Do You Want More Vocal Range?
Well of course you do - who would ever say they have enough vocal range? And what is "enough" range anyone?
The REAL question is - HOW do you get more vocal range?
There are countless methods and approaches out there, so where exactly do you start? Where should you focus your time?
Let's take a quick look at YouTube singing lessons for example; a quick search for, let's say something like "How To Sing Like Chris Cornell" on YouTube yields literally millions of results. There's a guy near the top saying that he is "better than everyone else", there's another guy saying "sing like a dying cat" and there's countless other videos that just seem to miss the mark in singing like Chris Cornell at all - so where do you start?
The reality is, none of these videos is going to help you sing better, let alone reach the lofty goal of singing like Chris Cornell. YouTube videos aren't really designed to help you sing any better at all - Reaction videos, marketing terms, trending keywords, subscribers, the "wow" factor - that's what these videos are all about; exciting and tantalising you just enough to get you to subscribe and watch 20 other videos that also fail to teach you anything practical about singing, while making the channel thousands in advertising revenue while you waste your time.
Want to know the real secret to spectacular singing technique? Vocal Foundation Is King.
Thoroughly underwhelming and unexciting, right? But it's absolutely the truth. Without the fundamentals, your voice lacks foundation - and when it comes to singing, Foundation really IS just like the foundation of a house being built; the rock solid base that your range and tone (walls and roof) are supported by. Marketing terms like "Edge" and "Glottal Compression" are just part of the package to make you feel like you're missing something - and only these channels or approaches can give it to you.
Genius marketing, sure, but totally useless when it comes to learning how to sing.
Let's look at Glottal Compression for example - did you know that there are actually four main segments to the glottis relevant to singing? The subglottis (below the folds) the glottis (or "medial" - between the folds), supraglottis (above the folds) and the epiglottis (AES - twang at the very top of your throat). So when someone says that "the true secret to great singing is Glottal Compression" or that "the secret to singing like Chris Cornell is Glottal Compression" - it's kind of like saying the secret to building a house is timber. Sure, many houses have timber, if not all houses - but the term "timber" doesn't actually illustrate how to make a doorway, or a window, or walls, or plumbing, or electrical wiring. You might go out and buy a whole pile of lumber - but you're not going to have the skills to actually build a house in any way, shape or form. In short, it's a buzz word designed to confuse the hell out of you so you feel like you're missing something, and only their channel or approach can give it to you.
Does this sound familiar?
Are you still wondering why nothing seems to be working for your voice?
This is why I've all but abandoned YouTube as a voice teaching avenue - and instead set up a private group for singers who are really dedicated to improving their voices; not just being entertained by reaction videos and snippy videos about other coaches. After all, I'm a singing teacher - not a YouTube personality.
You might be wondering why exactly I'm doing this - I mean, no other coaches are really putting it all out there and showing you how it's done without a paywall, marketing terms or roadblocks and mystery. The truth is, I'd rather help 5 dedicated singers to improve their voices than entertain 100,000 subscribers with a viral video. Sure, it's a sucky business model; but when it comes to helping others actually sing better, it really works.
The real secret to great singing is Foundation - but what about vocal range and learning to sing higher notes? Will the basics like mixed voice and balanced onsets help you sing higher notes and increase your vocal range? In short - yes. I'll be honest though, it's taken time, dedication, practice, setbacks, many "Aha!" moments and even more practice, practice and practice to reach a point where I can comfortably say I'm happy with my vocal range and to sing like Chris Cornell with ease. But instead of just telling you all about how great it is to sing with freedom, here's a few quick examples of what I'm achieving now that I've developed a killer vocal foundation - just imagine the amazing voice you're going to have when you stop wasting time on YouTube and start developing the true fundamentals!
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The #1 question I get with my original music is - But HOW are you singing in that high range as a Baritone?
If I had to pick two simple elements out of the fundamentals for you to focus on right now; I would have to say Vowels and Placement. Sure, there's more to singing than vowels and placement, but these two elements alone will not only improve your voice instantly when you use the Foundation vocal approach, but they will continue to develop, build and allow ongoing progress and gains in your range, tone and confidence as a singer.
Remember, ANY issue you're experiencing as singer is a direct result of your foundation, the concrete slab that your vocal home is built upon. Adding solar panels to a house without a foundation slab is pure madness, in the same way that trying to add compression to a voice without the fundamentals is incredibly risky and pointless. Compression for example, is actually the result of healthy vocal technique and the end result of dedicated practice and continued development of your ability to support diaphragmatically - it's not a magic switch that a great singer (or a YouTube guru) has discovered that you need to buy from them; it's actually the result of great fundamentals and a strong foundation.
The true secret to great singing is a great foundation.
If you want help with your singing right now, you can join the Mixed Voice Singing Group for personalised help from me with your singing. I've also designed a specialised Vocal Improvement Calculator to help calculate exactly how much range and improvement you could develop with the Foundation vocal approach; it's just a few quick questions but it's incredibly accurate in ascertaining your potential for vocal improvement.
Are you serious about improving your voice? Foundation truly is key.
Do You Have What It Takes?
For many years I wondered whether I really had what it takes to become a better singer - and really just wished someone could TELL ME whether it was possible or not; and exactly where I should be investing my time and effort for greater progress and more efficient use of my time.
Well now it's possible!
This simple Vocal Improvement Quiz will show you the exact potential you have to improve your singing voice; best of all it's quick and easy, super accurate and most singers are absolutely SHOCKED at the results!