Sing better instantly with these tips
Using these three simple tips, you really can learn how to sing better instantly. Sure, ongoing practice and perseverance is truly the key to improving your singing voice in the long run, but with these three simple tips you can reap the benefits immediately and sing better instantly! Professional singing techniques like these are often kept hidden as the “secret” to singing by guru singing coaches out there who are selling expensive courses and self appointing themselves as the God’s gift to singing – get all the RIGHT information for free right here at Bohemian Vocal Studio with no tricks, no expensive subscription fees and simply the best proper singing techniques with no catch! Lets sing better instantly together!
#1 – Place your voice
Vocal placement is often mistaken for the classical technique know as Masque, which it is definintely not – so it’s important that you understand the intention behind actual vocal placement so you can sing with ease and release any vocal chord strain you may be experiencing. While it’s not possible to physically MOVE or PLACE your voice in any way, it IS in fact possible to encourage the creation of a specific band of frequencies which resonate in the most efficient manner, in essence ‘placing’ your resonance. Here’s a great tutorial I’ve put together for you to show you how it’s done:
Vocal placement is the difference between just singing, and GREAT singing. Learn to place your voice for the most efficient use of your resonance so you can resonate freely and without strain. Your high range will thank you later!
#2 – Shape your vowels
It’s often a surprise to beginner singers that you SHAPE your vowels rather than PRONOUNCE them. Unlike speech, you actually use the shape of your tongue and the width of your vocal tract to form your vowel sounds rather than using your speaking voice or speaking accent – if you’ve ever asked “why do people lose their accents when they sing?” then this is the answer – you don’t pronounce your vowels when you sing, you shape them.
- AH – Tongue low and concave
- AA – Similar but with your tongue forward from the center
- EE – Tongue “up” at the back
- EH/AY – Similar but with your tongue forward from the center/mouth ajar
- OO – There’s actually two different ways you can form an OO vowel depending on how you want to sing
Try it yourself – each time you sing a word, try to replace the center of the word with one of these tongue shapes rather than trying to ‘force’ the sound of the vowel. No doubt you will sing better instantly and feel more free and consistent in your resonance the more you practice these shapes. For example, the word “Love” is replaced by an AH vowel, punctuated by an L and a V (which I’ll show you how to do in step #3)
Beyond the shape of your tongue, you also need to alter the width of your vocal tract while singing each of your vowel sounds. This is actually pretty simple to do, and I can illustrate this for you in one easy motion by getting you to alternate between an AH vowel (the widest vowel), and an EE vowel (the most narrow vowel) – can you feel a difference in the “size” or “width” of the vowels? Congratulations, you just altered the width of your vocal tract. The more aware you are of this movement and change in space, the better your vowel changes will become!
#3 – Nail your singing consonants
Singing consonants is often very different to speaking consonants, no matter your accent. Where you and I, with very different accents, may pronounce the same word in a COMPLETELY different way to each other – the way we should SING that same word is actually uniform. I personally like to break up my singing consonants into groups and types, then form an approach with each student to meet their individual voices, but a general guide to each of your consonant groups would be:
Open resonants – Open resonants such as N or M, even NG are the easiest consonant sounds to produce, and simply require your soft palate to open so that air can escape from your nose.
Closed resonants – Closed resonants aren’t so easy, and require you to CLOSE the soft palate while still resonating in the nasal chamber. To make this easier, it’s best to sing each of your closed resonants, such as L, W, R and Y through a VOWEL, such as “OO” for a “W”. The word “War” then becomes “OO/W-AH-OO/R” in one fluid motion – letting you resonante on either end of your word rather than with a HARD STOP like we do in some accents. Another easy one to learn is an “EE” instead of a “Y” – a word like “YES” would becomes “EE/Y-EH-S”
Plosives – Plosive consonant sounds like P and B are particularly troublesome for singers with a “bigger” voice or lower voice type like Baritone or Bass – the trick is to HOLD your airflow and allow a balanced onset to create your airflow for the consonant sound while opening up to your vowel. If you need help with plosives, you can book a Skype singing lesson with me and I’ll show you how to do it.
Sibilants – These are easy, you simply HOLD your breath on the S or T to allow your sibilant consonant sound to open up to a vowel rather than singing with any real sibilance.
Glottal – Often the most difficult for Eastern Europeans, or “thicker” accents in English, glottal consonants are actually formed with a click of the tongue rather than a hard glottal stop in the throat. It’s probably best if I just show you this one myself:
With these three free singing tips you can sing better instantly and start the process of learning how to sing higher than ever and with a more POWERFUL tone. If you’re ready to power up you singing voice and learn more tips, tricks and proper singing techniques like these, you can book a session with me today and I’ll show you how it’s done!
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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.