5 Steps To Better Singing [That Drive Real Results]
I recently detailed how I spent over $15,000 on singing lessons, vocal courses and learning how to sing better - finding an approach that drove REAL results was quite elusive.
When it comes to a vocal course or singing lessons, you're not actually looking for hours and hours of exercises, or a complicated scientific program, or an anatomical guide - you're just looking for results.
And what ARE "results" when it comes to singing anyway?
Here's the kicker - we all possess a unique instrument, and we're all looking for different results.
A guy with higher voice probably isn't looking to extend their range; they're looking to improve their tone.
A guy with a lower voice is probably happy with their depth of tone; so they're looking to increase their range.
On the flipside, female singers are looking for something altogether different to most male singers, in the same way an Opera singer would baulk at sounding like a "rock guy" like me, and vice versa.
So how do you find a vocal program that drives the results that YOU are looking for?
The key is actually to develop a rock solid Foundation for your voice.
And the key to developing a rock solid foundation for your voice is mastering The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- "All In One Flow"
- Mixed Tonality
With a firm grasp on these four intrinsic vocal fundamentals, you can then focus your attention on the unique results you're looking for by GROWING each element of the voice.
Want a better tone? Work on your resonant space and placement. Want more range? Vowels are key. Struggling to connect? Mixed Voice is key.
These four simple but powerful vocal fundamentals give you a roadmap for driving REAL results in your singing - not just wasting time drilling scales and exercises with no change in your ability to actually sing.
The very first vocal fundamental is:
#1 - Height In The Vocal Tract (Raise The Soft Palate)
Raising the soft palate to create resonant space and access your upper vowel overtones is absolutely KEY to better singing.
Let me name a few singers off the top of my head that raise their soft palate when they sing;
- Chris Cornell
- Bruce Dickinson
- Paul Rodgers
- Aretha Franklin
- Layne Staley
- Jon Bon Jovi
- Myles Kennedy
- Ray Charles
- Robert Plant
- Ozzy Osbourne
- John Fogerty
- John Denver
^ Can you really argue with so many great singers?
Learn to raise the soft palate properly for a serious boost in your range, tone, vocal health, power, placement and SO many other ways that it will help your singing.
Not sure how to raise the soft palate? Watch this video on The Four Vocal Fundamentals to learn how to do it the right way;
#2 - Forward Placement
I had a few singing teachers in my time as a student that told me to "sing more nasal" - obviously resulting in an ugly, nasal tone. At the time I didn't understand (and now I'm questions whether they truly understood) that forward placement is all about resonating within the bones of your face to bring the voice out of the throat rather than true nasality caused by an imbalanced tone and an open velar-pharyngeal port.
Throw a pair of headphones on and listen really closely to your favourite singers - they're "Bright" sounding, yes?
You just discovered forward placement.
If you haven't already, check out the video above to learn exactly how I help my own students develop a powerful yet balanced forward placement.
#3 - "All In One Flow"
I know, I know - it sounds like I'm just running through The Four Vocal Fundamentals again, right? Well, that's seriously IMPORTANT they really are, they bear repeating twice.
The idea that you need to "support" your voice really used to confuse me;
Are you meant to push?
How do you support without 'lifting' or pushing?
Am I meant to hold my breath?
These are all valid questions, but, an easier way to develop support in your singing is to focus on singing "all in one flow" instead of forceful, choppy or breathy.
If you're an aspirate singer, focus on singing on one sustained release of air rather than a gush on your onset.
If you're a pushy/clampy singer, focus on maintaining sustained airflow as you sing a line or ascend in range.
Hence "All In One Flow" - and it's pretty easy to learn too! Check out that video above to learn exactly how I help my own students develop "all in one flow" breath support for healthier, easier, more POWERFUL singing.
#4 - Mixed Tonality
I had a few singing teachers through the years that told me that "mixed voice isn't a real thing" - and maybe we're talking semantics here, but learning how to sing in Mixed Voice has absolutely changed my life as a singer.
Can't connect chest and head voice? The solution is Mixed Voice.
Flipping into falsetto? The solution is Mixed Voice.
Pushy, shouty and yelly? The solution is Mixed Voice.
Want to BELT really powerfully? The solution is Mixed Voice.
Strain and Tension past your first break? The solution is Mixed Voice.
I'm sure you get it by now - Mixed Voice really IS a real thing, and I want to show you exactly how to do it in this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson.
#5 - Register Overtones
Learning to modify your vowels correctly to discover and develop your register overtones really is one of the most important things you will EVER learn as a singer.
This is actually what "natural singers" are able to do from day one that the rest of us aren't really skilled at without training and practice - honestly, it's the secret sauce to great singing, an extensive range, endless power and tone for days.
Watch the video below to learn how I modify my vowels to achieve the correct register overtones for each vowel sound when I sing:
Having BIG DREAMS as a singer means you need a BIG VOICE to match - watch the video above to hear my "before and after" and learn how you're going to build a big voice too!
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