The TOP rock singing lessons
Bohemian Vocal Studio coaches singers all around the world how to sing better with the TOP rock singing lessons available online. Well versed in every singing style and highly experienced working with singers of even the most difficult voice types and thick accents, Kegan’s studio will help you sing better than ever before.
With a focus on practical and steps-based proper singing techniques, BVS has become synonymous with POWERFUL singing and has steadily grown into one of the most respected online vocal studios offering rock singing lessons
How to sing rock music
With the level of intensity and powerful delivery required to learn how to sing rock music, it’s important that you are developing only the proper singing techniques and taking care to build your voice in the RIGHT way with rock singing lessons. Sure, there are rock singers out there who just ‘go for it’ and sound pretty good, but only the BEST rock singers can learn how to sing rock music with POWER while keeping their voices strong and healthy. Make sure your voice coach understands what it takes to teach you how to sing rock, because there is a ‘right way’ and a ‘wrong way’ to sing – and only the very best rock singing lessons will show you the right way to sing rock.
Here’s our top 5 Rock singing techniques;
#1 – Breath Support
Learning how to breathe from the diaphragm and engage your breath support is an absolute MUST for all rock singers. If you want to learn how to sing rock music, then your singing technique needs to start with your foundation. The best foundation for singing rock starts with your posture, so lets get you set up with proper singing posture first:
- Head up
- Shoulders back
- Chin level with the floor
- Ribs out
This final point, ‘ribs out’ is commonly called Appoggio singing technique, and simply means that you should set up your posture to allow your breathing to be controlled by extension of the diaphragm rather than contraction of your ribs. A great way to set up appoggio singing technique is to raise your sternum without breathing in – often you’ll find that this widens your ribs, brings your stomach in and allows you to breathe entirely through diaphragmatic engagement.
Engaging the diaphragm after you’ve set up your posture in this manner is super easy, you can try one of the following methods of engaging the diaphragm;
- Lie on your back with a book on your navel – now try to make the book move simply by breathing
- Imagine breathing through a drinking straw, low, quick and sharp
- Hold your arms out to the side like you’re shooting an archery arrow (head forward) and take a deep breath
Trying each of these methods, you should soon feel engagement of the diaphragm so that you can sing from the diaphragm rather than pushing air from your chest. This is the first step to setting up a powerful ROCK voice and will enable you to sing with breath support as you progress and your voice grows.
#2 – Vocal Placement
Vocal placement, or resonance placement, is one of those often misunderstood and overlooked proper singing techniques. Especially important for those with a lower voice type, such as a Baritone like myself, vocal placement is the ability to limit your frequencies to a specific band, allowing the most efficient use of your resonance as you ascend in range.
Often mistaken for the classical technique of masque, it’s important that you don’t try to create extra frequencies, instead, vocal placement requires you to limit the excess frequencies that may be occuring below your top teeth and in your throat. All this extra effort you’re using to create frequencies such as these that simply don’t resonate in a clear and consise way is a waste of energy that will likely affect your vocal health in the long run. Learn to place your voice correctly too keep your voice healthy and strong, while learning how to sing higher than ever before with this efficient band of frequencies! Check out the following tutorial I’ve put together for you to illustrate the importance of placement
Vocal placement will give you that pleasant but powerful singing tone you know and love from your favourite singers. If you want to sing professionally and with an extensive range, then you need to learn how to place your voice.
#3 – Vowel shaping
Shaping your vowels to overcome your singing accent and alow for the greatest and most efficient resonance is an important skill. Did you know that your VOWELS are not pronounced when you sing? Instead, they are shaped by your tongue and the width of your vocal tract. For example, and “AH” vowel, like the words “Love” or “Fall” or “Car” is shaped with a low and concave tongue, and a relatively WIDE vocal tract – where an “EE” vowel like “Feed” or “See” is shaped with the back of your tongue high and a relatively narrow vocal tract. Learning how to shape your vowels in this manner will overcome even the thickest and most difficult accents and train you to sing any word with resonance and power – with very little effort.
Depending on your voice type, it might be easiest to start out with the EE vowel as it is the most narrow and closed of the vowel sounds, and work your way up to the open vowel sounds like AH that require a wider band of frequencies and wider vocal tract.
Here’s another practical tutorial I’ve put together for you to show you how to SHAPE your vowel sounds, which I often call Vowel Mechanics.
#4 – Vowel tuning
We breifly discussed vocal tract and vowel width in step four, but did you know that you actually need to tune each vowel individually either wider or narrower through each of the ‘difficult’ passages in your voice? That’s right, tuning your resonance happens differently for each of your vowel sounds, and each vowel sound will change width in a fluid way throughout your vocal range. A great way to learn this concept is by learning how to sing with vowel modification – the easiest way to tune your vowels is to simply change the character of each of your vowel as you go through your breaks, for example, changing your “AH” vowel towards an “OH” to widen slightly through your first break, or changing your “EE” vowel towards an “EH” to again widen a touch through that tricky first break.
Vowel modification isn’t the most efficient way to fine tune your resonance as you ascend in range, although it is the most common way that singers are taught to sing through their vocal breaks. As your singing technique progresses and you start to recognise the delicate changes required to modify your vowel efficiently – you can ditch the clunky vowel modifications and simply keep your vowel pure as you either widen or narrow your vocal tract with subtle movements of the tongue root and soft palate. Here’s another video I’ve put together to illustrate vowel tuning:
As you can see, Vowel Modification is the most basic and ‘laymans’ way of tuning your vowel, but if you truly want to sing ROCK, then it’s important that you learn the right way to tune your vowel sounds so that you can unleash a powerfully resonant sound – with minimal effort!
#5 – The middle register
We’ve all heard of Chest Voice and Head Voice, right? But did you know there is another mysterious register that sits in the centre of these two main registers, and only appears once you learn to coordinate the musculature responsible for your chest and head registers respectively? When you first start learning how to sing, you’ll likely find that you have a strong lower register, and a weak/disconnected “head” voice – now, each of these registers is VERY important for your voice, so it’s very important that you don’t try to ‘avoid’ your head voice, and you’re not trying to sing higher chest voice notes – the answer to connecting chest and head voice is learning how to sing in MIX voice. This coordinated vocal register results when you can balance your two main registers in a coordinate way, in essence singing between, or with a mix of Chest and Head voice.
Middle voice is often taken for granted or overlooked in even the best singing courses, so make sure your approach to singing includes building the Middle register, or Mix voice – building your mix voice is what is going to allow you to learn how to sing rock music with power and ease.
Did you know that “belting” occurs ONLY in the middle register? That’s right, if you want to learn how to BELT, then you first need to develop the middle register coordination so you can balance in the centre of your two main registers. Here’s a great tutorial I’ve put together to show you how to coordinate your MIX voice.
Are you ready for the TOP rock singing lessons online with the fastest growing singing studio in the world? Bohemian Vocal Studio teaches students how to sing rock music all around the globe in online Rock Singing Lessons – when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and learn how to sing in MIX voice, learn how to TUNE your vowels and learn how to SUPPORT your voice, you can book a session with me today and I’ll show you how it’s done!
Only proper singing technique will show you how to sing rock music – with these five basic proper singing techniques, your voice will grow into a powerful and healthy rock machine.
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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.