The Rules Of Singing [The 4 Laws of Great Vocal Technique]
Do you really need singing lessons to become a great singer? And what exactly do you actually learn in a singing lesson anyway? Surely people aren’t actually becoming great singers just by practising lip trills and “Ma Ma Ma” over and over – otherwise everyone would be a great singer, right?
What If I told you there were 4 secret rules that EVERY great singer has mastered, from Aretha Franklin to Freddie Mercury right through to Ronnie James Dio and Chris Cornell?
The 4 Laws of Great Vocal Technique, or simply put “The Four Vocal Fundamentals” have absolutely changed my life as a singer – and in the span of just a few short weeks of following this powerful process, I actually progressed more as a singer than I had progressed in nearly ten years of coaching I received prior to being shown these four simple rules of singing.
You might be wondering why these four rules aren’t just painted all over the internet and mentioned in every single YouTube singing tutorial and spread all across Google and Reddit liberally – and honestly, I do often wonder the same thing myself – but I guess it wouldn’t really sell courses or put butts-on-seats in your local music school to say “Singing is actually very easy!”
Perhaps it’s an Aussie thing, but I’ve just never personally seen the value in holding anything back or trying to sell some ‘secret’ trick to great singing when the real thing is available with The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract (Raise the soft palate)
- Forward Placement (Resonate in the facial bones)
- “All In One Flow” (Sing legato with connection between your words/phrases as much as possible)
- Mixed Tonality (Blend resonance from chest and head voice to created Mix Voice)
I’ll do one step better than just ‘telling you’ how great these four vocal rules are for your vocal prowess, let me show you exactly what I’m achieving now that I’ve mastered these four basic singing laws;
- My voice is forward (It’s bright and powerful)
- My soft palate is raised (Height in the vocal tract)
- I’m singing “All In One Flow” (It’s not staccato)
- I’m singing with Mixed Tonality (I’m actually a low baritone naturally – this is my high mix register)
Without these four vocal laws, this kind of range, power and effortless freedom would be absolutely IMPOSSIBLE with my low voice type no matter how much glottal compression I tried to push my voice with, how much I modified my vowels, how much I cried or even how much I supported my voice – as my foundation would still be lacking.
You’re probably sick of me repeating these four rules over and over and OVER again – but that’s just how important they are both to myself as a singer, and also as a professional coach with over a decade of coaching experience under my belt too. So instead of me going on and on, how about I just SHOW you how it’s done with this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson in which I will share the exact process that I use to help my own students connect their chest and head registers by blending resonance and creating their Mixed Voice.
If you’re struggling to sing well or you’re experiencing strain and tension, you MUST ask yourself these four simple questions;
- Am I creating height in the vocal tract?
- Is my voice ‘forward’?
- Am I singing “All In One Flow”
- Is my tonality/resonance Mixed?
If not, then isn’t it about time you mastered The Four Vocal Fundamentals?I Want To Master The 4 Fundamentals
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.