BIGGEST SINGING MYTHS BUSTED
No other musical instrument draws as many contradictions and arguments as the human voice – especially when it comes to actually learning how to do it.
I’m sure you’ve seen the pages and pages of side-bar recommendations when you click on a singing tutorial on YouTube – for every tip, there’s another ten videos refuting and contradicting the very tip you’re being shown.
It’s big business.
I’ve actually seen a few vocal coaching channels out there develop MASSIVE followings just by bitching about other voice coaches and refuting basically any tip, technique and trick you can imagine.
Honestly – none of it is really designed to help you sing any better.
It’s just entertainment.
Like reality TV.
Except you’re the star, and your voice is the the main character.
So I’d love to set you straight on some of the biggest singing MYTHS you’ve probably heard a million times. Hell, more than a few these myths are actually key components of some of the most famous and popular vocal methods out there.
It’s actually a bit funny…
… but mostly sad.
And it sucks for guys like you who just. want. to. sing. better.
So let’s debunk this horse shit once and for all and start calling a spade a spade.
Myth #1 – Yawn Before You Sing
Alright, I get it. Yawning helps you raise the soft palate, and raising the soft palate is a key component to great singing – so it makes perfect sense, right?
Except it doesn’t.
Because forming the vowel correct in the pharynx is absolutely nothing like yawning.
It’s too physical.
It involves muscles that really aren’t part of the singing mechanism.
It sounds weird.
It creates strain.
It doesn’t help you sing any better, what so ever.
Now, before you say “but Kegan, I’ve TRIED it myself and it absolutely WORKS” – have a look at exactly where you are, how you ended up here, what you were looking for and the state of your singing voice that ultimately led you to this exact article about learning to sing better.
So how is that “yawn” working for you REALLY?
Sure, it might get you a note or two, or get you through your break for the very first time – but it’s a means to an end, not real, proven, practical vocal technique.
Moving your vowel shape from a neutral space to a wider, raised space through the first break, then a raised narrowing space up into your upper mid range and finally into a fully raised position at your highest register takes FINESS.
It’s takes FINE TUNING.
It takes GRACE.
^ And yawning simple ain’t graceful.
It’s more like a swing of the hammer instead of a fine tuned movement, or pouring out a bucket of salt instead of adding one fine pinch to a delicious dinner.
If you’re sick of hearing this absolutely DEBUNKED myth about yawning while singing, and you want to learn how to actually modify your vowels correctly with control, consistency and yes, a touch of grace – I suggest watching this tutorial video.
Myth #2 – Take Chest Voice As High As You Can
This is just marketing tripe.
Anatomically, physically, scientifically this is just not how your voice works.
It might SOUND like chest voice is carried high when a professionally trained singer sings a high note – but in all truth, “high chest voice notes” are really carried by the CT muscle; aka HEAD VOICE.
I’m sure you suspected that this one was bullshit the first time you heard that YouTube guru talking about it, then preceding to strain his way through even the most basic rock songs – red in the face, struggling for breath and sounding like there’s a watermelon being pushed through their larynx.
But it has persisted.
Ultimately, because people don’t know what they are talking about – but it sounds cool to say “I can take my chest voice higher than you” like some sort of weird dick-swinging contest.
Hefty contraction of the TA muscle, dragging chest voice, pushing, shouting and yelling absolutely SUCK as a means to sing high notes.
I hate hearing this one, because it’s just poor form, sounds like crap and puts YOUR VOICE at risk of strain and damage.
Simply put – don’t do it.
If you want to learn how to REALLY sing high notes by balancing your TA/CT musculature, I suggest watching this video tutorial.
Myth #3 – Hold Your Breath
Sure, at it’s essence, compression is a form of ‘hold’ when it comes to your airflow – resulting in a shift to the balance of airflow/air pressure as you sing.
But to develop it, you don’t just “hold your breath” and hope for the best.
It actually varies from singer to sing.
How, where, when and why you’re holding and releasing can change at any given moment.
Hell, even a narrowed vowel.
These are ALL types of “airflow resistance” in your singing.
So again we come back to finesse, control, consistency and GRACE as a singer.
If you’re holding your breath like you’re taking a dump – your singing will sound exactly like that; total shit.
Ultimately, correct breath support is actually all about how you EXHALE, not how you hold the air in.
It might be a limited flow of air in many ways, but it’s still flowing through the folds at all times.
After all, you need airflow to create vibration and ultimately resonance when you sing – so holding your breath is like turning down a guitar amp because you want it louder.
The true key to developing excellent compression and airflow in your singing is actually to focus on excellent vibration and resonance.
A well placed, healthy, resonant tone is supported.
A sucky, shouty, crap tone is not.
Ergo, if you want to develop compression, you need to fine tune your resonance – not hold your breath.
If you want to develop excellent resonance, I suggest watching this tutorial video.
Myth #3 – You’re Not a Natural Singer
You have a set of lungs, right?
You have a set of vocal folds, right?
You have a head and bones with which to resonate in, right?
^ You’re a natural singer.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re actually SINGING naturally right now.
The same goes for perfect pitch – it’s not that some people “have it” and others “don’t”; it’s that there are really two different types of people out there, and two only;
People who sing correctly.
And people who don’t.
Let me be blunt with you for a moment – I was an absolutely awful singer when I first started singing.
I actually hated singing.
I didn’t even want to do it.
I just couldn’t find a singer for my band.
So I was it.
And it was just awful.
I strained, struggled, shouted, shrieked and made the absolute worst racket and had the SOREST voice ever, every time I sang.
But it’s not because I wasn’t a natural singer.
It’s because I was a BAD singer.
I had the WORST habits.
I had AWFUL technique.
So, my singing voice was bad, my tone was the worst, and my singing just sounded awful.
Singing is a skill, just like any other.
You can do it well, learn to do it well.
You can do it badly.
Hell, you can even LEARN to do it badly too.
But there’s no such thing as ‘natural’ singers other than guys who just “get it” from the first day they sing, and then there’s the rest of us who actually need to learn proper technique and spend time training our instrument.
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Well, it’s more of an offer.
Actually, it’s a GIFT.
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If you’re sick of myths.
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