Train your voice sing better
Training your voice to sing better doesn’t have to be a difficult or confusing, in fact, learning how to sing can be SO much fun and EASIER than you ever thought – get your singing voice better with these 5 easy tips! You really can teach yourself how to sing on the internet using the singing resources provided here at Bohemian Vocal Studio and our many YouTube singing lessons.
Using these 5 singing tips lessons and techniques, your really CAN sing better instantly and learn how to sing higher than ever before!
#1 – Support, don’t push
Learn how to support your voice properly by singing from the diaphragm, and learning how to manage your air pressure and air flow so that your vocal chords vibrate with resonance rather than PUSH with air. The first step to singing support is to set up proper singing posture;
- Head Up
- Shoulders back and won
- Chin Parallel with the floor
- Sternum up (ribs out)
The last point is actually the most important. Also known as APPOGGIO or “leaning” on the voice, starting with a wide rib position allows YOU to be in control of your breathing via extension of the diaphragm rather than your ribs and chest controlling the airflow with contraction.
Secondly, you need to engage the diaphragm so that you are drawing air into the negative space created by expansion of your lung space, rather than “sucking in” air using your chest and ribs. A great way to engage the diaphragm is to breathe LOW and SHARP just as though you are breathing through in imaginary drinking straw. Another way to train diaphragmatic engagement is to lie on your back with a book or cup on your stomach, and learn how to make it move with your breathing ONLY.
Now, support occurs when you require more air pressure and limited air flow, for example when you are singing higher, or when you are trying to sing higher chest voice notes by learning how to sing in mix voice. A geat way to support your voice, or “lean on the voice” is to figuratively imagine pulling down or lowering a set of heavy weights held in each of your hands up near your shoulders. This motion of lowering a heavy item, figuratively, will cause the sensation of SUPPORT in your diaphragm rather than a push from your throat and allow you to sing higher notes without straining.
Remember, you don’t want to LOCK your support or OVER support your voice, this will force your voice into a wide belting coordination that will create bad habits that are especially difficult to break.
#2 – Shape your vowels
Shaping your vowels is a very important part of learning proper singing techniques, will allow you to sing high notes without straining and will likely alsol answer the question “why do accents disappear when singing?”. You don’t pronounce your words when you sing, you actually SHAPE your vowels and ARTICULATE your singing consonants – you and I might have two very different speaking accents where we would pronounce certain words in a totally different way, but when we sing, these words are sung in a uniform way with a specific tongue shape and vocal tract width.
- AH – Tongue low and concave
- AA – Similar, but with your tongue slightly forward from the middle
- EE – Tongue up at the back
- EH/AY – Similar but with your mouth ajar
- OO – There’s two different OO vowels you can sing
Try it yourself by replacing the center of each of your words in a vocal phrase with one of the above tongue shapes – it helps, right? Using your tongue in this manner to “EQ” your resonance into each of your vowel sounds in this manner will allow you to resonate more efficiently and with the greatest ease and of course, POWER and placement.
Now, vocal tract width is something you’ll need to learn when I show you how to TUNE your vowels (book in with me today and I’ll show you how it’s done), but it’s actually something you’ll need to learn while shaping your vowels. The easiest way to illustrate the difference in vocal tract width between your vowels is to have you toggle between an EE vowel (the most narrow vowel sound) and an AH vowel (the widest vowel sound) – can you feel a subtle change in how wide/open your throat is when you move between these vowel sounds? Learning proper control of your vowel width is paramount to GREAT singing, so make sure you book in for professional vocal coaching to learn how to tune your vowels the right way.
#3 – Articulate your consonant sounds
Learning the right way to create your singing consonants is an important skill that every great singer had to learn/has to develop at some point. I personally like to separate my singing consonants into groups and types first, then develop an approach to each one for every individual student’s voice type and native accent – but a general guide to singing consonants looks something like this:
- Closed resonants – W,Y,R,L
- Open resonants – N,M,NG
- Plosives – P, B
- Sibilants – S,T,X
- Glottal – G,K,C
Now, every singer will have their own unique issues with singing consonants care of our different accents, physiology and of course voice types – so depending on your voice you may find specific consonant sounds are difficult for you, and others are free and easy. I’ve got free guides to each of the consonant types on my YouTube channel, so make sure you check out the video below for a simple approach to singing consonants
#4 – Middle Voice
Learning how to sing in mix voice is an important skill to develop for any great singer. If you want to sing higher chest voice notes, belt, or connect chest voice and head voice – then the only answer is to learn how to Sing in Middle voice. I’m sure you’ve heard of Chest voice and Head voice before, your two main vocal registers, but did you know there is another important register that balances directly between your two main registers called “Middle” or “Mix” voice? Learning to balance between your two main registers and develop your mix is the final key to building a powerful singing voice – make sure you check out the free singing lesson below to learn how to sing in mix voice
Stop pushing to hit your high notes, learn how to sing in middle voice to POWER UP your singing voice and unlock your high range!
#5 – Release your registers
An important part of a great singing voice is register release – often taught to beginner singers by way of a lip trill or lip bubble, releasing your vocal registers is the FIRST thing you should practice every time you should sing. Release, place, resonate, repeat! My favourite exercise for register release is actually a basic “N” or “NG” sound, with your tongue sitting behind your top teeth and resonance vibrating above your top teeth/behind your nose – the exercise itself isn’t that important, it’s actually the INTENT behind your practice that is the most important part, so make sure you’ve been taught how to release your registers the right way and not as an afterthought! After almost 20 years of singing, register release is STILL the very first exercise I practice each day, it really is THAT important.
Are you ready to sing better instantly by meeting with the BEST voice coach available for professional singing lessons? You can book a session with me today and I’ll show you these proper singing techniques and more!
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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.