Tips For A Better Singing Voice [4 Easy Singing Tips]
Laryngeal Tilt. A4. Formants. Vocal Fach. M1. Cricothyroid. The Sphenoid. Edge. <- No idea what any of this means?
That’s okay, you really don’t need to be an international linguist to become a great singer with these tips for a better singing voice – I promise to keep it as practical as possible!
If you’re sick of all the terms and lack of practical application (I know I was for many years when I was first learning how to sing), then you’re going to love The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
You might be surprised to learn that EVERY single term, technique and trick out there relates to just one of these four base fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- “All In One Flow”
- Mixed Tonality
That’s right. Yes, even a complicated technique like Vowel Modification is simply a way to help you achieve Height In The Vocal Tract in the same way that Edge, Twang and Brightness are simply a way to achieve Forward Placement.
By focusing solely on these four vocal fundamentals, and identifying every other technique out there as a way to help you achieve them – you’re going to find singing a WHOLE lot easier, and a hell of a lot less confusing.
Technical jargon often comes with the territory of learning how to sing – but aren’t you sick of it? I know I am. So let me show you how to actually sing better by using The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
The Four Vocal Fundamentals
In 20 years of singing experience, and now a decade of expertise as a professional voice coach – I’ve identified four key points that EVERY beginner singer struggles with, and EVERY single issue from strain and tension to a lack of high range can be attributed to – and I like to call then The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
The first vocal fundamental is Height In The Vocal Tract.
It might sound like jargon, but it’s literally what happens when you raise the soft palate and allow your vowel to be formed in the pharynx. The palate literally raises up and creates Height In The Vocal Tract – can’t get much more practical than that, right?
If you’ve ever had a singing teacher trying to get you to “yawn before you sing”, then this is actually what they were trying to get you to do whether they realised it or not.
I personally find that ‘yawning’ is a bit of a ham fisted way of teaching singers how to become better by raising the soft palate – but as a means to an end, it does effectively demonstrate how to raise the soft palate when you sing.
To make this whole process easier, I’ve put together a tutorial on singing with The Four Vocal Fundamentals that is simple, effective and practical;
As you can see – learning how to sing really CAN be easy when you’re given all the information up front, and it’s provided to you in a practical and simple way without jargon, archaic 200 year old terms or buzz words like Curbing and Edge – what are we, street corners?
The Four Vocal Fundamentals are a GREAT starting point for any singer, and they’re an exceptional way for experienced singers to tighten up their technique; but there’s something just as important that you really need to learn if you want to take your singing to the next level.
I know, I know – I said I’d keep it simple, and I’m actually sticking to my promise here!
When you raise the soft palate up to create Height In The Vocal Tract as part of The Four Vocal Fundamentals, you actually allow a Vowel Overtone to be created.
In essence, the “vowels” that we speak with, depending on your accent of course, really aren’t the same thing as a well sung, well placed pharyngeal vowel created and resonating within the vocal tract.
For each register, there’s actually four different vowel overtones that you need to identify and develop if you want to build a spectacular, world-class singing range.
In fact, I believe so wholeheartedly in keeping things practical and useful that I’m just going to SHOW you how to sing with a vowel overtone in this video:
Having BIG DREAMS as a singer means you need a BIG VOICE to match – watch the video above to hear my “before and after” and learn how you’re going to build a big voice too!
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