The Best Singing Tutorials of 2018
As we’re about to ring in the new year at the end of December 2018, I though it would be appropriate to share with you my personal favourite singing tutorials and free singing lessons of the year here at Bohemian Vocal Studio. With many new vocal tools and singing approaches have been released and shared throughout the year, it’s hard to pick just a few of the many great singing tips and vocal tutorials that we’ve shared, but we’ve done out best to whittle it down to just 10 of the best singing lessons of 2018. Lets recap the year and make sure there wasn’t a free singing lesson you missed along the way!
#1 – Why is my voice so low?
One of the most recent singing tutorials on this list, our recent guide to learning how to sing when you have a naturally low voice (like me!) really will change your life. With tips on connecting chest and head voice, shedding some of that overt weight from your folds and ultimately developing a pleasant and balanced tone as a baritone – this is definitely one of my favourite singing tutorials released in 2018. I think one of the most important things to take away from this particular tutorial is the idea that Accent Matters, especially in this day and age where voice coaches release a lot of content on YouTube and the net in general. Well meaning instructions like “This word sets up your vocal tract” or “This word illustrates compression” need to be taken with a grain of salt, because at the end of the day we all speak differently. Where you an I may say the same word in two completely different manners, the way we should sing it is actually uniform – using speech pronunciation to illustrate singing vowels and resonant space really is a bit of a faux pas in 2018. If you’ve got a low voice, or you’re interested in how different voice types require different approaches, this tutorial has to be at the top of your list.
See the full lesson here – Why is my voice so low? (5 Baritone Singing Tips)
#2 – The #1 Problem with singing vowels
This is another of my favourite tutorials of the year. Following on from how we just spoke about accents and speech differing in many ways to singing, the key to great singing is ultimately singing vowels corrrectly. Just a short tutorial that features a video that is jam-packed with practical insight and tips, this tutorial might just change your life as a singer. If you still think that singing and speech are the same thing, then this tutorial is going to blow the doors wide open for you.
Vowels themselves differ between various accents, from the way I personally pronounce the word ‘Game’ as an Australian, to the way the same word is spoken in a more singing-like fashion if you have an American accent. Learning how to form your vowels efficiently and the right way is one of the most powerful tools that professional singers always nail perfectly.
See it here – The #1 Problem With Singing Vowels (and how to fix it!)
#3 – Fix Voice Cracking (5 Hacks)
The vocal break has to be one of the most common issues in singers, and is a formidable hurdle when you first start learning how to sing. Connection between chest and head voice is paramount if you are to develop a powerful and resonant voice that is consistent and balanced. The truth is, chest and head are really just two forms of resonance rather than a ‘physical’ trait of your voice – of course, your lower range is facilitated by the Vocalis muscle, and your high range permitted by use of the CT muscle, but at the end of the day, if you identify where and how each register resonates, you can create a coordinated buzz in tandem that acts as a bridge between your two main registers. Learning to connect chest and head will allow you to create a MIX register that features the rich depth of chest while accessing the extensive high range of head voice.
Voice cracks can occur for many different reasons, including a physical shift in the mechanism, right through to a simple resonant flip (like changing keys on a piano). Learning to connect chest and head and fix voice cracking should be your number one priority as a singer. Without connection between chest and head, your voice will ultimately lack balance, and you WILL experience vocal strain at some point.
Are you ready to connect your chest and head voice? – Fix Voice Cracking (5 Hacks)
#4 – How To Sing a Mix Voice Note
Following on from the last tutorial, this free singing lesson will show you how to sing a mix voice note while developing a powerful but pleasant singing voice. Mix itself isn’t a physical register, but in a resonant sense, really does form a bridge between your chest and head voice and acts as a buffer between a pulled chest, or a weak head voice. Where your chest voice is strained you should be instead allowing a corresponding buzz in head resonance, and where your head voice is weak, you should also be pinging a touch of chest. Learning how to sing a mix voice note really will change your voice and ultimately change your life as a singer.
Mix has a very specific tonal quality, and different feeling and sensation to either chest and head, and this tutorial details every step you need to take to find your mix while building consistency and strength as healthy habits into your vocal routine.
Here’s how to sing a mix voice note – How To Sing A Mix Voice Note
#5 – How To Sing Lip Trill Exercises The Right Way
Lip Trills really are the most versatile and powerful singing exercise you could ever practice – so it’s very surprising that many singers don’t really know how a lip trill works, or how to sing them in an efficient way. If you need to use your fingers to sing the lip trill, then this is an obvious sign you have a deeper-seated issue than just the ability to create bubbles with your lips.
Lip trills occurs as a result of pressure that builds behind your lips, and then exits from the weakest point of closure, creating the lip bubble you no doubt know as a lip trill. One of the most important points about learning to sing a lip trill effectively is learning proper use of the soft palate so all that air pressure doesn’t just escape through your nose when the going gets tough!
Here’s how to sing a lip trill properly – How To Sing Vocal Trill Exercises The Right Way
#6 – 5 Ways To Improve Tongue Placement in Singing
Tongue placement really has to be one of the most important foundation elements of singing, and really should be taught at the beginning stages of learning how to sing. Developing a proper relationship between the shape of your tongue and the formation of certain sounds in your voice is the key to increasing your range, singing with consistency, improving your tone and SO many other common singing issues, all of which can be fixed by learning how to improve tongue placement in singing.
The simplest way to illustrate this important concept is for you to alternate between an EE and an AH sound. No doubt you’ll notice how the EE sound features your tongue raised at the back, and the AH sound a concave and lowered tongue. This is the essence of vowel shaping. In singing, “vowel” really means efficient resonance rather than what you perceive as your speech vowels (again, we all speak differently!). Learn to sing with efficient resonance by learning to improve your tongue placement in singing and your voice will open up like never before!
Here’s how to improve tongue placement in singing – 5 Ways To Improve Tongue Placement In Singing
#7 – How To Choose The Right Vocal Microphone
This tutorial was a special request I received from one of my singing students, and I really wish a simple tutorial like this was available to me when I first started singing, and more importantly, when I bought my first vocal microphone. Microphone choice really can make or break a vocal recording, and the microphone you choose really can effect the way that you sing – if you want to improve your vocal recordings, learning how to choose the right vocal microphone really is the first place you need to start.
Whether you’re leaning towards an airy, open Condenser mic, or a flat and robust Dynamic, this tutorial will make it easier if you’re wondering how to choose the right vocal microphone – How To Choose The Right Vocal Microphone
#8 – 5 Simple Vocal Warmups (For Beginners)
If you’re just starting out on your journey towards building a killer voice, this tutorial will share 5 Simple Vocal Warmups with you and get you started on a regular routine. Consistency and routine really does form consistency in the way that you sing. If you find that you switch between various exercises and you’re just not sure where exactly to start or what you should be practicing, this tutorial will set you up with a great warmup foundation that you can practice every day until you’re ready to move onto something with a little more depth.
You intermediate and advanced guys will also benefit from this singing tutorial, as these five exercises make up part of your ‘vocal rudiments’, the exercises and sounds you need to be able to create in order to use your voice in the most efficient way. Don’t be proud, just check it out and make sure there’s not a glaring omission in your foundation – you’ll thank me afterwards!
#9 – 5 Singing Tips Guys Will Love
Guys face a different learning curve to many females when learning how to sing, so this tutorial really goes into depth about some of the main differences faced by guys who are learning how to sing. The Male voice is known for it’s rich depth and powerful sound, but often requires specific training and a tailored approach to many vocal aspects that some singers, or even male singers with higher voices might take for granted.
Placement in particular was a game changer for me as a baritone singer, and has opened up the doors to the Tenor range for me. Used in tandem with vowel shaping and resonant space, placement might just be the secret key you’re looking for to find your true voice.
#10 – Foundations 101
Okay okay, it’s not a tutorial per-se, Foundations 101 is actually a free vocal course! Bohemian Vocal Studio’s flagship singing course will show you how to set up a bullet-proof foundation that is as practical as it is rock solid. This complimentary singing course is a great companion to singing lessons here at Bohemian Vocal Studio too, as it will give you a head start on some of the basics and foundation you’ll need to make the most out of your coaching sessions. Foundations 101 shows you how to breathe effectively, shape your vowels, extend your range, discover your middle voice, balance your onsets and SO many more powerful singing techniques that others package up as “secrets” in expensive singing courses – did I mention that it’s completely free?
Foundations 101 is a great place to start, as it will show you how to set up a strong foundation for your voice. Foundation in singing really is just like the foundations of a house, the concrete slab that your range and tone will be built upon. Which BVS singing tutorial was your favourite in 2018?
When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional voice coaching, you’re welcome to book a Skype Singing Lesson with me and we’ll start working towards extending your range and building consistency in your voice every time you sing!
If you have any questions about learning how to sing, or you’d like to share your own favourite BVS singing tutorial from 2018, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
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.