Audrey Hunt, author of "Anyone Can Sing," explains how we make sound.
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 change the way your singing sounds 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 bodybuilder, it's clear that you can change your arms' appearance by consistently working on specific exercises. You may need to make some changes in your diet as well, but the workouts 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 a vibrato. How is vibrato going to help to carry a tune?
Several factors are necessary for singing with a better voice, depending on your present strengths and weaknesses. It's essential to focus on the exact areas that need development. Please make it a habit to always warm up your voice before singing. Warm-ups not only prepare your voice to sing better but also help to prevent vocal damage. Warming up your voice will get you ready for singing challenges, resulting in a happier and healthy voice.
I can't possibly cover everything here, but you will learn critical vocal techniques (skills) to help you sound better (and in some cases) much better than you do now.
1. Warm-up Your Voice With Humming
Prepare your voice to sing with a gentle warm-up. There's no better warm-up for your voice than humming, and here's why. Humming prevents vocal strain, is easy and natural, and prevents tension in the tone. It can be done anytime, anywhere. Try this right now:
- Put your lips together gently and hum in a relaxed tone. Feel the buzzing sensation in your lips. This indicates a nice relaxed feeling and sound. It also kicks in the resonating area around the nose. Don't confuse this with singing nasally. It isn't the same thing.
- Repeat several times until the buzzing feeling becomes automatic.
- Beginning with a hum and keeping a relaxed sound, slowly drop the jaw to form an "ah" sound. Now you're singing, and it should feel easy. Focus on maintaining vibrations around the nasal area.
- Repeat the same exercise changing from an "ah" to an "ee." Bring your lips to a slight smiling position as you hum to prepare for an "ee."
I'm teaching you the importance of relieving all tension in the lips, tongue, and jaw as you sing. One reason we dislike our singing is due to tension in our tone. Singing should always feel easy, ringing, and never forced.
Proper Mouth Position for Singing the "Ah" Vowel
2. Drop the Jaw for 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:
The mouth is a strong resonator for sound. With the mouth barely open, your singing tone will remain suppressed or hidden-sounding. You want 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? Have you observed a singer up close and personal on television or YouTube? At times, you can almost see 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 robust and better sound. This is no time to be embarrassed. You're a singer, and the mouth is part of your singing instrument. But do avoid opening your mouth so broad as to create tension.
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 proper position for singing words using the 'ah' vowel is:
- Using a mirror to monitor openness, sing the following words in a medium, relaxed 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.
- 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 "WAAAAAH," holding the 'ah' before adding the final consonant, 'K.'
- As you repeatedly practice each word, start by going very slow. Gradually build your speed until you can sing through the above list at a faster pace.
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Tip: How long must you practice? The answer: Until whatever you're working on becomes automatic. Let's say your goal is to remember to drop your jaw each time you sing a word containing the "Ah" vowel. You practice consistently until this goal becomes automatic. You no longer need to concentrate on the mouth position. Everyone is different. Some may see results quickly. For others, it may take a while. Best results are attained by practicing for a few minutes every day instead of practicing hour-after-hour, for long periods, one or two days a week.
The Five Basic Vowels for Singing
3. Breath Control: Learn to Breathe Correctly
The voice cannot work to its full potential unless its raw energy is breath. Your singing sound rides on air, and it's for this reason you must learn to support your sound by breathing correctly. 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 within the vocal cords, producing sound and continuing until you run out of air. If you are currently breathing in the air (inhaling) by using the upper portion of the lungs only (just the chest), you'll 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 and plenty of it. Don't get discouraged or give up.
You'll need to use this breathing method to enhance your present voice, extend your vocal range, sing with vibrato, and project your voice.
As you work religiously to learn the belly breathing exercise, you'll learn the correct way to breathe. This will bring more life and energy to your singing, helping you to sound more professional. For more help on How to Breathe From the Diagram, take a few minutes to add these exercises.
Connecting With Your Breathing
Learning the Belly Breath
- Lie on your back with your knees in a raised position. Your feet will be flat on the floor.
- Place a light book (or you can go heavy with the yellow pages, etc.) on your stomach, centered at the waistline.
- Once you feel entirely relaxed, quickly lift the book using only your belly, which will then move upward.
- Hold this position for 5-15 seconds.
- Now, lower the book very slowly until the belly returns to its natural flat position. By reducing the book gradually, 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 to have enough to finish the phrase of lyrics.
- Repeat this exercise several times, using a hissing sound as you release your air while lowering the book.
- This exercise would 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.
- Breathe through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
Try the same exercise in a standing position when you have mastered the belly breath on the floor. 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 rib cage area.
Lastly, don't forget to always keep your shoulders still during inhalation.
Amplify Singing by Using "the Mask"
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 you make your tone resonate in these different spaces when you sing. At first, practice using the 'ee' vowel when you sing. This will help you to feel the vibrations in your resonating areas much more effortlessly.
- 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 vibrates when sound is produced. Feel for these vibrations when you sing.
- When you sing from low to high, you want to avoid the "break" that sometimes happens. The way to do this is to develop a middle voice that lives between the low and high voices. The middle voice is the magic that the best singers in the world use. No matter what type of songs you prefer to sing, you need a middle voice.
5. Sing Songs That Are Within Your Comfort Zone (Range)
This tip is critical—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 to be completely comfortable.
Believing in Yourself and Positive Affirmations
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 outstanding teachers who were much more experienced than I and had more impressive credentials. 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 apparent 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."
At that moment, 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 no one will if you don't believe in yourself. Your singing must ring true. It would help if you had 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 fantastic!
- I experience no fear whatsoever 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 impressive. 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.
- I freely release my feelings with each song I sing.
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 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, the decisions you make when you have no time to make them define who you indeed are.
Believing in yourself is one of the first steps to success. If you don't have confidence in yourself, it won't be easy 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 mastering 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 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 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 the sound is feeling.
Singing brings all our memories, dreams, tensions, conflicts, confidences, and insecurities into the light. Use these emotions to convey the message of your song. Don't be a robot. Use a variety of dynamics: loud, soft, medium, and any sound in between. Pair these dynamics with the lyrics to establish more meaning. When you relate to the words and feel the message, your audience will too. This is your prime responsibility.
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 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 are.
Singing is not only a release of energy but a transformation of energy as well. The body, emotions, and thoughts are all one. Singing is holistic. 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 why most of my students have undergone some personal transformation during our course of study.
Problem Solvers for the Singer
Solving the Problem
Inhale more air and connect words
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.
A weake sound
Use more chest voice and increase the breath for power.
Reaching high notes
Avoid singing louder as you sing up the scale. Keep the voice relaxed and at a comfortable dynamic level.
A nasal sound
Keep the soft palate lifted during singing. Yawning will lift the soft palate.
Concentrate on correct mouth position for all vowels and consants
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 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 voice section. These sections are loosely categorized by how the vocal cords vibrate, the 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 most commonly used during speech. Air flows over the vocal folds, which are entirely 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 singers have a more subtle vibration and must work on this area.
What is the middle voice or middle register?
- The term 'middle voice' is not as commonly used as some 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 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. It is important to sing with a lighter volume when exploring high tones.
What is whistle voice or super-head?
- Whistle voice or superhead is the top end of the vocal range, 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. However, men rather than women generally use it.
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. When we sing with confidence, our audience has confidence too. Enthusiasm shows assurance and the ability to believe in yourself and believe in the song you perform.
How do we develop confidence when it comes to facing an audience?
Knowledge—How much do you know about your singing instrument? Have you committed to good vocal instruction? Are you studying with a qualified teacher regularly? 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 and understanding how your voice works. This is also an excellent 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.
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 starts 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 affect personal change in our lives. Embrace your voice. Own your authentic sound. Keep learning new vocal techniques to help make the most of your singing. These techniques will set you free to sing without fear.
Stop comparing your voice to someone else. Embrace your unique sound and keep working to develop this sound for reaching your goals.
Most of all, sing with joy finding gratitude in your sound.
Karen Carpenter gave us one of the most beautiful voices of all time:
Sing a song
Make it simple, to last your whole life long
Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song.
What a beautiful and necessary message. Singing 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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Questions & Answers
Question: I can sing anything unless it's really high or really low, how would you describe my voice?
Answer: You are probably an alto/soprano. Youtube has an array of videos to help you with this. Also, you may have a bigger range than you think. Study with a reputable vocal coach which will help you expand your present vocal range.
Question: If I sing a song I find it difficult controlling my head voice and once I use my head voice my voice is never loud, are there ways to rectify this problem?
Answer: Singing high notes require more air and if you fail to support your singing with enough breath, you will lose vocal power. Another reason could be that you aren't singing with enough head resonance. Also, make sure your diction is clear. I hope this helps.
Question: What if while you are singing, your voice produces scratches? What can one do about scratchy singing?
Answer: A scratchy sound may mean several things. Be sure you are breathing from the belly and not the chest. Also, drink tons of water and avoid dairy.
Question: I can't feel any vibrations in the chest or head when I sing. What can I do?
Answer: Here is an exercise that will help you to feel dramatic vibrations in the chest area:
1. Place your body, on all fours, onto the floor.
2. Allow your head to drop loosely toward the chest.
3. Inhale, using the diaphragmatic area (belly breath)
4. Make the sound of a low pitched "whoa" as if you're on a horse, telling it to stop.
5. Repeat this exercise 6-10 times.
You will begin to feel strong vibrations in the chest area. To feel more vibrations in the head voice, increase your breath pressure and sing lightly.
This will work!
Question: How do I get better at singing in public?
Answer: Practice. Practice singing for anyone at any time. Sing for animals, little children, nature, old folks. You won't be judged while you're learning. Go for it! Reduce the fear you hold on to through experience. Sing through your fear!
Question: How do I find my true voice instead of trying to sing like a different artist?
Answer: This article will help https://hubpages.com/learning/Find-Your-Natural-Si... I commend you for wanting to sing with your own unique, special sound. Good for you!
Question: How can I stop my voice from cracking while singing low notes?
Answer: The voice will crack when there is not sufficient air to support the tone. Increase your breath pressure, but do not force the sound. I suggest practicing "the siren" exercise which will help you sing from low to high without breaking or cracking. Also, do not ever force your tone. This is the biggest reason for the voice cracking.
Question: How can I sing without my voice cracking?
Answer: Learn and practice the siren exercise. Also, when approaching the break, soften your sound and lightly sing through the transition.
Question: How can I sing high notes without my voice cracking?
Answer: Practice scales every day, using plenty of breath support, and lighten the tone on the higher notes. Keep the soft palate raised.
Question: How can I sing without quiver?
Answer: Use additional breath support and tighten the abdominal muscles slightly.
Question: I'm trying to learn to sing. I'm practicing some basic exercises like lip rolls, aah sound, yaa, mum, etc. What additional exercises would be more helpful for me?
Answer: These are all good warm-up exercises, you should continue to practice these every day. Lip rolls and such, help to release tension which is an enemy to the singer. If there is tension in the face there will be tension in the tone. We want to avoid this. As far as additional exercises go - there are too many to mention here. But, depending on your specific voice, it's strengths and weaknesses, I will address those that are designed to help you release your natural sound.
In order to find your true, natural voice, you must be sure that you are breathing (inhaling) by expanding around your waistline. This is known as diaphragmatic breathing (belly breath). The sound you make when singing is determined to a
large extent by air. When you go from speaking to singing your singing sound rides on the breath. So you need plenty of air to sustain the sound. This air is executed upon inhalation. When you take a breath in, you are inhaling air (inhalation).
This air doesn't come from your chest; it comes from your belly known as the diaphragm. The belly breath provides you with plenty of needed air for holding on to the sound you produce — the more air, the better the sound. The more you know about breath control and how to use it during singing the better your sound will be.
A good exercise is to yawn and gently, but slowly, slide down. Repeat several times. For beginning singers, I instruct them to go directly from speaking to singing using words like "Hello, How are you, Goodbye for now". Make up your own words and phrases. Speak the word followed by sustaining (holding) and center your pitch.
Do this with different sounds. Keep your singing at a soft to moderate dynamic. Never force the tone.
Question: Is it better to use technology to make you a better singer, or would it be best to practice?
Answer: Nothing beats practicing! It's far better to develop correct vocal skills that will last you a lifetime than to rely on technology. Besides, a studio producer can only do so much. Furthermore, what would you do if you were asked to perform in public? Also, studies have shown that practicing boosts your self-confidence.
Question: Can I sing songs like 'same old love' or 'the heart knows what it wants' if I can only sing in the middle range?
Answer: Only sing songs that are within your vocal range to keep from vocal abuse.
Question: I am told that my voice sounds very sweet, and that therefore, it is not appropriate for singing rock or heavy metal. Is this true?
Answer: Absolutely not! You need to learn to use your chest and middle voice to open up a sound conducive to rock and metal.
Question: If I sing songs with different vocal ranges according to the singer, are there any ways to make those songs suit my voice?
Answer: Yes, but you must find songs that are written in your vocal range. The other option is to have songs transposed into your singing key. Never try to sing out of your natural range.
Question: Sometimes my voice sounds airy and emotionless. Even when I pour my whole heart into a song, I usually end up sounding weak and airy. How can I fix this?
Answer: Thank you for your question. To address the weakness in your voice: 1. Be sure you are inhaling enough air, using the diaphragm (belly) and not the chest. 2. As you distribute the air measure the phrase to determine just how much air you need. 3. Direct your sound to the middle voice which will give you more power than the head voice.
Following these steps will guarantee you more vocal power. Without this power and energy, regardless of how much emotion you try to convey as you sing, your voice will continue to sound weak and airy.
Don't give up. I'm including a link that will help you. https://spinditty.com/learning/What-Beginning-Sing...
Follow these steps and exercises to learn how to project your voice.
Question: I can sing very low and I would
love to increase my pitch. How can I increase it?
Answer: Be very careful when trying to sing higher than your natural ability. You might try the siren exercise but keep your voice soft.
Question: What types of foods can damage our voice?
Answer: Most foods cause no damage to the singing voice. The exception is dairy which causes phlegm. It's more likely that you would benefit from a refresher course in vocal technique. Make sure you are breathing from the belly and not the chest. Measure the amount of air you release as you sing. Most vocal problems are the result of insufficient air. The tone :rides: on air. Air is the "seat" for singing.
If, after using the proper vocal technique, you find a certain food irritates your voice, avoid this food for a while and see if you notice a difference.
Question: How can I improve my confidence in my singing voice? How can I know more about my vocal range?
Answer: Experience and knowledge elevate confidence. Sing for as many people as you can and audition for choirs and musical theater. Your vocal range can be determined by a vocal teacher when they hear you sing.
Question: I have a vocal range of 3.92 octaves. Is this good?
Answer: Yes. You have a big range. Even so, never strain your voice and use proper diaphragmatic breath support.
Question: Do you have suggestions for practice beyond scales and sirens? How long each day should I practice?
Answer: Your practice routine should be geared to what your specific vocal weaknesses might be. Example: Your vocal range is limited. Exercises which will help you to increase your range without damaging your voice should be practiced along with the right kinds of singing material. A qualified, experienced vocal teacher will know exactly what you need and assign you thus.
Question: Anytime I sing, people always condemn it. They say I have a very bad voice. What can I do to improve my singing voice?
Answer: The first thing for you to do is to meet with a credible singing teacher for professional feedback. A good vocal coach will concentrate on your strengths and once you know what they are your confidence will grow. Also, who are these people that condemn your singing? Are they masters of the voice? Are they professionals? Pro's would never say bad things about your voice. Never!
Start focusing on all your good qualities, all of the nice things about you. Are you patient, a good listener, loving, friendly? Recognize all the good about you which will help with criticism. Above all, don't react to the negative comments. People that are critical have a problem. Love yourself!
Question: My problem is that my general voice while I'm singing just sounds awful. What can I do to fix it?
Answer: You have every tool you need right inside of you and with proper use of these tools your sound can be changed. The first step is to learn all you can about your vocal tools. One of the most important tools is called the "diaphragm" which must be activated to control your sound. Using the diaphragm when inhaling air provides a cushion for the tone to ride on. Without this "seat," your sound is weak, wobbly and even out of tune. Chest breathing is wrong for singing and can strain the voice. Check out my article on Breath Control to learn Diaphragmatic Breathing. Studying with a qualified vocal teacher will help you develop your voice and provide you with much-needed feedback. If I can be of further help, feel free to send me an email. Remember this: You have a beautiful voice inside that wants to be free to express and communicate your true emotions. You have the power to unlock this voice, exercise it and change your sound.
Question: How can I improve my voice while having acid reflux, to not crack or have to clear my throat every so often?
Answer: Most likely, your acid reflux is a result of your diet. It happens when some of the acidic stomach contents go back up into the esophagus. Another common cause can be a stomach abnormality called a "hiatal hernia." The phlegm in the throat can easily be avoided by eliminating dairy from your diet.
The acid reflux has nothing to do with your voice cracking. Learn an exercise called "the siren" which takes the singer from low to high without the voice breaking. The secret is to use diaphragmatic breathing combined with keeping the voice soft as you sing from low to high.
Do not clear your throat! When you feel the need to clear - simply swallow 3 or 4 times. Clearing will cause damage.
Question: Hello, I'm 20 and sing from the deepest lower notes to very high notes. What type of voice is mine?
Answer: If you're singing in a choir, you would be called a "rover" because you can sing any part. You have a big range, but it's important that you use diaphragmatic breathing https://spinditty.com/learning/TheMiracleofBreathi... to protect your voice from damage. Avoid singing too loud or forcing your tone. Singers with an extended range often have the most problems when they don't support the tone with enough air.
Question: How do I sing stronger?
Answer: There are 2 main functions that increase the strength of the voice. 1. Breath Support. You absolutely must use diaphragmatic breathing when you sing. The singing voice rides on air. Do not inhale from the chest. Use the belly area instead. Learn from this article. https://spinditty.com/learning/TheMiracleofBreathi...
2. Sing louder by using one of the three resonating areas in your body. Chest, mask or head. Strong vibrations occur in these areas. Combine chest voice with the mask area for a strong middle voice.
Above all: do not force your singing. A strong voice is a result of good vocal tenchique.
Question: I tend to change my voice when going really high as I'm singing. How do I maintain the same voice when singing?
Answer: Avoid singing louder when going from low to high. Keep the volume balanced and even. Be sure to use enough breath pressure by breathing from the low part of your body (belly breathing). These two tips will prevent your voice from changing in both color and evenness.
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Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 27, 2020:
A healthy diet = a healthy voice so eat your vegetables and drink room-temperature water. All dairy products produce phlegm and you don't want that. Avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol.
Warm up your voice with humming and breathe by inflating your abdominal wall when inhaling.
Thanks and I wish you the best.
Chetna on August 11, 2020:
Mam thanks you see my comment mam what type i can food eat and mam this is my big problem sometimes i forgot that what is my reall voice so please mam ask me how can i find my reall voice
I wish mam i can meet you i can talk to you about my voice mam pleae help me
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 09, 2020:
Thank you for your feedback and for reading my article. I do have many more tips listed in other articles I've written about singing. I'd love to hear more from you.
To become a famous singer takes a combination of the following:
Study with a qualified vocal instructor
Write your own material (songs)
Make a professional demo
You'll need a following of fans
Plenty of luck!
I wish you the best. Don't give up!
Chetna on August 09, 2020:
Hlo mam i am from india mam i need your help i wanna be famous singer like tylor swift BTS mam please help me plase give a advice mam my voice like high and low sometimes please my it is my dream mam please i need your help
Sampada kayarkar on August 06, 2020:
Best described tips for better singing. But still, I think many more tips are yet to consider.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 05, 2020:
Thanks for taking the time to let me know that my article about singing helped you. I do appreciate it.
TOBBY on July 01, 2020:
it really help me well
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2020:
Thank you for your kind comments. It's so nice to know that my article has given you more confidence. Sing with joy!
I recommend you rest your voice for a period of time. You may want to consider seeing a doctor to determine whether you have damage to your vocal cords.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2020:
Even though your voice is still developing, you should not be experiencing problems. What type of issues are you referring to? Learn and practice correct vocal technics preferably with a qualified teacher. Thank you.
Virtue Pillars,from Nigeria on June 29, 2020:
I quite love this lesson, but I still have problems with my alto voice.
I am 11years old, is my problem with my voice because of my age?
mollie on June 02, 2020:
thank you so much i am now more of a confided and strong singer.
Dia on May 22, 2020:
Thank you so much but can u pls tell me how to regain a voice which is lost due to screaming for years
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 25, 2020:
Self-confidence is important for singers and I'm pleased that yours has increased as a result of my article. Keep up the good work and sing with joy!
Hezekiah Vicky on March 28, 2020:
ma,i owe u one,u just made me realise who i am and the secret to sing well.above all mostly i learned to av great confidence in my self. i am grateful ma and i wish we get in touch one day. thankx once more.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 17, 2020:
Yes, you are so right about embracing your own voice. Nothing compares to releasing our natural sound followed by developing that sound. We work hard to become a better person each day. And the same is true for our voice. We will sing better by working on our singing every day.
I'm so happy to know that my tips are helpful for your acting voice. How great this is! I wish you much happiness and peace, sprinkled with lovely moments.
Thank you, my friend.
Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 17, 2020:
Hi Audrey, I really learned a lot here. The one thing that I feel is most important, "Embrace your voice. Own your authentic sound."
Your singing tips are helping me to become a better voice actor. Thank you very much for writing such complete and helpful articles.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 12, 2020:
Thank you for sharing your experience and I'm glad to know that my article has been helpful. Come back anytime!
Sing with joy.
powell on January 06, 2020:
wow....ma'am,I really wanna thank u for such wonderful tips especially d last one,jezz...am an emotional singer and felt I attach emotions too much to every song I sing,but seeing this post I was rolling and shouting,now i know it natural and it's an important aspect of music...thnkx again maam.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 28, 2019:
The best way to improve your singing is to study with a qualified vocal teacher. Check local colleges for recommendations. You tube also provides help for the singing voice, but private lessons designed for your particular needs is best.
m.varshini on December 26, 2019:
i want to sing better want
then i want sweet singing
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 06, 2019:
Thank you for your wonderful comments. I appreciate your sharing such important thoughts, not just for me, but for my readers as well. I wish you success on your musical journey.
Luke on June 28, 2019:
Audrey, I think the part about self-love/self-belief/self-respect rings very true. As an instrumentalist who is trying to realize himself as a singer as well, this is something I have struggled with -- an unconscious, deeply held belief that my singing instrument is unworthy. (I believe this is related deep down to a mistrust and fear of my physical form in general, and in a way, learning to trust myself as a singer has translated into feeling better about my body in all its aspects.) I've come to realize that I won't progress until I learn to love and respect my vocal instrument at least as much as, say, a new guitar! So I do practice affirming to myself that my instrument is great and that I can do whatever I need with it. Thanks again for these wonderful pages.
Diane on March 31, 2019:
Hi. What would you describe my type of voice? I can go high and lower on almost all songs that I sing and feel verycomfortable doing so. If I tto sing a song at the same pitch, that is comfortable as well. Also, do you have any Youtube videos? If so, please supply the link so that I can subscribe to it. Thanks for the wonderful information!
Dragon on December 16, 2018:
Okay!! Thank you so much!! :)
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 07, 2018:
Yes, we have the ability, through correct vocal guidance, to change our present singing voice for the better. It takes a desire and determination on your part and a willingness to work hard.
Find a qualified teacher and work hard to develop proper vocal technique. If you do this, you will be very satisfied with the results. Good luck.
Dragon on November 19, 2018:
Hi! Thank you for such a wonderful post! But I am just left with 1 last question. Can we change the sound of our voice to something COMPLETELY different and attractive that people will be extremely shocked (and touched) when they hear it/ their mouths will be open when they hear it and even stand up to clap after the music is over?
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 12, 2018:
You are more than welcome. Thank you for being here and I look forward to more of your comments on my other articles about singing!
Andrea on November 12, 2018:
Thanks so much!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 04, 2018:
You are very perceptive. Thank you for noticing that I do write from my heart. I'm so glad you like my article, Your voice is a marvelous wonder. Sing each day and love what you create.
Rajeshg74 on November 04, 2018:
I just googled for some singing tips and got some valuable lessons! These words come powerfully from your heart-infact, music is divine, so these words too have that divinity- I say it because I was FEELING rather than reading or understanding the tips especially the last one. And I felt like in your class, close to you.. luv, RAJESH.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 07, 2018:
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.
benita on August 22, 2018:
i have a deep vioce but am also an alto singer how do i control it
Leilah J Zaheer on June 11, 2018:
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 10, 2018:
A mic cannot break your tone. The microphone enhances the voice and magnifies your sound.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 06, 2018:
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.
Rudolph on June 06, 2018:
can i be friend of somebody here ?? i'm Africa gospel singer and musician
Lizzy Dame on May 27, 2018:
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
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 21, 2018:
lily, Thanks for being here. Glad to know my singing tips are helpful.
Sing with joy!
lilly on May 17, 2018:
i think this helps a lot thank you
Sabrina on March 31, 2018:
Belva on February 20, 2018:
Hi am so happy I read this Thanks very much am more confident now really want to be a great singer too
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 16, 2018:
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.
Ana Steward on January 07, 2018:
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 03, 2018:
Thanks Marli. I'm pleased to know you enjoyed my article. Keep on singing and hope to hear from you again.
Marli on January 02, 2018:
The article was real good.I love singing although, I can make a joyful noise.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 30, 2017:
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.
Thank you for your kind comments. So glad to know that my singing tips are helpful I wish you the best.
Susan on December 23, 2017:
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.
Rane queen33 on December 16, 2017:
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!!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2017:
Thank you for reading my article on singing. I like your comments and invite you to read more hubs on singing. Thank you.
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 04, 2017:
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.
William O' Brien on September 19, 2017:
I found this information very helpful.
I will put it to good use.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 26, 2017:
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 23, 2017:
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.
Johnd961 on August 17, 2017:
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Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 24, 2017:
I'm glad to hear that you enjoy singing. Do you know that it's good for your health? Thanks for being here.
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.
pamela on June 07, 2017:
Nice tips. I always want to go for music competition but dnt av the confident. I dnt knw wot to do
Johnson mary on June 06, 2017:
I like to sing music
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 01, 2017:
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.
Shirley on June 01, 2017:
I so love to sing but sometimes get out of breath,trying is possible to do love your site on how to sing thanks
Cp.Williams on January 09, 2017:
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
vocalcoach on December 12, 2016:
Thanks cielo. Very nice to see you here. Come back any time!
cielo on December 08, 2016:
that really helps
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 11, 2016:
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.
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.
Famous Vocal Coaches on September 16, 2016:
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.
Monica vedastus on September 03, 2016:
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 14, 2016:
Just sent another chapter. Thanks.
Bill on June 14, 2016:
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 13, 2016:
Thanks for your comment. I'm so happy to know that my article has restored your confidence. Keep on singing...it's your birthright!
Jayycarlos on June 06, 2016:
You gave me confidence thank you I think I suck but at least I wanna keep trying now thank you coach
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 30, 2016:
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!
Leanna on April 29, 2016:
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 18, 2016:
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.
cody on April 15, 2016:
hey any tips with singing please tell them to me.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 23, 2015:
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.
Kay on October 23, 2015:
Thank You So Much For These Tips. I found what I really need.
basetsana on October 19, 2015:
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
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 05, 2015:
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.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on October 04, 2015:
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?
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 16, 2015:
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.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 07, 2015:
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!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 21, 2015:
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,
Israel on April 18, 2015:
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
mm on April 17, 2015:
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 17, 2015:
Lako - Please contact me by sending me an email. Thank you for your interest. Enjoy!
Lako on March 17, 2015:
I really liked ur points. may i take lessons?
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 15, 2015:
Hi Carmen - Please contact me by email for information. Thanks.
Carmen on March 15, 2015:
Hi, do you do skype lessons? I'm in Tasmania Australia :)
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 15, 2015:
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.
new eunice on March 01, 2015:
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.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 29, 2014:
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
liz on November 29, 2014:
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
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 27, 2014:
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.
jomar collado cubelo on October 26, 2014:
Thanks For Your Tips. :)
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 20, 2014:
friends toee you
Thank you! Glad to hear that my hub on singing was helpful. Come back again.
I'm always happy to help and thank you.
You're welcome. Happy to hear that you will be singing and loving it!
Manojkumar on October 16, 2014:
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..
izhar on September 24, 2014:
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..
friends toee you on September 23, 2014:
OMG! THIS NEW TECHNIQUE WAS
Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 23, 2014:
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 'email@example.com' for information about singing instruction. I'm glad to see you here. - vocalcoach
I'm glad to see you and to learn that my singing tips are helpful. You may contact me at my email 'firstname.lastname@example.org' 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.
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 'email@example.com.' for further help or questions. Thanks - vocalcoach
Samuel on September 22, 2014:
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.
izhar on September 20, 2014:
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!!