The Singers Corner http://thesingerscorner.com Learn How To Sing Online With Our Singing Lessons Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:29:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 How To Sing In Your High Mix http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-in-your-high-mix/ http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-in-your-high-mix/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:01:12 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=593 Are you an aspiring singer who wants to make a successful career out of singing? You might have taken online singing lessons and tried all singing exercises yet you are still having trouble hitting those high notes. Many people have been… Continue Reading

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singing in your high mixAre you an aspiring singer who wants to make a successful career out of singing? You might have taken online singing lessons and tried all singing exercises yet you are still having trouble hitting those high notes. Many people have been singing flawlessly, but when that high note comes, they break into falsetto. It can be frustrating if you cannot properly connect your voice and tie them together to sound great.

This is where singing in your high mix comes into play. To develop a great singing voice, you have to find your mixed voice. Although it is one of the most difficult parts of singing, finding your mixed voice is one of the most rewarding skills to develop. It will give your voice flexibility and you will be able to sing powerful high notes without breaking.

 

What Is Mixed Voice?

To understand this better, let’s take a quick look at the three main vocal registers.

  • Chest Voice – This is the voice we generally speak in; the lowest part of our voice. It produces a deeper and fuller sound that makes vibrations in your chest when you are singing.
  • Head Voice – This is the highest part of the singing voice. It produces a lighter sound and the resonance is primarily in the nasal or head cavity.
  • Mixed Voice – is the bridge between your chest and head voice. Singing in your mixed voice gives you the best of both worlds: the full texture of the low notes and the lighter sound of the high notes. Blend them together to make the melodious mixed voice.

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To make your vocal registers work together, sing in your chest voice first and imagine your voice travelling up to your head voice. This makes a mixed voice.

 

Benefits Of The Mixed Voice

Hitting those high notes will be much easier in the mixed voice. You will also increase your vocal range and power while eliminating voice strain. By learning how to sing in your high mix, your vocal chords and breathing will begin to function very efficiently. Once you have mastered your mixed voice, your chest and head voice will likely improve. You will be able to sing very high notes without feeling like you are about to burst a blood vessel.

 

How to Sing In Mixed Voice

What you want to do is find your head voice first and maybe even working up to it. Just sneak your way up there to your head voice. If you are going to falsetto, put a G in front of the phrase to get some chord closure and find your head voice that way. A lot of times, singers cup their ears so they can hear themselves as they sing.

Perform some exercises first like the lip roll or the dopey mum sound. It takes the strain off your voice and allows you to move up through your vocal registers very smoothly. Once you find the coordination, sneak the lyrics in place of where the exercise was as quickly as you can.

Here is a great video that will show you how to sing in your high mix.

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Great Breathing Exercises For Singers http://thesingerscorner.com/great-breathing-exercises-for-singers/ http://thesingerscorner.com/great-breathing-exercises-for-singers/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:11:57 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=585 Many people who want to learn how to sing have probably heard that correct breathing is essential to good singing, but do they truly understand how to do that? Although breathing is done naturally, many people, including singers, are confused… Continue Reading

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Many people who want to learn how to sing have probably heard that correct breathing is essential to good singing, but do they truly understand how to do that? Although breathing is done naturally, many people, including singers, are confused about breathing correctly to some degree.

thesingerscorner - voice-exercisesKnowing how to breathe the right way is an important aspect to control your breathing and in turn control your singing voice. To understand how breath management works, you must first understand the mechanism that breathing uses to function well.

The diaphragm is a muscle system that surrounds your lungs and extends across the bottom of the ribcage.  When you breathe in, the muscles contract and the diaphragm moves downward, making space for the air that comes in. At the same time, it moves outward causing the rib cage to expand.

When you breathe out, the bottom part of the lungs is compressed and the diaphragm moves upward, allowing air to escape. It also allows the ribs to get back into place, which causes them to compress the lungs and squeeze out the rest of the air.

Without the diaphragm and the surrounding muscles that support the breathing mechanism, air cannot enter or leave the lungs. If there is no air, the vocal folds cannot vibrate. Without this vibration, no sound or voice will be produced.

Since we can actively control our breathing, it is possible to develop our breathing skills needed for the extended duration and intensity of singing. The development of breath management technique is essential for the various dynamics and demands of singing. Having the correct breathing technique will not only help improve your vocal pitch while singing but will also help prevent voice injury.

Here is a video that will demonstrate great breathing exercises for singers. Study and practice these exercises until they become second nature to you. When the time has come for you to become a professional singer, just take a big breath and sing!

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Mistakes To Avoid In Building Your Music Career http://thesingerscorner.com/mistakes-to-avoid-in-building-your-music-career/ http://thesingerscorner.com/mistakes-to-avoid-in-building-your-music-career/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:42:51 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=580 Are you ready to break into the music industry? Do you have the talent and the passion but do not know where to start? Before making it big in the music industry, get rid of common beliefs that may actually… Continue Reading

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Are you ready to break into the music industry? Do you have the talent and the passion but do not know where to start? Before making it big in the music industry, get rid of common beliefs that may actually do more harm than good for your career. If you want to make it in the music business, then treat music as a business. Many musicians fail because they make the following mistakes.

  • Playing It Safe

TheSingersCornerIf you are an aspiring singer, you know that majority of aspiring artists who pursue their music careers fail. To play it safe, you work at a safe and secure job, save enough money, and then get into the music industry. If you decide to do it this way, chances are you will be stuck with your job and never find the time to pursue music. You won’t have enough time and energy to do music until you realize that your dream of becoming a singer professionally is now a thing of the past.

 

If you want to become a successful singer, focus on your music career. I am not suggesting that you quit your job, drop everything, and just pursue your dreams. You can still break into the music industry while working at your regular job if you plan for it accordingly. Set up various music related sources of income. This will help you gradually transition away from your job while giving you more time to work on music and keeping you financially stable.

 

  • Getting Advice From People Who Have Never Succeeded In Music Business

In building your career, you have probably sought the advice of your family, friends, other amateur singers, and other people you know. Although these people have good intentions, the advice they give may not do you any good since they have never made it to the music industry.

 

If you want to become a successful singer, seek the advice of a mentor or a voice coach who has already achieved success. Not only will you learn the ins-and-outs of the music business, this is also one sure-fire way to a better sound. Your mentor can use his experience to guide and help you effectively reach your goals.

 

  • Inability To Think About The Big Picture

As much as the music industry is full of opportunities, it is full of challenges and difficulties too. If you are not clear about your goals and has no plan in place, chances are you will be pulled in different directions that could lead you down a wrong path.

 

You don’t have to say yes to everything. Focus and align your actions with your end goals. This will give you the ability to judge what is best for your career and will help you make the right choices whenever opportunity presents itself. Thinking about the big picture will enable you to achieve your goal quickly and effectively.

 

  • Hoping To Get Discovered Online

become a singerJustin Bieber, Greyson Chance, and Cody Simpson are just some of the aspiring singers who found fame through YouTube. If you think uploading your songs to different websites can get you discovered, think again. If you use this approach, only a handful of people will hear your music and chances are, these are not the right people to hear it.

 

To become a famous singer, you have to create a strategy to move toward your goals. Expand your fan base and build other important music business skills. Gain new fans and build strong relationships with them. Turn current fans into people who will spread your music.

 

  • Doing Everything On Your Own

How can you build a music career if you are building it alone? You know you have the voice, you can play musical instruments and you have the best guitar training but these are just the basics of your craft. Since you don’t know everything and you are not equipped with anything yet, it is important to gain knowledge about the music business. Read books, seek the advice of people who work in the industry, and study every aspect of the music business. Work with a successful mentor. Don’t let anything stop you from having all the knowledge you need to have the success you aspire to have.

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How To Choose The Right Music For Your Vocals http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-choose-the-right-music-for-your-vocals/ http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-choose-the-right-music-for-your-vocals/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:40:29 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=574 Have you wondered what kind of singing voice do you really have? We often hear judges in singing competitions tell contestants that they chose the wrong song while others chose songs that suit them. There must be reason why the… Continue Reading

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Have you wondered what kind of singing voice do you really have? We often hear judges in singing competitions tell contestants that they chose the wrong song while others chose songs that suit them. There must be reason why the importance of song choice is repeatedly emphasized by judges. In any performance, your song choice will either make or break you. Here are some of the things to consider to avoid making mistakes in making song choices.

Out Of Range

The Singers CornerAs a listener, you will notice when a singer is struggling to hit the high or low notes of a song. As a singer, you would not want to commit the mistake of choosing a song that is out of your range. Forcing yourself to sing difficult notes without the proper techniques can lead to vocal injury.

If a song is either too high or too low for your voice, find another song that demands less vocal range. You can get some voice training and try again after several months of practicing and improving your voice range to see if you are able to meet the demands of that song.

If you really must sing a certain song, you can slightly change its melody. Adjust the high notes to a lower pitch or the low notes to a higher pitch to bring the song within your range. Switching the melody and harmony may work for some songs. However, there are certain songs wherein switching can ruin the melody. In such cases, it will be obvious to your listeners that you are trying to cover up your limited vocal range. Learn how to hit high notes and have better control of your voice.

Know Your Voice

Many singers attempt to sound like other singers they admire only to end up frustrated. As a singer, it is important that you know your voice well and you have an idea of your abilities and limitations. Improve upon your weaknesses and go beyond your limitations. Accept your voice for what it is and focus on maximizing your potential to becoming a professional singer.

You may have countless of songs in mind that you would love to sing but no matter how much you practice them, they never seem to sound as good as your other song choices.  Know when you are out of your element and find suitable songs that present your voice in the best possible light.

Get Some Feedback

Getting some honest feedback can help you decide on your song choice and improve your performance. Seek the advice of friends, family, and your vocal coach. You can also record your song and listen back to analyze how a song is executed. Seeking some objective feedback will be helpful in determining your songs in your set list.

Getting Too Personal

Singers have been told to sing with feelings and to associate the song with deep personal experiences. However, performing songs based solely on how you personally feel without regard for your audience can become a fatal mistake. Singing with personal convictions can help a singer perform with more verve but if the audience cannot connect with the lyrics, they won’t get much out of your performance.

Consider Your Audience

how to singYour audience will not be impressed by a fumbling attempt at a difficult song. You would have more success in impressing your audience with a flawless performance of a simple song. Practice and stretch your range over time before attempting to sing a piece that is beyond your range.

In choosing songs, consider your listeners and the event. The songs that you will sing in a wedding will be different from those you will sing at a bar. Versatility will give you more options when it comes to engagements. It’s about what the audience wants to hear and not what you want to sing.

What it really boils down to is what you are hoping to accomplish with the song. Choose something that you do well. Choose a song that showcases your voice in your best light. Feel good doing it. Sound good doing it. If these things are in play, then everything will fall into place.

 

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How To Hit High Notes (Falsetto) http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-high-notes-falsetto/ http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-high-notes-falsetto/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:25:28 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=37 You’d think women would have a natural advantage against men when it came to learning to hit high notes, but that’s not necessarily true. Singing high notes or falsetto is all about the control of your voice and vocal chords – and… Continue Reading

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You’d think women would have a natural advantage against men when it came to learning to hit high notes, but that’s not necessarily true.

Singing high notes or falsetto is all about the control of your voice and vocal chords – and it can be learned.

With a little bit of vocal training, any singer can hit beautiful high notes perfectly on pitch.

How To Sing High Notes (Falsetto)

How To Do It

Psst… Want a Shortcut to Singing High Notes? Watch This Video Now!

Most people feel like they need to reach hard when trying to reach a high pitch or hit that certain note.

This is all wrong.

One thing to remember: straining your voice to reach high notes won’t help.

Singing should be as natural as talking.

Think about it… Your speaking voice is smooth and connected, never requiring strain, and always seeming natural. That’s how it should be even when belting out vocals. You need a balanced vocal mechanism. That means having:

  • Proper Vocal Cord Closure – no air leaking out when making a sound
  • A Level Larynx – making sure it doesn’t rise too high

How do you achieve this?

Breathing

I know, I know…this isn’t the magic bullet you’re hoping for…

(but wait… because I do have a shortcut to success I share below)

Breathing and vocal exercises are key to being able to hit the notes you want without strain.

By doing these exercises you help to strengthen your vocal cords and work more efficiently when it sings.

Steady air flow is very important when singing higher. It may seem weird, but it’s true.

Not Too Much Though

That doesn’t mean you should force too much air through your body – that has the opposite effect of what you want: added resistance and pressure.

Contrary to what you might think, you actually need less air to hit high notes, not more. 

Straining or breathing to heavily will cause your larynx to go higher and your voice to crack – we’ve all been there when trying to belt out those high notes.

But You Still Want Enough

On the opposite end of the spectrum, too little air won’t give you enough power.

You need to learn how to work your diaphragm when breathing. You should feel your stomach rise, then your chest. 

Stand up tall and straight then try saying “ha” a few times in short, powerful bursts.

That’s the feeling of breathing and speaking with a supported voice.

Another way to avoid using your throat (as opposed to your stomach) when singing is to push your stomach out (so it sticks out more). It’ll help you fill your lungs with air and use your diaphragm.Sing High Notes With Mix Voice

All About The Mix

So if you don’t want to use too much breath, and not use your throat as much, but kind of use it, and not your chest, but also kind of from there…..

What do you do??

You need to learn to use your mix voice (which is a voice that combines your head register/voice, with your chest register/voice – hence, mix voice).

Practicing

When you’re practicing it’s a good idea to start your vocal runs or exercises in your middle range, and gradually move higher and higher.

Also, try singing the word “yawn” in a high register.

Take note of the position of your mouth when you begin to say the word in each vocal range you use.

That position is exactly how you need to position your mouth to hit that particular note.

Warm tea or liquid can help relax your throat and vocal cords, so try to keep some handy when practicing.

And remember – it’s not all about reaching higher and higher and straining your voice when you’re trying to hit high notes.

So avoid this tendency at all costs when you’re practicing.

Sing Higher Through BreathingSome Breathing Exercises to Try

In case you didn’t know, using staccato (short, accented notes) makes it easier to hit high notes.

Unfortunately most songs are sung in legato (melodic and long phrases that tie together).

So with this exercise you’ll start by doing staccato notes and gradually transition to legato, all while moving higher along the vocal register (i.e. using higher notes/pitches).

What to Do:

  1. You’ll be singing the words one-two-three-four-five-four-three-two-one up and down a musical scale
  2. Start with staccato (short bursts)
  3. Once you’re getting good with hitting high staccato notes, start making them more legato (flowing together)
  4. Once you’re comfortable there, move up higher in pitch.

Of course, this requires a lot of practice time and work. No one said it would be easy But once you do this over and over again, you’ll notice a big improvement in your ability to hit higher notes.

But who wants to wait forever? We wanna reach higher notes now, am I right?!

The Shortcut to Singing Better High Notes Fast

The quickest way to be able to effectively reach high notes is through the structured training and practice provided by online lessons.

There’s no getting around it – you can search all you want online for free information but that in itself takes forever.

You have to wade through all the fluff and garbage out there and piece together separate bits of info.

Online vocal lessons are an inexpensive way to get the proper training to reach higher, and eventually perfect your voice in any vocal range.

The best options available right now are Singing Success and the Superior Singing Method. You can read all our online voice lesson reviews here.

Anyone who’s tried these lessons can testify that they help you immensely, so I recommend looking into them.

They are MUCH CHEAPER than actually hiring a professional vocal coach and work the same way.

You get a series of video lessons and audio exercises that you go through over the course of a couple of months (depending on your speed and pratice time).

You also get additional resources that help you train your voice properly. People see improvements in a matter of days/weeks, not months.

Seriouslycheck them out – it might be the closest thing to a magic bullet you’ll ever get.

A Nice Video In Case You Didn’t Want To Read All The Above

How To Use Falsetto

What Exactly is Falsetto?

Having a higher pitch (especially for male vocalists) is known traditionally as falsetto. The word itself is very old and actually means “false voice,” as many men do not have a voice pitched that high naturally.

The technique allows male singers to reach notes and vocal ranges that are often sung by women naturally. The origin of this term is a rather morbid one…

Fun Fact

Back then some male singers were castrated so that they could perform in a higher tone. The “castrato” falsetto had been used in many European choirs throughout the 16th to 19th centuries.

All you guys out there – don’t worry – that craziness ain’t necessary no more! So how exactly can you learn how to perform falsetto without the uh… unnecessary surgery? Here are a couple tips that will help you along the way.

Tips on Singing Falsetto

Take Deep Breaths

A singer’s main source of “power” comes from his or her breathing. Whenever you breathe you must do so through your diaphragm.

It will be hard to do this at first, but with proper training you should be able to get this technique down in no time at all. And you should also remember to take some deep breaths before you start using falsetto (if possible) as this will help you warm up.

Use Your Upper Throat, Not Chest

Most singers are used to projecting their voices from their chests instead of their throats. If you want to learn falsetto then you are going to have to make some necessary adjustments.

Projecting your voice from your upper throat instead of your chest will allow only the outer edges of your vocal chords to vibrate instead of the entire vocal chord.  This will help raise your voice in the process.

Try Putting Your Hand On Your Chest

It might look like you are singing your country’s national anthem, but trust me when I say that it can help a lot, especially when practicing. Place one of your hands on your chest while you start using your vocals.

If you feel any part of your chest vibrating as you are singing, then you are still using your normal voice range. Remember that you need to project your voice from your upper throat and not your chest, or you’ll end up using your normal voice register.

Practice Adding More Styles

If you want your falsetto voice to adapt to different kinds of music, then you should try to practice adding more styles and tonalities.

If you practice this long enough, then you should be able to use falsetto in other musical genres whether it is metal, R&B, hard rock, or even opera.

And remember, the best way to hit perfect high notes is to use a structured online singing lesson. I’d definitely recommend trying out Superior Singing Method or Singing Success – they both come with risk-free money back guarantees, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

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How To Become A Singer Professionally… http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-become-a-singer-professionally/ http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-become-a-singer-professionally/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:42:02 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=270 …And Maybe Even Become Famous. Ok seriously though – I’m not promising this is a guide on how to become famous and rich beyond your wildest dreams. Let’s just cut to the chase – to get lady gaga famous, you’re… Continue Reading

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…And Maybe Even Become Famous.

Ok seriously though – I’m not promising this is a guide on how to become famous and rich beyond your wildest dreams.

Let’s just cut to the chase – to get lady gaga famous, you’re going to need a major label behind you.

BUT – you don’t need a major record label to start your professional singing career.

And trust me, no major record label in the world would give you two seconds of their time if you’re not already doing well with the stuff I’m about to discuss in this post.

So read on if you seriously want to know how to become a singer professionally.

A Guide To Becoming a Singer Professionally

how to become a singerThere’s a great guide on how to become a singer on Amazon that goes into all the details of what I’m going to talk about here.

It’s a really great 62-page e-book put together by the people at PBE Music and it’s only $4.99 at the kindle store.

You’ll learn about writing, creating, recording and selling your own music, getting your music on radio, tv and magazines and the truth about major record labels.

We actually offer this ebook as a free bonus if you decide to buy an online singing lesson through a link on this website.

If you just want to buy the book click here.

What You Need to Know

The Mindset

The first thing you want to understand when venturing into the world of being a singer is to NOT wait for someone to come along and “discover” you and fulfill all your dreams of fame and fortune.

That’s not how it works.

In the *REAL* music business you have to work hard and beat the pavement on your own until you have built up enough of a following on your own.

At that point – when you’re already making, promoting and selling your own music to a sizable fan base – a major label can step in and take it to the next level.

But you gotta start small. And you gotta work hard.

Here’s the stuff you’re going to focus on:

  • Writing and Recording Original Music
  • Building a Fan Base While Promoting/Selling Your Music (Radio Play, Music Vids, etc.)
  • Touring and Playing Live Shows
  • Major Record Labels

NOTE: Now, I should probably say there are many different types of singers – performers, songwriters, studio vocalists, backup singers, etc.

But if you want to be a singer like your favorite major artist, then this guide will help you get there.

Writing and Recording Original Music

So of course, to be a singer you have to have something to sing – words (i.e. lyrics) set to music (i.e. instrumentals).

Let’s go into these briefly one-by-one. (You might also want to learn the basics of music theory – they’ll come in really handy when you’re making your music.

Songwriting & Vocals:

Songwriting is an important part of creating good music, but the quality of your voice is just as important.

The best lyric sung by a mediocre voice can’t be saved. And an amazing voice with a mediocre lyric is still better.

That’s why you need to study both to be successful in the music business.

Read some books on songwriting and definitely download one of these online singing lessons to drastically improve the quality of your singing.

Music & Instrumentals

Of course, to make music you need… music.

You may be the type of singer that has a band backing him/her up which is great. You’ve got music down – just make sure your band-mates (and you) know their instrument(s) WELL.

If you don’t have a band and want to be a solo vocalist then you’ll need to work with music producers.

There are a ton you can find online and you can even buy beats and instrumentals online for cheap.

The ebook I talk about at the beginning of this guide covers all this stuff - from vocals to getting instrumentals in details.

Make sure you pick it up if you’re not planning on buying a singing course.

become a vocalistBuilding a Fan Base & Promoting Music

This is a HUGE part of being a singer in the music business. Once you make your music you are going to be on your grind hustling to get it heard by potential fans.

There’s a lot of ways you can do this and sometimes it can seem overwhelming.

But promoting your music is something you’re always going to be learning about and experimenting with.

So find out all the info you can, try new things and just focus half your time on getting new fans. That’s what it’s all about – real, actual fans.

Not facebook like. Or twitter followers.

You need people that ACTUALLY CARE about your music. How do you do that? Give them an experience and then nurture that relationship.

Here are the main tactics that the e-book guide goes into:

  • Getting press/media to cover your music
  • Radio Play
  • Streaming Services
  • Online Advertising and Social Media
  • Making Music Videos
  • Much More

There’s a lot to know when marketing and promoting your music. But with the internet at your fingertips, things are easier now than ever before.

The only thing is – everyone’s doing it, so standing out from the crowd really requires AMAZING music.

So focus 50% of your time on making new (and BETTER) music and 50% of your time on getting new fans that love your music.

That’s a recipe for success in the music business.

Touring & Playing Live Shows

This is another VERY important part of the music business. Especially as an independent music artist (which is what you are – until you get signed to a major label).

The reason you need to hit the road is because it’s your best opportunity to WOW your potential fans and give them that experience that they won’t forget (not to mention sell a lot of cool merchandise).

Since you’re touring, you’re picking up fans all over the place. But don’t forget to sing your songs locally in live venues as well.

There’s nothing like playing live. And if you’ve got a knot in your stomach while reading this. Don’t worry you’re not alone. But there are MANY ways to get over your stage fright.

Major Record Labels

And the part which most people want to hear about – the major record labels.

But let me start off by saying this – major labels are nothing but big banks for the music business.

All they’ll EVER do is lend you a lot of money. All the work still has to be done by you and your team.

That’s why many artists choose to remain independent. They don’t want to give up all their rights and money! And they’re smart for it.

But once you’ve built a solid fan base and are doing well in the music business, the record labels will come knocking.

And if you decide that’s the route you want to go, that’s good on you. Just don’t get your shirt taken off your back!

be a singerHow To Become a Singer – The Full Guide

So those are the basics of what you’ll need to study in order to become a singer professionally.

Now, of course, you probably need some more in-depth explanation of a lot of these concepts.

But that’s just too much info to fit in one blog post.

That’s where the new e-book by PBE Music comes in – How To Become a Singer or Rapper: The Ultimate Starters Guide.

Make sure you get the book. It’s only $5 and has INVALUABLE information and goes into details on everything we talked about here in this blog post.

Don’t sleep on this book. It’s your next step.

So pick up the book at amazon or purchase an online singing lesson through this site and we’ll give it to you as a free bonus.

But READ THIS BOOK if you really want to become a professional singer in today’s music business.

Talk to you soon!

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How To Sing Better http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-better/ http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-better/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:11:09 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=25 If you find yourself wanting to learn how to sing better you probably don’t like how you sound for any number of reasons: Too much clutter in your voice Your pitch sounds off-key You run out of breath Your sung phrases… Continue Reading

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If you find yourself wanting to learn how to sing better you probably don’t like how you sound for any number of reasons:

  • Too much clutter in your voice
  • Your pitch sounds off-key
  • You run out of breath
  • Your sung phrases aren’t smooth or
  • a whole host of other reasons

To get better you have to focus on these areas when practicing:

  • Breath control
  • Pitch, Tone and Resonance
  • Projection and Clarity
  • Range

Can You Become a Better Singer?

Remember one thing:

THE VOICE YOU HAVE CAN GET BETTER

No matter how bad you think you sound, you can get better at singing very easily. It just takes some practice and a willingness to learn how to train your voice.

At the end of the day you’re working towards one thing – more control over your vocal muscles, in every way.

So how do we do that?

How To Take Control of Your Voice

You have to remember that there are two essential parts to becoming a better singer

  • learning a new or better method/technique/exercise
  • practicing the technique/method/exercise daily

The more you know about how the voice works and how to control it, the easier it will be to shape it the way you want – better tone, more resonance, perfect pitch high notes, etc.

Learning new techniques is just as important as practicing them diligently.

One Sure Fire Exercise for a Better Voice

This one particular technique will help you hit your notes properly, whether they’re high or low, loud or soft.

It all comes down to a steady larynx.

singing betterThe What?

The larynx is the middle part of your throat.

Normally when you try to get higher or louder you will naturally raise your larynx to try and reach those notes/volumes.

Try it now.

In order to sound more smooth you want to make sure your larynx remains steady.

How To Sing Better

The “Mum” Exercise

This exercise will help your larynx remain steady and also help you get used to keeping your vocal cords gripped together.

Basically what you do is:

  • keep saying “mum” in a steady tone (i.e. “mum-mum-mum” – like a baby making noises while eating)
  • continue until you feel you sound relaxed and comfortable within your natural tone (don’t try to hit a specific note/pitch yet)

Once you’re comfortable and relaxed then:

  • keep saying “mum” while following a musical scale (i.e. C-Major, etc.) up and down (almost like “Do-Re-Mi” exercises, but with “mum” instead)
  • move on to higher notes/scales, while being sure not to strain your voice.

While you keep saying the “uh” sound in “mum” it will help to keep your larynx steady. This trains your voice to stay steady no matter how high you go.

How Often You Should Practice?

Do this exercise daily for at least a few minutes.

The more you do it the better you will get.

Remember, doing these vocal exercises is something that has to be done constantly. You won’t be a better singer just because you complete the exercise once.

Do this for 2 weeks, every day, and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll see a noticeable improvement in your sound.

That’s It?

No… of course not. That’s just one particular exercise that focuses on one particular problem when it comes to singing well.

There are a lot of other problems that prevent your voice from shining to its full potential

  • hitting super high notes (falsetto)
  • using your “mix voice”
  • dynamic range
  • running out of breath during long phrases
  • getting the right tone/resonance
  • avoiding muscle strain to work longer and more often
  • projecting with the right amount of vocal power
  • much, much more

So what are you supposed to do?

Your Strategy for a Better Vocal Sound

The best way to learn how to get better is to approach it systematically.

You want to look at each area of singing better with a specific, well-laid out strategy for improving it.

How Do You Do That?

  1. Go through the above list to start – pick one area (example – hitting super high notes)
  2. Learn a new vocal exercise that specifically tackles that area (use our blog or something like YouTube)
  3. Practice that voice exercise for a full week (daily practice, at least 15 minutes)
  4. The next week, learn a NEW exercise for that same area (i.e. hitting super high notes)
  5. Practice this exercise for a full week.
  6. Repeat this, focusing on ONE AREA per month.

Total Time Commitment

You should have 4 different vocal exercises that tackle one of the above 8 areas every month.

  • 8+ Months
  • Daily practice (minimum 15-30 minutes of just practice)

Remember repetition is key. You have to keep doing the same exercises over and over to really get the benefit.

It’s exactly like exercising your body – keep it up and you’ll eventually see HUGE improvements.

A Really Great Shortcut to a Better Voice

If you’re anything like me – you weren’t about to wait 8 months in the hopes of becoming a better singer.

You want to get better NOW. And so did I when I started.

singing betterMy Secret Weapon

The best way to quickly and effectively sing better is to use an online singing lesson.

You could always hire a vocal coach or get private lessons, but in my opinion they:

  • are way too expensive
  • aren’t the REAL pros (most are choir teachers, retired local singers, etc.)
  • don’t meet you often or long enough (half hour sessions, once per week – if that…)
  • don’t care about your success as much as you

Why Online Lessons Work so Well

These courses work well because they are designed to systematically hit every aspect of improving your vocals quickly, efficiently and with the best methods possible.

They were perfect for me because I didn’t want to waste any time. I wanted to learn about pitch, control, harmony, and everything else at the same time…

I didn’t want to wait 8 months. I wanted to see a difference and get better in 8 weeks.

And in fact – it happened a heck of a lot sooner than that.

So What to Choose?

Personally, I think the best online lessons for beginners and experts alike are Aaron Anastasi’s Superior Singing Method and Singing Success.

The Best Way To Go

If you’re looking for something that has the same sort of bang, but for a much cheaper cost – I’d say go with Superior Singing Method.

There’s nothing wrong with this course, and it actually features some exclusive vocal exercises you won’t find elsewhere. A great program for the price.

Or learn more about the program with our comprehensive review of Superior Singing Method.

An Alternative Option

Another great option if you don’t mind using your computer or laptop to learn is Singorama. It can be the more expensive option of the two, but it’s still worth it.

Why? Because Emily Mander is a great vocal coach and she put a lot into the program. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially since they’re revamping the program altogether.

To learn more about it you can read our full review of the Singorama program.

My Personal Results

When I first started training myself I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.

I opted for Superior Singing Method, and wasn’t disappointed at all.

I felt like I started to sound better after the first few days of implementing the exercises. It was fabulous!

My confidence in my ability to sing (loud, soft, high notes, low notes – literally everything) went through the roof by the end of the program.

That Wasn’t All

But I also wanted to try out Singing Success because of the name behind it (i.e. Brett Manning).

So I eventually bit the bullet and went with the easy-payment plan.

Let me tell you – I liked this program! After taking this course, I truly sounded better. But there may be something about the program that’s not the best for you. Read more about this in our full review.

The ONLY Way To Truly Get Better

I continually learn new vocal exercises and constantly try to get better and better at my craft.

That’s just something you have to do to stay on top of your game – especially because its so competitive in the music business. Everyone’s trying to make it.

But hands down – the best thing I ever did for myself was take structured lessons. Without them, I’d still be struggling with my voice, 6 months behind where I’m at right now.

Read our entire set of online singing lesson reviews to figure out which one is best for you.

More About Improving Your Sound

Although you’ll find a lot of tips for free online (like you will below), there’s absolutely nothing like actually going through some sort of structured vocal training.

You have to be willing to invest in your voice – whether you’re a hobbyist, amateur or a pro –  if you want to really get better at this. Your vocal chords, mouth, tongue, breath and much more need to be trained to come together in the optimal way to really make an impact. Lucky for you it doesn’t have to be that difficult or expensive to do.

And even if you think you sound HORRIBLE – formal training will still allow you to at least sound in-tune and on pitch. So never say never!

How To Become A Better Singer

There are a couple of ways you can improve your abilities as a singer. You can either hire a vocal coach and take one-on-one lessons, or you can go through self-study online singing courses.

Personal Vocal Coach

This is by far the most effective and efficient way to become a better singer. Having a personal vocal coach is something that every great singer has. There’s a reason for that.

But it can also be very expensive. If you aren’t willing to pay big bucks you aren’t going to get a lot of face to face time with your coach. If you can afford it however, I’d definitely recommend getting a vocal coach in your local area.

Structured Lessons

These professional tutorials are the next best thing to actually hiring a private vocal coach and are MUCH MORE affordable. This can be anything from the Superior Singing Method to Brett Manning’s Singing Success. This is something that everyone who wants get better can – AND SHOULD – do. In some cases, these products can be just like having a personal vocal coach, without the crazy expense.

Some vocal lessons that you can buy online aren’t the greatest, and you want to be careful that you’re choosing the right one. Because of that, we’ve got you covered. We’ve reviewed the best online singing lessons here. Take a look at the various reviews we’ve got here to decide which tutorial is best for you.

If you can’t hire a vocal coach, then doing this (training online) is an absolute must. It WILL make you a much better singer.

Why Formal Vocal Training = A Better You

Whether you choose a vocal coach or a self-study online course, you will become a MUCH better singer afterwards. The difference really is night and day. Everyone I know that’s been through a few different lessons say that they are completely different singers than before going through them.

They’re all now able to control their breath, transition from head to chest voice and get almost perfect pitch. And everyone’s self confidence as a singer is at an all time high now.

For me, having gone through a couples lessons, my next hope is to hire a professional vocal coach for personal lessons. But I need to save up some money so I can do it right. If I just waited until I had enough money before starting my training, though, I’d be so much further behind than where I am now.

Seriously, consider either taking vocal lessons online or hiring a vocal coach. You’ll be glad you did.

Tips On Getting Better

But with that being said and having promised you some great info on getting better as a vocalist, here are some tips that will help you improve your voice so you can become a much better singer. Of course it should go without saying – practice makes perfect. Even if it means just belting out your favorite songs a few times a day.

Maintaining Proper Posture

Every good singer should know about this. Maintaining proper posture is important as this will help support your breathing more efficiently. Standing up straight and maintaining correct posture is the key to breath flowing from your lungs correctly.

Avoid sitting while you are in song and make sure that your lower muscles are tight. Keep your shoulders back, but not rigid. You should also try to loosen up your stomach muscles as well. Doing this will improve your ability to control your voice.

Support Your Breathing

Even though it is widely debated how supporting your breathing can be properly done, there is no denying the fact that breath support is very important in improving one’s voice. In vocalization, proper breathing consists of getting the air from your stomach and not your chest.

You should try to practice breathing using your diaphragm while standing correctly (as described above). As you exhale try to work on not feeling any tightness around your body. It will feel a little weird at first, but this will help improve your vocal quality over time.

Treat Yourself With Some Kindness

This isn’t a sexy tip but it’s an important one. You should try to take good care of your voice. Abuse it too much and you may end up damaging it for good. Learn to protect your vocal chords.

When you start, try not to scream in a manner that will actually affect you in a bad way. I know if you’re into screamo or metal that isn’t possible, but in that case you’ll have to care for yourself another way.

You should also avoid talking from the back of your throat as this will damage your vocal chords. Try to speak correctly so that you can keep your voice’s integrity intact. Proper speaking is all about breath support so remember to practice! Some singers have even tried taking up acting classes and speech therapy so that they can help maintain their sound.

Don’t Push Yourself Too Much

This is all about getting better. When you learn new techniques and exercises for improving your voice you get excited and want to push yourself to learn and train more.

Avoid this temptation. You have to remember that you have limits and you should try to avoid pushing yourself too far – otherwise you may cause permanent damage. And no one wants that.

That’s It For Now

Those are just a few basic tips on how you can become a better singer. Some of it may seem general and broad but its very difficult to get into specifics on the types of exercises in an online blog post. That’s why it’s important to continue your singing training through online vocal training lessons and courses.

With a lot of these vocal lessons and courses you’ll get tons of different warm-ups, exercises and worksheets that provide you with a roadmap on how to improve step-by-step. It’s well worth it if you want to be better and save the time and frustration many people feel when browsing online for info.

I hope these tips on how to sing better help you at least improve your voice a little bit. I’d love to hear any additional tips you have in the comments below!

And if you thought this post was useful, please share it on facebook, twitter and google+! I’d really appreciate it. :)

Here’s to your success!

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How To Perform A capella http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-acapella/ http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-acapella/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:33:10 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=51 Acapella is a very interesting form of music as it does not involve the use of any kind of musical instruments. In fact, the sounds of the musical instruments or rather, all the necessary accompaniments are produced by the vocals… Continue Reading

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How To Sing A capellaAcapella is a very interesting form of music as it does not involve the use of any kind of musical instruments.

In fact, the sounds of the musical instruments or rather, all the necessary accompaniments are produced by the vocals of the singers.

What does A capella Mean?

Often performed in groups, Acapella is an Italian phrase which stands for “in the manner of the church.”

The genre of music seems to have originated as a result of the popularity of gospel music or other religious musical genres, and seems to have been inspired by the congregational style of music.

How Acapella is Performed

Singing A CapellaThere are generally a lot of people in an Acapella band and they control various parts of the music and vocal sections which make the music.

To understand Acapella it is best to listen to a few Acapella groups and the music that they make to get a hang of it or to at least know how Acapella is performed.

How To Sing Acapella

Are You Ready To Try Singing Acapella?

Singing acapella can be a daunting task if you are a beginner to singing. That’s why you want to make sure your voice can actually sing properly.

The best way to do this is through a professional vocal coach – but they’re super expensive ($50-100+ per half hour session)

Luckily, we live in the age of the internet and an online vocal lesson program is your ticket to better vocal control, a smooth tone/pitch and ability to hit both high and low notes effectively.

Once you have control of your voice like a proper singer, singing acapella will be an easy task for you.

Here’s a great video by MetalWorks Institute on singing acapella:

 

Effective Acapella Singing

Acapella is best sung with a group of people. Although it can technically be done solo, it’s best to have accompaniment.

You need singers covering low, mid and high ends of the vocal spectrum

Bass / Low Notes

You need singers who have a bass-heavy vocal style – one that resonates well and can carry the bottom end. To do this you should find someone with a deep voice.

Make sure they have the type of control over their voice we talked about earlier.

Middle and High Notes

You’ll also need a singer who can really take a song to the highest scales out there – falsetto or otherwise. Again, you want to make sure the singer has full control of their vocal chords.

Finally, you need singers that can support the group as a whole – either through accompaniment, harmony or other background vocals.

In actuality, you’ll all be performing that role at one time or another.

Listen, Then Sing

If you listen to a lot of Acapella music made by Acapella groups then you will understand why the singers seem to be arranged like a choir.

The only thing Acapella is distinctively different from a choir is in the use of musical instruments. Acapella uses no instruments.

If you listen to enough of the type of music you’re trying to sing you will pick up the habits and styles of those performers. It’s always a good idea to emulate then innovate when it comes to learning a new style.

If you are composing an Acapella song then be sure to demarcate sections of the song to be sung by the singers.

The song might start with a bass section with mids and highs catching up, while the backing vocals set the mood the song.

The backing vocals give a feel and character to the song, without which the raw vocals might sound out of tune.

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One Sure Fire Way To a Better Sound http://thesingerscorner.com/one-sure-fire-way-to-sing-higher-better/ http://thesingerscorner.com/one-sure-fire-way-to-sing-higher-better/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:31:51 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=49 I’m going to be totally real with you. There’s only ONE way to guarantee you’ll be able to get better with high notes. Take some formal training. Yes, vocal coaches are expensive. But taking an online singing course doesn’t have to… Continue Reading

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be a singer professionallyI’m going to be totally real with you.

There’s only ONE way to guarantee you’ll be able to get better with high notes.

Take some formal training.

Yes, vocal coaches are expensive. But taking an online singing course doesn’t have to be. And some of the courses are just like having a private coach.

Consider it if you’re serious about improving your range and hitting those highs.

The Sure Fire Way To Improve Your High Sounds

Before you begin exercises to help you hit that height easily, you need to understand what using your chest and your head means.

A proper balance of the two creates a high pitched note in your vocal chords.

Chest Voice

This is essentially where the sounds created from using your chest are made.

Head Voice

This would be the sounds you can hear if you compress the chest and try to create a sound between your vocal chords and mouth.

Why Does That Matter?

You will begin to understand these better when you begin singing, but for now you should know that you get to your higher notes from your chest.

The best way to practice these is to use Staccato scales.

Staccato is singing set of disconnected notes broken down into each note being sung separately, almost like saying “Do Re Mi…” short and fast.

If the notes are sung in a long and continuous manner, it is called a Legato.

What to Practice

Practice Staccato by singing short sounds like “Ti Ti Ti…” up and down whatever scale you prefer.

You will be achieve to achieve what you are aiming for much easily if you practice this exercise.

Once you’ve got that down then slowly transition to legato notes.

Why Should I Do That?

This will help you to understand your chest voice which is very important since you create most of the high pitched notes from this area.

Using your head sounds much deeper allowing you to create bass or harmonic section in the lower tones.

Things To Look Out For

Sometimes you may find yourself choking or becoming shrill when you try to touch the highest points in a song.

This is when you are doing it in the wrong way. You should not compress your vocal chords. Instead you should be compressing your chest and letting in very little air through.

Falsetto

Now, some people relate to a high note being in Falsetto, but that is again a different way of vocalizing.

While singing higher should not crack your vocals, many beginners often try and strain to the point that it does crack.

Practice the exercise above at least an hour daily. You will get the hang of it very easily and singing high notes will not seem as difficult.

If you want to learn more about using your head vocals read this.

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How To Sing The Blues http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-the-blues/ http://thesingerscorner.com/how-to-sing-the-blues/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:30:47 +0000 http://thesingerscorner.com/?p=46 It is very difficult to adapt to a style of music if it is not the style you like. It’s not impossible, but it’s much more difficult. Luckily for me – I absolutely love the genre and so getting into learning… Continue Reading

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How To Sing The BluesIt is very difficult to adapt to a style of music if it is not the style you like. It’s not impossible, but it’s much more difficult.

Luckily for me – I absolutely love the genre and so getting into learning how to sing the blues was easy.

Well, sort of…

Working With Genres

Some people are extremely versatile and can get different genres of music or even inculcate different styles of music in one song.

If you want to be good with blues songs, then you have to listen to a lot of the same music and practice what you hear.

First emulate, then innovate.

How To Emulate The Style Properly

The best way to learn any genre of music is to get trained by someone who sings in that genre.

Simple right? Not so much…

It can be hard to find someone (i.e. a vocal coach) that can train you authentically. Most vocal coaches and online lessons are not specifically for blues singers.

But you need training to properly get the style right, so what are some other options?

The Shortcut To Learning The Blues

If you have proper control over your voice – something that only comes with training and practice – you will be able to pick up any genre of music in a matter of days.

If you don’t have professional control of your vocals, then it can take weeks or months to even start picking up a particular genre of music.

So what’s a avid student singer to do? Get training and exercises that give you full control of your voice.

What’s Your Best Bet to Start?

Learning To Sing The BluesThere aren’t many online vocal lessons available that specifically cater to the blues. The closest thing you could come to is the program offered by Hear and Play called Vocal Mastery.

They teach a lot of gospel and jazz instrumentation. It’s probably your best bet at learning properly.

Is There Any Other Way?

It is very difficult to say whether there is any particular way to train someone in this style. But one thing is for sure…

You HAVE to have proper control of your voice so you can use it the ways you want. This is key to this style. And the best way to do this is through vocal training lessons online.

Why? Because each famous singer had a different style – and with proper control of your voice, you’ll be able to emulate their styles.

Of course, when you write your own music, you can innovate. But to really get the style of this genre, you have to first emulate the greats.

Once you’ve learned how to control your voice through a program like Vocal Mastery, you will have to listen to a lot of blues music and eventually develop your own style.

What’s The Music All About

The vocal style has a very long, drawn out style of singing.

Before that you have to understand what the genre is all about. Blues is almost feel music, which means that you have to understand the lyrics and feel the song within yourself.

It is the only way to get the style right since the songs are generally very deep and often dark.

You have to feel the pain to really do it properly. Your voice has to flow with the mood of the song.

learning-the-bluesWho to Listen to?

Listen to this type music by some of the more prominent artists that have ever lived – B. B. King, W. C. Handy, Bessie Smith, Charles Brown, Albert King and others.

You have to stock on your collection of music albums. A good way is to download MP3’s to your computer and listen whenever you get the chance.

 

Then What?

Remember to understand, feel and criticize the music. Try to select a few songs which you like and include them in your daily practice sessions. Perform along with the singer.

Some Exercises

A very good exercise for the blues style is practicing in Legato.

Take any note and vocalize it in a continuous but increasing or decreasing order of a music scale.

It is as simple as singing “Ti..ii..ii…”

You will get a better idea if you see some instructional videos of vocalists teaching Legato in a particular scale. Practice the Legato at least an hour every day and do this before moving onto your favorite song.

Final Thoughts

As a last word, try to get a few friends who are interested in playing the style – especially a guitarist – and practice with them.

Singing the proper scales will help you understand the music better.

Of course, learning this style is not easy, but if you really put your heart and soul into it, it will flow out of you naturally.

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