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The #1 Professional Singing Tip
Take small steps, and continue stepping… Start out with your posture, breathing, foundation and support, then work on your vowels, tuning, positions, placement and resonance – from there you can work on the cool “delivery” stuff like consonants, tone and distortion. Kegan’s approach to singing is practical, simple, steps-based and proven – so take the right steps and book a session today.
The #2 Professional Singing Tip
Sing naturally, free and easily – not forced, unnatural and pushed. If you see someone straining at the neck, going red in the face and pushing for their high range, then there. is. something. going. wrong. Singing should be simple, strain free and easy, even POWERFUL singing, remember, if it feels uncomfortable, it’s not right! If someone’s singing lessons videos and tips aren’t simple, practical and useful – then you need to find someone’s who does!
Top 5 proper singing techniques
With these 5 singing techniques, you will learn how to sing higher than ever before, sing with POWER, sing louder and of course learn how to sing ANY song you like!
#1 – Diaphragmatic Breathing
Controlling your breath while singing in the right manner is very important, known as diaphragmatic breathing, proper singing breathing starts with your posture and requires engagement of your diaphragm so that YOU are in control of your air pressure and air flow, rather than your ribs and chest dictating your airflow with contraction.
Proper singing posture:
- Head Up
- Shoulders back and down
- Chin Parallel with the floor
- Ribs OUT (aka Appoggio singing technique)
A great way to set up a wide rib position, known as appoggio singing technique, is to raise your sternum without actually breathing in any air. You’ll feel your ribs widen and your stomach contract – this wide rib position will allow you to control your breathing via extension of the diaphragm.
#2 – Vocal placement
Placing your resonance in the right manner is also another important aspect of building proper singing techniques – while it’s not physically possible to ‘move’ your voice, you CAN encourage the creation of a specific band of frequencies which resonates in the most efficient way. Here’s a simple tutorial I’ve put together for you to show you how to PLACE your voice:
#3 – Shape your vowels
Shaping your vowels in the right manner is the key difference between being an amateur singer, and a PROFESSIONAL singer. It usually comes as a bit of a surprise for beginner students that you don’t actually pronounce your vowels when you sing, you EQ them using the shape of your tongue and the width of your vocal tract. Make sure you learn the right method of shaping your vowels for the most precise and efficient use of your resonance!
#4 – Breath Support
We’ve talked about diaphragmatic breathing already, and singing with breath support is the next step to singing with POWER and releasing strain from your voice. Breath Support is the air of managing air flow vs air pressure by way of extension of the diaphragm – kindof like a vacuum! Learning to sing with breath support will allow you to sing with POWER easily and free of strain. Check out the following video I’ve put together for you to show you how to support your voice:
#5 – TUNE your vowels
Tuning your vowels to your unique resonance is a specialised skill that requires training, finesse and a custom approach for your individual voice – that being said, a really simple way to learn the concept of vowel tuning is to start first with Vowel Modification. Far to simple and general to efficiently tune your voice in the long run, Vowel Modification is allowing a change in the sound of your vowel to allow you to access different resonant spaces as you ascend in range – for example, AH becomes OH and OO, and EE becomes AY and then OO again. Try it yourself to learn a very general way of tuning your vowel, and the make sure you book a session with me to gain professional training on vowel tuning.
Develop these five proper singing techniques to build your range, release strain and develop a controlled, confident and extensive vocal range. Are you ready to POWER UP your singing voice and build an incredible, resonant, soaring vocal range? You can book a session with me now 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.