5 Singing Tips Guys Will Love
Learning how to sing can be difficult for guys, with naturally low voices and many of the resources out there geared towards higher voices – what can you do to improve your voice? These 7 singing tips guys will love will change the way you practice and ultimately make you a better singer. Every singing voice is unique, and hence every approach to singing should be a little different to cater to the unique way your voice and body are designed.
Singing itself is actually a process of balance which occurs over time with practice and isn’t a feat of muscular strength. This is where some guys go wrong when learning how to sing, with our natural heavy-handedness towards many things in life, we often treat the balance of singing as a muscular push-and-pull, resulting in an inconsistent and heavy voice instead of the balanced and strain free voice you deserve. Guys, are you ready to sing better? Lets get started with 7 singing tips guys will love.
#1 – Head voice is a natural part of your voice (use it!)
Many guys prefer to sing in chest voice, but the truth is, it isn’t the vocal fold weight of chest voice that you enjoy – it’s the easy and efficient resonance. Now, head voice might take some time to develop, but you CAN and SHOULD achieve the same strain free and powerful resonance in head voice that you naturally possess in chest voice. The longer you avoid your head register, the harder it will be to to fix the imbalance you’re building. One of the most important things I learned many years ago as a budding singer is that chest and head voice are actually connected when you are singing properly, and only disconnected when you haven’t yet discovered the right way to bridge between the two. It’s not a matter of ‘handing off’ between a strong chest voice to a weak head voice, the reality is you can sing with BOTH at the same time, creating a powerfully resonant tone with the rich depth of chest, while also accessing the extensive range afforded by head voice. Guys, it’s time you started developing your head register.
#2 – Middle Voice is a blend of resonance
Following on from #1, the central portion of your voice where you likely have a few issues currently requires a specific approach that some people call Middle Voice or Mix Voice, where resonance from both your high and low register ping in tandem to create a connection between chest and head voice. Middle voice is immediately identifiable as the pleasant but assertive tone you head your favourite singers singing with – it’s neither weighty like full chest, but it’s not weak like disconnected head voice, it’s both powerful and free. Learn to sing in mix voice and your whole world as a singer will change!
#3 – Support isn’t a switch
Due to the incorrect manner than many guys manage their registers, and the added weight that they drag up while trying to sing higher chest voice notes instead of blending properly, a bad habit is often formed by over supporting the voice. Now, support in singing is simply a fancy term for balancing air flow and air pressure. A supported tone is skewed towards air pressure, and an unsupported tone is skewed towards airflow – it really is that simple. Now, support isn’t a “switch” that is on or off, it’s actually a fluid balance that changes with your tone, your range, your register, your style and so many other variables. Start light and don’t over support – it’s not a switch, it’s a balance. This brings me to the next point:
#4 – Singing is easy
Many guys lean towards muscularity and brute strength when it comes to singing, but the truth is, is that singing is a process of balance, not a weightlifting competition. The general rule is, that if it isn’t hard to do, you’re not doing it right. Singing should, and IS easy when you do it correctly. If you’re fighting against your voice and trying to manhandle it into behaving the way you want it to, you need to change your approach my friend!
#5 – No two voices are the same
This one is especially important to understand. Just because a voice coach on YouTube sings a vocal cover a certain way, or modifies a vowel in a certain way at a certain pitch – doesn’t mean that your voice should do the same thing at the same point. Your voice is a unique instrument, not a generic ‘one size fits all’ computer program. The reality is, no two voices are created equal, so you need to find YOUR true voice and find a coach that understands the unique issues you may face while developing your unique instrument. Stop trying to copy other singers or mimic your voice coach and instead sing with your own natural resonance and focus on the sensations of your own voice, not the sound of someone else’s.
How to sing better for guys
While our voices do all function in the same way from a technical standpoint, the unique differences in the way our resonators are designed to function means that guys may need to approach certain aspects of vocal technique from a different angle, especially if you have a low baritone voice like I do. Some of the most important things you need to develop if you’re a guy with a low voice include:
- Middle Voice
- Using the soft palate correctly
- Learning to support in a balanced way
- Releasing strain
- Modifying vowels
- Grouping Consonants
- Blending resonance and “Mix Voice”
- Connecting Chest and Head voice
Developing these vocal rudiments alone in the short term will take you much further than any ‘secret’ tips or tricks being sold in expensive courses on YouTube. If you’re a guy who has been struggling to learn how to sing, or you’re just confused by all the crazy information out there – a great place to start is the free foundations 101 singing course available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio which cuts through all the crap and will show you how to set up a rock solid foundation that will be balanced, powerful and free of strain. When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional voice coaching, you’re welcome to book a Skype Lesson with me and we’ll start working towards extending your range and building control and consistency in your voice EVERY time you sing!
If you have any questions about learning how to sing, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.