Singing Techniques

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Recording Yourself and Singing Along

One way of discovering how to match pitch is to record yourself singing along with another recording. This exercise gives you a chance to compare the notes you sing with the notes that the singer on the [more…]

Breathing for Singing: Releasing the Abdominals

Many singing teachers feel strongly about the movement of the abdominal muscles (abs) and singing. You may have been told to control your abdominals to control your exhalation. That idea is a good one, [more…]

Breathing for Singing: Inhalation

The goal of proper inhalation for singing is to open the body quickly so the air drops in quietly. If your muscles don’t know how to open quickly, you can slow down with this exercise and find how to open [more…]

Singing for Breathing: Inhaling Quickly

Your song may have a long phrase and then a very short rest to catch a breath. The struggle is to get in enough air in a short time. To understand how to catch a quick breath in your song, you want to [more…]

How to Control Exhalation for Better Singing

The object of this singing exercise is to make a candle flame flicker by exhaling and not blowing it oout. This breathing exercise helps you develop control of your exhalation, which is critical when you [more…]

Breathing for Singing: Resistance and Suspension

Singers often think that they can control their diaphragm movement and achieve great breath control, thus managing resistance and suspending breath. What most people don’t know is that the diaphragm is [more…]

Singing with Outie Breathing (or, Appoggio)

Your lungs, which are housed within your rib cage, allow the ribs to open as you inhale — and for singers, letting them stay open on the exhale is beneficial. This is also known as [more…]

Singing Slowly

Think of a song that gives you trouble when it comes to managing the long phrases. It can be a hymn or familiar tune in which you just can’t quite conquer the phrases. Some familiar tunes with long phrases [more…]

Defining Tone in Singing

Tone is what’s known as the color or timbre of your singing voice. Every voice has a specific color, which can be described as warm, dark, or strident. Two singers singing the same song in the same key [more…]

Factors that Affect Tone in Singing

The shape and size of your body and your body coordination partly determine your tone. In addition, your tone changes with your moods or emotions. Check out the following list for factors that affect tone [more…]

Tone, Pitches, and Notes in Singing

Whether you sing just for fun or you dream of performing professionally, you can count on frequently encountering three terms: pitch, note, and tone. These three terms are often incorrectly used interchangeably [more…]

Flexing Your Singing Muscles

Within your head and neck, groups of muscles help create tone. The brain sends a message to those muscles that create your singing voice: The air in your lungs begins moving out and the vocal cords move [more…]

Making those First Singing Sounds

You already can make singing sounds — you just may not realize it. Working through the sounds in the following steps can start you on the road to singing. Making these sounds helps you discover how to [more…]

Dropping Your Jaw for Singing

When you sing, you have to drop your jaw much more than you do in everyday conversation, and you have to open your mouth and throat much wider. If you don’t drop your jaw and open your mouth, the sound [more…]

Dropping Your Larynx for A Full, Open Singing Voice

Most of your neck muscles are designed to keep the larynx high — which prevents singers from making a full, open sound. You have to figure out how to keep the larynx in a lower or more neutral position [more…]

Sliding Up and Down on Pitch

Sliding up and down on pitch while singing gives you the chance to hear a pitch from an external source, such as a piano, and then sing that pitch or slide around until you match it. Sliding away from [more…]

Developing Muscle Memory for Improved Singing

For some folks, a link is missing between hearing the pitch and singing it. Developing what’s called muscle memory can bridge the gap, however. Muscle memory [more…]

Breath Control in Singing

Gaining coordination of the muscles that control breathing takes time and consistent practice, but is essential to improving your singing. Athletes know that they have to train consistently to teach the [more…]

Locating Your Larynx for Improved Singing

Because the position of the larynx affects the tone of your singing, you want to know where your larynx is. The larynx can move up or down. A low larynx helps create a full, open sound. Raising the larynx [more…]

Improving Your Singing: Shaping Soft Palate Consonants

To shape and clearly sing soft palate consonants, keep the tip of your tongue against your bottom teeth, lift the back of the tongue to touch the soft palate, and shape your lips for the vowel sounds before [more…]

Improving Your Singing: Cutting off a Note

One tricky part of singing is knowing how to cut off a note that has a consonant at the end of a word. Some people think you have to squeeze to cut off the last note of a phrase. Squeezing creates a tight [more…]

Creating Singing Tone

When you sing, you want to create tones that are clear and ringing. But making a clear tone takes practice and know-how. You need to know how to control your muscles and the movement of air. [more…]

Starting a Tone for Singing

Onset of tone refers to starting a tone for singing. You can start a tone in two ways: with physical force or with air. You have to use some physical exertion to sing, but the exertion comes from energy [more…]

Creating Back Space to Improve Singing

In singing, back space refers to the space in the back of your mouth and in your throat. Just opening your teeth or the front of your mouth (front space) shows off your gorgeous pearly whites, but it doesn’t [more…]

Coordinating Breath with Tone for Singing

When you have your throat space open, you want to coordinate breath with tone to sing. You want the movement of the air to happen at the same time the tone starts. [more…]

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