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3 FATAL VOCAL MISTAKES EVERY BEGINNER SINGER MAKES
So you’ve been learning how to sing.
Spinning those YouTube videos like a set of wheels.
Practicing lip trills.
Grinding through those warmups day in day out.
But you’re not getting anywhere.
Sure, the first few days of that course, the first couple of singing lessons made a HUGE difference in your voice.
But now those wheels are slipping in the mud and you’re losing traction.
Sometimes it even feels like you’re going BACKWARDS every time you practice.
But it ain’t your fault, no sir.
You’re making these 3 fatal vocal mistakes.
#1 – Limiting beliefs
We’ll get to the practical “technique” mistakes in a moment, but the reason you feel like skipping past this hippy-dippy stuff is the same reason you’ve stalled in your singing;
You have limiting beliefs.
And there’s an important reason why they’re so fatal for your voice:
Your vocal mechanism is involuntary.
I’m serious – test this now by flexing your LEFT vocal fold on it’s own.
… you can’t do it, right?
Okay, no flex your cricothyroid muscle (aka the ‘head voice’ muscle)
… you can’t do it, right?
That’s because much of the vocal mechanism is involuntary and the result of intention.
Ergo, your beliefs and mental state really DO have a physical impact on your ability to sing, and your ability to progress in your vocal abilities.
If you’ve been cranking that vocal routine day in day out with ZERO results – this is my best bet for where you’re stalling.
When things go WRONG with your voice and you miss those high notes, I bet you’re feeling something along these lines;
- [insert favourite singer] just has an amazing voice
- I’m not a natural
- I’m a baritone
- I’m too old
- I don’t have that type of voice
- My voice doesn’t do “this” or “that”
- My voice breaks
- My voice flips every time I try a siren
- I have a bad voice
And I get it, some of that may be a reality for you right here, right now – the reason you’re here is because you’re YET to be able to sing like your favourite singer, right?
But none of these are finite realities for your voice.
And I would know.
Because I really AM a baritone. My voice really DID break and flip. I really WASN’T a natural.
But, none of these are an indication of your potential as a singer, and the rest are just superficial excuses because our brains are always looking for confirmation bias. A reason why we fail. A reason why others are ‘better’ than us. A reason why things are hard.
“Oh, I’m special”
I hate to break it to you kiddo – you ain’t special.
Your voice is just like mine… And just like Aretha’s… And just like Chris Cornell’s.
You’re just not USING IT in the same way.
If your voice is flipping and breaking – it’s because your approach needs work.
You’re not a baritone (or maybe you are) – but that’s no excuse for YELLING everything
If you have a bad sounding voice – your vowels and placement need work
There’s a physical REASON for every quirk in the voice. If you’re doubting your ability to connect chest and head voice – tell me in the comments below how the soft palate functions through your second break period? How the velar port works? Where the CT muscle is? Where is the sphenoid?
^ I’ll bet you can answer few, if any of those questions.
And THAT is where your limitation lies as a singer – education and practical application, not in your potential or your anatomy.
Clear your mind, take it slow, sing bright but quiet, focus on The Four Vocal Fundamentals and sing naturally without trying to yell through everything or to sound cool or to sound loud.
Focus on the task at hand with a free mind and you’ll start moving forward again.
Watch this video below to master those pesky fundamentals; The Four Vocal Fundamentals [VIDEO]
#2 – You’re yelling
The amount of beginners that I get through my studio who sing for me the first time and they are YELLING.
As LOUD as they possibly can.
With as MUCH chest voice as they can possibly push.
Your voice actually functions as two halves to make a whole – you might feel like your head voice is ‘weak’ and falsetto; but that’s because you’re singing in falsetto, not HEAD VOICE – they’re two different things.
Head Voice involves full closure of the vocal folds and “full voice” in your high range, and falsetto is exactly that – a false closure of the folds that produces a high overtone just like the harmonic you’ll find at the 12th fret of a guitar.
Watch this video to learn how to REALLY sing high notes in full voice without yelling and shouting.
The key to a powerful and effortless high range is NOT to take chest voice as high as you physically can – it’s TONAL INTENT my friend, learn it:
If this video on Tonal Intent gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy about a BETTER way to sing that isn’t just yelling in chest voice, hit this link to watch the absolute BEST training video you’re ever going to see (this video isn’t available on my YouTube channel!) – Big Dreams? You need a BIG VOICE to match [VIDEO]
#3 – You’re not following the blueprint for your voice
I’m not talking about some special blueprint that you can only buy from me or some marketing BS like that – I’m talking about the way your voice functions.
The way EVERY voice functions.
Our arms and legs all work in the same way – and our voices are actually no different.
More complex, sure.
More variables, sure.
But we essentially all have the same motor and mechanism driving our voices.
But you’re stuck in neutral and trying to drive 100mph down the highway at night without your headlights on.
There is a very specific WAY that your voice functions, and when you learn to sing, you’re really just learning to facilitate this natural functionality of your voice.
Technically, you’re not really “building” much other than coordination and new neural pathways and habits.
Most of the muscles involves in singing are absolutely tiny – great singers don’t have big muscular necks because they’ve “weightlifted” their voice into obedience.
They’ve just learned the blueprint of their voice.
And it’s actually SUPER easy to develop.
You can start right now by watching THIS VIDEO to learn the #1 most important thing you’re ever going to learn about your voice – how to sing vowel sounds correctly.