How To Sing Well [Even If You're Not a Natural]
Learning how to sing is like love and war.
I can tell you personally from my own 10+ years as a professional vocal coach, and nearly 20 years of experience training my own singing voice, that singing really is a true joy - sometimes you feel such genuine elation at even the slightest hint of progress, from a higher note through to nailing a song that you previously couldn't even touch; and then other times you really feel like it's all too hard and you just want to give up, even on the basics.
You love singing, and you're obsessed with becoming a better singer - but sometimes it feels like you're fighting a battle with your own body just to make the slightest sound.
Does this sound familiar to you?
I also felt the same wishy-washy "back and forth" between I love singing and I suck at singing for a very long time - until I learned what I'm about to share with you.
... And no, it's not a "secret" or some fancy Italian word or marketing term.
It's just the truth about how I learned to sing and persevere through years of struggle to build a formidable vocal range and become a well respected singer.
In fact, things have changed SO much for me as a singer since learning this simple process that I even get likened to my own favourite singers like Chris Cornell, Layne Staley and James Hetfield - and that's for my own original music, not just vocal covers! I don't even put myself out there as a guy who can sing like Layne, or Chris; but it's immediately obvious with the range I've built, the tone I enjoy and also my personal vocal style.
So what exactly changed for me as a singer that showed me how to sing well, even though I wasn't a natural to begin with?
Was it Mixed Voice? Head Voice? Compression? Twang? Laryngeal Tilt? Cry?
Actually, it was all of the above - combined in one neat little package called Foundation.
Improve Your Singing With Vocal Foundation
Learning any skill requires a 'foundation' understanding and set of tools that allow you to develop a skill.
To learn to write you first must learn the alphabet, and how to hold a pencil and understand basic grammar.
To ride a bike you must first have balance... and a bicycle.
To paint well you must have a canvas, and a palette of paints, and a brush, and an understanding of form, function, colour and construction.
To cook a great meal you need all the ingredients, right utensils and a great recipe.
And when it comes to singing, well, you need a great Foundation in much the same way as each of the above skills.
But what exactly is a great foundation when it comes to singing?
Foundation in singing is a working knowledge and basic ability to use each aspect of your vocal mechanism, from the diaphragm (support), to the epiglottis (twang), to the vocal folds (adduction), the TA and CT muscles (mixed voice) and so forth.
By first developing use of each of these vocal aspects, along with each facet of a great voice from vowels to resonance, onsets and range - you are setting yourself up for lifelong progress as a singer. That's right, I said lifelong - I'm approaching 40 myself, and I've been doing this seriously for 20 years; and my range has just grown and grown and grown like crazy to a point where I'm kindof questioning "where to from here???"
Wouldn't it be amazing if your biggest struggle as a singer was to wonder exactly what you're going to DO with all this crazy range and power?
If I can be honest - it's pretty cool.
But it's not about me, it's really about YOU - and the kind of voice you can build by developing that same rock solid foundation for your voice that I built long ago that has stayed with me through the years and allowed me to reach many of my dreams as a singer.
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Learn To Sing In Mixed Voice
In This Exclusive Lesson
The Four Vocal Fundamentals
When it comes to singing, if I had to pick just FOUR things that serve as your palette of paints, your understanding of grammar, your cooking utensils and ultimately your recipe book, it would be The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- "All In One Flow"
- Mixed Tonality
EVERY single concept, technique and term out there from Vowel Modification to Masque, Compression to Cry relates directly to one of these four simple fundamentals.
How To Learn The Fundamentals
Obviously, if you're serious about mastering the vocal fundamentals right now - you'll book a Skype session with me or lock in the Foundation 101 singing course; but I'm not here to do a hard sell on truths you probably already know.
Instead, let me show you exactly how to get started with your very first vocal fundamental by showing you how to sing in mixed voice by connecting Chest and Head Voice into one long, fluid, connected note from your lowest pitch to your highest note in this simple but effective vocal tutorial - How To Sing In Mixed Voice.
For me personally, Mixed Voice was actually one of the LAST things that I learned as a developing singer - but it really was one of the keys to building the kind of range, tone and power I now enjoy. So instead of making you wait days, weeks, months or years to find your mixed voice - lets start your journey towards becoming a better singer by learning to sing in Mixed Voice right now.
Seriously, connecting chest and head voice really IS the most important thing you'll ever learn to do as a singer - because so many other concepts and techniques out there are based off your existing ability to connect your registers.
When it comes to rock sing in particular, Mixed Voice is king.