How To Improve Singing Tone [This REALLY Works]
Singing tone - What is it? Why is it bad? How do you improve it?
Many different aspects of your voice make up the holy grail of great tone - or a tone that sucks.
- Voice type
- Singing style
- Vocal line
As you can see, it's not a clear cut "good tone" or "bad tone" situation where you hit the good tone switch and suddenly you're Adele or Robert Plant - vocal tone is quite a complex makeup of many different aspects of your vocal foundation right through to vocal style and the vocal line you're singing.
If your vocal tone sucks - them SOMETHING is 'off' in your foundation, and you're likely not using your unique instrument in the way it sounds best.
Think about these singers:
- Stevie Nicks
- Joe Cocker
- Axl Rose
- Layne Staley
- Amy Winehouse
- Robert Plant
Would Ozzy Osbourne sound great singing for Fleetwood Mac? No. Would Stevie Nicks be right for Alice In Chains? No. Does Axl Rose even HAVE a nice sounding voice? Or Joe Cocker for that matter?
Within the context of their bands, their vocal style, their unique instruments and the way they enjoy singing - each of these singers is absolutely CLASSIC.
Can you argue that Guns 'n Roses are one of the greatest and biggest bands of the last 30 years? Ozzy has been world famous for his sinister sounding whine for FIFTY years now. And who doesn't love Rumours? Stevie Nicks' voice is an institution.
By focusing on your vocal tone without context, is easy to think that your voice sucks, and that you've got a bad tone.
Guess what? Stevie Nicks is excessively nasal. Joe Cocker was basically shredding his voice to pieces. Axl isn't really using his 'full' voice when he sings in that nasal whine. Amy Winehouse was all over the shop live. Ozzy is definitely an acquired taste. Even Adele has had issues with her voice.
Still think your voice doesn't cut it?
I've found the most common reason for a vocal tone issue is really inconsistency in your voice. I'm going to venture a guess that SOMETIMES, just SOMETIMES you hear something nice and unique in your voice when you sing - and this is why you're so determined to become a better singer, right?
That inconsistency that makes your voice move in and out of good and bad like the needle on a fuel gauge is really the cause of much of your tonal issue - and likely creates a bit of strain and tension at times for good mesure.
I'm right on the money there - aren't I?
Let's cut to the chase - I've spent the last decade of my life helping singers just like you develop better sounding voices by developing a stronger and more consistent foundation so they can;
- Connect chest and head voice into one long range
- Improve their tone
- Sing with power
- Master the vowel overtones
- Place their voices better
- Sing ANY song
- Sing better than they ever have before - or even thought they could.
When it comes to a great vocal tone, foundation really IS king.
And when it comes to building a great foundation - The Four Vocal Fundamentals are the kingdom.
Check out the video below and I'll show you exactly how to build a rock solid foundation for your voice so you can start improving your tone and increasing your range today:
The #1 Most Important Thing To Learn
If you're not quite ready to hit the link above for me to help you master The Four Vocal Fundamentals, that's okay - there's one more thing that you need to learn.
I promised you vocal hacks - but I'm going to do one better than just sharing some cheap throwaway trick. In fact, this is the #1 most important thing you will EVER need to learn as a singer.
FOUR overtones in fact.
There are FOUR overtones for each vowel sound that you sing - in simple terms meaning that the tonal quality of each vowel actually changes depending on the register that you're singing in:
- Chest Voice
- Chest Mix
- Head Mix
- Head Voice
For example, an AH vowel like you would use for the word "Hard" which occurs when you lower the middle of the tongue to a concave in the base of your mouth migrates into a subtle AW like "Hawed" as the soft palate raises up into the vocal tract and alters the space, resulting in a subtle change to your vowel overtone. This wider tract shape then opens up higher into a narrow space that alters the sound to OU like "Heard" and finally OO like "Hood"
Now, if you were just to push and yell "Hard" as high as you can - your voice is going to shout, yell, break, flip and it's going to be chaos.
Learning how to alter your register overtones by modifying your vowel in the right way really is key to increasing your range and improving your tone.
Now, I'm not just going to TELL you how important this is, I'm going to show you exactly how to do it yourself in this video:
Having BIG DREAMS as a singer means you need a BIG VOICE to match - watch the video above to hear my "before and after" and learn how you're going to build a big voice too!
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