Sing Better With Online Vocal Training
Having steadily grown into the premier vocal studio for professional voice lessons and online vocal training since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio coaches touring professionals and budding beginner singers alike how to sing with proper vocal technique and reach their singing goals sooner and more efficiently. This tutorial will show you how to improve your voice with online vocal training here at BVS.
With these professional tips on how to improve singing, your highs will be higher, your tone will be more powerful and you will learn how to sing in any key or register.
10 ways to improve your voice instantly
Using these ten tips to sing better, you will be able to improve your voice instantly and sing with power, clarity and confidence while extending your range. Lets get started with 10 ways to improve your voice instantly!
#1 – Singing is a balancing act, not weightlifting
I often hear and meet singers who are straining to hit high notes and adding ungodly amounts of pressure and compression to their support to try to ‘lift’ their voices rather than instead creating a coordinated balance of the registers and allowing the most efficient resonance through vowel tuning and singing placement.
#2 – Support, not sport!
Further to point #1, if you’re treating your voice like it’s a heavy-lifting machine rather than the controlled tightrope walk that great singing really is, you’re going to run into issues in your voice – if not not, then definitely in the future. Stop trying to sing so muscular and simply allow your voice to resonate.
#3 – Resonate, don’t phonate
I often use the term phonation to describe articulation of the consonants in singing, but ultimately your singing voice and speaking voice are a wholly unrelated separate process of the same mechanism – if you’re carrying over your speech sounds instead of shaping your vowels using the tongue and corresponding vocal tract width, you will run into trouble time and again with various words and vocal lines. We often pronounce our vowels and words in speech, but in singing you need to shape then for the best possible resonance on the particular sound you’re resonating with. I see many musical theatre singers struggling with voice issues because they are often told to over articulate their words, when in essence this advice comes from actors who also do a little bit of singing rather than seasoned singers or a voice professional.
#4 – Place your voice
Vocal placement requires you to limit any excess frequencies while aren’t resonating in an efficient manner, in fact allowing you to put your energy into only the most healthy and powerful frequencies that aid your singing voice. The vocal chords are a magnificent piece of machinery and are capable of creating an incredibly wide band of frequencies that resonate in various manners – but not all frequencies are helpful or intended for a singing voice or your high range. Singing placement is especially key to those with lower voice types like myself as a low baritone.
#5 – Don’t sing in chest or head voice
Your two main registers, chest and head are allowed by the thyroarytenoid muscle and cricothyroid respectively, the TA and CT muscles. In proper singing, these two muscles coordinate together to create a mix of tension/stretch and weight which is often called middle voice or mix voice. If you are trying to sing in pure chest voice high into the middle of your range, you are simply locking your vocal chord coordination in an improper manner and hindering your high notes while putting your vocal health at risk.
#6 – Don’t sing words, sing vowels!
Finding the right vowel shape for your words is an important part of healthy singing – a word like “Love” doesn’t use an “O” vowel, but instead the concave tongue shape involved in a pure “AH” vowel. Training your vowel shapes in this manner will allow you to sing any word in any range with ease and resonance – remember, pronunciation has no part in singing, you simply need to allow your voice to resonate through a vowel.
#7 – Consonants aren’t onsets
I often hear singers struggling with consonant sounds, for a number of reasons. For starters, your onset, or more simply the way your resonance begins, always happens on a vowel (the exception being an open resonant like M, NG or N), not your consonant sounds. So, a word like “Love” has the vowel onset of an OO behind the L sound, in essence making the word OO/L-AH-v instead of L-UH-V.
#8 – Not all onsets are created equally
By balancing your onset correctly for a coordination of your airflow and chord closure, you can ensure a rich and powerful resonance with complete freedom and ease. If you are imbalanced in your onset, for example singing with aspirated air before you achieve chord closure, or on the flip-side closing your chords hard before you achieve airflow, you are putting your voice at risk – and I would venture a guess you also suffer from being pitchy with poor intonation at the same time due to this improper coordination.
#9 – Your voice doesn’t occur in your mouth
This is also linked to issues with pronunciation in beginner singers. In short, your voice is a combination of air pressure, vibration and resonance, your mouth has very little to do with actual sound other than articulating what has already been created through vibration of your resonators. I see many singers trying to sing with their mouth rather than using their vocal mechanism in the right manner for a free and easy resonant sound.
#10 – Exercises won’t help you
I often remind my students that a singing exercise is only as useful as and helpful as the intention that we hold behind it. As an example, you can spend all day singing up and down scales and your pitch will never improve – however, if you spend a solid 5 or so minutes practicing with placement and register release exercises, your pitch WILL improve with consistent practice. Not all exercises and vocal approaches are the same – make sure you understand how and why your vocal routine is helping your voice. If you’re not sure why you’re practicing a specific exercise, then it’s quite simply not helping your voice improve.
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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.