How To Be A Singer
So you've got BIG DREAMS of being a powerhouse singer - you know, the kind of singer with the confidence to sing in front of hundreds or thousands of people like it's a walk in the park. The kind of singer that makes people go "Holy Shit!" when they hear you sing. The kind of singer who nails it night after night after night.
Let me share with you what I've learned over the past twenty years of growing into the kind of singer I always dreamed of myself. Check out some of the feedback that my singing gets now that I've learned the simple trick to vocal confidence that I'm about to share with you:
To be mentioned alongside some of my own favourite singers is definitely a trip - but more importantly, being respected for having my own style and singing my own original songs, not just doing passable vocal covers, is really the kind of singer that I dreamed of becoming many years ago.
If you've got big dreams, then it's obvious that you need a BIG VOICE to match - and that's what I want to share with you.
How To Build a BIG Voice
I guess the first place to start is to really share where I came from as a singer - a "before" that illustrates exactly the kind of progress and improvements I had to make to get from being a total amateur to being a respected professional singer.
I wasn't a natural, let's get that clear.
While I grew up listening to all kinds of great music from Creedence to Black Sabbath care of my parents - I definitely don't come from a musical family. In fact, one of my very first singing 'lessons' involved my singing teacher telling me I just didn't have the kind of voice needed to be a singer - that I should make the most of what little range I had at the time and focus on doing Johnny Cash covers instead of trying to learn how to sing higher notes like my favourite singers like Chris Cornell, Layne Staley and Bon Jovi.
My early years of learning how to sing were actually littered with a lot of similar experiences with singing teachers who really just didn't know what to do with my voice, and in what was probably more a reflection of their own limitations as a teacher, decided for me that I would never be a good singer of any kind, let alone the soaring, powerful, effortless kind of singer I really dreamed of becoming - and the singer that I have successfully become over many years of the RIGHT training and practice that they simply couldn't provide me.
In fact, if you check out This Video you'll see a very telling "before and after" demonstration a little over ten years ago vs the kind of singing I enjoy in spades today.
See a "Before and After" of my singing
From straining to SOARING.
If you checked out the video above, you will have heard the cracking, breaking and hoarseness that was a daily occurrence in my singing at the time - and then clip after clip after clip of the effortless singing that I now enjoy.
The truth is, I've obviously spent YEARS developing a better voice - it wasn't some quick and cheap secret or trick that has helped me take from less than an octave of range to 4 octaves of power.
I just learned to sing correctly.
No trick, no secret, no marketing terms - just the simple truth that I have worked my ass off for the last decade or so developing better technique;
- Pharyngeal vowels
- Mixed Voice
- Diaphragmatic Support
- Consonant Grouping
- Brightness and "ping"
- Vowel modification
- Vowel placement
- Vowel overtones
- Connecting chest and head
- Developing "one voice"
But if I had to pick just ONE thing that has absolutely changed everything for me as a singer, it would really be my approach to vowels - learning to form a pharyngeal vowel, move away from the mouth and speech sounds and ultimately achieving each register overtone confidently with vowel modification and altered space in the vocal tract.
^ Read that again.
Have you mastered vowel sounds yet? It might sound like a mass of information and jargon - but the truth is, singing is ultimately a NATURAL process in your voice, and you just need to unlock what happens naturally rather than trying to fight all of the bad habits and improper processes that come with speech, accents and generally being an untrained singer.
In fact, I believe SO MUCH in vowel sounds that I'm just going to show you exactly how to sing your vowel sounds correctly in this free Three-Part Vocal Plan.