Appoggio Singing Technique

The No-BS Vocal Approach That Shows You


Appoggio. Inhalare La Voce. Edge. Modes. Pharyngeal Resonance. The Cricothyroid. Masque.

Sometimes learning how to sing can feel like learning another language - and in many cases, when it comes to classical terms like APPOGGIO - you literally need to learn another language.

But I'm here to show you that there's an easier way.

One free of jargon.

And archaic Italian terms.

Just excellent vocal technique laid out for you in a practical and actionable way that actually helps you sing better.

Because that's what you're really here for, right?

To learn how to sing better yourself - not just to hear me trying to impress you with crazy terms and jargon.

So let's talk appoggio.

If we talk literally for a second, Appoggio translates to "support" in English, which conjures up ideas of heavy books on a shelf, or lifting bricks above your head - basically, the opposite idea of how it feels to control your airflow when you sing.

Because these terms really aren't literal.

In the same way that "La Gola Aperta" doesn't mean to literally wrench your throat wide open, Appoggio really doesn't mean to carry your voice like a ton of bricks being hoisted above your head.

That's just pushing.

That just makes you shout.

Basically, the term support is vague and often directs beginner singers down the rabbit hole of excessive weight, tension and force when they sing.

Now, if we think of Appoggio as simply "Rely" as though you're "Leaning" or "Propping yourself up" - it starts to change your whole relationship to the technique of breath support.

Imagine standing in a field and propping yourself up against a the handle of a shovel.

You don't push the shovel, or put your full weight into it, or try to ram the shovel into the ground - you simply 'rely' on the shovel to balance your weight so you can take a load off.

And that's exactly the literal meaning of Appoggio in singing - to rely on your breathing instead of the throat.

Ergo. If you're pushing from your throat, you're experiencing strain and tension - and you're trying to support your voice like a ton of bricks teetering on the edge of a wooden shelf; you're simply not singing correctly.

And this is where classical terms create a ton of confusion - they're often parroted literally rather than interpreted as the figure-of-speech they were really coined as in the first place.


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So you've heard terms like Support and Compression - and you're trying to 'carry' your voice and 'pressurise' your air when you sing.

And it hurts.

It makes you strain.

The whole thing makes no sense.

How do you REALLY "support" your voice when you sing?

The key here is to differentiate "compression" from "pressure". You're not just pushing on the air, forcing it out or holding it in - you're really singing with a CONSISTENT FLOW of LIMITED air.

Read that again.


So we're not huffing the air out like the wolf trying to blow down the three little Pigs' homes, and we're not holding our breath like the little Pig hiding in a closet.

You're simply limiting your airflow, while ensuring it's consistent; more like the consistent flow of air from a pinhole in a leaky tire; hence the leaky-tire exercise you see everywhere.

It's really that easy.

I like to call this process "All In One Flow" - which is about the most literal, practical and actionable way for me to illustrate singing with excellent breath control.

Singing "All In One Flow" in this manner and ensuring consistent but pressurised air is just ONE of the four techniques that I use to help my students build an insane amount of vocal range;

  • "All In One Flow"
  • Forward Placement
  • Height In The Vocal Tract
  • Mixed Tonality

I like to call these four badboys The Four Vocal Fundamentals, and I'm going to share them with you in this simple but practical coaching video:

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So you've got The Four Vocal Fundamentals down. You're starting to master Breath Control and you're getting that magical, mystery feeling of Appoggio more consistently when you're singing - where to from here?

Breath control in the form of "All In One Flow" is just ONE of the powerful ways that I help singers just like you become absolute dynamite, powerhouse, stage-destroying RANGE-MONSTERS.

Just imagine what all FOUR are going to do for you.

So let me share another one with you - Vowel Modification.

Watch the video below to learn the #1 most important thing you're EVER going to learn as a singer - oh yeah, there's also a super embarrassing "before and after" of my own voice that you're going to get a total kick out of.

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