Online Singing Classes
Learning how to sing can be a confusing and frustrating experience at the best of times, but it’s often made even more confusing by all the conflicting information out there and so many different courses and methods – all vying for your attention. These Free online singing classes will help you make more informed choices as to how to get started along your journey towards becoming a GREAT singer, while sharing insider knowledge and professional singing techniques that many other singing resources will make you pay for or package up in expensive courses.
Singing itself is actually a very simply process of managing pressure, vibration and resonance – sure, easier said than done, but it really IS that simple. All those complicated techniques out there like compression, appoggio, support, pharyngeal resonance and placement aren’t really necessary for every singer, and definitely aren’t the place to start if you’re a complete beginner. If you’re a beginner, or you’re having a few issues with your voice after, your first port of call is actually Foundation.
Foundation in singing really IS just like the foundation of a house, the rock solid base that your tone and range (walls and roof) are built upon. If even one slight issue pops up in your foundation, you’re going to experience issues with your voice and a lack of consistency – advanced techniques like glottal compression really aren’t going to help at this point because the slab is cracked and your house is destined to fall. Never fear, I’m about to share with you EVERYTHING that you need to learn to build a great foundation.
A great foundation for a great voice starts with healthy posture, breathing and setting up the mechanism – techniques that you will learn right here and right now. Absolutely everyone can set up a great foundation and improve their singing voice instantly, yes, even you!
Diaphragmatic Breathing is linked to your posture in many ways. A healthy posture for great singing looks a little something like this:
- Head up
- Shoulders Back
- Proud Chest
- Chin Parallel with the floor
Now, when you breathe, you need to engage your core as though there is a set of basketballs sitting underneath each of your arms at either side of your body. If you imagine breathing in through a very small drinking stray, low and sharp, you’ll notice that your breathing occurs near the sternum or upper belly rather than high in your chest – congratulations, you just set up your posture and achieved diaphragmatic breathing!
Support (Appoggio singing technique)
Now, support is one of those techniques that seems to be shrouded in mystery, mainly because there are SO many different names for support – prop, lean, Appoggio, power push, breath support and others. The truth is, support is actually very easy to achieve when you’ve set up a strong foundation. Support requires you to maintain the wide rib position and diaphragmatic engagement that we just discovered above – that’s it. Seriously, that’s all the ‘secret’ to support you’ll ever need to know. If your ribs and core collapse as you ascend in range or hold a phrase, you lack support. Now, if you maintain the wide rib position and keep your core engaged around the diaphragm, you’ll achieve a supported tone. See how easy singing can be when someone actually SHOWS you how it’s done?
Resonance is KEY to a great singing voice. Resonance occurs when you form your vowels correctly and create vibration instead of airflow. That’s right, your vocal folds vibrate with air pressure, they don’t just flap with the flow of air. By creating resonance instead of airflow, you’re going to notice an instant increase in range, power and of course learn to release vocal strain.
Resonance is super easy to create, and it’s likely you can already create a number of resonant sounds without realising. Sounds like N, NG, M, Z, V – these all require an element of resonance, that bright buzz that you feel either at the back of your head or towards the front of your face.
Learning HOW to maintain efficient resonance does take time and practice, but it’s truly key to building a great singing voice. The key to maintaining and achieving efficient resonance is actually your vowels.
Vowels in singing are a little different to those you use in speech. Of course, each accent and language is different, but in many cases, speech vowels occur through pronunciation at the front of the face/mouth – whereas a sung vowel actually occurs from a specific tongue shape and matching resonant space. By learning how to shape your vowels correctly, you’ll learn to achieve efficient and sustained resonance – which really IS the secret to great singing.
The easiest way for me to illustrate vowel shaping to you is for you to alternate between an EE and an AH sound – you’ll notice that the EE features your tongue high in the back of your mouth, and the AH sound makes your tongue lower to a concave at the base of your mouth – congratulations, you just shaped your first two vowel sounds. Now, each vowel sound has a number of variations beyond the three base shapes of OO, AH and EE, so these are the first three shapes you need to master.
Learning how to sing doesn’t have to be difficult, frustrating or even expensive – all you need is a vocal method designed FOR your voice, BY someone who understands your voice. I’ve been in exactly the same position as you as a singer who is frustrated with their lack of progress, and of course I also remember being a total beginner who was overwhelmed for choice when it came to vocal methods, singing techniques and marketing terms.
If you want to build a strong foundation, the best place to start is my Foundation 101 singing course which will set you up with a rock solid foundation of breathing, posture, placement, resonance, shaped vowels, mix voice and SO much more.
If you have any questions about learning how to sing or setting up a great posture, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.