Sing great without fail by using these 3 HACKS TO ACTIVATE MIXED VOICE
I’m about to show you how to activate your mixed voice.
Not just talk about it, not just use the term – but actually SHOW you how it’s done.
For me personally, mixed voice was one of those ‘magic key’ kinda things – something I was searching for year after year without really knowing that I was looking for it.
Because terms like mixed voice are a bit of a rat’s nest.
Used incorrectly on YouTube.
I even had a singing teacher tell me once that “mixed voice is just marketing hype”.
But I’m here to show you otherwise – because without it, my voice was dead in the water.
… And WITH mixed voice – my voice has now become an absolute powerhouse with limitless range.
Watch the video below to learn exactly how to sing in mixed voice:
If you learned some seriously dynamite tips for singing with Mixed Voice in the video above – I’ve got another super special video that ISN’T actually available on YouTube.
That’s right – this private video is only available here on my website and will show you exactly how to modify your vowel in the way I’m doing in the above video to master my mixed voice in the higher range.
It only takes 3 months to
INCREASE YOUR SINGING RANGE
Try this out for 12 weeks and I absolutely guarantee you’ll increase your singing range by two octaves.
I’ve found this to be the gold standard for such an intensive timeframe.
Around two octaves, maybe a little more, maybe a little less.
But generally, it takes around three months to build two octaves of singing range.
Now, if you’ve already got a Freddie Mercury style range with 8 octaves, I probably can’t do much for you at this point.
But if you’ve been taking singing lessons for a bit, you’ve bought a course or two, you’ve been spending a bit of time on YouTube – or even if you’ve never sung before in your life; then I’ve got something magic to share with you about your voice;
Your potential is limitless.
And I should know…
… Because I absolutely SUCKED as a singer.
Less than an octave of range with a low voice to begin with – I really didn’t have anything going for myself when I first started learning how to sing some 20 years ago.
Basically, I was your classic “guitarist who can’t be bothered finding a singer for their band”.
Does that ring a bell for you?
I didn’t even WANT to be a singer to begin with.
I just had no choice.
I auditioned a bunch of singers for my band at the time – there was the 80’s glam metal guy with the bandanna, there was the goth guy, there was the guy that just started taking singing lessons, there was the guy who couldn’t sing at all, there was the trve metalhead, there was the guy in the 3/4 chinos and deck shoes; but noone was “just right” the way I wanted for my songs.
So I just did the damn vocals myself.
And that’s really where I started from as a singer.
So all the crazy growth I’ve enjoyed in my singing; something like <1 octave to four full octaves of connected power – is just gravy with a cherry on top.
And this is really where you’re at as a singer.
You have NO IDEA about your full potential as a singer.
And how could you?
It just seems like roadblock after roadblock, right?
So you obviously feel like you’re at an impasse, maybe you don’t have what it takes, maybe you’re just not a ‘natural’ singer and maybe your favourite singers are just ‘special’ in some unspoken way that you’re not?
But I can tell you that all of that is absolute BS.
Because I’ve been at this professionally for over a decade now – and I didn’t even WANT to be a singer when I first started.
My highest note was about an F3, maybe a G3 if I yelled REALLY loud.
And after ten years of singing lessons it was about a G4 to A4 – and much the same about yelling REALLY loud.
But my whole approach as a singer has absolutely changed.
This isn’t a game of “lift weights = get muscles”.
It’s a game of “sing in the right way = get great singing voice”
And that’s really what I wanted to share with you in the video below.
The RIGHT way to sing – the fundamental workings of your singing voice.
Watch now to master The Four Vocal Fundamentals once and for all:
Now, what about this “three month” business?
I’m about to get to that.
I’ve put together another special video that is NOT available on my YouTube and is only available here on the website using this link.
Hit the link below to learn the #1 most important thing you will EVER learn as a singer.
And if you apply the technique I’m about to share with you in this video, I absolutely guarantee that you’ll see a serious amount of growth in your voice in not only 3 months – but in 30 days.
Are you making these 3 FATAL VOCAL MISTAKES EVERY BEGINNER SINGER MAKES
So you’ve been learning how to sing.
Spinning those YouTube videos like a set of wheels.
Practicing lip trills.
Grinding through those warmups day in day out.
But you’re not getting anywhere.
Sure, the first few days of that course, the first couple of singing lessons made a HUGE difference in your voice.
But now those wheels are slipping in the mud and you’re losing traction.
Sometimes it even feels like you’re going BACKWARDS every time you practice.
But it ain’t your fault, no sir.
You’re making these 3 fatal vocal mistakes.
#1 – Limiting beliefs
We’ll get to the practical “technique” mistakes in a moment, but the reason you feel like skipping past this hippy-dippy stuff is the same reason you’ve stalled in your singing;
You have limiting beliefs.
And there’s an important reason why they’re so fatal for your voice:
Your vocal mechanism is involuntary.
I’m serious – test this now by flexing your LEFT vocal fold on it’s own.
… you can’t do it, right?
Okay, no flex your cricothyroid muscle (aka the ‘head voice’ muscle)
… you can’t do it, right?
That’s because much of the vocal mechanism is involuntary and the result of intention.
Ergo, your beliefs and mental state really DO have a physical impact on your ability to sing, and your ability to progress in your vocal abilities.
If you’ve been cranking that vocal routine day in day out with ZERO results – this is my best bet for where you’re stalling.
When things go WRONG with your voice and you miss those high notes, I bet you’re feeling something along these lines;
[insert favourite singer] just has an amazing voice
I’m not a natural
I’m a baritone
I’m too old
I don’t have that type of voice
My voice doesn’t do “this” or “that”
My voice breaks
My voice flips every time I try a siren
I have a bad voice
And I get it, some of that may be a reality for you right here, right now – the reason you’re here is because you’re YET to be able to sing like your favourite singer, right?
But none of these are finite realities for your voice.
And I would know.
Because I really AM a baritone. My voice really DID break and flip. I really WASN’T a natural.
But, none of these are an indication of your potential as a singer, and the rest are just superficial excuses because our brains are always looking for confirmation bias. A reason why we fail. A reason why others are ‘better’ than us. A reason why things are hard.
“Oh, I’m special”
I hate to break it to you kiddo – you ain’t special.
Your voice is just like mine… And just like Aretha’s… And just like Chris Cornell’s.
You’re just not USING IT in the same way.
If your voice is flipping and breaking – it’s because your approach needs work.
You’re not a baritone (or maybe you are) – but that’s no excuse for YELLING everything
If you have a bad sounding voice – your vowels and placement need work
There’s a physical REASON for every quirk in the voice. If you’re doubting your ability to connect chest and head voice – tell me in the comments below how the soft palate functions through your second break period? How the velar port works? Where the CT muscle is? Where is the sphenoid?
^ I’ll bet you can answer few, if any of those questions.
And THAT is where your limitation lies as a singer – education and practical application, not in your potential or your anatomy.
Clear your mind, take it slow, sing bright but quiet, focus on The Four Vocal Fundamentals and sing naturally without trying to yell through everything or to sound cool or to sound loud.
Focus on the task at hand with a free mind and you’ll start moving forward again.
The amount of beginners that I get through my studio who sing for me the first time and they are YELLING.
As LOUD as they possibly can.
With as MUCH chest voice as they can possibly push.
Your voice actually functions as two halves to make a whole – you might feel like your head voice is ‘weak’ and falsetto; but that’s because you’re singing in falsetto, not HEAD VOICE – they’re two different things.
Head Voice involves full closure of the vocal folds and “full voice” in your high range, and falsetto is exactly that – a false closure of the folds that produces a high overtone just like the harmonic you’ll find at the 12th fret of a guitar.
Watch this video to learn how to REALLY sing high notes in full voice without yelling and shouting.
The key to a powerful and effortless high range is NOT to take chest voice as high as you physically can – it’s TONAL INTENT my friend, learn it:
If this video on Tonal Intent gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy about a BETTER way to sing that isn’t just yelling in chest voice, hit this link to watch the absolute BEST training video you’re ever going to see (this video isn’t available on my YouTube channel!) – Big Dreams? You need a BIG VOICE to match [VIDEO]
#3 – You’re not following the blueprint for your voice
I’m not talking about some special blueprint that you can only buy from me or some marketing BS like that – I’m talking about the way your voice functions.
The way EVERY voice functions.
Our arms and legs all work in the same way – and our voices are actually no different.
More complex, sure.
More variables, sure.
But we essentially all have the same motor and mechanism driving our voices.
But you’re stuck in neutral and trying to drive 100mph down the highway at night without your headlights on.
There is a very specific WAY that your voice functions, and when you learn to sing, you’re really just learning to facilitate this natural functionality of your voice.
Technically, you’re not really “building” much other than coordination and new neural pathways and habits.
Most of the muscles involves in singing are absolutely tiny – great singers don’t have big muscular necks because they’ve “weightlifted” their voice into obedience.
They’ve just learned the blueprint of their voice.
And it’s actually SUPER easy to develop.
You can start right now by watching THIS VIDEO to learn the #1 most important thing you’re ever going to learn about your voice – how to sing vowel sounds correctly.
HOW TO RE-WIRE YOUR SINGING VOICE 3 DESTRUCTIVE SINGING HABITS THAT WILL FRY YOUR VOICE
We all have ’em.
Hell, even if you’ve never sung a single note in your life you’ve got vocal habits.
They come from your speaking voice.
All these variables create the perfect storm for you to FAIL at singing before you’ve ever started.
And I should know – having an Aussie accent is about the worst thing you could ever do for learning how to sing.
PLUS I’ve got a naturally low voice to begin with.
AND I grew up listening to rock and metal so “sing” was a pretty broad term for me initially.
But I’m here to show you how to re-wire your voice so you can STOP with these fatal vocal habits right here, right now – and reboot your voice to it’s former glory, ready to build more range and more power than you’ve ever enjoyed before.
Vocal Habit #1 – Glottal Stops
A key aspect of communication in speech, glottal stops are often found in sounds such as G, K and on the ‘onset’ of your vowel sound and many other consonants.
Basically, before you sing – your vocal folds are inadvertently coming together and closing off your throat.
Creating a glottal stop.
And ultimately a glottal ONSET – where you blow apart your vocal folds to make them start vibration.
It kinda sounds like a grunty UH or GUH before you sing what should be a pleasant, easy and resonant tone or word.
When it comes to vocal health, glottal onsets are the absolute PITS – repeatedly slamming your vocal folds together and then forcefully wrenching them apart over and over is obviously not the way to go.
But they’re a habit in almost all speaking accents.
Hell, I’ve even seen one of the ‘top’ voice coaches in the world recommending you do glottal onsets to ‘create compression’ *buzzer* eeeee – wrong.
When you sing WELL, your vocal folds come together at the moment of air pressure release so they ‘balance’ together with instant resonance and instant vibration – with no other crap in the way.
A glottal onset is the absolute opposite of what those shonky YouTube teachers mistakenly call “open throat singing” in their marketing material – ultimately teaching you to sing CLOSED in the process (confused much? me too).
Keep it open, keep it relaxed and remember – your true singing voice is RESONANT not GLOTTAL.
Vocal Habit #2 – Pushing chest voice as high as possible
Now this one all depends on exactly HOW and WHY you’re trying to carry your chest voice higher.
The right way to do this is actually to connect and bridge into your head voice via “mixed voice” where both chest and head voice interplay against/with each other to create a literal bridge between your registers that your full voice can travel through.
The WRONG way to do it is the way that those same dodgy YouTube teachers try to get you to “build your chest voice” by taking it as high as possible and delaying the transition into head voice.
^ But what even they don’t realise, is that your mixed voice, hell – even BELTING is partly created through use of the CT muscle (aka the “head voice muscle”). So in essence, they’re doing one thing themselves while telling you that you need to do the total opposite.
Learn to connect head and chest voice first, then develop the bridge. Taking your chest voice higher and higher and higher is only going to delay the inevitable breaking and straining that is going to happen with this awful approach to singing.
Don’t do it.
It’s called “mixed voice” for a reason – it’s a mix of head and chest voice TOGETHER.
Vocal Habit #3 – Cherry picking
I often ask my prospective students if they’re currently working through anyone else’s course or taking lessons with another teacher at the same time they intent to work with me.
And if so, I refuse to work with them until they see THAT method all the way through to the end, THEN come to me with all the questions and issues they have.
That might sound like awful marketing advice on my own part (well, it IS terrible marketing advice) to refuse to work with people, but it’s for good reason.
Many teachers use the same terms to describe two different things, or different terms to describe the SAME thing – creating a shitstorm of confusion for students who are trying to cherry pick information from various methods and create a Frankenstein voice.
(wait, is that Frankenstein…. or a zombie??)
Different singing methods are simply different languages with different styles and approaches to certain idiosyncrasies of style – meaning, a rock guy is likely to make “rock choices” in their singing and teaching approach, and a “pop guy” is probably going to make different choices.
So first up, you have to really work out which method is right for you, and which teacher is really speaking to YOU, your voice, your dreams and your issues.
But that’s pretty hard to do when most online teachers charge through the nose for you to even ask them a question – and most of their training videos are glorified advertisements for their course.
But not this little Aussie duckling, no sirree.
I’m about to share a special video with you – one that takes you through my own journey from the point you’re at RIGHT NOW as a singer, through to building a successful singing studio that reaches 30+ countries all around the world each week, releasing albums professionally and ultimately smashing goal after goal with the voice I’ve built using the simple trick I’m about to share with you in this video.
No course sale, no marketing – just my own truth and REAL coaching advice from someone who has been exactly where you are.
Watch this video now to finally make heads or tails of this whole crazy singing thing:
If you’re serious about taking your voice to the NEXT LEVEL and finally reaching your dreams and ticking off those goals one by one with a proven and guaranteed method – the ORIGINAL foundation vocal method, add your details below to get your free vocal plan including a special vowel modification training video, the Mastering The Art of Singing guide and Vowel Modification Cheat-Sheet:
When I first started learning how to sing, I spent WAY too much money.
Over $15,000 on singing lessons to be exact.
So this is close to my heart in many ways.
The “cost” of singing lessons and the “value” of singing lessons are really two different things.
If someone charges you $20 an hour to give you singing lessons – and you stay with them every week for two years, you’ll spend approximately $2,080.
Now, if you set a serious goal with a coach who charges $200 per hour, and it only takes 5 sessions spread over three months to reach that goal and take a serious step forward with your singing – you’ll spend about $1,000.
Cost and value really aren’t the same thing, especially when it comes to singing lessons.
And I would know – I took singing lessons for around 8 years.
… And learned basically nothing.
I only did four sessions with my last teacher over about four months and learned more than I’ve learned in those four lessons that I had learned in hundreds of lessons in the previous decade.
He wasn’t cheap.
But ultimately, the VALUE was much greater and I spent way less actually learning to sing better with him than I did if I spend “half as much” superficially in the short term… but ultimately five times as much in the long term with my previous coaches who really weren’t helping me sing any better, and I had to stay in ‘student mode’ with them for longer, still struggling to reach my goals.
I’m sure at this point you’re expecting me to tell you that I charge $150 an hour, and that you absolutely must book in with me for a singing lessons.
But no, that ain’t the way I roll.
I’m not even going to give you a link to my booking calendar.
… Because I’m just too busy to take on part time students.
I only work towards SPECIFIC goals with committed students who are working towards a recording, an audition, a song, a specific vocal line and a real goal.
But for your purposes right now, I’m going to do much better than making you set a goal to work with me – I’m going to teach you for free.
Watch the video below to learn exactly how I turned my one octave of anemic vocal range into the four full octaves of power that I now enjoy:
If you dug the video above and you learned some seriously killer stuff about Tonal Intent and how you’re going to use it to build an insane amount of vocal range – I’ve put aside some time in my booking calendar to meet with you over Skype and answer all of the questions you have about singing high notes with ease using Tonal Intent. Hit the link below to book your free 20 minute consult with me:
^ I’ve included links above to my students’ many endeavours and businesses since mastering the simple skill I’m about to share with you in the video below.
And what is the big difference between the 4% who succeed in a MAJOR way like the guys and gals I shared with you above – and the 96% schmucks on YouTube who ask questions like “can you teach me… but for less than Ken Tamplin charges??” (immediately trashed) and “Brett Manning says NOT to try and sing vowels, can you teach me speech singing?” (immediately trashed) and “Chris Liepe says to sing like a dying cat – can you do a video on that?” (immediately trashed).
^ These guys will never succeed.
I hate to say it.
It brings me no pleasure.
The 4% of people who AREN’T like that are asking things like:
Hey Kegan, I’m working on an album, and there’s a specific song I’m having trouble hitting an A4 in.
Hey man I can sing a C5 in head voice and yell a G4 in chest voice but nothing in the middle – I’m sick of it. How do I connect them?
You don’t just sing – you TEACH. Thankyou. Can I send you a clip of a song I’m having trouble with to get some tips?
Thnks I’m having trouble applying the fundamentals though – how does it work in a song? Can I email you
You just met the 4% of budding GREAT singers who have REAL questions that aren’t related to some ridiculous “open throat” singing lesson or “how to sing like” video or “voice coach reacts” reality TV video.
Real questions equals real results.
Now, I could go right ahead and ask you what your REAL questions were about singing.
Not about belting.
Or Brett Manning.
Or Ken Tamplin.
Real questions about YOUR voice that you want HELP with.
How to sing higher notes.
How to bridge chest and head.
How to sing with finesse.
Why you’ve got “two” voices instead of “one” connected voice.
Why your onsets are so hard.
Why you have issues with plosive consonants.
^ Real questions equal real results.
The reason why 96% of singers FAIL point blank – is because they’re asking the WRONG questions.
I’ll give you an opportunity to ask me the right questions in a moment.
But first, I want to share the most important training video you’re EVER going to see.
THE FOUR VOCAL FUNDAMENTALS.
It does exactly what it says on the box – these four basic techniques are absolutely fundamental to your growth as a singer;
Now, if you dug the above video and it was EYE OPENING for a multitude of reasons, I’ve put aside some time in my booking calendar to meet with you over Skype/Zoom for you to ask me those REAL questions that you have about your singing voice and approach.
Hit the link below to book your free 20 minute vocal blueprint session with me:
WARNING: This trick will DOUBLE YOUR VOCAL RANGE IN 4 EASY STEPS
Learning how to sing is a total nightmare, right?
Voice coaches are literally a dime a dozen on YouTube… except they don’t charge a dime to work with you, they charge hundreds.
You’ve got a guy telling you to sing “open”
And another telling you to sing “like you speak”
And some other guy telling to sing like a “dying cat”
^ All literal instructions I just found in a quick search on YouTube.
Basically, learning how to sing in 2022 is a total shit show.
But what if I told you how to double your vocal range with easy, proven steps? No fluff, no marketing, no course sale, no mystery techniques like “Open throat”. Just 4 practical instructions that you can apply now that WILL help you sing higher, better, with more power and a better tone.
(I think this last one is probably going to speak to you the most though, right?)
Basically, EVERY single vocal technique out there, EVERY method and EVERY exercise ever recommended boils down to just FOUR simple fundamentals.
The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
Height in the vocal tract
“All in one flow”
I know, i know – that sounds like a whole bunch-o-crunch-a-vocal-jargon, right?
Well it’s not.
Because I’m about to explain how, when and why to learn, develop and use these techniques when you sing!
#1 – Forward Placement
You might have noticed that your favourite singers have a great tone.
Bright, cutting but warm and defined at the same time.
AKA – Forward Placement
Basically, when you sing correctly, your intention must be directed ‘forward’ into the bones of the face to bring the voice out of the throat. In essense, a bright vocal tone that has a touch of effective ‘treble’ to balance out your voice results in an instant boost in volume, power and dexterity in your singing.
When it comes to rock singing in particular – forward placement is the bees knees.
One step better than just ‘telling you’ to sing with forward placement, here’s the best vocal placement tutorial you’re EVER going to see:
Now, if you dig what you’ve seen in the video above – I’m going to cut to the chase and offer you a free 20 minute consult with me so you can ask me all of those burning questions about vocal placement that absolutely no one else is answering for you.
#2 – Height In The Vocal Tract
This one is exactly how it sounds – you need to raise the soft palate to create ‘height’ in the vocal tract.
If you’ve been mistakenly thinking that “open throat” is like expanding your neck ready to chug a beer – the ‘open’ in open throat actually refers to raising and narrowing the vocal tract within the pharynx. So, “open” isn’t yelling EH and AH with as much chest voice as possible – there’s actually an ever changing space/size/shape within the soft palate that allows your resonance to ‘ping’ in every register; yes, even head voice can sound just as full and powerful as your chest voice when you nail this one.
So with all that outta the way – “All in one flow” is the most practical way I can illustrate how to manage your airflow when you sing.
Basically, don’t sing choppy or staccato – instead, make sure you sing a vocal line with ONE exhalation.
Try a vocal line, anything, any song.
Your airflow was jumpy and all over the place, right?
Now, try it again as though the whole line is sung on ONE long, continued, managed “sigh”.
So, a vocal line like “In my eyes, indisposed” wouldn’t be sung as “IN. MY. EYES. IN. DISPOSED”, it would be sung more as a continuous phrase like “EH-n-m-AH-ee-AH-ee-z, EH-nd-IH-s-p-OU-zd”.
All in one flow baby, learn it.
#4 – Tonal Intent
Number four is so important it gets it’s own special video.
Tonal Intent is the key to all great rock singing.
Double your vocal range by watching this video now:
If you’re serious about doubling your vocal range, becoming a better singer, nailing those high notes or even just improving your tone of the range you already have – I’ve put aside some time in my calendar for you to meet with me in a free 20 minute consult. Hit the link below to book your spot with me now as there is currently only 3 remaining spots for June
And what I’m about to share with you is definitely NOT….. boring.
In fact, this might just be THE most exciting thing you’ve ever read/watched/learned about singing in your whole life.
And this tip goes against everything you’ve ever seen on YouTube, and goes against all the advice that everyone else out there is parroting.
“The secret is in MY Open Throat technique!”
“The answer is in MY course!”
“I’M the best coach out there!”
“Look at ME sing”
Are you picking up the pattern?
They’re all about themselves. Self indulgent me-me-me-me-me.
And that’s the advice that they give to you – completely self indulgent with their own interests in mind.
Either selling you their overpriced course (that doesn’t actually have any answers in it), selling you a bunch of overpriced lessons where… you guessed it – you learn absolutely nothing, or even worse just trying to drum up views and likes on YouTube so that rake in those google advertising dollars.
It’s actually in their best interest for you to have issues and to continue to struggle.
If there’s no struggling singers left, then they’re outta luck and outta business.
You might wonder why I’m so passionate and firey about this subject – and it’s because I personally spent over 10 years learning from so called experts like that that didn’t help me sing higher notes, didn’t help me with my goals – and oh yeah, also fleeced me out of some $15,000 dollars along the way.
It still hurts.
And it’s really one of the reasons that I became a voice teacher in the first place – when I finally worked all of this stuff out, it was just so SIMPLE that I absolutely had to start sharing it, unbiased, unfiltered, just stright-up as only an Aussie can do.
And we’re going to start with a BIG one – how to build an absolutely insane amount of vocal range.
More range than you’re ever going to know what to do with.
Oh yeah, and it’s FAST.
All you’ve gotta do is watch the video below to learn my simple 4 step process for building an offensive amount of vocal range:
Oh yeah, at the end of the video I mentioned a link to download all of my training materials for free.
And while we’re talking LEARNED high range, here’s the latest original with my band Dead Spirit Communion that displays a bunch of high D, E, F and G5’s I now enjoy – Voice Coach Original [VIDEO]
Get the jist?
I’ll be upfront and point out that this obviously didn’t happen over night.
Even my low range used to be pretty sketchy.
But I learned something quite incredible that absolutely NOONE else out there seems to be talking about.
Something that I’ve now realised EVERY great singer from John Fogerty to Aretha to Chris Cornell to Ray Charles to Steve Perry to Layne Staley is/was using to nail high notes time after time like it was in their sleep.
What? No “The secret is Open Throat technique!” or “The answer is in my course!” or “I’m the greatest singer/coach that ever lived!”.
I ain’t one of those guys.
Maybe it’s an Aussie thing, but that sort of self indulgence just doesn’t fly down under.
Tell the truth of piss off.
Be upfront or go home.
And that’s how I roll as a voice teacher, and have been rolling now for over a decade.
Let me show you how Tonal Intent works:
At the end of the video, I mentioned a free vocal plan you can join up to for free and receive all of my training guides, all of my free training videos delivered right to your email.
I’m going to do one better than that by sharing ANOTHER free training video with you that isn’t actually available with my other videos on youtube.
Now, about all that “more range than you can handle!” business.
There is WAY more range available to you than you’ve ever dreamed of.
But it’s not pushed chest voice.
It’s not head voice.
It’s BOTH leveraged together – a little of the TA muscle and a little bit of the CT muscle.
Mixed Voice if you will.
But it’s more than that.
It’s actually a whole approach to singing that applies Tonal Intent, Vowel Modification, Placement, Support and a few other juicy PRACTICAL techniques that really do work like a charm when you learn to apply them.
Again, the “practical” is important here.
Learning how to sing isn’t like building big showoff muscles at the gym.
It’s an expression of finesse, care and control.
You can already wail those same D5’s I’ve become well known for – you just don’t know it yet.
And here’s where the “more than you can handle” comes in.
When I first started learning how to sing, I would have KILLED just to sing those F/G/A3s that I was struggle with so I could sing a few Animals and Doors songs I liked.
And when I started to get those notes I would have KILLED to be able to sing a D4/A4/B4 so I could sing an Alice in Chains song.
And when those notes turned up in my range I would have KILLED to be able to sing a D5/E5/F5 so I could sing a Soundgarden song convincingly.
And now that I’m there…
I realise that the goal posts are forever changing based on your abilities and your perception.
There’s absolutely no WAY that you currently have perspective on singing in the 5th octave with ease, power and confidence when you’re still struggling way down at your first break.
And that’s fine.
But it’s important to understand.
Those limiting beliefs that I had about my voice are the #1 thing that I see holding back singers just like you and me every single day in my teaching studio.
Hell, they held ME back for almost a decade.
TEN YEARS of wasted singing lessons and my highest note was about an E4 – it was pathetic.
But only pathetic because I believed that that was my highest potential – to yell an E4.
Because I had a low voice.
Because I’m aussie.
Because I was about 30 already (at the time)
Because I had blown my voice out about a gadjillion times
Because of this.
Because of that.
Blah Blah Blah.
Does any of that sound familiar?
Let me put this in perspective for you.
I can’t skydive.
I’ve never jumped out of a plane.
I have absolutely NO idea what you’re supposed to do, how you’re meant to go about it, how to pack a chute, how and when and where to pull the chord.
Basically, put me in a plane, open the doors and I’m fucked.
So it’s just a belief that I have that “I can’t skydive”.
But the truth is, there’s technique to be learned, a whole world of expertise to be had, a whole experience to be had.
But I’m not going to go out this weekend and book a skydiving tour, now am I?
Because I just can’t CURRENTLY do it – and I have no incentive to learn.
And that, my friend, is exactly where you’re at as a singer. There’s a whole wealth of technique and expertise to be had that WILL make you an absolutely insane singer with limitless range you really won’t know what to do with. But currently, you “can’t do it” and really, your incentive to jump head first, both feet first in just isn’t there because you doubt yourself.
It’s called a self fulfilling prophecy.
Manifestation if you will.
You can’t sing a high note, so, you can’t sing a high note.
You’re not sure how to WORK towards singing high notes, so, you aren’t working towards singing high notes.
There’s the roadblock that has been holding you back as a singer.
Making sense of singing technique 3 PRACTICAL STEPS TO MASTER ANY VOCAL TECHNIQUE
When you think of your favourite singers riding around in a limo, drinking champagne before the show, waltzing on stage at showtime and magically wailing D5’s to mass applause – you probably don’t think of lip trills, classical exercises or vocal routines, right?
Let’s face it, vocal technique isn’t exactly glamourous.
Vocal terms definitely aren’t my favourite thing about being a singer either.
But what if I told you there was a simple 3 step process to mastering ANY vocal technique?
Three simple questions you need to ask before doing a vocal exercise.
If you’ve been practicing day after day, week after week trying to exercise your way to a better singing voice – I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it hasn’t been working, right?
And that’s because you’re making three mistakes that you can fix RIGHT now and see an immediate boost in your abilities as a singer.
#1 – What is the POINT of the technique/exercise?
This one seems obvious, but I’m absolutely serious. Do you know WHY lip trills are intended to help you sing better? You’ve been drilling them like crazy every day – but I bet you’re not aware of how the velar port is meant to sit on a correctly sun trill, how your pharyngeal space alters in the mixed register, where/when/how to bridge between chest and head on your trills. Lip trills are great for SO many things in your voice – but this isn’t always a good thing, because with so many variables, there is many opportunities for mistakes and time to be wasted. Without honing in on the ‘point’ of the trill you’re practicing, you simply won’t see the positive results you’re meant to be getting out of all that time and practice.
Whatever exercise or technique you’re currently working on – knowing WHY and WHY and HOW it works, and what it’s for in a practical sense is going to be a lifechanging experience for you as a singer. Sure, vowel modification helps you sing higher, but HOW do you go about it, and how do you apply it in real songs? <- the answer to much of your struggles as a singer.
#2 – How do you apply it in a practical sense in actual singing?
There’s no point singing an A4 in a vowel modification drill if you can’t sing an A4 in an actual song, period.
Do I need to elaborate on this one? For me, this was MASSIVE in the process of becoming a better singer. In fact, I’ve replaced most of the boring vocal exercises I used to do as a beginner through intermediate singer with favourite vocal lines that achieve the same thing because I know exactly how the techniques and exercises are meant to function and benefit the voice.
If you’re practicing an exercise or working on a vocal technique, it’s important that you start working on “the practical” as soon as possible or you’re simply wasting your time.
#3 – Variables
The voice has many variables – the soft palate, the epiglottis, the TA muscle, the cricothyroid, the diaphragm, airflow, resonance, tone, register.
And with each of these variables, it’s important you break down each exercise and technique you’re working on into each of the possible variables. Ie: when you are practicing vowel modification, how high should the soft palate be? Should there be airflow through the nose? Where does the tongue sit? How much compression and where should it be applied?
Learning which variables apply to each exercise and each technique is THE fastest way to become a better singer.
In this video I’m going to take you through each of the variables in vowel modification and how it relates to singing REAL songs in a practical sense.
If you’re sick of the YouTube treadmill of video after video after video and being pulled in 20 different directions by coaches that say stuff like “the answer is in my course!” (spoiler: it’s not) and “the key to great singing is my open throat technique!” (La Gola Aperta/aka Open Throat Singing has actually been around for hundreds of years.) – then you absolutely must watch this video because it’s one of the very few actual training videos out there that SHOWS YOU how to sing better; not just talks about it.
Watch the training video below:
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