Voice Teachers Don’t Want You To Know These
INSIDER SINGING SECRETS
Surely there’s something that good singers and voice coaches “get” that you’re not getting.
A secret technique.
A special muscle.
I’ve personally been at this singing game for over 20 years now, and have over a decade of professional coaching expertise under my belt as a sought after international voice coach.
And I’m about to share FIVE SINGING SECRETS that other voice coaches simply don’t want you to know.
#1 – Singing is EASY.
Now, I know that you’re finding learning how to sing a total pain in the ass – but that’s not what I’m talking about. What I’m really talking about is that in a physical sense, being a great singer isn’t about having an excessively muscular neck and “weightlifting” your vocal folds into the powerful tone you’d love to have – it’s really a game of balance, control and finesse.
So let me ask you a serious question – how HARD do you find singing currently?
Pretty hard, right?
There’s your first mistake.
Take it easy, start light, don’t push, don’t strain and remember – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
If something doesn’t physically feel easy to do, then you’re really not doing it correctly.
I used to push, strain, gargle, huff and puff until I was red in the face; and my poor voice just couldn’t cope with the abuse. This was a consistent issue in my singing until I wholeheartedly aligned myself with the concept of singing as a natural function of the body – you don’t strain and struggle to shoot a basketball into a hoop, right? You don’t push the accelerator of a Lamborghini down harder than a Toyota Corolla, right?
If you want to be a powerful, stage destroying singer – don’t try harder than you really have to. The voice is a delicate instrument, yes, even when it comes to powerful rock singing – so learn to use properly like the instrument that it is, and not a battering-ram.
#2 – Open Throat isn’t open.
I hate marketing terms. Especially when they start out as a legitimate technique, a real concept – but there’s a reason you’ve been struggling to “open” your throat.
And that’s because the voice needs closure in more ways than one to achieve peak resonance and ultimately a great singing voice.
As you ascend in range, the soft palate raises up to create pharyngeal space at the back of the head so that you can resonate in the most efficient way (kind of like a tuning fork tuned to the right shape/size!), and with this comes CLOSURE of the velar port into the nose.
The folds are also closed, not open when you sing – and the better you get at singing, the more compression you will achieve in your airflow and vocal tone; so it’s really MORE closed and MORE resistance, not MORE open.
Learning to sing your vowels correctly by managing resonant space and learning the tenets of mixed voice and Tonal Intent is the true nature of Open Throat singing – not physically wrenching your throat open like you’re about to jam a whole apple down your gullet.
#3 – Distortion is also TONAL
If you’re a rocker like me, you probably love gritty, gravelly, distorted rock singing, right?
But I bet it hurts.
It sounds awful.
And that’s because you’re using your vocal folds like a dispose-all sink shredder, and not the vibrating, resonating machine that it really is.
The first key to distorting your voice is to first sing with RESONANCE so that it can then in turn be distorted – grit isn’t the sound of your vocal folds rattling around like pennies inside a tin can; it’s really the decay and birth of resonance over and over again as your vocal formant is overdriven and certain frequencies are accentuated to the point that they ‘distort’.
If there’s just ONE thing you take away from this list of insider vocal secrets, it’s that distortion and grit should be EASY. If it’s tough work, and it feels bad – then it’s simply not right.
#4 – Every technique, trick and term really boil down to just FOUR simple concepts
The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
They’re called “fundamental” for a reason – they are the building blocks of all great singing voices;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- “All In One Flow”
- Tonal Intent
#5 – Vowel Modification isn’t really a change to your vowel sound
When you think of vowels, you think of your speaking voice like “A, E, I, O, U”, right?
Well, “vowel” in singing really refers to an overtone within your resonance – ultimately, “EQing” your voice into the illusion of a vowel sound, when in fact you’re just resonating in an efficient and powerful way.
Now, this is important to understand for more than one reason, but none more so than Vowel Modification.
I’m sure you’ve seen videos on YouTube or even bought a course where a teacher tells you to sing OH instead of AH, and EH instead of AY – and they make it look so easy when they demonstrate how fluid and connected their voices are.
But when you try itself – it sounds like garbage.
Like broken glass being dragged up a staircase.
Like a wounded animal.
And that’s because you’re changing your VOWEL, not your OVERTONE.
Remember how we spoke about resonant space and altering the size/shape of your vocal tract? Well here lies the true secret to all great singing – altering your resonant space as you ascend so that your voice rings and pings with a powerful but effortless vowel overtone instead of just ‘pronouncing’ a word with your speaking accent and hoping for the best.
Let me show you:
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