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Singing tips – How to sing better right now

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Veteran vocal coach Cari Cole shares five beginner singing tips to make your voice sound better

As one of the top vocal coaches in the country, I’m frequently asked, “What are your top singing tips for vocalists?” Well, I could rattle off a long list, and yammer on for hours. I’m a nerd’s nerd when it comes to vocals, and I have a long list of favorite singing tricks up my sleeve from more than 20 years of coaching singers… But I love a challenge – so I pretended I had only five minutes to tell you my best singing tips, and I wracked my brain to come up with the Top 5.

First, one of the things I am constantly teaching my private clients is that the voice is an instrument inside your body and you have to learn how to use it to get the most out of it. It’s very “physical” on the foundational level.

To have a strong voice and to have vocal consistency, there are certain things you have to know and do, and there are some really beginner singing tips you can use, right now, to get a great sound out of your instrument.

And the truth is most singers, even professionals, unless they’ve trained, don’t know this stuff. I’m going to give these singing tips to you as if I were actually giving you a voice lesson: right here, right now.

So, stand in front of a mirror, because I’m going to ask you to watch your jaw and your head position to control movement as you sing.

Cari’s Top 5 Singing Tips

1. Sing vowels with your jaw open
This is a beginner singing tip that makes you sound better instantly, so I call it the “Instant Fix.” Say A-E-I-O-U (watch your jaw movement in the mirror). Did your jaw close on any of the vowels? Chances are your jaw closed on the “E” and the “U” – and most likely on others too, if not all of them. Take your first two fingers and pull your jaw down two inches – or even better, use a plastic bottle cap or a wine cork to prop your jaw open. Now speak the vowels again. And repeat again (we’re trying to re-program muscle memory – so the more the better).

Now sing the vowels on one pitch. A-E-I-O-U. Your goal is to keep your jaw open (long not wide) without closing for all of your vowels. Repeat until you can do it. Now sing a phrase of one of your songs – and make sure your jaw opens to the same position on all of your vowels. You have to practice this a bunch before it becomes natural – but the more you do, the sooner this new movement is programmed into your muscle memory.

And you might be one of those lucky ones who notice the improvement in the sound right away (it will sound louder and more resonant with less vocal strain). If you don’t, don’t sweat it, you will. It just takes a little practice. You might have some unwanted tension in your neck, jaw and throat muscles – try loosening them up and try it again. The next time you perform open your jaw more on your vowels, it’s one of my quick singing tips that makes you sound better instantly!

2. “Think down” when you sing high notes
When you sing a scale, try thinking of the way an elevator works: a heavy weight is attached to a pulley, and as the weight pulls down, the elevator goes up to the higher floors. So, the highest floor is reached when the weight is the heaviest. Similarly, you should use the most “weight” on your highest notes.

3. Sing with your chin down for more power without strain
Who doesn’t want more power without strain? This is one of those simple singing tips that’s easy to apply – easier than the one above. All you have to do is to keep your chin pointed slightly down and your pectoral muscles slightly flexed (sometimes it’s a lot flexed) when you go for more power. Most singers reach forward or lift their chin up to sing with more power. While it may temporarily work, it causes vocal problems. Tipping your chin down not only works better and saves your voice, it actually SOUNDS better!

Stand in front of a mirror. Sing an “ah” scale up and down in one phrase (1-2-3-4-3-2-1). Press your chin slightly in (point your chin towards the floor), usually only 1 inch or so. Don’t let your head bob up as you raise pitch – keep it firmly in place. Go all the way up the scale of your voice keeping this position. Notice how the chin wants to move up as you raise pitch. Keep it planted. This will give you more power and control and eliminate strain. Practice it until it becomes natural!

4. Control your vocal vibrato
Here’s a quick singing tip to get your vibrato working. Stand in front of a mirror; press on your chest with both hands, then raise your chest higher than normal. Take a breath in and then exhale, but don’t drop your chest. Sing one note and hold it as long as possible with your chest raised. Press on your chest halfway through the note (press kind of hard and raise your chest to meet the pressure). Relax the back of your neck and keep your jaw open as you’re singing “ahhh.” Imagine the air spinning around in your mouth while keeping your chin tucked down a bit and your chest raised. Keep in mind, overuse of vibrato is not a good thing in contemporary singing (pop, rock and R&B). At the same time, no vibrato is also not a good thing. So, try ending phrases with straight tone, then into a little bit of vibrato. The bottom line is to do what’s best for you.

5. Use HearFones® to hear yourself singing as the audience does
A good vocal tone is not established by singing loudly, it’s established at medium volume. Good tone happens when vocal folds are strong enough to have a good closure without touching.

Releasing too much air creates a “breathy” tone, and releasing too little air creates a “nasal” tone. Unless you’re really going for breathy or nasal as a stylistic choice, somewhere right in between the two is the perfect balance. Wearing HearFones® allows you to really hear yourself and work on your tone at medium volumes, either on your own or in the context of rehearsal with your band or ensemble.

This post originally appeared on Cari Cole’s “Standing in the Spotlight” blog. Reprinted with permission.

CariCari Cole is a celebrity vocal coach, artist development expert, and new music biz mentor. She has over 25 years’ experience working with independent artists and A-list performers. Her website offers tools and materials for serious vocalists, bands and singer-songwriters, and her “Standing in the Spotlight” blog is a great resource for vocal and music industry info.

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132 thoughts on “Singing tips – How to sing better right now

  1. Great! Thank you for sharing the above singing tips. It’s really a very wonderful article! Please keep posting such nice blogs!

  2. Thanks for sharing this method Cari!

    Will definitely be looking to implement some of these tips in the future to get better myself!

    What’s your opinion on “singing using your diaphragm” so to speak? Also, do you have any exercises to help unlock this “diaphragm method” so to speak



  3. Controlling the shape of your mouth is a big deal. Once you have the breath support and pitch taken care of, shaping the vowels is the next pillar of singing proficiency. There is a big difference between a ventriloquist and an opera singer but both are masters of shaping the tones with the shape of their mouths.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great Tips Cari, your blog is very helpful special being your own audience using Hearfones which allows you to really hear yourself and work on your tone at medium volumes, either on your own or in the context of rehearsal with your band or ensemble. Such amazing tips are much needed for a new learner.

  5. hi…..thank you for the website …its over 2 years that I am singing…I can sing rap but you know when I just compare my own voice with singers …..well I just get disepointed …you know I am only 16 & I am trying hard..
    I have the voice but Im not pleased enough, I can change my voice that you couldnt geuss if I am the same ..I sing from rihanna,iggy azalea & taylor …can you help me…I mean what I have to do…..I cant sing like celebs…whats the point that makes them sing too well..I need help

  6. This is awesome article for all singers. Thanks for sharing wonderful blog. I hope all singers implements this tips in their daily life, for their bright future. Thanks for great blog

  7. Hearphone is a great idea but you can come dependent on needing to hear your voice to sing well ad in tune if you use it all the time. I sing a Capella into my GarageBand app on my iPad and listen to my voice quality, production and pitch. I believe a singer needs to work towards developing their muscles in line with their inner ear to sing; so that they can sing with confidence, and ultimately having control over their sound and pitch. In most live stage performances I have performed, I had to sing without hearing my voice through the monitors or mix. Because I knew the sound of my voice, I just pretended I heard it in my head as I sang and that gave me the confidence I needed.

  8. Some good tips but I would never recommend using a prop to keep the mouth open. As a Vocalist who is also a dental Hygienist, I can say that a prop could potentially cause temporomandibular joint problems. Also….”more weight” for many people means more push. Never push into a note! Ease and openness is the way. Think…yes…that helps….but weight…to reach…no. A good coach is essential! Written advice is not the best way to disseminate knowledge.

    1. Listen to the other instruments while you sing and think of your voice as an instrument. If you sing to the drum pattern (if there is one) than you will have the most success. Remember, the rhythm is the backbone of the song and vocals/guitars/keyboards, etc. is layered over the top of that base rhythm.

    1. Due to the activity of your vocal chords, larynx, neck and chest muscles the blood has drained slightly from your brain to fuel your singing activity. This slight redirection of blood flow from the brain to energize the parts of your body engaged in singing, will cause you to feel this way and also yawn.

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  12. Begin with breathing exercises. Breathing exercises will allow you to better control the pitch and duration of your singing.Next, start warming up.Find your range.Try singing along to a song that you like with a voice recorder nearby.Drink plenty of water.Practice daily.

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    1. Impressive post. Glad i found this. When i meet new students, they always ask me whats the easy way to learn how to sing better. Next time ill tell them about this article. Glad to see there is some good lessons online for those that want to learn to sing. Most of the sites ive seen are always trying to sell you something. Keep up the good work.

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  14. My wife loves to sing and was in her college choir. So, she gives me tips every now and then when we are singing in the car. One of her most often said tip is for me to work on my vowels. I’ll give the bottle cap method a try and hopefully wow her with my improvement next time we go on a car trip.

  15. Recently discovered Cari Cole and she is my favorite vocal coach out there. She explains singing in a way no one has ever explained to me before. I’ve only been watching her tutorials for a week and I already feel an improvement.

  16. Having a melodious voice is not enough to become a good singer. We have to work on various things like chords, volume and much more. Cari, you have suggested very useful recommendations for the aspiring singers to get their singing done in an efficient manner. Thanks a lot.

  17. I think ‘Superior Singing Method’ by Aaron Anastasi is the best when it comes to voice coaching. I tried different voice exercises on the net. But none of them, in my opinion, compares to what Aaron has to offer. Actually I experienced some improvements right after doing some of exercises from this method

    Here’s a link to his video and guide: http://fb.me/2gOMazz07

  18. These ARE great tips – thanks for sharing them! Especially the first tip. And since others are plugging some vocal methods, I’ll go ahead and plug the method that worked great for me – “Set Your Voice Free” by Roger Love. It comes with a CD chock full of practice exercises to sing. I use three of them as a warmup routine. Super book.

  19. Great tips.

    To anyone just getting started I also highly recommend a program called the Superior Singing Method by Aaron Anastasi. It is an absolutely brilliant online program, perfect for beginners or at an intermediate level.
    You can find his online presentation and guide at: http://www.SSmethod.pw

    Anybody can learn if you put the practice in.

  20. Thanks Cari for your suggestions. These are the tremendous tips of all I have read so far. These have assisted me a lot in opening up my vocal chords . But still I have a query regarding the crackening of the voice while singing. Plz grant me some more of your specializes tips concerned to my query.

  21. These are good tips. Cari Cole has made video tips on singing at ehow. I could add few more.

    Although Cari doesn’t mention it in the 5 tips above, singers should never underestimate warm up routines. Before going on stage, learning a new song, or recording a track, every singer should engage in any warm up routines. Warm up routine should be done daily, not just for preparing for a concert, recording or performance. It could involve anything from the body to our vocal cords. Part of Cari’s instant fix is warming up our vocal cords or singing anatomy.

    Another thing that singers should also monitor is their posture. As Cary has advised above, you should have a full length mirror handy so you can monitor every movement of you when you practice any singing activity. Maintaining good posture has to do with maintaining alignment from head to toe. You don’t want to slouch or hunch. Good posture can work many ways for your singing including breathing process, high notes, pitch, etc.

    Different vocal coaches would have different emphasis. I think one important part of vocal or singing techniques that many vocal coaches would emphasis is breathing process. Breathing and posture go hand in hand for overall singer in you.

  22. Music is life, I’ll live to love music, getting a vocalist like you is something am looking forward to.

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  24. There are various good tips available to improve your singing.Open your mouth when you’re singing! Singers who keep their mouths mostly closed are likely tense in the tongue and are far from achieving maximum quality of tone. Don’t take in too much air. If you breathe in too much air, then you create pressure under the folds that can easily hinder you ability to sing freely. Sing with energy.Singing is a very physical activity. You must be energized and excited about what you’re doing .

  25. This is the best vocal advice I have ever read online. Thank you so much! Very straight forward and so helpful!!

  26. Thank you SO SO much! Im doing a Fine Arts contest and this will be the first time i sing in front of ppl where its just me singing iv done back up stuff before but nothing like this. Im very nervous and this helped my confidence alot! God Bless

  27. Thank you so much for this I have a singing audition tonight, I just tried your tips and noticed a change in how my voice sounds clearer. 😀

    1. I also really love the Superior Singing method by Aaron Anastasi. It’s extremely helpful if you’re a beginner or even at an intermediate level. Here’s a direct link to his video and guide: http://www.ssmethod.pw

      Hope this helps!

  28. It sounds link your singing philosophy sounds a lot like the Superior Singing Method we just reviewed. It is great to see that sound singing coaching seems to be consistent. I love your imagery for thinking down for a high note. I’ve worked in a lot of high rise building so I’ll probably never be able to get that image out of my head.

  29. Very handy. Just trying the open mouth thing has made an improvement. Kind of embarrassing that something so obvious escaped me, but that’s how it goes. As for the guy leaving all the negative comments, his singing is almost unbelievable – it sucks, and blows, and bites all at the same time.

  30. I think this blog is good for me because I love to sing and I want to know more tips on how to sound better. So many people tell me to shut up cause they hate when people sing. I just want them to love my singing so I am trying to get better and this blog can help me with that.

  31. Lastly…we vocalist know that when we sing, we sing for ourselves. An audience is secondarily significant if at all. We continue to seek our perfect vocal expression long after the thrill of performing is gone. It is the most beautiful instrument and one should never stop evolving their singing technique and reaching for a higher note, new tone and better way of expressing emotion.

  32. Much of the singing process is psychological. The “weight” or “elevator” analogy as a technique for singing notes in your higher range is really nothing more than suggesting to your mind that there is no difference in low and high notes. If you think a note is high or too high, you will physically respond

    1. If you want to be a better singer, visit http://www.SingBetter.info – the tips on that website have helped me discover how to get the best tone out of my voice while improving my pitch so it sounds full and pure. It has helped me develop an ear with the ability to simply hit the right notes with confidence. It has explained exactly how to breathe so that I get the most out of my voice. I’m able to sing for hours without strain! The unique exercises have taken me beyond a simple warm up routine helping my voice “breakthrough”. My range has increased, I hit higher notes, and I feel less strain in my voice and notes that were once impossible to reach are now easy to sing. I like that the online course is much more affordable than expensive private singing lessons. I have the flexibility to do my singing lessons when it is most convenient and I can work through the modules at my own pace. The tips on that website are an incredible resource…it definitely has improved my voice! If it worked for me, I promise it’ll work for you too!

  33. Outstanding article! I just had to take the time to thank you for writing an article with such great information. You make valid points and I have to agree with you on many of them.


  35. Hello, every time i sing a very high note its so soft that almost no one can hear. But the problem is, its the strongest it can go which means i cant make it any louder. May i please have a tip to work on my volume for all high and low notes?

  36. 1. The “Instant Fix” -Simply just helps you to produce better sound or sing better

    2. “Think down” for high notes-Puts weight on your highest notes or reach the high notes

    3. More power without strain- Singing with more power with not hurting your voice also creates better sound

    4. Vibrato -Helps get your Vibrato actually working, calm vibration

    5. HearFones – to get your perfect balance and to hear one self and good tone

  37. I can’t do the first one. I can never sing loud first I can’t because my mom will yell at me. Second I can’t because I don’t think I sound that good its hard to sing

  38. Nice article! I really want to be a good singer since i was a child..
    I love people who can sing.. they look really cool! lol

    More info on proven singing lesson online:

  39. posture is also very important. it helps you take longer breaths. volvume is very important b/c you can sing longer notes when you’re louder.

  40. I’m always interested in reading any singing tips from singing coaches because it not only helps me as a singer keep my voice in tip top condition, but I can also pass on to my students all the good stuff I find. Above all I believe pre-conditioning the voice before using it is the absolute best way to singing better. Vocal warm ups are vital before going into scales and exercises. Here’s a super gentle warm I created for my own voice work and for my students. Enjoy. http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/zelda-sheldons-voice-warm-ups/id548148367 http://www.nashvillessinginglessons.com

  41. Thanks so much for your info I’ve found it really helpful! As a female Alto I found really hard to reach those higher
    notes but after training my vocals for 3/4 months now I can happily say I’m slowly becoming a comfortable mezzo-soprano, hard work pays off!!
    Personally, I found an ebook online with tips and techniques very helpful, I’ve shared the link below if anyone wants to take a look 🙂 really got me determined!

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  42. Thanks for any other excellent post. The place else may anyone get that kind of info in such a perfect means of writing?
    I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the look for
    such info.

  43. Here are four major things to avoid before any session, recordings and performances…

    Hot or Cold drinks don’t do your vocal chords any good. Here is an interesting fact with some truth…
    As with this advertisement, I’ve seen many times over, it has brought to my attention that there is some truth in it.
    For example e.g. Heat pads help with relaxing stiff muscles – This is in relation to drinking any liquids beforehand…

    Water between cool and room temperature / Warm tea / Warm coffee – I hope you get the picture.

    Here’s more examples e.g.
    No Sweets / No Sugar

    Another example e.g.
    No Dairy Products / No milk / no ice cream / no cheese / no sour cream

    Another example…
    No Salt / No Spices / No Hot Sauces / No Tangy Tastes Whatsoever

    Another example e.g.
    Alcohol / Cigarette smoking.

    I’ve armed myself with all this information because I not only sing, but also play an instrument.
    I’ve kept myself going for over forty two years (42) and still have great sounding pipes.
    A relative from the greatest garage band in the world ? & The Mysterians (lead singer) follows a regimin similar to all that is posted.

    I value my voice and follow through with what works for me. Like the sound of your voice, it is unique in sound and pitch. Everyone is different, but that doesn’t mean to limit yourself to these foods. It’s great to eat this foods after everything is done..

    If you decide to eat these foods 1 or 2 hours before any sessions, recordings, performances, you’re taking a chance! It’s like spinning a wheel of fortune… You don’t know what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen. It will catch up to you and when it does… BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICE

    If you do eat these foods beforehand, make sure that it’s consumed 4 to 5 hours in advance to prevent disaster.
    As for spices, never eat any beforehand. You’re better off waiting until after you’re done with your work.

    I’ve seen a video with the infamous Lou Rawls. There he was singing a song live on stage and somewhere around the chorus, he began to choke on his saliva. The sound engineer cut off the volume to the microphone until he regained his composure. It was a blow to his career., due to his mistake of not paying attention to his vocal regimin. That’s the price he paid for smoking beforehand.

    Doing the wrong thing before a vocal performance can really destroy a career in a matter of seconds.
    That’s the reason for me posting this.

    Thanks For Reading!

  44. As a performer and mentor for over 55 years, I found the first comment on singing vowels ridiculous! Having had a student swallow a water bottle cap. All these people teaching never performing themselves! Why didn’t she simply say all vocal sound is produced with either an agh or ugh sound especially the vowels. So I is simply ugh in front thinking agh in the back of the sound, this opens the throat, the jaw automatically opens, you’re not threatened with swallowing an object and the sound is going directly into the head making the most beautiful sound you could possibly produce.
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  45. Singing technique is sometimes difficult to put into words (since the vocabulary is highly individual, and varies from teacher to teacher) and reducing it down to 5 tips is quite a challenge, but this list does hit a few of the major topics of singing technique. The only one where I would warn singers to be careful is during #4, encouraging vibrato. The pressing on the chest maneuver actually makes the muscles of the chest and upper neck work harder, to the point that they can actually start shaking, thus producing a false, muscularly-controlled vibrato. True and healthy vibrato comes from a balanced relationship between the airflow and the vocal cords.
    If you are seeking to add vibrato to your voice, you first need to establish good breathing and posture (http://theweeklywarbler.com/2012/09/29/test-post/).
    Then, to encourage vibrato, I’d recommend playing around with “pulsing” sounds, such as laughter, a spooky ghost sound, a machine motor, or a low-bouncing ball. Feel the connection with the abdomen, free from tension but full of energy. Start with slower pulsations and gradually build up speed.

  46. I don’t understand #2. The weights used for an elevator do not move the elevator, a motor does. The weights just make it easier to move it up and down, and the weights never get heavier! And what does it mean to use “weight” with your voice? Sorry, but this makes no sense to me at all.

  47. Terry is Terrence “Hemp” Cummings (“THC”, get it?).
    What a loser. What an ultra-maroon. Go ahead and look at this clown’s web page:

    Now for serious talk, these tips are great Cari, although I sing rock and i don’t have a very good voice, I’ll give all of these a try, anything to sound better.
    Thanks for sharing.

  48. Looks like Terry’s a bit jealous! Nice try Terry but if you gigged even half as much as you claim you wouldn’t be here showing your insecurity to the world. Most likely you’re just upset that you’re singing for 30 years and you haven’t gotten anywhere. Your failed career is your own fault. No one else’s. In the future try not to let your insecurity take over so badly – it’s rather embarrassing. I’m actually here embarrassed for you.

    Edit: I just found your website with your music. Wow…I was completely spot on. Embarrassing.

  49. elevators? wtf? what about the engine that powers the vocals? are you one of those coaches who thinks your diaphragm is somewhere down in your lower stomach? because it’s not. it’s a thin flat muscle that stretches horizontally like a pancake at the bottom of the rib cage with the thickest and strongest attachment around the kidney area. that’s where singing starts. not with corks in mouths. ugh! will you hire me so i can teach people at your clinic for real, even you cari. you need help. i’d love to hear you sing 6 nights in a row. could you do it?

    1. Terry,

      All I am seeing in your posts is a lot of negative criticism but no useful tips. What tips can you offer us that we might find useful?

  50. i often wonder how many gigs before an audience do these vocal “coaches” actually go out and perform? usually, i find out they rarely sing in public, and when they do, they lose their voice for a few days afterward. haha! i should start teaching people how to sing for real. vocals seem to be one of the hardest subjects to find good info on for some reason. there’s no magic, only getting a real vocal method down with hard work and sweat. get the magic fix thing out of your heads folks, it doesn’t exist. anyone who found these tips helpful in real world performances before real audiences, please email me and let me know. i’m not expecting many emails though.

  51. this is a crock. what useless “info.” i have been singing for a living for 30 years now. i NEVER lose my voice despite 4 hour gigs 6 days a week. no wonder you’re a vocal “coach.” everything i read is a waste of time and does not deal with the main problem for vocalists, which id vocal endurance, the ability to sing loud and hard every night wothout losing your voice. whenever i see advice about forming your lips and useless crap like that, i just have to laugh. people actually pay you for this garbage? put a cork in your mouth? what the hell? wow, i’d blow you out of the water. whatever.

    1. Is there, by chance, a Shift key on your keyboard? Could you, by chance, learn how to use it?

    2. I too have been singing professionally my entire life and have worked with charted recording artists who have experienced vocal problems well into their respective successful careers. There is a commonality of methodology used by these singers that apparently resulted in vocal issues that in somes cases ended their career as a recording artist. Ms Coles’ vocal tips may have helped these artists avoid these problems and premature end to their careers. And every true singer knows that to be unable to sing can be very emotional and depressing. I developed problems and had my vocal chords evaluated by reknowned Drs Ossoff and Cleveland in Nashville. Notwithstanding a minor issue with acid reflux which is probably the biggest problem with vocalist, myproblem was years of incorrect singing. Dr. Cleveland began my rehabilition using these techniques and immediately increased my high range beyond what I thought was possible. We singers arrogantly think we know our voice and its limits and are quick to demonize vocal coaches until the day our vocal chords no longer respond…then we desparately seek help and then the epiphany occurs. The “weight theory Ms Cole references is the oddest, most simple amazing thing I have come across. My voice is still struggling to forget bad habits but the prospect of a new and better voice is exciting.

  52. As a recording artist and entertainer, I really enjoy reading your articles, for it is like receiving a scholarship to go to college to study the the music business without paying. Yes I’ve learn a lot and I appreciate all the information disc makers has send me from the beginning. Thanks!!!

  53. This is very insightful and informative. I will be incorporating these tactics into my routine.I am always seeking to improve my vocal technique.

    1. Good job Dominic.

      To anyone just getting started I highly recommend a program called the Superior Singing Method by Aaron Anastasi. It is an absolutely brilliant online program, perfect for beginners or at an intermediate level.

      You can find his online presentation and guide at: http://www.SSmethod.pw

      1. Thanks for sharing Alexandra, I’m also a massive fan of Aaron’s online singing program. FAR cheaper than actual singing lessons and I feel the results are even better too.

        Love the site btw, keep up the informative articles.

  54. Sorry Disc Makers, and very sorry, Cari Cole, but I cannot read this article without commenting on one error in particular.

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    Here is the urgent problem in your article that contains the misinformation:
    [[[Releasing too much air creates a “breathy” tone and releasing too little air creates a “nasal” tone.]]]

    “Nasal” tone is NOT caused by “too little air”, but by allowing the “soft palate” to hang down too low
    or too close to the tongue. The students I’ve coached for over thirty-five years … and yes I have
    coached students with American Idol and John Lennon International Competition credits among
    many others … my students of all ages from beginners to professional level learn to avoid the “nasal” tone through my standard exercises.

    For example, say or sing the word “sing” and hold it out (any pitch will work just fine). Notice … pay
    attention … or better yet “feel” what’s going on inside your mouth when you sustain the “NG” part
    of the word. Do you feel the roof of your mouth and your tongue “touching”? When you do this the
    sound is actually going out your nose (prove this by pinching your nose, and your sound stops
    abruptly, right?)

    Nasal singing is produced when the “movable part” of the roof of your mouth (the tissue located
    behind the boney part between your incisors) … nasal tone is produced when this tissue (the
    soft palate) sags down close to the tongue.

    Once a singer identifies how it “feels” when the soft palate sags down, they can learn to “raise”
    the soft palate using a number of exercises. For example, imagine someone throws cold water
    on your back and you take a “surprise breath” (before you holler at them!) … when you “gasp” on
    this inhale, your natural instincts kick in for “fight or flight” and you take the quickest breath
    possible … why … because your soft palate naturally goes way up in order to gasp more air quickly.

    This exercise helps the singer “feel” the soft palate without having it touch the tongue, because
    you “feel where the cold air rushes through”. The cool air sweeps by your soft palate, and you
    can sense that the soft palate is up high where it belongs, not by forcing it up there, but by taking
    a healthy breath and by paying attention to the sensation of “that cool rush of air”.

    After breathing in, the singer then learns to keep their soft palate “up” because they can “feel” the
    soft palate, and further exercises such as “sing-ing-ing-ing-eeeee” help the vocalist learn to, as
    I teach it, “open and shut the door” … in this way the voice students gains control over the soft
    palate and avoids the “nasal quality”.

    This is the truth about “nasal” quality in singing. It’s NOT about, as the author Cari Cole alleges,
    “releasing too little air”. A correct understanding of vocal training pinpoints the cause of “nasal”
    quality as misunderstanding and/or misusing the function of the soft palate.

    Happy to pass on these facts for your further study. If anyone has any questions, don’t hesitate
    to write to me at: lwm (at) livingwatermusic.com (change to @ for e-mail syntax).

    Teachers can only teach what they know. The danger of the internet is taking anyone’s written
    advice without having a vocal coach there with you to personally evaluate your progress. Without
    a qualified vocal coach, you can acquire “vocal nodes” just like a current competitor on “The Voice”
    who used to work as Michael Jackson’s female vocalist preparing for his last tour. No matter how
    talented you are (like she obviously is), all singers (like all professional baseball players) need
    a vocal coach (or batting coach) to provide feedback and correct stressful tendencies that can
    permanently ruin a beautiful voice.

    My advice is to find yourself a qualified vocal coach. You deserve it. If you’re looking for
    referrals, I’m always happy to help you find someone in your area.

    Thanks Disc Makers for inviting us to “think” about these important concepts regarding
    vocal technique and good vocal habits. Wishing everyone has an awesome day!

    Sincerely, “The Professor” Craig LiaBraaten

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