How to get a better singing voice
If you’ve been trying to learn how to sing better and nothing seems to work, I’m here to show you my personal approach to singing ANY song, and the approach that I use to coach my own students all around the world. Since Bohemian Vocal Studio launched in 2010, we’ve grown from a local singing class into the premier online voice studio, synonymous with practical singing lessons and powerful voices. Using my steps-based approach to building a strong voice, you can learn how to get a better singing voice, and I’ll also explain to you why nothing has been working for you so far.
You’ve tried YouTube singing lessons, you’ve bought expensive courses and taken singing lessons with the most expensive gurus, but NOTHING seems to work for you. Sure, it all sounds easy, and you get the concepts – but when you try to copy what their voices seem to do so easily, your voice refuses to behave, and this is why:
As you’ll see in the video I’ve put together for you above, quite often the issue with our voices is the approach that we’re taking, and the misconceptions we’ve been sold by guru singing coaches who simply want to make another sale rather than actually helping you with your singing voice – this is likely the reason why nothing is working for you so far.
No two voices are created equal
Now, this doesn’t mean that you can’t reach the same soaring heights as your favourite singer, it simply means that your voice is unique, and requires a unique approach to develop properly. This is often where self-service singing courses fall short, because they teach one way of singing from one person’s perspective rather than taking into account or making adjustments to the technique for someone else’s unique voice, range, experience and accent – don’t get me wrong, there are some great singing courses out there, but it’s incredibly important to get coaching from a professional voice coach who can tweak or adjust your technique where something may not be designed with your unique voice in mind.
Your voice is unique, it has it’s own quirks, it resonates in it’s own way… so don’t contort your voice with confusing exercises and pointless scales that weren’t designed for your voice and aren’t being explained to you properly – it’s best to get to the root cause of your issues and find an approach that targets the techniques your voice needs in the way you need them.
When I first started singing, I was told “your voice is too low” and told I should focus on the Johnny Cash end of things (hey, I love Cash!) and forget my dreams of soaring into the heavens like my favourite rock singers Chris Cornell and Paul Rodgers. Slowly over time, I realised it wasn’t my voice that was holding me back – it was the way I was being taught! My baritone voice has not only opened up and now reaches well into the Tenor range and higher, I’m now a professional vocal coach myself, and my simple steps-based approach is now being used all around the world as we speak!
As you’ve seen in the above video, it’s super important to understand WHY you’re practicing certain exercises, and important to understand ‘what the end goal is’ so that you can make definite progress rather than just floundering about with the same boring scales and wondering why you’re wasting your time with them. I’m sure you’ve practiced a lip trill before – but do you know WHY and WHAT a lip trill is for? As an example, the purpose of the lip trill is moderation of your air flow and release of your registers. If you practice a lip trill without these two intentions as your pure priority, then it really should make sense why things haven’t been working for you and building a great singing voice has been more difficult for you than it really should be.
Diaphragm, Vocal Chords and Soft Palate
Focus on the three core muscles of the singing mechanism first, the diaphragm, the vocal chords and the soft palate – and I assure you you will make WAY more progress in a week than you have in the past few years. It’s not necessarily “How to get a better singing voice” or “what is the secret to great singing” – the trick is to build your technique efficiently without any fluff or excess that is likely undoing all your hard work.
Breaking your voice down into individual elements and building control over each muscle in it’s own way is the most efficient way to build a great singing voice. All you need to do is learn how to coordinate these different, powerful and simple elements to sing higher than ever before and learn how to sing any song.
Keep. It. Simple. Sam!
Beyond this, you then need to troubleshoot your voice by focusing on all the ‘secondary’ muscles like the tongue, digastric muscle and intercostals to make sure you’re not engaging extra musculature, and simply letting your voice release freely with resonance. From there you would build muscle memory and familiarity with vowel positions, proper placement and finally delivery so you can really let loose with your powerful new voice! With these five easy steps, you’ll be able to build a powerful singing voice with ease!
Step 1 – Build your foundation
Building your foundation starts with diaphragmatic breathing and setting up the right posture so that you can implement Appoggio singing technique and control your breathing via extension of the diaphragm rather than contraction of the ribs. I’ll show you how to set up the right posture and engage your diaphragm properly in my free foundations short course, Breathing 101.
Step 2 – Place your resonance
Learning how to place your resonance, or vocal placement as it’s often called, is an important skill that every singer needs to develop. Placing your resonance requires you to limit any excess frequencies that don’t vibrate in an efficient manner, in essence, allowing you to ‘place’ your resonance in a specific area of the vocal tract that resonates in the most efficient way. Vocal placement was a big key for me learning how to build my baritone voice range.
Step 3 – Release your registers
Register release is another simple, but important aspect of a great singing voice. If you’re locking your vocal chords into one specific coordination, you’ll have vocal breaks galore along with straining and pushing. Learning how to release your registers is the only way to build a powerful voice and connect chest and head voice.
Step 4 – Shape your vowels
Shaping your vowels will allow you to get the best resonance no matter what word or vowel you are singing. To illustrate a point, an EE vowel is with the back of your tongue up towards the top of your mouth, and an AH vowel is with your tongue low and concave – can you feel and hear how these shapes improve your resonance while releasing strain from your singing?
Along with the shape of your tongue, the other aspect of your vowels is your vocal tract width which is often called vowel tuning or vowel modification. In short, each vowel sound has it’s own natural width in the vocal tract, from EE the most narrow sound, to AH the widest vowel.
Step 5 – Build your mix register
Your mix register is a central coordination of your CHEST voice and your HEAD voice musculature, in essence, balancing between your two main registers in a powerful and resonant way. Middle voice is the key to singing like a star and building that professional singing voice that you’ve always dreamed of. The mix register is how all great singers are able to connect their voice throughout their full vocal range and sing powerful high notes without straining.
If you’re ready to power up your singing voice and develop an approach which is proven, used all around the world and will be tailored to your unique voice type – book a session with me now.
Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback 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.