Learn To Sing Online [Rock Singing Lessons]

Learn To Sing Online

I used to struggle with strain and tension when I sang high notes - actually, any notes at all. I bought books and DVDs, took singing lessons and even stalked my favourite local singers at gigs and tried to bail them up for free singing advice, and nothing seemed to work for my voice. I even started to question; maybe I just don't have what it takes to be a good singer? 

I practised building compression, I tried vowel modification, I (unfortunately) wasted a couple of years trying to "sing like you speak", I had a whole library of singing books that made sense in theory, but I just kept pulling up short with each approach until I was disheartened with the whole idea of singing. I finally got to a point where I put all the books and courses down and seriously questioned whether I should even bother practising singing anymore, I mean, I wasn't getting any younger and my voice wasn't getting any better...

... Until three simple steps turned everything around for me and I begun to make a living as a professional singer.

The true secret to becoming a great singer was much easier that I thought, and really centred around three basic concepts;

  1. Consistent airflow
  2. Height in the vocal tract
  3. Forward placement

I know, I know - you're probably already trying to support your voice, sing forward and raise the soft palate. But let me guess, you're trying to fix your vocal issues by adding MORE compression, raising the soft palate as HIGH as it will go and trying to sing as FORWARD as you possibly can, right? That was my number one issue as a fledgling singer; taking a piece of information or a technique and just running with it to the end of the field like my life depended on it. I would practice NYAH and MAH MAH MAH all day long until I was blue in the face and my voice was hoarse just hoping for that breakthrough that never came, until I discovered the simple concept of Vocal Foundation.

Foundation in singing really is just like the foundation of a home, the rock solid concrete base that your walls and roof (tone and range) are built upon. Without a solid foundation, your house will sink to the ground as it fails, just like a singing voice without solid fundamentals.

Along the way, I started to associate any/each exercise I practised with one of the three basic concepts above, and any that didn't fit the bill were thrown in the bin. When I practised lip trills I focused solely on consistent airflow and connecting chest and head voice. When i practised N or NG I focused solely on a forward, bright vocal tone. When I practiced vowel sounds like AH, EE and AY I focused predominantly on height in the vocal tract and pharngeal space.

Over time, these concepts started to seep into my actual singing and I could see how opening the vowel increased my available range, taking my placement forward increased my power ten fold and consistent airflow released my formed strain and tension like some magic remedy. My warmup routine became much more simplified and streamlined as my actual singing voice grew and grew to the point where I started honing my routine even more - and this is where I started developing the Foundation 101 approach to singing, based on 20 years of singing experience and now a decade of professional coaching expertise under my belt.

By setting up a rock solid foundation in the Foundation 101 course, you will learn to;

  • Connect chest and head voice
  • Sing with mixed voice
  • Form your vowels properly
  • Place your resonance to create an overtone
  • Create and manage resonant space
  • Balance your onset
  • Create twang and bright resonance
  • Warm up your voice effectively
  • SO much more

You can even get started right now with this exclusive Mixed Voice singing lesson in which I will share the simple process that I use with every single one of my students to help them created mixed resonance while connecting chest and head voice.

Want to see what all the fuss is about with the Foundation 101 approach to singing? Here's just a few examples of what I'm achieving using this powerful but simple approach to better singing - just imagine what you're going to achieve when you finally have a rock solid vocal foundation!

 

4 Comments

  1. Love this song! Your vocals are awesome and I’ve learnt so much from your videos. You really are a genuine baritone (speaking about the same pitch as myself) so to hear you sing this high tenor stuff with ease and power gives me so much hope ha ha. Thanks again

      • Actually I do! When Chad Kroeger does the line “You’ve gone too far” in the chorus of “This Means War” how does he get such a thick heavy sound? Is it safely reproducable? These are all g#4 and my voice sounds quite thin trying to sing this? Thanks

        • Absolutely – you need to modify your vowels correctly (AA/Awe/’Loft’ – EE/EH/’Loft-Eh’), along with compressing your diaphragm properly to balance your pressure vs. airflow as you ascend. His grit isn’t the healthiest thing, but it can be done safely if you develop very controlled breathing and compression techniques. So yes, it can be done! Generally – “Thin” means incorrectly placed resonance and likely closed vowels.

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