Adult singing lessons
Learning any skill as an Adult can be a difficult task, but with Bohemian Vocal Studio’s practical steps-based approach to singing, you can build a POWERFUL singing range no matter your level of experience, voice type or age. Bohemian Vocal Studio provides professional singing lessons online to touring professionals and beginners alike. Well versed in every singing style and with extensive experience coaching all manner of voice types and acents – no voice is too difficult to train, and no singing accent is too difficult to fix. Since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier voice studio for Adult singing lessons, and has become synonymous with POWERFUL singing and the most practical approach to vocal technique in the world.
Kegan’s approach to singing has been professionally developed over a lifetime of building his own baritone singing voice, and the BVS studio was built out of frustration at the lack of private singing lessons that catered to unique voice types and unique accents. Concepts such as building the MIX register and vowel tuning are often overlooked in even the best singing courses and by the top singing gurus – but with a tailored approach being built and designed for each student’s voice respectively, Bohemian Vocal Studio has become known for providing the best Adult singing lessons, and now reaches students of all walks of life and levels of experience all around the world.
Professional singing lessons
Bohemian Vocal Studio coaches proper singing techniques learned from years of classical and contemporary vocal training, and has a number of unique techniques developed specifically for coaching students in the BVS community how to sing better and sing higher than ever before. Kegan’s students have gone on to perform professionally, participate in talent shows such as The Voice, start in music theatre productions of Shrek, Rock of Ages, The Producers and Fiddler on the roof – as well as coaching many students towards their very first live gig or recording session with established bands. BVS will help you set appropriate goals and progress in your understanding of the voice with online singing lessons. To help you get started, here are the top 5 singing techniques beginners need to know!
Top 5 singing lessons beginners need
With these five practical singing lessons, you’ll learn to build the strong foundation needed to develop a POWERFUL and healthy singing voice as an Adult while extending your singing range and building a great singing tone. These professional singing lessons will help you set better goals and recognise where your singing technique might need some attention. When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level, you can book a Skype session with me and I’ll show you how to achieve singing success.
#1 – Appoggio singing technique
Appoggio technique singing is the concept of breath support and diaphragmatic control when you singing. Keeping it as simple as possible, appoggio singing technique starts with your posture, so lets first take a look at proper singing posture:
- Head up
- Shoulders back
- Chin parallel with the floor
- Ribs out
Singing with your ribs out is one of the most important aspects of breathing techniques singers can use, and I often define appoggio as “out” breathing or “ribs out” breathing techniques singers should all be implementing. The best appoggio definition to me is simply that your ribs need to sit in an outward position before you breathe, so that you can control your breathing from extension of the diaphragm rather than contraction of your ribs. Appoggio breathing is an incredibly important breathing technique, so make sure you’re setting up your posture in the right manner to sure that your ribs are out before you breathe for singing. Appoggio is actually one of the best opera singing techniques that will also help you sing in a contemporary way, and should play a part in any professional singing technique.
#2 – The middle register
Middle voice singing, often refered to as Mix Voice, is one of those singing techniques I wish I was taught from day one at the very start. Learning how to sing in middle voice is an important skill that you’ll only learn in the professional singing lessons from a voice coach who truly understands the mechanics behind your singing voice.
Mix voice is a direct coordination between your chest voice, and your head voice – in essence, balancing powerfully between the two so that you achieve the rich tone of chest with the ease of range that head voice affords. Developing your middle voice takes time and proper guidance, so make sure to book a Skype session with me if your mix is still eluding you.
One of my favourite ways to show my students how to sing in middle voice is by way of my PROJECTION approach – not projecting your voice away from your body, but figuratively imagining your voice is being projected back towards you from a far point. This visual tool of self projection allows you to release from your full chest register and balance in the center of your registers. Once you’ve learned how to do this in a consistent manner, you can then stretch this coordination in both directions to build a STRONGER and more powerful mix coordination that spans your full vocal range.
Middle voice singing is the pleasant, powerful and easy tone you hear your favourite singers accessing with ease, so take care to develop your middle register in the right manner. Here’s a great tutorial I’ve put together to help you access that elusive mix voice of yours:
Using the projection method I’ve developed for releasing your middle coordination, you can build a powerful mix tonality so you can sing in any register, sing any song and sing with POWER without straining.
#3 – Vowel shaping
Vowel shaping is a specialised skill that every singer needs to develop before their voice will resonate in an efficient manner. We often pronounce our words while speaking, which gives us our speaking accent, but when you SING, you actually need to EQ your resonance into each vowel sound by shaping your tongue and altering the width of your vocal tract. Now, that probably seems like alot of work, but with my steps based approach to singing, vowels are EASY! Keeping it simple, lets start with your tongue shape.
- AH – Tongue low and concave (similar to when you yawn)
- AA – Similar to AH, but with the centre of your tongue forward slightly
- EE – Tongue ‘up’ at the back
- AY – Similar to EE but with your mouth ajar
- OO – This really depends on what you want to achieve with your singing as there are two different OO shapes.
The easiest way to practice these shapes is to sing one at a time up a simple scale. Here’s one of the best online singing lessons for shaping your vowels;
Now that you understand how to shape your vowels, it’s time to talk about vowel width. A super easy way to illustrate the difference in vowel width between each vowel sound is to get you to alternate between an AH vowel, the widest vowel sound, and an EE vowel, the most narrow sound. The more you do this, the more familiar these vowel width changes will become in your singing approach, allowing you to sing any word with resonance – if you’re having trouble with a word that contains an “EE” vowel, the first thing to check is a) your tongue shape, and b) how wide your vocal tract is. If your AH sounds great, but your EE sounds breathy or weird, then go back to the alternating exercise over and over until you can do each vowel with the correct width on their own. Vowel width from widest to most narrow:
- EE ^ Interchangeable with OO depending on your style/voice character
Vowel shaping is one of the most important fundamental singing techniques you need to learn. Make sure that you get singing lessons from a professional voice coach who can show you the right way to shape and create your vowels.
#4 – Diaphragmatic Breathing and Support
We talked about appoggio singing technique earlier, so lets take it to the next level and engage your diaphragm to support your voice. After you’ve set up your posture correctly and you’re familiar with appoggio singing technique by keeping your ribs wide, you can then breathe solely by engagement of the diaphragm. Learning how to sing from the diaphragm is actually pretty easy when you’ve first set up your posture – my favourite way is to encourage my students to toggle their breathing in through their nose and our through their mouth, in essence training control over the soft palate at the same time as engaging the diaphragm. Another gerat way to engage your diaphragm is to imagine breathing low and sharp as though the air is coming through a small drinking straw.
You can tell whether you’ve learned how to sing from the diaphragm by the sensation of your breathing coming from your belly rather than your chest – in fact, when you breathe using the diaphragm your chest and shoulders should stay stationary and allow you to strengthen your diaphragm each time you sing.
How to strengthen your diaphragm – toggling your breath between your nose and mouth is a great way to strengthen your diaphragm. My favourite exercise to strengthen your diaphragm is what I like to call “5 in – 5 out” – you can find this exercise and more in my free foundations short courses.
#5 – Release your registers
If you’re trying to strengthen your singing voice, it’s important that you first understand your registers, chest voice, head voice and the middle register first before trying to stretch or build any specific part of your voice. Quite often beginner singers are so obsessed with strengthening chest voice that they overlook a key element – your registers should actually work together and create a balanced mix of richness and range. If you build either side in a disproportionate way, then you’ll be left with a weak singing voice, no matter HOW strong your chest voice musculature may have become. Learning how to sing higher chest voice notes actually involves coordination of your head voice muscles at the same time to ‘stretch’ that burly, chesty tone you’ve been developing – so if you avoid your head register, you’re actually weaking your CHEST at the same time.
Most singers are initially shown how to release their registers by way of training a lip trill or lip bubble exercise – but often aren’t told how or why this exercise will help their voices. As I often say, an exercise is only as useful as the intent and understanding of how it works – if you’re practicing an exercise but you don’t know why, you may as well not be practicing at all.
Lip trills help your voice by allowing you to release your registers while also moderating your airflow in a controlled way. That comfortable release that you feel in your voice when you practice a lip trill is a direct coordination between your two main registers directly through the centre of your mix register, so the more you practice that ‘tipping over’ sensation between chest voice and head voice, the sooner you can strengthen your mix and build your middle register stronger in a more robust way.
Another fantastic way to release your vocal registers is using an “N” exercise, so, while sitting the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth – allow a small amount of resonance to sound behind your nose and release any tension as you ascend in range. This will train release, placement and resonance all in one simple exercise!
If these tips help you sing better, you’re more than welcome to book a Skype session with me and I’ll show you how to extend your range and sing better as your voice progresses.
Private singing lessons
Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier vocal studio for professional singing lessons in the world, reaching students all around the globe each week with online singing lessons. BVS provides the best online singing lessons – so you can be assured that when you get singing lessons with Kegan you are recieving the best online singing lessons and professional coaching available. Along with private singing lessons, you’ll also recieve ongoing feedback and support from Kegan in between your sessions.
When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and POWER UP your singing, you can book a Skype session with me today!
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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.