Singing Lessons Beginners
Learning how to sing online is easy with these five singing lessons beginners can use for free. As the premier online singing studio for professional singing lessons, Bohemian Vocal Studio has become synonymous with GREAT singing and the most practical approach to singing technique in the world.
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With these professional singing lessons beginners, you can build a powerful foundation and extend your vocal range to sing higher than ever before. Lets get started with the top five free singing lessons beginners can use!
#1 – Posture and appoggio
Setting up your posture in the right way for singing is extremely important, and is tied to the way that you should be breathing for singing, known as singing from the diaphragm. A healthy posture will allow you to control your breathing via extension of the diaphragm rather than contraction of your ribs like we often do in every-day breathing or speech. A healthy singing posture looks something like this:
- Head up
- Shoulders Back
- Sternum up
- Chin parallel with the floor
- Ribs out
One of the most important aspects of proper singing posture is your sternum and ribs. Keeping your ribs ‘out’ while singing allows you to control your breathing entirely with your diaphragm – a great way to do this is to raise your sternum without breathing in. If you do this correctly, you’ll feel your ribs widen and your stomach contract. This is known as appoggio singing technique and is one of the powerful keys to building a great singing voice.
The best way to practice your posture and build a healthy habit with appoggio singing technique is to set up your posture in this steps-based manner absolutely every time you sing and warm up. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions about Appoggio or your posture.
#2 – Sing from the diaphragm
A better way to think of this is BREATHE using your diaphragm rather than sing from the diaphragm. Setting up your posture in the right way first is the easiest way to sing from the diaphragm – a really great way to learn how to engage the diaphragm is to imagine breathing low and sharp through a small drinking straw, or even to pant like a dog getting slower and slower until you can control extension of your diaphragm in a deliberate way. If you sing from the diaphragm correctly, it will feel as though your breathing is happening in your belly instead of your ribs – this is due to the downward movement of the diaphragm into the abdominal cavity, and the adjoining musculature that makes up your abdominal muscles.
Diaphragmatic breathing happens in your set up, so if you’re not keeping proper singing posture, then engaging the diaphragm is going to be impossible. I’ll show you a really fantastic exercise for building strength in your breathing in my free foundations short courses.
#3 – Place your resonance
Vocal placement is one of the most important aspects of singing with resonance. Your voice works via air pressure, vibration and resonance rather than airflow – it’s not airflow travelling across your vocal chords like a whistle that makes you sing, it’s air pressure vibrating your vocal chords and causing resonance in your resonance chambers that makes you able to sing. Vocal placement is the key to efficient resonance, and involves limiting the excess frequencies our vocal chords create that don’t resonate or buzz in an efficient way. Vocal placement is often mistaken as classical “Masque” technique by even some of the top singing coaches in the world, so make sure your singing approach involves a practical and proper way to place your voice – if you’re a complete beginner and someone is trying to get you to sing in ‘mask’, then it’s likely they’re a good singer themselves, but lack understanding of how to coach you effectively – vocal placement is NOT masque singing.
The best way to learn how to sing with vocal placement is to practice a buzzing “N” or “NG” sound high up in your head while trying to limit any resonance or buzzing that occurs below your top teeth. As I often say, the intention behind an exercise is often more important than the exercise itself, so take care to LIMIT your frequencies rather than trying to create EXTRA freqeuncies or sing with nasality. Here’s a great tutorial I’ve put together for you to show you how it’s done:
As you can see, vocal placement is the difference between being ‘stuck’ in the baritone range, and being able to easily sing well up into the Tenor range with ease and power.
Make sure that your singing coach or your singing approach shows you the right way to sing with vocal placement and isn’t just encouraging or causing you to sing and practice nasally – this creates a bad habit that is VERY tough to break once it is established. Let me know if you have any questions about vocal placement in the comments below!
#4 – Vowels 101
In speech we often pronounce our vowels using our articulators such as our teeth, lips and tongue – but did you know there is a special way to EQ your resonance into each vowel sound when you are singing? Using a specific tongue shape for each vowel sound, coupled with subtle changes in the width of our vocal tract allow you to create the five main vowel sounds with very little effort, and with consistency and confidence EVERY time you sing;
- Tongue low and concave – AH vowel
- Similar, but with your tongue foward – AA vowel
- Tongue ‘up’ at the back – EE vowel
- Similar but with your mouth ajar – EH/AY vowel
- Tongue ‘back’ and lips forward – Classical OO vowel
Now, each of these tongue shapes is matched with a specific vocal tract width, dictated by the proximity of the tongue root to the pharynx, and as you ascend in range, the height of your soft palate.
I know that probbly sounds like alot of work, but don’t fret – I coach students all around the world each week how to shape their vowels the right way, so I’m well versed in every singing style and even the most difficult voice types and singing accents. Learning how to shape your vowels is an important skill that EVERY singer must learn at some point to create their resonance the right way. Make sure your singing approach involves detailed training on the shape of your vowels and the width of your vocal tract – simply saying “Sing EE” or “Sing AH” really isn’t a professional way to coach singing, instead, your coach should explain that an “EE” vowel is shaped by the back of your tongue being raised and your vocal tract being narrowed, and an “AH” vowel is shaped with your tongue low and concave and a somewhat wider vocal tract. If you need some help with your vowels, you can book a Skype session with me today and I’ll help you build resonance in each of your vowel sounds the RIGHT way.
#5 – Vowel tuning
Now, we’ve talked about shaping our vowels and tuning each vowel sound to the right width in our lower range – but did you know each vowel needs a series of unique tuning changes as you ascend in range? For example, your narrow EE vowel will often need to WIDEN a touch before you can learn to sing past your first vocal break, while narrowing again as you ascend up into your high range? I like to call this Vowel Tuning, but is also known as vowel modification or resonance tuning. The most basic way of tuning your vowel is called Vowel Modification as we just discussed, and involves making subtle changes to the character of your vowel as you ascend through each new passage and resonance chamber in our voices. Here’s a great example of a simple Vowel Modification chart:
- AH (tongue low and concave) -> becomes OH -> becomes ER -> becomes OO
- EE (tongue ‘up’ at the back) -> becomes AY – > becomes EE -> becomes OO
While it’s a fantastic way for a beginner to learn how to tune their vowels, ultimately it’s way too general and inefficient to fine tune your resonance the way a professional singer needs to for a truly POWERFUL range. The best way to tune your resonance is to pay attention to the subtle changes in your vocal tract that occur when you modify vowel and break each of them down into the individual elements – for example, a forward movement of the tongue root will result in a WIDE vocal tract, and as you ascend in range, stretching your soft palate high into your head while moving the tongue root BACK towards the pharynx will result in a narrowed vowel.
Learning how to tune your resonance in this manner will allow you to sing higher than ever before while resonating with POWER and ease. Quite often, a weak or breathy voice is caused by incorrect tuning of your vowel sounds through your vocal breaks. Coupled with register release and building your MIX register, vowel tuning is the KEY to building a professional voice range learning how to sing like a star.
If you’re ready to POWER UP your resonance and take your singing voice to the NEXT level, you can book a Skype session with me today for the top online singing lessons and professional voice coaching in the world. Since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier vocal studio for online singing lessons and become synonymous with POWERFUL voices and the best professional voice coaching in the world. Why go local when you can go GLOBAL and meet with the very best?
Singing lessons beginners
Kegan has coached touring professionals and beginners alike, with the best singing lessons beginners and advanced singers can buy. Well versed in every singing style and with extensive experience coaching students with even the most difficult voice types, thick accents, native tongues and voice quirks – Bohemian Vocal Studio will help turn you from a beginner singer into an advanced pro with practical, professional and affordable online singing lessons.
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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.