5 Closely Guarded Singing Secrets That Will Help You
SING LIKE A PRO
You’ve heard all the ‘common’ tips like breathing from the diaphragm, opening your throat – even yawning or smiling while you sing.
But we all know these are just throwaway tips that voice gurus use to hook you in like some sort of marketing fish-hook.
I know – because I used to buy this crap “hook in mouth” myself.
But over the last 20 years of developing my own singing voice, and now over a decade of my own coaching experience as a professional voice teacher – I’ve discovered that there’s a few key things that PRO singers know, and nail every time they sing; and everyone else who struggles to sing high notes with ease fails miserably at every time they sing.
There’s 5 pro singing secrets that are closely guarded by most voice gurus, and I want to share ’em with you so that you can move past the rut you’re stuck in and really start to see the growth we both know you so badly deserve.
I’m not going to waste your time with tips like “singing is really easy!” or “put your mind to it!” like you’ll find on almost every other singing tutorial out there on Google – these tips are the real deal from a real singer who’s been at this for decades.
#1 – Diaphragmatic Breathing Is About How You EXHALE
Told you these weren’t your regular “support from the belly!” tips you’ll see for a dime a dozen on Google or YouTube.
When it comes to practical application of diaphragmatic breathing and support while singing actual songs, not just doing breathing exercises, the most important key is actually how you EXHALE.
Meaning, a supported tone is really held on a steady stream of limited air. Read that again – steady stream of limited air.
This means that while yes, your airflow is limited and ‘compressed’, it’s airflow nonetheless – lose that airflow, lose your support.
The next time you sing a high note, focus on releasing a steady stream of air instead of trying to hold it back like you’re choking.
#2 – Vowel Modification is really Resonant Space Modification
Perhaps it’s semantics – but from your perspective as a singer who just wants to get BETTER at singing; learning to alter your resonant space is the true key to vowel modification.
So, when you sing a ‘vowel’ – it’s really not a speech word sound like you might expect your speech vowels; a, e, i, o, u in English to sound and occur. What we’re really talking about here is an overtone within your resonance, ie: a Formant.
As you ascend in range, the overtone surrounding this formant shifts and changes with the faster vibration of your folds/faster vibration of the frequencies within your tone.
So, the space that you resonate within becomes inefficient at a certain point to the frequencies that your ‘vowel’ is made with – meaning, you have to alter your resonant space and fold coordination like you’re sliding through a collection of tuning forks; or even like a gradient.
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#3 – Placement is also a formant
While we’re talking about resonance, frequencies and formants – that’s exactly what that mystery “forward placement” that everyone keeps talking about really is; a specific frequency and tone that resonates in an efficient but powerful way when you sing.
The ‘forward’ in placement refers to the bright quality you get from singing into the bones of the face to bring the voice out of the throat; but it’s really a shift in your frequencies to resonate higher, even on lower notes.
A great vocal tone is a bright vocal tone no matter what register, style or voice type.
So, instead of literally trying to “sing forward” like you’re yelling out of your mouth – instead focus on that bright “singer’s formant” that you hear in your favourite singer’s voices; sitting high above the actual note they appear to be singing; Aretha Franklin, Chris Cornell, Bon Jovi, Layne Staley, Adele etc.
#4 – Tonal Intent is EVERYTHING.
I just did a video on this one, I suggest you watch it if you’re really serious about becoming a pro singer:
The reason that tonal intent is SO important to professional singers is because the voice is largely involuntary by nature – meaning, you can just “flex” your left vocal fold, or the CT muscle, or the vocalis, or the diaphragm; no, you need the right psychological and tonal intent to control these muscles and processes in a consistent and powerful way.
Ergo, when it comes to great singing; Tonal Intent is king.
#5 – Distortion is Tonal
When it comes to rock singing, distortion is often the “holy grail” of stylistic choice to many singers.
They clamp, they push, they grunt, they growl.
But what they don’t quite understand is that all good distortion is TONAL, not PHYSICAL.
Meaning, distortion is more like the breakup of a classic blues amp where vibration and resonance is overdriven to the point of distortion, or a specific frequency is distorted – not “physical” like the sound of tin can being dragged behind a car.
The distortion you hear in a GREAT singer’s voice is really a frequency thing, not a physical grinding of the vocal folds and the throat together.
You can try it yourself by experimenting with a cartoony “duck” sound – quack, quack, quack moving into wahwahwah as one fluid phrase while accentuating the bright, forward, slightly ugly sound of the vowel. If you get this sound just right, you’ll notice it “distorts” but you feel absolutely nothing in the throat.
There’s actually a TON of different sounds you can experiment with to create distortion – but the key here is to first understand that yes, distortion really IS a tonal/frequency/resonance thing rather than the sound of pennies rattling around inside a tin can.
At it’s essence, singing can be broken down into just three basic elements;
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