What Singing Technique Do I Need? [Which Vocal Technique Really Works]
With thousands of YouTube singing videos, almost as many different vocal methods, countless techniques and endless advice and tips online - you probably find yourself asking "what singing technique do I need?" more than you actually find yourself doing any singing.
My motto when it comes to learning how to sing online is - Less Clickin', More Singin'
So where exactly do you start, and which vocal techniques really work, and what is just marketing fluff? It's easy to fall into the rabbit-hole of being a perpetual 'clicker' online where you follow link after link and video after video trying to get to "the answer" at the end of the tunnel that never really comes along; you just find yourself going down another rabbit hole - Is the answer Speech Singing? Is it Open Throat Singing? Compression? Diaphragmatic Support? Vowel Modification? Placement? Mixed Voice? The options for wasting your time are endless.
Instead of asking "what singing technique do I need" - the real question is which vocal approach really works?
The truth is, you don't really "need" anything to become a great singer - you already possess the voice of your dreams; you just don't know how to use it yet. For way too many years I too tried stacking technique after technique onto my voice hoping that the next advanced technique I added to my arsenal of vocal tricks and exercises was going to be the one that changed everything for me; only to find myself back at square one with a strained voice and no extra range or finesse as a singer.
What Singing Technique Do I Need?
Instead of searching for one specific technique that is going to change your voice, instead you need to simply "have technique" when it comes to each vocal element. I like to break down the most important aspects of singing into The Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- Mixed Tonality
- "All In One Flow"
If you have technique and control in each of these four basic fundamentals you'll have all the vocal technique you will ever need to become a great singer. Want to know an insider vocal secret from someone who has been in the biz for over a decade? Every other vocal technique and concept out there relates to these four simple fundamentals.
For example, Vowel Modification, Resonance Tuning, Raising The Soft Palate, Yawning, Narrowing The Vowel and The Internal Smile ALL relate to Height In The Vocal Tract in the same way that Balance in the TA and CT muscles, Classroom Voice, Connecting Chest and Head Voice, Blending Resonance and a Boyish Tone ALL relate to Mixed Tonality.
As you can see, singing really IS much more simple than you realise - it's just being over complicated by those coaches who are throwing technique after technique at you without actually giving you these four fundamentals vocal keys.
Let Me Share With You What REALLY Works
The best vocal method is the one that teaches you The Four Vocal Fundamentals and helps you set up a rock solid foundation for your voice. That's right, instead of just telling "my method is the best" or "I'm better than everyone else" like those YouTube gurus - I've created a checklist to help YOU decide How To Find The Best Singing Course. Simply answer each of the questions in the checklist for the vocal method you're researching and you'll find out whether it's the right one for you - it really is that easy.
Want to know which singing technique changed absolutely my life as a singer? It wasn't vowel modification, or placement, or mixed voice, or edge, or twang, or cry - it was Vocal Foundation.
Foundation in singing really IS just like the foundation of a house being built - the concrete slab that your range and tone (walls and roof!) are built upon and supported by. Without a strong foundation; even with all those advanced techniques, confusing terms and crazy exercises you're trying to apply your voice will fail every time.
I recently detailed how I spent over $15,000 and over a decade learning how to sing while making very little progress - to be honest with you, I was an information junkie, an exercise junkie and just all round "perma-student"; I had a list of exercises two pages long and a warmup that was over an hour long that actually left my voice hoarse and tired every single day because there was just way too many exercises and no real focus for my technique.
Learning HOW and WHY each exercises has allowed me to boil down this Frankenstein warmup into just Six Exercises (You can find them here in The Only Exercises You'll Ever Need) that now form the base of my coaching approach in the most effective and streamlined approach to singing that you're going to find.
Instead of my telling you constantly just how great it is to sing with such effortless freedom and power now that I've mastered the Four Vocal Fundamentals - let me show you; here's a few quick examples of what I'm achieving now that I've developed a powerhouse vocal foundation - just imagine the incredible voice you're going to enjoy when you too master these four simple fundamentals!
As someone who really wasn't a natural to begin with, I can tell you right now - great singing all stems from the strength and consistency of your vocal foundation. Advanced techniques are great, but there's no point putting a 5-speed racing transmission into a car that has no wheels...
Do You Have What It Takes?
Well now it's possible.
This simple vocal improvement quiz will calculate your exact potential for improvement as a singer and show you how and where to invest your time and training for the best results. Best of all, it's short, super accurate and most singers are absolutely SHOCKED with the results.