Singing: 5 Things You’re Forgetting
If you’ve spent some time learning how to sing while practicing consistently, you’ll probably notice it’s often a game of balance rather than pure muscular strength. You might breathe correctly while forgetting your vowels, or nail your vowel sounds and completely flub your placement: fortunately, this guide is going to show you the 11 most common things that singers forget and how to burn them into your memory.
Remember, your singing voice is only as strong as your foundation, so make sure to set up your posture, placement and breathing just like I’ve shown you in the free foundations short courses here at BVS, and then we’ll start forming better habits and ultimately making these 5 often forgotten singing tips, terms and techniques a part of your daily routine.
#1 – Foundation is key
I know, I know – I feel like I JUST told you guys exactly this, foundation is key to strong singing voice, however, it bears repeating. Can you honestly say you set up your posture correctly and breathe using the diaphragm EVERY time you create a resonant sound? I doubt it. Forming a healthy habit of setting up the right foundation is the #1 most often forgotten aspect of singing, and surprisingly, is the lynchpin of your voice and simply CAN’T be forgotten if you wish to sing well.
#2 – Singing is an act of balance, not force
You’ve seen a YouTube guru who is going red in the face with veins popping out of their neck “but they sound great”, I get it. Have you checked out my recent article detail 5 of the dirtiest secrets of the singing industry? You’ll soon realise that all the bravado and theatrics are there simply to sell courses, not make you a better singing.
The golden rule of singing is that if it’s not easy, you’re not doing it right.
#3 – Singing and speaking AREN’T the same thing
I find this very common with more ‘open’ accents than my own as an Aussie, particularly American and Italian accents that naturally have the ‘sound’ of a sung voice, but aren’t necessarily the result of proper vowel articulation. Speech is a result of pronunciation, singing is a result of articulation – semantics, sure, but the difference between using your teeth, lips and tip of the tongue to pronounce your sounds is worlds apart from the specific tongue shapes and altered resonant space required for singing. Are you trying to sing with your speaking voice?
#4 – Nobody is infallible
The voice is a physical act of imperfection and ever-changing waves, even spectacular singers like Aretha Franklin and Chris Cornell had bad days and hit off notes, even if you never heard them. Don’t let anyone out there convince you that they are 100% perfect and that they can do no wrong, this is the stuff of marketing genius, not a true singer.
#5 – You already possess the voice of your dreams
It’s true, but hard to believe. It’s not actually possible to ‘stretch’ your voice or vocal chords beyond their natural capabilities, despite what those YouTube singing gurus tell you. A runner isn’t an expert at sprinting because they have stretched their legs longer than the average human, no, they have simply gained peak control of the ‘instrument’ that they were given at birth, and singing is no different. The feeling that you ‘lack’ a great voice, or that there is a ‘secret’ to be learned about singing is only handing the keys to your voice over to someone other than yourself, and then letting them charge you big dollars to hand them back to you.
There is NO secret to singing, and there is no special ‘technique’ out there that is going to magically change your voice, other than consistent practice and truly coming to terms with how your voice functions and surrendering yourself from ego and expectation. It’s likely that you actually have WAY more range than you ever thought at your disposal, but you’re simply not coordinating your voice in a balanced manner, and hence creating an imbalance in your registers and general technique, giving you the illusion that you ‘suck’ as a singer.
God, Mother Earth, Science, Nature – whoever your head honcho, GAVE you a magnificent instrument, you just have to earn the understanding and right to use it properly. Remember, an instrument like the Indian Sitar has been known to take a literal lifetime of 50 or 60 years to be mastered and performed at a professional level – Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a great voice. Take your time, be patient and make sure you’re following a practical approach that is void of any smoke and mirrors and doesn’t rely on marketing terms to upsell you to ‘the next level’.
A great place to start is the free foundations courses available here at BVS, and then when you’re ready to knock your voice up another notch with professional vocal training you can book a Skype Session and we’ll work torwards extending your range and developing control and consistency every time you sing.
If you have any questions about learning to sing, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!