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Finding Your Vibrato Singing Style

Vibrato, the variation of a sustained tone or pitch, is one of the differences between singers and styles of music — how much vibrato they use and whether they use it all the time. A normal vibrato rate [more…]

Improving Your Singing: Transitioning to Vibrato

When you sing, you can choose to create tone that has variation in pitch (vibrato) or not (straight tone). Absolutely nothing is wrong with straight tone singing, as long as that’s your choice. Your choir [more…]

Imitating Vibrato Singing

Singers who have good coordination of breath and open space usually have vibrato which you can imitate. Think of a singer (probably someone you’ve heard singing opera or classical music) who makes a huge [more…]

The Role of Resonance in Singing

How do all those singers project so much sound without microphones? They take advantage of resonance, the vibrations that create tone. Resonance is the glorious magic that allows a singer to fill a large [more…]

Exploring Your Singing Resonators

When you sing, you want to open the space in your throat and mouth to generate sound in all your resonators (mouth, throat, and nasal passages). Opening the space allows the tone to resonate in the space [more…]

Types of Resonance in Singing

Listening to popular music on the radio provides you with an opportunity to hear different types of resonance. Pop and country singers use much more twang — that sound that’s similar to a cry or whine. [more…]

Eliminating Nasality in Your Singing

The irritating nasal sound, or nasality, in some singing voices is a result of a soft palate which is not lifted properly. Your soft palate is the soft tissue on the roof of your mouth. A soft palate that [more…]

Improving Your Singing: Soft Palate and Tongue Coordination

Knowing how to move the soft palate and coordinate that movement with your tongue is important for speaking and singing, because you want the soft palate to lift for a resonant tone. If the soft palate [more…]

Improving Your Singing: Moving Air through the Nose

Nasal resonance is different from a nasal sound even though both involve moving air through your nose. Nasal resonanceinvolves taking advantage of the sound resonating in the nasal passages. If all the [more…]

Common Singing Misconceptions about Resonance

Myths and misconceptions about resonance abound which will impact your singing, and most have to do with what is — and is not — a resonator. If you buy into these myths, the tone of your singing voice [more…]

Vowel Shaping for Clarity in Your Singing

When you hold out a note, you sustain a vowel sound. Therefore, making clear, precise vowel sounds is important if you want to be understood. And to make those precise vowel sounds, you need to know how [more…]

Exploring the Back Vowels in Singing

Explore your back vowels and learn to sing them clearly. You make back vowels by arching or raising the back of your tongue near the roof of your mouth, while keeping the tip of your tongue behind your [more…]

Exploring the Front Vowels in Singing

Your tongue arches in the front of your mouth to sing front vowels. Your tongue does most of the work shaping front vowel sounds, but make sure that both your lips and tongue are released and free of tension [more…]

Singing Vowels in English

If English isn’t your first language, knowing which vowel or syllable to emphasize when you’re singing can be a mystery. In fact, people who speak English as a second language often stand out precisely [more…]

Singing Voiced and Unvoiced Consonants

Students often ask about the correct pronunciation of words for singing and speaking. Knowing the difference between voiced and unvoiced consonants can help you figure it out. [more…]

Singing and Shaping Tip Consonants

Practicing consonant shapes gives you not only the precision you need to sing, but also the confidence that you’re putting your best tongue forward while articulating the tip consonants. [more…]

Singing Consonants: Working out with D, T, L, N, S, and Z

To shape and sing the tip consonant sounds in the table below, the tip of your tongue touches the alveolar ridge. The voiced consonants are D, L, N, and [more…]

Singing Consonants: Trying a TH

Singing consonants distinctly requires proper shaping. One special consonant sound, TH, is made with the tip of the tongue and can be voiced or unvoiced [more…]

Singing Consonants: Tipping for R

The sound for the consonant R is the hardest to shape in speaking and singing. An R can be confusing because it sometimes stands alone as an individual sound and sometimes is closely linked with a vowel [more…]

Vibrato Singing Styles

Vibrato, the variation of a sustained tone or pitch, is one of the differences between singers and styles of music — how much vibrato they use and whether they use it all the time. Some of the common patterns [more…]

Warming Up Your Singing Voice

Remember, your singing voice is made up of muscles just like any other part of your body. These muscles need a specific type of warm-up. Baseball players spend time stretching before the big game, and [more…]

Picking Singing Exercises that Work for You

Choose the singing exercises that appeal the most to you and write them in your practice journal. A practice journal is a notebook or journal (on paper or on your computer) that you use to take notes on [more…]

Planning Your Singing Practice

Planning ahead and breaking your singing practice session into specific areas to work on allows you to grow in each of these areas without chucking your music out the window in frustration. [more…]

Practicing Your Singing Correctly

Correct singing practice means that you’re making consistent improvement. Your vocal cords don’t have pain receptors, so you can’t assume that you’ll feel pain if you do something wrong. If you do feel [more…]

Vocal Register: The Parts of Your Singing Voice

You have one glorious singing voice made up of three distinct parts or registers: chest voice, middle voice, and head voice. As you may guess, the notes in the middle part of your voice make up your middle [more…]

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