Are You Practising Singing Scales Correctly? [The Only Exercises You'll Ever Need]
When you practice singing, what do you focus on?
Breathing? Range? Tone? Tension?
Chances are, you're probably focusing more on the 'sound' of the vocal exercise than you should rather than the intention and point of the exercise - learning how and why I was meant to practice in a specific way has been a life changing experience for me as a singer; let me show you exactly how and where to invest your time for more efficient singing practice and greater gains in your vocal abilities.
Sure, every once in a while you can focus on tone; but the key aspect of a good vocal routine is developing The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- "All In One Flow"
- Mixed Tonality
That's right, every single vocal exercise out there and every advanced singing technique actually falls under the banner of these four simple fundamentals. For example, vowel Modification, yawning, raising the soft palate, resonance tuning, narrowing your vowel, shaping your vowels - these can all be boiled down to Height In The Vocal Tract.
This is why you've been so confused about learning how to sing.
How do I spend my time?
What do I work on next?
What information do I need to find?
Where am I in the scheme of things?
These were all questions that I had day after day practising a bloated vocal routine that was made up of exercises I had picked up here and there from different singing teachers over the years. My Frankenstein vocal routine was about two pages long and took over an hour to complete - and always left my voice hoarse and tired afterwards.
Want to know what I practice now after 20 years of singing experience and a decade of vocal coaching expertise under my belt?
Six exercises - yes, just six vocal exercises.
There was a time that I thought "more exercises = better singing" in the same way that more weight in the gym equals bigger muscles, but this is far from the truth. These six vocal exercises have personally played a huge role in becoming a professional singer and well respected voice coach too; they're efficient, simple and powerfully effective - everything you want in a vocal exercise.
The Only Six Vocal Exercises You'll Ever Need
I get it, you've followed the Speech Singing guy on YouTube where he demonstrates 500 speech exercises, and those other guys on YouTube constantly telling you that they're "Better than everyone else" due to the extensive warmup routine you'll find in their expensive singing courses - but it's a huge misconception that a big vocal routine equals a big voice. The reason it takes 500 exercises to warm up the voice with these approaches is because they don't tackle The Four Vocal Fundamentals in any way, shape or form; sure, it's much more impressive from a marketing perspective to wow you with complicated terms and five DVD's worth of exercises than it is to tell you that you only need six exercises and singing is easy - but it's the absolute truth.
An efficient vocal routine equals an efficient voice.
Do you want a complicated, flabby, inconsistent, weighty and confused voice? Of course not - but that's what you get when you overcomplicate the process of developing your voice with massive Frankenstein routines that are complicated, flabby, inconsistent, weighty and confusing.
These are the only exercises you will EVER need to improve your singing:
- The Four Vocal Fundamentals setup exercise
- Lip Trills for connection and airflow
- "Sing" to create Twang and placement on a sustained NG sound
- "Hoots" to create and manage resonant space
- AH based vowels
- AY based vowels
And that is absolutely IT - these six exercises alone with the right intention and instruction will help you master The Four Vocal Fundamentals and ultimately improve your voice, increase your range, improve your tone and allow you to sing with effortless freedom and power.
"But I've done lip trills before..."
Of course you have - but do you know WHY and HOW to do them the right way? Did you know that there's actually three different types of Lip Trills - a Support Trill, a Placement Trill and a Lip Trill? This trifecta of powerful lip trills will help you develop almost every aspect of your singing voice in three simple sounds - are you ready to learn how to practice them correctly?
The Four Vocal Fundamentals
Mastering The Four Vocal Fundamentals has absolutely changed my life as a singer. Every single exercise you practice and every vocal concept that you learn must relate to one of these fundamentals. If you want to sing efficiently and with effortless range and power; you need to simplify your approach and build your foundation first.
I recently detailed how I spent over $15,000 on singing lessons and wasted a decade of my life trying to learn how to sing "the old way" with a half-hour local singing lesson each week. I was not taught these four fundamentals in one single lesson in ten years of learning how to sing - and I struggled, strained, yelled, got frustrated and ultimately lacked any progress as a singer.
When I was finally shown these four simple but effective steps to better singer, my singing made more progress in two weeks of efficient practice than I had made in over ten years of struggling.
I want to save you the time, money and frustration that I went through and wasted learning how to sing inefficiently with a Frankenstein warmup and no clear goals as a singer; the true key to great singing isn't tricks or crazy terms, it's not Vowel Modification or Glottal Compression, it's not Edge, Cry or Speech Singing - the only way to build a killer singing voice is building a strong Vocal Foundation with The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
How To Get Started Singing Better
You can get started right now with this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson which will show you the exact process that I use to help my own students connect their chest and head voice to created Mixed resonance while increasing their range and improving their tone.
Want to know a secret that not too many people out there know? I really wasn't a natural singer. I wasn't just a great singer to begin with. I experienced strain and tension. I had no high range. My naturally low voice held me back. I spent YEARS learning how to sing. I even started thinking that I just didn't have what it takes to become a good singer...
Want to know what changed absolutely everything for me as a singer? Vocal Foundation.
If you're absolutely serious about learning to sing better, then The Foundation 101 Singing Course is the first step to a better vocal foundation. I designed the course specifically from my perspective as someone who wasn't just a "natural" like many other courses out there that I tried when I first started learning how to sing - the course will take you through EVERY step along the way to developing The Four Vocal Fundamentals; yes, even the absolute basics like how to sing an onset correctly and how to sing lip trills the right way!
If you want to know what all the hype is about with The Foundation Vocal Method, don't just take it from me; here's just some of the great feedback I'm receiving from singers just like you who are seeing massive gains and improvement in their singing
I'm gaining so much from Foundation 101!
Kegan is the master of vocal training... period
Just bought your course and I can feel the resonance in my head already!
Just bought your course and I can feel the resonance in my head already!
I’ll be damned – one day of Foundation practice and I have already improved
If you want to sing rock/blues, this is the guy!
The course for next level vocal training
Instead of me continually telling you just how amazing it is to sing with such effortless freedom and power, let me show you - here's just a few quick examples of what I'm achieving as a singer now that I've developed a rock solid Vocal Foundation with The Four Vocal Fundamentals (remember, I wasn't a natural singer at all) - just imagine the killer singing voice you're going to enjoy when you master these simple fundamentals!
Do You Have What It Takes?
If I can be honest, I personally went through a stage of really questioning whether I really had what it takes to become a better singer. I really wished that someone could have told me exactly what my potential was a singer and exactly where I should have invested my time and efforts practising for better results.
Well now it's possible!
If you've been wondering this same thing and you've had the question "maybe I just don't have what it takes?" creeping into the back of your mind as you continue to struggle with the basics - you're not alone. This quick vocal improvement quiz will calculate your exact potential for improvement as a singer and show you exactly how and where to invest your time for a more efficient learning curve - best of all it's simple, super accurate and most singers are absolutely SHOCKED with the results!