Why Learning To Sing Is Killing You
Have you been wondering why those high notes are killing you, and why you find the whole process of warming up totally boring and tedious – when other singers seem to improve almost instantly and actually enjoy the process of learning to sing? The truth is, no two singing voices are created equal, and by proxy, no two singing methods really work in the same way for absolutely every singer.
Are you working hard at singing instead of working smart?
Work smarter, not harder
Want to know why singing is easy for some people, with no sign of hard work in sight for them? That’s because singing IS an easy and simple process, but the process of learning how to sing is often difficult for many. The truth about singing is that everyone has a different sense of ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘where’ their voice is, and while there are general conventions such as Chest and Head voice, we don’t all physically ‘sense’ our head voice in our head or the chest voice ‘in the chest’ as these general terms imply. This makes it very hard for the rest of us who aren’t naturally ‘good’ singers, especially when there are very few resources out there which cater to individual or difficult-to-train voices like ours, not just those Tenors who seem to find everything about singing easy and obvious.
The solution is to work smarter, not harder when you are learning how to sing. Instead of spending an hour practicing scales and exercises that really don’t seem to be helping you, it’s important that you know HOW and WHY you are supposed to be practicing these exercises. As an example, one of the most important exercises in building a great singing voice is the lip trill – but here’s the thing, there are MANY different ways to sing a lip trill, but only one way that is truly effective. Do you put your fingers on either side of your mouth? Make a small sound? Blow out a lot of air? Only some air? Does the air go through your nose? These are the questions you need to ask your voice coach or the courses you have purchased. Simple instructions like “Sing a lip trill to increase your range” are rather too general to work for absolutely everyone – but a voice coach who actually explains HOW you are meant to sing a lip trill instead of just telling you to do one is the solution to your singing woes.
This is why high notes are killing you
Are you pushing your chest voice as high as possible, but it still doesn’t go high enough to connect with your head voice like your favourite singer seems to do? Here’s the catch, Chest and Head voice are two parts of the same mechanism and don’t require stretching or bridging, the difficult sections of your voice simply need to be navigated in the right manner to facilitate the natural connection. If you’re trying to push your chest voice up the point where it reaches your head voice, you will NEVER sing high notes effectively and without strain, because Chest and Head voice are ultimately two halves of the same coin, vocal fold weight and vocal fold tension – a process that is more one of balance than muscular force.
Singing is more about balance than strength
If you are manhandling your voice to make it behave the way you want it to, you’re ultimately using your voice in the wrong manner. Your singing voice is already a magnificent design that only functions correctly in one way – naturally. Singing is a process of coordination and balance rather than one of muscularity. If you’re supporting your voice in a forceful manner and you struggle to sing in a fluid and agile way, then this is hard work instead of smart work.
If high notes are still killing you and you’re getting frustrated with the process of singing, perhaps you need to find a new method and a more efficient voice coach who can tailor an approach for your unique voice? A great place to start is the free foundations courses here at Bohemian Vocal Studio which will show you the most effective way to build a strong and consistent singing voice. When you’re ready to take your voice up another notch with professional vocal training, you can then book a Skype Session and we’ll get started extending your range and building consistency and balance in your voice every time your sing.
If you have any questions about learning how to sing, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!