Cheat Sheet to a Better Singing Voice

Posture & Body Alignment

The goal is to keep your chest lifted (elongate into the spine) BUT relaxed shoulders and neck. Your breath control will improve instantaneously when you lift your chest. Good posture = Good sound!

Body Warm up & Stretch

I heard someone say that Singers are Athletes of the small muscles for Voice and breathing & it’s so true. Tense muscles take away from your vocal performance. So always start by stretching out your whole body, warming up your voice & awakening your breathing muslces to avoice long term injury and strain.

Breathing & Eliminate the “H”

Breathing correctly when we sing is the fuel for our Voice. Breath = Power. The key is to use your Breath to fuel your Voice. Eliminating the “H” sound when we sing will give you a smoother voice. It’s a small adjustment that an untrained voice makes as it changes pitch. Instead of Hoo-Hoo its Oo-Oo.

Drop your jaw & “Low” high notes

If you want more “Body” in your songs, you need to add more body. By dropping the Jaw (long, not wide) adds more sound and volume (Body) to your Voice! Think “down” for high notes, by doing this you instantly add weight & body to your sound without making the “high” note feel too high. Your voice should reach down for high notes and high for low notes.

Tongue & Vocal Tone

The aim of the game is try keep your tongue down & forward. If it stays high this can lead to all kinds of problems. A high tongue is the number one cause for nasality and a tense tight voice. Drop your tongue and rest it behind your bottom lower teeth. This is something that requires practice. Good Vocal tone is established at a medium volume, when your vocal folds are strong enough to have good closure but NOT touch! Releasing too much air creates a breathy tone and releasing too little air creates a nasal tone. Somewhere right in-between these two is the perfect balance.

Happy Singing!

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