest you consider becoming a writer here on Hub Pages. As you write articles, they will be published and other writers will read them and leave comments for you. This is how to establish new friends on Hub Pages.

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      Rudolph 

      4 months ago

      can i be friend of somebody here ?? i'm Africa gospel singer and musician

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      Lizzy Dame 

      4 months ago

      Hi Audrey I love Gospel music and also love Singing but my fiancee always mocks me and tells me I can't sing and now I feel so shy about myself in which I know how to sing but no longer confident of my self, I have a song to do next week in my church but I really don't know if I truly know how to sing anymore so maybe I shouldn't go for it

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      lily, Thanks for being here. Glad to know my singing tips are helpful.

      Sing with joy!

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      lilly 

      5 months ago

      i think this helps a lot thank you

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      Sabrina 

      6 months ago

      Is. Cool

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      Belva 

      7 months ago

      Hi am so happy I read this Thanks very much am more confident now really want to be a great singer too

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Ana

      Thanks for your nice comment. So glad you loved these singing tips. You may email me by clicking on "contact author" at the top of the page. I'm happy to answer your questions.

      Audrey

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      Ana Steward 

      9 months ago

      Hi Audrey are you a singing coach cause if you are where do you held your club? I loved your singing tips and i hope you post more.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thanks Marli. I'm pleased to know you enjoyed my article. Keep on singing and hope to hear from you again.

      Audrey

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      Marli 

      9 months ago

      The article was real good.I love singing although, I can make a joyful noise.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Susan

      I'll be happy to help you with lessons. Please send me an email. I'm happy you enjoyed my singing tips. Thank you so much.

      Audrey

      Rane queen33

      Thank you for your kind comments. So glad to know that my singing tips are helpful I wish you the best.

      Audrey

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      Susan 

      9 months ago

      Thanks for the article.... I wish I could find someone like you to help me in my singing techniques. I live in a very small town with nothing around us for about 5 hours so finding a good vocal coach is near impossible for me. I think I sound ok but would love to get better and only improve myself. I wish I had someone like you to help me more. I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the article. I will keep searching online for more tips.

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      Rane queen33 

      10 months ago

      I love this article thank you for the tips. I want to be an actress/singer when I grow up but I need to be able to sing and dance really well and I love singing but I’m not the best at it. This helped a lot. Thx!!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Vijay

      Thank you for reading my article on singing. I like your comments and invite you to read more hubs on singing. Thank you.

      ME

      Why do you think you can't sing? Has someone told you that you can't? Or do you simply not like your voice? You absolutely can sing with the right instruction.

      Thanks for being here.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      11 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Marcel

      Pay no attention to what your family and friends say. They are mislead because their perception is based on what they know which is nothing. Besides, regardless of how you sound when you sing - with my help your present voice will improve. Send me an email and we will talk.

      I'm so pleased that this article helped you. Take care.

      Audrey

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      William O' Brien 

      13 months ago

      I found this information very helpful.

      I will put it to good use.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      13 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      PALLAVI

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

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      Audrey Hunt 

      13 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mahi

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

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      14 months ago

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

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      Audrey Hunt 

      15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Johnson mary

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

      Pamela

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

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      pamela 

      16 months ago

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

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      Johnson mary 

      16 months ago

      I like to sing music

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      Audrey Hunt 

      16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Shirley

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

      Keep on singing and thanks again.

      Audrey

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      Shirley 

      16 months ago

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

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      Cp.Williams 

      21 months ago

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

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      vocalcoach 

      22 months ago

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

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      cielo 

      22 months ago

      that really helps

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Monica,

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

      Audrey/vocalcoach

      Famous Vocal Coaches

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

      Audrey

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      Famous Vocal Coaches 

      2 years ago

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

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      Monica vedastus 

      2 years ago

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

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Bill

      Just sent another chapter. Thanks.

      love,

      Audrey

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      Bill 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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!

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      Jayycarlos 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Leanna

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

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

      You can always email me for more information and help.

      Thanks Leanna and keep on singing!

      Audrey

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      Leanna 

      2 years 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.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Cody

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

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      cody 

      2 years ago

      hey any tips with singing please tell them to me.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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

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      Kay 

      2 years ago

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

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      basetsana 

      2 years ago

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

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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

      Audrey

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

      udrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

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

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

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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

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

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      Israel 

      3 years ago

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

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      mm 

      3 years ago

      Thankyou

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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      Lako 

      3 years ago

      I really liked ur points. may i take lessons?

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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      Carmen 

      3 years ago

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

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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      new eunice 

      3 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.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Liz

      I thank you for reading my article on singing tips.

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

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

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

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

      Sing with joy - vocalcoach

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      liz 

      3 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 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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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      jomar collado cubelo 

      3 years ago

      Thanks For Your Tips. :)

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      friends toee you

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

      izhar

      I'm always happy to help and thank you.

      Manojkumar

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

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      Manojkumar 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the lesson..

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

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      izhar 

      4 years ago

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

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      friends toee you 

      4 years ago

      OMG! THIS NEW TECHNIQUE WAS

      SO FABS!!!!!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      oga -

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

      Izhar -

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

      Samuel

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

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      Samuel 

      4 years ago

      Hi VocalCoach,

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

      Thanks,

      Sam

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      izhar 

      4 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 

      4 years ago

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

      -Izhar

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      oga 

      4 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?

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Kae Iero-Way

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

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      Kae Iero-Way 

      4 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 :)

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      saaf the UK

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

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      saaf the UK 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the advice

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dorothy Thorpe

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

      Audrey

      smaira

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

      Emmezali

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

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      Emmezali 

      4 years ago

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

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

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

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      smaira 

      4 years ago

      nice

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      Dorothy Thorpe 

      4 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.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Lyndelle Dream

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

      Subash

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

      teaches1234

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

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

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

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      Subash 

      4 years ago

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

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      Lyndellie Dream 

      4 years ago

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

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Johnb399

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

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

      Good luck,

      vocalcoach

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      aly 

      4 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.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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      Teina T Benioni 

      4 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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      4 years ago

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      4 years ago

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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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      4 years ago

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      Tapendra teotia 

      4 years ago

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

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      Tapendra teotia 

      4 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

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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      king solomon 

      4 years ago

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

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      ME AGAN 

      4 years ago

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