5 Insane (but true) Facts About Singing
Learning to sing seems like one big mystery.
Wrapped up in confusing terms.
Wrapped up in an even bigger mystery.
And YouTube definitely doesn't help.
This guy says this, that guy says that, the other guy says they're both wrong... what gives??
Here's 5 insane (but true) facts about singing that will help you put 2 and 2 together and finally take a solid step forward with your ability to sing.
#1 - SINGING HIGH IS EASY
You might think I'm crazy, because from where you sit, singing high notes is most definitely NOT easy, right?
I'm really speaking from the perspective of someone now able to sing incredibly high notes.
They're really not hard to do.
They don't hurt.
They're not tiring.
There's a very specific way to sing them - and that's what vocal training is all about. When you learn to sing high notes in the right way, they're really no big deal at all - it's actually a JOY to sing high notes when they're super easy and 'on tap'.
It's not really like a gym workout where you just lift weights until you get nice arms and toned abs.
It's about learning a specific skill and improving your understanding and application of technique - like Math or Architecture.
There's actually a few different keys to singing high notes, but I suggest starting here if you're serious about building a crazy high range:
#2 - LOW NOTES ARE BRIGHT... NOT DARK
As a guy with a lower voice naturally, this one was a game changer.
When you sing low notes, you must place your voice in a forward, bright way - not a muffled dark way.
This will give your low notes POWER, freedom and consistency.
Watch this video to learn how to sing low notes correctly:
#3 - YOU'RE PRE-PROGRAMMED TO BE A BAD SINGER
Say what now?
If you're struggling to learn how to sing - you're actually PRE PROGRAMMED to be a bad singer.
Have you ever heard of the Reticular Activation System? It's a real thing - go and google it.
This function in your brain chemistry allows you to hyper-focus in on any specific task while filtering out unnecessary information or distractions.
A great example of this is the Mother of a newborn who sleeps through the sound of a jumbo-jet flying over the house at night, but wakes to the slightest stirring of her baby - at a much more minute sound level.
The RAS literally filters out the sound of the plane and hyper-focusses on the stirring baby.
And this is actually happening in your singing voice too, in two main ways. Watch this video to learn what/why and how to fix it:
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#4 - THESE COMMON INSTRUCTIONS ARE TOTAL B.S.
If you've ever spent any time on YouTube trawling through singing tutorials, you've probably come across these three bad guys:
- Smiling wide
- Taking chest voice as high as possible
You'll find many of these instructions in the bigger coaching channels with millions of subscribers, and even in some of the most famous singing courses out there.
But it's all total BS - and won't help you build one single note of extra range.
#5 - HIGH CHEST VOICE NOTES ARE REALLY HEAD VOICE
Here's another truth-bomb for you.
Those gurus on YouTube telling you that they've stretched their chest voice all the way up to a high D5 are full of shit.
It's a marketing plot.
Because what they are ACTUALLY doing, is activating the CT muscle - aka the "head voice muscle" through the middle of their range, allowing them to 'carry' their chest resonance a moderate amount higher.
Basically, the key is to develop HEAD voice - and the development of your head voice allows you to create an antagonistic relationship between the TA and CT muscles (chest and head voice respectively) that allows you to connect your registers; ultimately creating a 'bridge' in the middle that you can sing within.
It sounds like chest, but functionally it's really head voice.
Watch this video to learn how to do it: