Can I Improve My Singing Voice? [4 Powerful Vocal Tips]
If you've been wondering "Can I improve my singing voice - or am I just a bad singer?" you'll be glad to know that great singing is just around the corner with these 4 powerful vocal tips.
I'll admit that I once too thought that great singing was "just for naturals" and that a great singer was only good because they had something that I didn't have - talent. That is, until I discovered the importance of foundation in singing - without a firm grasp on the fundamentals, it's impossible to sing in key, extend your range or improve your tone.
When it comes to great singing; Foundation is King.
I took lessons for many years before this became apparent. Adding exercises after exercise and searching high and low for the next "advanced" technique that was going to help me with all the issues I was experiencing when the truth was much simpler and the solution so much easier than I ever though.
What Is Vocal Foundation?
As you might expect, foundation in singing is just like the foundation of a house; the concrete base that your walls and roof (tone and range!) are built upon and supported by. Without this solid foundation, you can build the fanciest wall you like; but it's going to fail in no time flat.
For a long time, I thought that Vowel Modification, Placement, Masque, Glottal Compression, Edge, Cry, Twang - were the answer to my prayers as a budding singer experiencing strain and tension; when the real reason for my tension and strain stemmed from the absolute basics and carried through to these more advanced techniques no matter how much I tried to modify my voice or add twang to my tone.
Yes, each of concepts is very important if you want to improve your singing, and will come into play as you improve and advance as a singer; but a turbocharger is useless in a car that has no wheels.
Foundation in singing includes connecting chest and head voice, developing forward placement, consistent airflow, mixed tonality and a firm grasp of the basics and fundamental exercises like lip trills, basic resonant sounds and forming your vowels correctly. After years and years of pushing and straining trying to achieve these 'advanced' concepts, I started focusing on The Four Vocal Fundamentals and saw more progress in a manner of weeks than I had seen in almost a decade of vocal lessons, expensive vocal courses and hour upon hour of frustration.
Where Do You Start Singing Better?
The first place to start singing better is the Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- All In One Flow
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- Mixed Tonality
These steps alone will take you further as a singer than any other method. In fact, every other concept and technique out there can be boiled down into these four simple steps;
Vowel Modification, Yawning, Raising The Soft Palate, Resonant Space, Vowel Tuning, The Internal Smile - all help you achieve Height In The Vocal Tract. Masque, Twang, Nay and Nyah exercises, a Bratty Tone, Edge, Brightness - all relate to Forward Placement. Diaphragmatic Breathing, Support, Appoggio, Compression - all refer to "All In One Flow" aka consistent airflow. Classroom voice, a Boyish tone, TA & CT, Blending resonance - all come from a Mixed Tonality.
As you can see, singing is actually a LOT more simple than it is made out to be. You can add as many confusing terms as you want to your repertoire as a singer; but these Four Vocal Fundamentals are really the true key to better singing. There's no point modifying your vowels if you have a low placement, there's no point singing forward if you lack height in the vocal tract and there's definitely no point trying to achieve a mixed tone when you have inconsistent airflow.
How To Learn The Four Vocal Fundamentals
The Four Vocal Fundamentals are the cornerstone of the Foundation Vocal Method that you'll find in the Foundation 101 singing course. I wanted to create the vocal method that I wished I had access to when I first started learning how to sing - basically, I want to save you the 10+ years of frustration and over $15,000 I spent in the process of learning how to sing.
Along with coaching personally over Skype (you can book a session with me in the menu at the top of this page) and with the Foundation Vocal Method courses Foundation 101 & Growth 101 - I've also started the Mixed Voice Singing Group where you can get the practical advice and demonstrations that noone else will give you - I regularly answer questions and provide video demonstrations and coaching in the group for my students, members and also as a platform for everyone using the Foundation 101 to ask questions and get professional help along the way from the guy who actually designed the course!
The Foundation 101 singing course will show you how to;
- Connect chest and head voice
- Warm up your voice effectively
- Form your vowels correctly
- The Four Vocal Fundamentals
- Increase your range
- Improve your tone
- Sing with forward placement
- Raise the soft palate and create resonant space
- SO much more!!
You can even get started right now with this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson which will show you the exact method I use to help my own students connect their chest and head voice to created mixed resonance and Mix Voice.
Instead of my constantly telling you just how great it is to sing with so much freedom and power, let me show you - here's a few quick examples of the singing I'm achieving now that I've mastered the Four Vocal Fundamentals and have built a rock solid vocal foundation; just imagine the incredible voice you're going to have when you master these four simple steps too!