Develop Your Singing Voice in 3 Simple Steps
What if I told you that you could get started developing your singing voice RIGHT NOW with 3 simple steps you can start working on TODAY?
Well my friend, that’s exactly what I’m going to do by teaching you how to PLACE your voice, MODIFY your vowel and sing in MIXED VOICE in three easy steps.
But doesn’t it take YEARS to build a great voice?
Sure – it’s going to take some practice, patience and perseverance, but I guarantee that with these three steps you’ll see massive progress in your voice instantly, and you’ll start seeing a light at the end of the YouTube-Singing-Video-Loop tunnel that you’ve probably been stuck on for a while.
Let’s start with placement.
How To Sing With Vocal Placement
I’m going to keep this as simple and practical as I possibly can.
Basically, “placement” is where you centralize your vocal tone – your vocal resonance if you will. When you sing, you need to place your voice FORWARD by making use of the bones of the face to bring your voice out of the throat and up into your vocal resonators;
- The pharnyx
- The mouth
- The nasal
Now, when we say “nasal”, I’m not talking about Daffy Duck or Billy Corgan (who’s voice I actually enjoy, secretly), I’m talking about BRIGHT and BALANCED.
Here’s a killer tutorial I’ve put together to help you understand and apply vocal placement in an easier way:
As you can see – it really IS super easy to sing when you’re give all the information up front and a specific path to follow/goals to work towards in your practice routine.
In short: Powerful singing comes from a forward placement.
How To Sing In Mixed Voice
Again, keeping it simple – your chest and head voice aren’t really two “different voices” per se. In fact, they actually come together in the centre of your range to create what some people call “Mixed Voice”.
Basically, the fold weight that creates pure chest voice gives way to a touch of the stretch that creates head voice – creating a blend of both forms of resonance and the tonal character of Mixed Voice that you hear in great singers like Chris Cornell and Stevie Wonder.
My favourite way of helping singers achieve Mixed Voice is what I like to call “Classroom Voice” – the room that you would use to address a classroom full of rowdy little kids. Now, you’re not going to scream and shout at the little darlings, but on the flip-side, you’re also not going to be all meek and quiet: you’re going to be Assertive and Pleasant.
“Okay everyone, pay attention!”
With this tone of voice, you’ll notice that you can slide in either direction towards chest voice, or up into head voice with Mixed Voice serving as the central connection. Pretty cool, right?
This one is about the easiest thing you’re ever going to learn, but there’s actually something you need to learn first:
We’re getting SERIOUS about singing now.
In the simplest terms, each of your registers has a specific tonal character for each of your vowel sounds. AH opens up into AW, then into OU and OO as you shift through each register:
- Chest Voice
- Chest Mix
- Head Mix
- Head Voice
In the same way that AY opens up into EH, then into IH and EE as you shift gears through each quadrant of the voice.
I’m going to show you EXACTLY how to do this in the video below (you can watch the full video with a “Before and After” of my own voice here)