EXPLODE Your Vocal Range With Mask Singing [How To Place Your Voice]
Mask. Open Throat. Placement. Cricothyroid. Appoggio. Inhalare La Voce. Laryngeal tilt. Edge. Twang.
I get it, you want to learn how to sing - not learn another language.
But that's really how learning to sing can feel sometimes, right? Like it's all gobbledygook and people are just feeding you the same 5 techniques over and over again with increasingly fancy names.
Mask singing comes to mind - Mask, Placement, Brightness, Forwardness, Ping, Masque, Floating Notes; basically, these all mean exactly the same thing;
Singing with forward placement.
But again, what does singing with forward placement really mean in a practical sense so you can actually APPLY it in your singing to become a better singer - because that's what you're really doing here isn't it? You want to become a better singer.
Well, you're in luck - because that's exactly what I do.
But don't just take my word for it;
My vocal method is regularly mentioned in Top 10 Lists alongside courses by Christina Aguilera, Roger Love and many other famous vocal methods.
One of the absolute best vocal coaches in Russia, Ivan Radkov also says that my vocal school is "the only vocal school I trust"
My album with Dead Spirit Communion gets a flood of great reviews like:
Now, I could go on and on with pages and pages of reviews and recommendations - but you're really here to learn how to sing with mask, right? So let me show you exactly how to do it.
What IS Mask Singing Anyway?
To keep this as simple and practical as possible, singing in mask means resonating within the bones of the face for a brighter, more powerful, healthier, sustainable, more intense, effortless vocal tone.
When it comes to rock singing in particular - mask is absolutely king.
Now, I've become known as the king of PRACTICAL vocal coaching over on YouTube, and I really like to dispense with all these archaic terms like Mask/Masque and Appoggio where I can so that people aren't wasting their time trying to understand Italian instead of trying to actually sing better.
So from now on, I'm going to refer to mask singing as Forward Placement; because that's exactly what masque singing is - a way to 'place' your frequencies and resonance more effectively within your three main vocal resonators;
How To Sing In Mask [How To Place Your Voice]
Singing with forward placement is actually one of the most basic but important of The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- "All In One Flow"
- Mixed Tonality
Without forward placement, you're really not singing at all - you're just speaking, blowing air and ultimately putting your voice at risk of damage; I'm going to guess it also doesn't sound that great either, right?
It's okay though, learning to sing with forward placement is SUPER easy.
Now, that stuffy old instruction to "sing in the mask" has a little bit of basis in truth - because the tonal intention of directing your resonance up and forward instead of from the throat and out of the mouth really DOES help you get a bright, more forward tone.
But there's really a key component that doesn't come with just singing like an opera singer all open and hooty as though you're at a high class masquerade ball "oooooooh how do you dooooooooooh" - and that's really the placement of our speaking voices as well as the perception that we often get from rock and pop singers that they ARE in fact singing from their throats.
Let me nip this one right in the bud for you.
"What about Chris Cornell, he's obviously just grinding glass in his throat to sing like he did in Soundgarden?"
Nope - his voice is forward, in fact VERY forward and out of the throat. In fact, his distortion also sits partly up in his forward placement; and that's ultimately why he had such a lengthy singing career, even with a few vocal hiccups here and there in the later years; you just can't deny that the guy had an otherworldly voice. Forward, forward, forward - listen to anything from BadMotorFinger and tell me it's not bright as hell, forward and sitting in the mask.
"What about Aretha? She's got such a warm and open voice - it's not nasal at all"
Again, forward placement isn't "nasality" in the conventional sense, it's a balanced brightness within the tone of a great singer - kind of like "bright and dark" at the same time, the brightness being the forward placement and the darkness being the depth of their open vowel in the back of the pharynx. So nope - again, her voice is very forward and sitting in the mask.
The key to learning to sing with forward placement is to get rid of that incorrect perception that forward means "nasal" and good tone means "dark" - a great vocal tone is balanced and bright, not dark and hollow.
I'm so confident that forward placement is going to have an immediate positive effect on your voice that I'm going to go out on a limb and show you absolutely all of my cards. That's right, I'm not going to direct you to a download, or my course, or to my Skype booking calendar to learn how to sing with forward placement, I'm going to actually SHOW you my full approach to developing forward placement in my student's voices right here in the video below for absolutely nothing, totally free.
In fact, I'm even going to do one BETTER than that by showing you how to sing with all of The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
When it's explained in a practical, simple, actionable way, learning how to sing is actually SUPER easy.
Now, you might be wondering why I gave all that away to you - basically, you just learned more in a <10 minute video than you've learned over years of trawling through videos in the "YouTube loop" right?
And that's because I'm actually quite selective about who I work with - and I'm absolutely certain that you're totally serious about your goals of becoming a better singer.
Now, If you were just a casual singer looking to kill some time on YouTube, or you're just looking for some entertaining (but ultimately useless) voice coach reacts videos, or you've somehow stumbled upon this page while looking to buy a literal masquerade mask - then it's really no loss If I've just shown you how to sing better, because you're just not invested in what I'm telling you.
Basically, it's going to be in one ear and out the other - and when you close off this tab in a couple of minutes, you're probably going to forget all about our little conversation here, and instead of actually becoming a better singer like we both know that I can help you become, you're going to jump right back on that YouTube loop of video after video after video looking for some magic secret to great singing which is obviously never going to come.
It's sad, I know - especially since you were only one click away from becoming a much, MUCH better singer.
But for a serious singer who is absolutely invested in becoming a better singer - You're absolutely ready to invest in your voice and get started on the next stage of your singing career and actually start working towards your goals in a serious and organised manner.
Learning to sing with placement is really just the start, and there's SO much more I want to share with you.
You've made it this far, watched the Four Vocal Fundamentals video above and decided that yes, you really ARE serious about your goals and you're ready to invest in your voice and dedicate yourself to becoming the singer that we both know you deserve to become.
Now THIS is a singer with the kind of attitude that I love to work with - so hit the button below to get started with the Foundation 101 course. Hell, for someone as dedicated and serious as you I'll even throw in the advanced Growth level course for just a few extra bucks so that you get the full, comprehensive singing approach that everyone is talking about.
I'm ready to help you become a better singer - so hit the button below to get started.
DOUBLE Your Vocal Range
Imagine what it would be like it you could double, or even TRIPLE your vocal range.
Well - that's exactly what I did with the simple technique I'm about to share with you.
In fact, I recently detailed The Secrets I've Learned From Building a Four Octave Vocal Range.
But before I share with you the #1 most important thing that you're EVER going to learn as a singer - yes, even more important than Mask Singing; I want to share a "Before and After" of my voice so that you know that I'm for real.
Maybe it's not very business savvy of me to tell you this, but I used to be a really bad singer, like seriously bad - I blew out my voice two songs into every set. My voice was hoarse after every show. I had no range. My tone sucked. I was out of key constantly. I was tired. My voice was tired. I was embarrased. And I honestly started thinking that I really didn't have what it takes to ever be a good singer.
Until I learned this one simple secret to increasing my vocal range out of sight.
Watch the video below for my "Before and After" as well as the #1 most important thing that you'll ever learn as a singer - oh yeah, there's also a free plan you can sign up to help you master singing with vowel overtones, key organisation skills and SO much more.
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