Improving Your Singing Voice [Step By Step Guide]
Improving your singing voice can seem like a daunting task – with some many techniques and terms out there, and just as many different vocal methods and approaches all vying for your attention (and hard earned dollars!); it can be extremely difficult to know exactly where to start, but I’m here to tell you that there is an easier and proven way to learn how to sing, and you don’t need to know any of those crazy terms or wade through pages of marketing material – there’s actually only FOUR things you really need to do to build a ridiculously amazing singing voice.
You might think that great singers are “just born with it” and the rest of us lack “the singing gene” that makes your favourite singer sound so spectacular, but as someone who really wasn’t a natural to begin with, and someone who initially struggled through even the most basic exercises – I can tell you that The Four Vocal Fundamentals are going to absolutely change your life.
In one of my very first singing lessons, my singing teacher told me “You’ll only ever sing Johnny Cash songs” – care of my naturally low singing voice. My dreams of wailing like Robert Plant and Chris Cornell were dashed before they’d even begun.
Let me show you the kind of range I’ve been able to develop using The Four Fundamentals since those first few lessons where even my singing teacher had little faith that I would ever become a good singer;
Obviously, this is an extreme example of the kind of range that you can develop with The Four Vocal Fundamentals – but even if you’re an R’n’B kinda guy or gal, or you’re into folk music or even pop; these four fundamentals simply encourage the best of your vocal abilities while helping you sing in an efficient and strain free manner.
What Are The Four Vocal Fundamentals?
Every single singing technique, tip, trick and vocal term out there relates directly to one of these Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- “All In One Flow”
- Mixed Tonality
That’s right, even crazy techniques like Vowel Modification are simply a way to help you develop and maintain the four vocal fundamentals. As an example, Vowel Modification isn’t simply an alteration to the size and shape of the vocal tract as you ascend in range to make the best use of each of your vowel and register overtones – and the way we do this is by raising the soft palate to create Height In The Vocal Tract.
That’s right, even those stuffy classical techniques like Masque and Appoggio are simply ways to develop Forward Placement and “All In One Flow” respectively.
At this point, you might be expecting me to say “The Answer Is In My Course!” and try to hard sell you on some 4 part series of courses that doll out one of these fundamentals each for $100 a pop – but I believe SO MUCH in these fundamentals, and I’m so thankful to have been shown these four incredible techniques that I’m going to share them with you RIGHT NOW and show you exactly HOW to develop them;
As you can see, learning how to sing really doesn’t have to be confusing or frustrating – you really CAN simplify the process and do away with all of those pesky classical terms while reaping the benefits in a major way using The Four Vocal Fundamentals instead.
I’ve put together another tutorial on developing these fundamentals further to help you find and build Mixed Voice in this exclusive Mix Voice Singing Lesson, in which I’ll share with you the exact process that I use to help my own students find and build their mixed voice by connecting chest and head voice to extend your range out of sight while building a more efficient and healthy vocal technique.
Aren’t you sick of straining, struggling and being unable to hit any high notes? It’s time to develop The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
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.