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Types of Singing Styles

  • September 12, 2019


Do you know your singing style? If you are not sure, we will discuss how you can find your personal singing style by examinng the types of music that shape the basis for the majority of what we enjoy today. Your first clue in finding your vocal style could depend on your favorite genre of music. Do you like classical, soul, jazz, blues, country, folk, and rock or pop?

Although there are many sublevels and variations of singing styles, we will look at few basic examples within the above categories and list 12 simple suggestions to help you find your own unique singing style. Isn’t it wonderful that there is so much choice when it comes to developing a personal way of expressing your singing voice?

Imagine how boring it would be if there were everyone sounded the same. Possessing a specific and original style is what separates great singers from the good ones. Especially when you are able to brand yourself based on the familiar voice people love hearing.

Let’s have a brief look at a few singing styles and how they were inspired. Remember.. with a little inspiration and the desire to allow your true expression to flow, an original singing style can be formed.

Contemporary Singing Styles

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Jazz

 It was Lois Armstrong that shaped jazz singing by improvising his voice the way you would an instrument. Eventually with the help of Adelaide Hall, together they would develop scat singing.


This 1926 recording of Heebie Jeebies is said to be the moment scat singing was born. Supposedly Lois dropped his sheet music during a recording and decided to keep going by improvising with the music.

Whether that’s true or not, it certainly set the tone (no pun intended..) for the style of jazz music singing.

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Soul 

A mix of jazz, gospel, along with rhythm and blues and you get soul music. This style of singing is accompanied by hand clapping, great rhythms, a combination of soloist and chorus, all while moving the body to the music in an impromptu manner.

Famous names like Ray Charles, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, and, of course, the “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown come to mind when thinking of soul singing.

Below is one of the most well-known soul songs of the ages. See if you can single out the separate musical elements that make up all that soul is.

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3

Country

Like other music genres, country singing styles are constantly changing. What started out as “hillbilly music” became better known as country music in the 1940s. Country music has its origins in a mix of blending traditional ballads and cowboy songs with the instruments and sounds of European music such as Irish and Celtic folk tunes. Many styles of playing and singing have evolved from its humble beginnings. Since then we have Honky Tonk, Blue Grass, Rockabilly, Country Rock, and the list goes on.

Where a great country singer’s style shines through is their ability to ‘tell the story’. You are essentially describing how you are feeling in a speaking voice kind of way.Twanging and crying have played a significant role in country style singing.

Below is a classic example of the early twangy-type country sound, where Hank Williams showcases his own distinct sound and style in his singing.

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4

Rock

 Power, drive, and intense emotion, and stamina are key components to a great rock singer. Early influences from blues, jazz, folk, and country music, all played a part in the creation of rock music singing. Over the years, many styles of singing have been produced. From 50’s Rock and Roll, Punk-Rock, Glam-Rock of the 80’s, Heavy Metal, and more Screamo sounds like that of Grunge and Alternative. Full range, screaming, belting and moaning is what separates rock from the other musical genres.

When listening to the song below, notice the perfect mix of call and answer type singing, where some of the song is sung more melodically and the other screamo. A tremendous balance of heavy and lighter voices and sounds.

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How To  Develope Your Own Singing Style?

  • Spend the time exploring different types of music. Music is about feelings and expression. So the more emotionally connected with the music you are, the easier it is to naturally embody that style that fits those expressions. Even something completely new..try it. You never know what you are best at until you explore your options.
  • Pick one and commit to perfecting it. After nailing down something, you are completely comfortable with, pay close attention to how the original singer sings it, ask how he or she is probably feeling? Create those same feelings when singing and practice it so you can master the style. Use a mirror to watch how you are moving to the music, facial expressions and tone.
  • Be unique and original.  As you may have noticed, all genres of music and artists use the basic building blocks and modify and develop a personal touch to their performance. Don’t try and sound like everyone else within a genre. Be a trendsetter, not a trend follower.
  • Avoid Karaoke type singing. Karaoke has its place in fun but because it solely focusses on copying the original artist, it’s best to not mimic word for word, note for note. Rather put your own spin the music, be original. In fact, why not experiment with Karaoke, create a new take on your favorite song. Have fun with it!
  • Improvising.  A simple way to do this is to take a song from one genre and sing it in a different style. For instance, try singing “Amazing Grace” in an R&B  or rock method. It may even make you laugh a little to what seems like butchering a perfectly good song. But that is how you tap personal creativity.
  • Revisit your musical history. Whether you are aware of it or not, you’ve likely picked up a singing style already. Take a trip down memory lane and recall what you’ve been listening to over the course of your life. You have probably already picked a style, but you just don’t know it. Maybe you like to listen to a little of everything. In that case, break it down with what you think you sound the best at singing and start there.
  • Beware of Overkill. Remember that your style reveals your personal mark. Be careful not to become a primadonna or drama queen. Balance confidence with common sense, otherwise you will distract and turn off your audience.

WHAT’S YOUR SINGING STYLE?


Having a singing style is as unique as hand signature for a singer. So keep exploring, recording, and practicing.

We’ve looked at few examples of how music and of course singing continues to change and will change. Are you ready to be part of that change? Use what you already know to make it even better!

Notice what has been used in the past, follow trends and combine those ideas. Frequently review the above singing tips and suggestions and before long you may make a name for your yourself as something new and exciting. Remember an original is always worth more than a replica. So be true to yourself. Don’t forget to sign up for your free eBook!  Happy singing!!!

How to Sing on Key

  • September 11, 2019

For some singers its as natural as speaking but for many others it can be a challenge to sing on key. Singing in the correct key has a direct corelation to singing with correct pitch. So, from hear we will be referring to our key as pitch. Have no fear. There is no reason to despair because it is possible to develop your ability to hear the notes and sing them back in the right key.

There are a combination of reasons that can cause us to sing off pitch including something as basic as our posture, our level of focus, as well as taking the time to train your ears and vocal apparatus to work in harmony with simple to learn exercises.

What is Pitch?

Quite simply, pitch is a frequency of sound produced by an instrument or human voice in the case of music, whether it be high or low. When speaking or singing we control our vocal cords to change frequencies in the notes we sing by allowing air to pass across our vocal cords as we apply varying degrees of resistance. 

As we loosen the note get lower and as we tighten the notes get higher. The key is to recreate the notes we here in a song while maintaining a nice tone and remaing in time. We might illustrate this by thinking of a guitar string. The tighter we wind the string the higher the pitch and vica versa. As we restrict the air flowing across our vocal cords causing them to vibrate faster increasing pitch. Th opposite is also true. 

Scales & Singing Pitch

Developing good pitch in order for us to sing in key can be achieved by the use of a Major scale. A scale is a succession of notes that follow a specific order according to their pitch which can move both ascending (moving up) and discending (moving down). One of the common scales to start with is the C Major scale  because it is one of the 12 major scales that has has no sharps or flats and can be easily played on most instruments.


Posture & Pitch

One of the important parts to great singing pitch is air support. Be able to allow the right amount of air to flow across our vocal cords is vital to singing in key. It starts with grounding ourself with our feet about shoulder width apart, leaning back on our ankles. Our spine should be straight while we relax our shoulders. Next, we hold our head up as if held by a string as we keep our jaw loose and take full breaths. Don't allow your head to drop otherwise you will pinch your airway. Remember that tension is your enemy, so stay chill.


Ear Training & Imagination

This part requires you to go into your own head. You need to hear and learn individual notes on the scale before working through a full scale. This is where an instrument that is preferably already in tune like a portable keyboard. If you choose to start in C major. First hear the note than try and imagine hearing it in your mind. The idea is to allow the note to assimilate. The next part is being able to sing back the same pitch. Now hit the key and try matching it with your voice. Don't worry if you are flat or sharp at first. Try and feel your way to the note until you get it by making small adjustments. There are other ways to to this as the video below offers further advice.

10 Tips For Learning To Sing In Key

01 Find the most comfortable key.

Be certain the song is located in a key for which you can sing without working too hard. Consider the song’s scale by locating the lowest together with the highest notes. Make sure those are notes that you’ll be able to sing effortlessly.

02 Don’t strain to reach the notes.

Assuming you have to strain to attain the notes in any song, you are notsinging in the correct key. It is possible to seriously hurt your voice should you so choose this, which means you prefer to stay away from it at all costs.

03 Attempt the song in numerous keys.

Sing the same song in different keys to find out which key works best for you. Go for the key you will be most confident singing, that will be the right one with your voice.

04 Trust your ears.

Research shows that only 2% of people are actually tone deaf, which implies you will probably have the capacity to tell if you are off key. Thusfocus on yourself while you sing so you’re able to realize when you’re in the right key.

0​5 Record your voice singing

You also should record yourself while you sing allowing you to find out if you are staying on key throughout the song. Have a look at each note in order to isolate your problem areas.

06 Sing with music.

Play a keyboard or even perhaps a guitar when you sing to see when you are on or off key.  Make tweaks to make sure you will hit the proper pitch whenever you are singing.

07 Try harmonizing.

Have a shot at harmonizing with a different personEach time you harmonize with a decent singer, it’s going to be easier for you to notice when you find yourself hitting or missing your notes. Ask someone else to sing along with you to enable you to find your key.

08 Establish the correct key.

Make sure to confirm the key all the way through the entire song. Many people begin on key after which they go off key, so you really should try to review your pitch throughout the entire song. Using this methodyou can try to make adjustments if needed.

09 Sing with a friend.

Do you know anyone that sings pretty well? They may be able to listen to yousing. If they have a decent ear they should be able to tell you when you are too high or too low when trying to reach specific notes.

 10 Software programs.

Make full use of software to determine your key. There are plenty of software options online. They can be used to ensure you are matching your voice with the key you’re singing in, and then come up with enhancements to enable you to hit the required notes throughout the song. It is highly recommended that you invest in a pitch analyzer application, especially when you are first learning to sing.



Use Your Options

Singers have variety of options they can use to establish if they’re singing in the right key. It’s a good option to use all of them so you may stay in tune as you are practicing and performing. Then, you are likely to get to the point where you will automatically identify if you are on or off key.

After whichit will be possible to make enhancements automaticallyso you’ll hardly ever stay out of key for very longAt which time you understand that you are a real singer and you are clearly readyto give good results.

Understanding Head Voice|Chest Voice|Middle Voice

  • August 28, 2019


What Are Vocal Registers?


Head voice, chest voice, and middle voice are terms that come up from time to time,  whether you are taking voice lessons or you are researching the subject of singing.  These are better known as vocal registers which make up the difference in tones produced by the human voice in varied ranges.

We use certain areas from our chest through to the head to increase pitch and change the tone of the sounds we make. These are not to be confused with singing voice types which are used to categorize voices based on certain criteria such as age, range, voice strength and other factors.

  • What is Falsetto? It is also known as the false voice. It is another vocal register that males generally use to reach notes beyond their normal vocal range. Although it may allow for higher pitches, it tends to sound weaker and lacks substance.                                                

What is Chest Voice?


The chest voice is the heavier sound in the lower part of your voice. This is normally where the majority of the speaking voice occurs which is why many describe this as the most “natural” register.  Generally speaking, the tone in the chest voice tends to be darker, and has a weightier, more powerful tone than the other registers. Placing your hand on your chest and making a simple AH sound in a low voice with plenty of volume to be clear. Can you feel the vibration? This is because the sound is resonating in your chest and mouth.

It is interesting to know that the chest voice has the greatest potential for vocal strength out of all the different registers. The chest voice is often used to project with a lower and stronger pitch like when we yell, speaking from a stage, or in some cases when belting.

How to sing better in chest voice. You want to first familairize yourself with your chest voice which in fact is easy to to do. Start by just use your speaking voice. Try to eliminate the breathiness in your voice. Say the word "hey" like your yelling at someone across the room. Can you feel where the sound is coming from? It should be felt more in the chest then up in the head. Think of yourself in singing in a confident and assertive manner rather than a weak and overly breathy. This takes focus and confidence. Sing the notes with purpose and direction. Resist the urge to sing directly into your head because you feel the need to switch from speaking voice to singing.



What is Head voice?


The head voice is your higher singing voice register which consists of a bright tone that is focused on resonance in bones and cavities of your face and head. Quite simply we use the head voice to reach higher notes whether male or female. In order for you to sing in your head voice, you need to create an open up the space in the back of your throat.  Keeping in mind that the higher notes that you sing, the vibrations of resonance will shift and cause your breath to speed up and your vocal cords to open and close faster.

How to work on your head voice. It is important that you learn to maximize the natural spacing in your face in order to create the sounds you want. You'll also want to avoid confusing head voice with a breathy voice. An easy way to ensure this is to use the phrase Uh-Oh. When we do this we close the vocal folds and create a sharper and clearer sound by not allowing excess air to escape. It is also important that you focus on articulating your vowels and consonates when working on your head voice. 


  • What is Vocal Fry? This is the absolute lowest of the vocal registers. The vocal folds are compressed and tend to vibrate irregularily as air passes through them, making a low rattling sound described as the creaky voice.                           

What is Middle Voice?

Your middle voice or mix voice is the part that falls between and blends both the chest voice and head voice. You may think of it as a bridge that connects the two. Depending whether you are singing from low to high or high to low, you will cross the middle voice as you transisition between registers. This can often be one of the most difficult concepts for beginning singers. Striking the balance in finding the ideal combination of the two registers might be compared to adjusting sound system with just the right mix of bass and treble. It takes training and practice to adjust the levels of bright and dark tones, through resonance and blending of the vocal registers, along with beng in-tune with your register breaks in order to find the middle voice.

How to work on middle voice.  There are a few simple tricks that can help to develop your middle voice when singing. If you have a basic keyboard you can play basic scales and sing along as you play. The key is to find the lowest notes you can sing and work up the scales from there. Remember to take your time and really focus on keeping your transitions clean and smooth  while maintaining good tone. Be sure to record your sessions as you can reveiw them and hear where you can make adjustments.



Learn To Sing Vocal Harmony

  • August 21, 2019

Vocal harmonies add so much to a song to enrich and fill it with greater colour and brilliance. When we think of bands like the Pentaonix, the Eagles, the Mamas & Papas we can't help but feel the distict energy that comes from a team of vocalists perfectly blending their voices to create awesome harmonies.

Singing harmony is not easy for many singers. Singing on their own is fine, but when attempting to harmonize with others they will not understand which notes to hit, or in the case of someone is harmonizing with them, they will often get distracted and drift off key while singing the melody.



Is Singing Harmony For Every One?

Have you ever tried following along with a song you like and tried to sing the harmony behind the song's chorus? Only to find that you might be able to hit some notes but it's usually hit and miss. Or perhaps you are in a choir and want to improve singing within a group of the many types of voices to work within. There are many good reasons for learning to sing harmony with others. 

This might be confusing for those who normally feel confident when it comes to good pitch and voice matching their favorite songs to sing. So how can you take your singing to another level when it comes to be able to make beautiful 2, 3, or 4 piece harmonies with other singers? 

Is there a simple way of understanding how harmonies work? Can you use this to build on those skills? The answer to both is yes. We will start with some basics and explain how simple chords played on an instrument can make it fun and easy to grasp harmony.

For this reason it is important to understand some basic fundamentals regarding what harmony actually is and how to easily understand the concept of using certain combinations of notes that create harmonies.

Once you begin to learn these concepts, singing harmony becomes a lot of fun. To the point where you begin to have an 'ear' for the music and where you begin to sing the higher or lower ends of a melody more naturally and fluid.



Fundamentals of Vocal Harmony


In simple terms, vocal harmonies are made up of two or more melodies sung at the exact same time.  The idea is to create a vocal blending in a naturally flowing way that adds more color and volume to a song. Some songs may even have acapella parts where there is a break in the instruments playing and the combined singing voices will ring out the chorus.  

In a band environment you will find that vocal harmony happens when the main vocal melody of a song (the lead singer) is complimented by the adding of other voices, either higher or lower to create a more fuller, richer sound.

While these supporting voices add backup to the lyrics at a pitch which is either above or below the main vocal line, the idea is to match the harmony with the chord progression. An important step in learning how to sing harmony is knowing how to sing the melody to a song.

What is the melody in a song? Melody is the structure of notes in a rhythmic pattern to form a musical composition. What does that mean in simple terms? To make it really easy to understand, think of the melody as the main theme of notes that a lead singer will produce as the basis for accompanying singers to harmonize with.

What is the relation between chords and harmonies?  A chord made up of 3 notes regardless of the instrument being played is called a triad. Quite often a C major chord is used an example of this. It is made up of 3 notes consisting of  C-E-G. Played together form the C chord. However, when these notes are played indivdually, these make up the structure of the harmony. 

Why timing is important when singing vocal harmonies? If for instance you are singing a three part harmony in a band when singing the chorus together. It is critical for the voices to blend only if they are sung in the same time and duration.

What Does Apple Pie and Singing Harmony Have In Common?

To illustrate: Think of a song with harmony like an apple pie. There are several types of ingredients that are added to make the whole pie. Agreed? However, what is the main ingredient ? Apples.. you say. So think of the main melody like the apples in the pie. When we add the other ingredients or harmonizing voices, we enrich the song just as the sugar and the spices add a fuller flavor to the pie.

4 Tips On How To Learn To Sing Harmonies

 

Having two or more singers work together to create a vocal blend takes time and a focussed ear. Listed below are a few tips and habits to help you can approach singing vocal harmony. 

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    Singing with others. A very easy way to navigate your way to hitting the accompanying notes of another singer. You can decide on a couple of lines from a familiar song or you can focus on a note by note basis. Have fun with it. Work up a scale together.
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    Actively engage with the song. Play a song you want to learn the hamonies to. Tip: put on a set of headphones and close your eyes. Now,  try and focus on the structure of the song. Try and work on developing the abliblty to single out the various instruments. Actually tune in to the complex aspects from the music.  Can you hear the bass line? Can you distingish the rhythm and tempo. Listen to the song several times and then try to sing it minus the melody.
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    Practice with an instrument. To start with attempt at playing a few strings of random notes using a keyboard or guitar while remaining in a single key, as well as move scaling up and downward while singing in symphony with it. singing in parallel thirds, fourths, fifths, and sixths. To achieve this, play the beginning note of the instrument part (like a C), after that play the beginning note of the vocal part (such as E), to acquire it in your mind. Following that whilst singing this pitch, begin playing the C. Repeat this several times. Now transfer your voice, and the note on the instrument, each up one scale degree (playing C goes to D, while singing E goes to F).
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    Sing often as you can. They say practice makes perfect. You should try singing harmony as often as you can, and at every opportunity you get. This will give you lots of chance to experiment with trying things in different ways. This is probably the most important thing you can do.


Voice Types and Singing Harmony



Different Roles When Singing Harmonies. For an example, we will use the three voice types: Soprano, Alto, and Tenor. If Soprano is the melody voice then the accompanying harmonies will be sing at lower intervals:

Soprano (melody)
Alto
Tenor

If Alto sings the melody then there will be one above and one below:

Soprano
Alto (melody)
Tenor

If Tenor sings the melody then both harmonizing voices will be above.

Soprano
Alto
Tenor (melody)

Harmony Using Scales & Chords


Scales & Harmony. As described earlier, harmony is when one person sings a song using one pitch along with a second person or more singing in a different pitch and/or adds notes that surround the original pitch.

Singing harmony starts with becoming familiar with the major and minor scales. It sounds like it may be too technical, but it is actually quite simple, once when you get the hang of it.

A scale is really only a set of 8 successive notes within one octave(meaning 8), named with the letters A to G. The difference between the major scale and the minor scales are as followed: The major scale has note intervals that run whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half. Whereas the minor scale has note intervals that run whole-half-whole-whole-half-whole-whole.

*Note: In most cases harmony is created using the notes from the major scale




Chords & Harmony. As we discussed earlier, an easy way to understand the mechanics behind a harmony we will look at a major chord. A major chord is generally made up of 3 notes consisting of a root, a major third, and a perfect fifth called a triad. Basically meaning the first, third, and fifth notes of a scale. When we break the notes of a chord down and sing each individual note, we have the parts of our harmony.

The difference in the pitch between two notes is called their interval, a word we used earlier to describe the separation of notes in the Major scale.

The fullness and color of the harmony multiplies increases with each and every added note. Two-note harmonies possess a single interval. Three-note harmonies contain three intervals, in between each note and so on. Four-notes harmonies possess 6 intervals, etc.


Breaking It All Down


Harmony involves one person singing below or above the original pitch and melody of the original notes the first person is singing.      For example: suppose you were singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The very first “twinkle” note you are producing is the base note of the melody.

The second “twinkle” is a higher note, as you are aware. If you sang the first “twinkle “note and had a second person singing the second “twinkle” note simultaneously, you have just created a harmony.

Think of the chords that are played on a guitar or piano, often this combination of notes played together to form “harmony”. This, of course, is a basis for understanding the building blocks of singing harmony.

Two or more simultaneous pitches blending together, whether higher or lower and sometimes the same as often used by bands like the Beatles. As you develop a better understanding of scales and octaves, you can begin manipulating sounds of any song and learn to naturally harmonize with the singer you are listening to.



Putting Harmony Into Practice



The first step in learning to sing harmony is to get really comfortable with your chosen song.It is recommended by instructors that you learn both voice parts, the high and low. Get together with a friend and give it a try!

For some, it can take a lot of practice to make harmony work, and for others, it feels natural to join a melody at a different pitch with ease. It’s called ‘on-the-fly’ harmony because the harmonizer just jumps right into the song and begins to find his higher or lower harmony to match the original notes.

Similar to the steps used in ear training, after listening to the melody for a small amount of time, there are some that able to naturally determine the pitch and melody and then start singing.

Harmony is used in many different types of singing, from rock to country, to pop music. Some harmonies are strictly for back up vocals others are full bands. Bands like the Pentatonix famous for their ability to blend multiple voices to create pure acapella magic.

Recently, A Capella has made a comeback on shows like America’s Got Talent. Many developing artists are now demonstrating their harmonizing skills to create awesome sounds, even without the accompaniment of instruments.

These skillful harmonizers can make it look difficult. In reality, though, anyone who puts in the effort can develop these skills as the principles behind this type of singing are actually not difficult to comprehend.

There’s no doubt, that it will take practice to learn how to correctly identify pitch and then drop higher or lower. Once you learn these concepts, there will be no stopping you!

For more singing tips, please feel free to browse through the various categories.

Types Of Singing Voices

  • September 18, 2017


Developing your voice as a singer has a lot to do with discovering which sing voice type category you belong in. Knowing that will also reveal what your range is and which types of music and songs work best with your voice.

 Do you consider your vocals high, low, or mid-range?  Who are the singers you feel that you sound the most like? Do they sing in a higher or lower voice? Do you have a male or female voice? What's the highest notes you can hit on a scale? What are the lowest notes you can sing? These are some of the factors that play a part in a person's singing voice type. Determining one's voice type will depend on a person's vocal register, transitions, range, tone, vocal weight, as well as other factors.

The truth is that it's a little more complicated than that, but we will do our best to make sense of it all as we go. It is important to note the difference between singing voice types and what is commonly known as your singing style.

The 4 Basic Singing Voices


Although there are many recognizable terms such as Alto, Contralto, and Baritone, and others applying to the opera world, to keep it simple we will be discussing the basic 4 in the following categories:

  • Soprano: higher female voice ranges between A3 (A below middle C) to A5 (two octaves higher)
  • Mezzo: lower female voice ranging between A3 (the A below middle C) to A5 (two octaves higher)
  • Tenor: higher male voice ranges between C3, the C one octave below middle C, and A4, the A above middle.
  •  Bass: lower male voice ranging between the second E below middle C to the E above middle C

Voice Type Factors

The fundamental elements making up the different voice types are as follows:

  • Range: All the notes a singer can hit from lowest to highest and everything in between. Newer singers have a shorter range than more advanced singers. Knowing your range will aid you in determining your voice type, simply because a bass singer can sing lower than a tenor as a soprano can sing higher than a mezzo.

 

  • Register: The range of tones that your vocal cords produce using different vibratory patterns. These four consist of the: modal voice (your normal speaking voice), vocal fry (creating pitches much lower than modal voice), falsetto (high pitch flute-like sound, for example: when a guy is trying to sing "staying alive" by the Bee Gees), and the whistle voice (the highest register of the human voice, normally performed by females, think Mariah Carrey..).

 

  • Tone of Voice: Also known as the timbre. Often described as the color of your voice. Is it dark, metallic, ringing, shrill, or brilliant? Knowing your tone helps you better resolve your voice type. For example, The tone of a tenor is much brighter than a bass.

 

  • Voice strength: A mezzo and tenor have a stronger middle voice (between your chest and head), whereas a soprano and mezzo have a stronger head voice (throat to the top of the head). Is it easier for to you sing deep and low or thin and high?

 

  • Age:  Most of us can tell the difference between an adult and a child's voice. Obviously, our voices change with age, particularly in boys. This affects all of these other characteristics, especially as they go through adolescence. And as we get older our vocal cords change again, causing many singers, including professionals to lower the key they normally sing in and or make other adjustments in their approach. It's not always bad, it's just different. But clearly, age is another key factor in determining your voice type.


Finding Your Range


Exercise: You will need a piano or keyboard to continue. First, you will need to find middle C, often referred as C4. If you are using a full-size piano, middle C will be the fifth C from the bottom. Please see the diagram below:

Once you have located C4 or Middle C, play the note and try singing using the commonly known solfège scale: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, and back to Do. Repeat this in order to build your confidence and your ability to .

Make your way down the keyboard, singing each note in the reverse order, until you reach the lowest note you can comfortably sing while maintaining good tone. You have successfully located the bottom of your range.

Now, again starting at middle C, repeat the process moving up the notes until you find the highest note you can comfortably sing. Include your falsetto in determining the very top of your range. Next, try moving through your various vocal registers such as chest and head voice so you can identify and keep track of when you experience vocal breaks.

Use the video above to find your vocal range to get a better idea which voice ype group best fits your voice.

Soprano: Range is normally between C4 to C6 and beyond

 Mezzo: Range is usually G3, below Middle C to B5

Tenor: Range is C3 one octave below Middle C to C5 one octave above Middle C

Bass: Range is F2, an octave and a half below Middle C to E4 above Middle C

Once you are able to find your highest and lowest notes within the scales, you should be able to compare these with the chart above and tune into your voice type. Now that you have discovered that you can plan the best songs to cover in practice and in public.

Continuing Your Singing Education

This article was intended to provide a basic understanding of how to identify your voice type. Improving your voice is a very achievable goal. It does a level of commitment, an source of information that is helpful and easy to understand. 

A more thorough description of finding and developing your singing voice is found in the course materials provided in your complete learn to sing a program that you can try risk-free by clicking the link provided.

Can Anyone Learn To Sing?

  • September 18, 2017


Is Learning To Sing Impossible?

Do you personally enjoy singing? There's no question that being able to use our voice to express ourselves in song is both beautiful and a great way to lift our spirits. Singing can be a very personal thing when it comes to genre and song choice. However, we may find it difficult to sing the way we hear the music. 

Even though we love the tune, we may struggle to hit the right notes or be off timing with the words. If this is the case, you may ask whether anybody can learn to sing or is it something you are born with? As long as you can speak and have relatively good hearing, the the answer is yes you can learn to sing. 

When you begin to understand that singers use the same body parts when singing as we all do when speaking it helps us to erase the myth that only certain people can actually sing. All of the active muscles in our chest and head are used to produce sounds for speaking and singing. The difference depends on how we use and conciously control these. Learning skills and working at further growth is a part of any musicians journey whether a singer, drummer, or any other player.

What do the experts say? Is it in fact a roll of the "genetic dice" that decides who can sing or can anyone learn to sing?The results are in and the good news is that according to professor of music education Joanne Rutkowski, "Everyone who can speak can learn to use a singing voice". 

This is encouraging for any who've ever been so self-conscious about singing, that they are silenced into mouthing the words of a song in settings such as birthday parties, religious ceremonies, or when singing the national anthem.

On the other, you may see yourself as having or have even been told that you have a lot of singing potential, a great voice, and a natural talent. But you recognize that natural ability will take you so far, and quite frankly.. you want to go further. Stay tuned. The next part of our discussion will involve a variety of elements that will help you to build your singing confidence.





Finding Your Voice Type


Understanding which voice type category you fall under will help you best determine which types of music and songs your voice is suited to. There are 4 basic voice types you need to familairize yourself with including Bass, Tenor, Mezzo, and Saprano.

If you have a very low voice you are likely to be somewhere near a Bass voice. If you have a low to mid range, you will likely be a Tenor or Mezzo, and higher voices, usually females are in the Soprano category.

Each of these voice types will have unique traits based on voice tone, range, and register transitions. Your age, sex, and voice strength will also play a role in what your voice type is and where you will sing the most comfortably (also known as your tessitura).

Indentifying the voice types of your favorite singers will also help you locate the kinds of music that make sense with your voice and present singing abilities. For more of a discussion on voice types, use the link provided.

Overcoming tone deafness. Part of the struggle for some when singing is they have a hard time distinguishing the differences in pitch. The technical term for this is called amusia. Althought there is no quick fix or cure for tone deafness there are effective methods of reducing tone deafness. One is to engage in an ear training program that focusses on helping you improve your sense of pitch and ability to identify notes. 

Singing voice vs Speaking voice. Especially for those who may not have grown up around music and instruments played in the house, may lack musicality. This means that their sensitivity to and talent for music doesn't come as natural as for some. So when attempting to sing they end up using their every day speaking voice. The sound usually comes out flat, lifeless and out of key. That's because your singing voice requires greater range, a wider variety of registers, and much more breath support. 



8 Ways To Develop Your Singing Ability


 1. Appreciate Your Unique Voice. Rather than just opening your mouth and trying to mimic someone else, you need to understand that everyone's singing ability is unique. Let's face it, it's unlikely that someone like Celine Dion could create the exact sound as Adele? Both are fantastic singers, but each has different strengths. I think you get the point. A side note to mention: Did you know that Elvis Presley was told by his music teacher that he had no aptitude for singing? And we all know how that turned out. So yes, anyone can learn to sing, if they do the following:

 2. Decide To Become A Better Singer. It's going to take some work. Whether you are a decent singer or cannot hold a tune, you can very likely develop your voice through a knowledge of how we produce sound in the first place, along with learning and practicing basic techniques. This becomes a habit with the goal of training ourselves to move from regular speaking voice to our higher singing voice. You need to ask yourself how bad do you really want it? This basically means that you need to be fully committed. Albert Einstein once said, ”Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person”. 

 3. Use Proper Singing Techniques. Understand how the voice works by acquiring proper training. If those same contestants reentered the competition without knowing what they needed to work on and did not seek out advice and the skills needed to improve, what do you think the result will be? Are they insane? Maybe. Insanity has been defined as repeating the same process (right or wrong) and expecting a different result. What do you currently know about singing? Are you presently working with a vocal coach? Do you read books or immersed in programs to advance your vocal skills?

 4. Set Realistic Goals. Keep in mind that most if not all famous singers have had professional training and have spent many hours practicing the tedious things that most people quickly get bored of and procrastinate. If you develop the same passion and mental attitude, you too will eventually reach your goals. But, you must first set those goals. Rather than expecting to increase your range in a month or less. Work on and master the basic skills like breathing, posture, etc...We'll focus on that a little later. These “little exercises” are like bricks that stack one on top of another, that will eventually form the entire building, so to speak. Make sure to continually and consistently stack every successful practice on top of the next. It's only a matter of time.

 5. Learn Your Singing Voice. Everyone has their own gift of creating sound. That's how your loved ones identify you when you talk to them on the phone. It's part of who you are. Although you are unique, we are generally identified as having a specific range, with limits to that range. Is it easier for you to sing high notes, low notes, or are you somewhere in the middle? We will cover identifying your singing voice in a later discussion. For now, just keep in mind how important it is to know where you are now, in order to set a benchmark for where you want to be.

 6. Have fun with it. Singing your favorite tune in the shower is natural for everyone. But practicing mouth shape sounds, proper stance, breathing and the overall discipline required in learning the skills necessary can seem like work. Because... it rightfully is! So why not make it fun? One amusing suggestion is to view yourself in the mirror while you're practicing. Some of the silly expressions and sounds you'll come up with are bound to make you giggle. Not to mention belting into your hairbrush may unleash that inner rock star!

 7. Measure Your Success. Record all your practice sessions in the first week. Leave it for a month or so. Give it a little time. If you record too often, the little improvements may not be as evident and encouraging as allowing sufficient time.  It's kinda like planting a seed and then digging it up every ten minutes to see if it is growing. In a week or a month, you will see much more noticeable results. After some time, record again. If you are persistent, you will be thrilled with the results you'll achieve, when comparing recordings.

Will there be room for improvement? Let's put it this way. Micheal Jackson in his younger years (who is a pretty famous singer) was not allowed to do anything else after school until he practiced the exact same song and dance routines over and over to perfection. Makes you wonder how he got to be so amazing! The point: Take action, take criticism, and continue improving. And You Will!

 8. Sing From The Heart. It's all about expression. Project your feelings into every song. Learn what feelings the song is trying to convey. Is it anger, a broken heart, or both? Then make that connection with your audience. Tell the story.That's what separates an instrumental song from one with words. Take your favorite song and remove the story. What's missing? The person that is creating the feelings we are connecting with. A singer can have all the technical skills in the world, but I would rather listen to a 5-year-old singing jingle bells from the heart than listen to someone who only accentuates technical skill with no feeling.



Can Anyone Reach Singing Stardom?


 Is it realistic to think that anyone could develop the potential to perform in any discipline or singing style at a professional level?The fact that only a small percentage do achieve massive success shows the difference between good singers and great singers.

Voice expert Rutkowski thus adds by saying that, “.. not everyone will have a fabulous-sounding voice. Once the vocal instrument is working, the ability to sing with good intonation is dependent on musical aptitude and musical achievement.”Genetics do play a factor in singing aptitude. However, other things including environment also improve musicality.

Musicality is so important to nuture in children. Cognitive neuropsychologist Isabelle Peretz explains that most children learn to sing much like how they learn to speak, almost automatically, rather than through formal training. Encourage a love of music early on.

This means that if your parents or siblings loved to sing and listen to music while you were growing up, your chances of developing a musical ear, good pitch and other 'natural' singing abilities are higher.Regardless of any inborn talents, most can develop their voice through training.

The difficulty lies when we attempt to sing with our talking voices—the voice you are most comfortable with.As we normally speak in a lower and limited range, and our singing voice is higher than our speaking voices.So it’s a matter of learning to relax the vocal mechanism and use breath support to produce the sound, rather than trying to force our voice to do something which usually creates tension. A singer's biggest enemy.

Consider the quality of singing voices of those who enter singing contests such as The Voice and American Idol. Out of them all -  only a few really make it big.

Do you have what it takes to be a professional singer? After 14 successful seasons, American Idol has become one of the most successful singing shows in history. According to one source, it is estimated that 100,000 people auditioned every season. Among those, only the 10 best were chosen to battle it out for the coveted title.

Along the way we've observed many of the contestants not only rejected but publicly humiliated on national television. These same people entered the competition thinking they had a shot, only to be told they can't sing and shouldn't sing by the tactful Simon Cowell.In some ways, this could be seen as a bit humorous. But it does kind of illustrate that there are many levels of singing talent and in many cases it takes alot more than just talent to make it big.


Conclusion


It is possible for most people to learn to sing. But just like everything else it takes knowledge, training, and practice to become a better singer. The other thing to remember is that we don't have to be on top of the music charts to enjoy singing. 

The most important thing is that you enjoy doing it. With passion and enthusiasm you can even work your way up to singing in public. One of the ways you can begin your singing education is by hiring a professional vocal trainer. A more affordable approach might be to investing an online singing course. You'll want step by step instruction  from the beginning process, all the way to more advanced.

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12 Vocal Techniques To A Better Singing Voice

  • September 18, 2017


All of us have a singing voice, but not everyone has developed proper vocal techniques in order to be sure where to find or how to use that voice.  Not convinced? Head out to a Karaoke Bar one evening. Chances are you'll witness a variety of passionate singers out there. Most of them don't sing professionally and for some it is more apparent. Not everyone was born with instant singing ability.

For those who really enjoy singing, and let's face it, there are many naturally good singers as well. Imagine how much one could improve by even learning a few strategies that can make noticable differences to approach to singing while helping to reduce the amount of effort involved in sounding great.

By the way, if you've ever considered yourself a "less talented" singer than some, have no fear! Continue reading and you will be guaranteed to greatly benefit from what you're about to learn. Are you interested in improving your singing voice? If so, consider the following.

12 Vocal techniques that will help you improve your singing voice:

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    Proper Posture: Perhaps there's another secret as to why your mother constantly reminded you to stand up straight.The truth is..it makes you a better singer. How? It's vitally important to align your body parts and prepare them to support your sound while eliminating tension. Tension not only makes you feel uncomfortable and affects your mood, but can greatly restrict air flow, making singing a chore rather than pure enjoyment.                                                                                                                                                                   Exercise: Find a wall and stand with your back to it. Place your head on the wall so that your chin is parallel to the floor. Open your shoulders and roll them back to the wall. Without allowing your spine to touch, slowly move your back towards the wall to straighten. Arms to your sides. Feet shoulder width apart, find your balance. Try to relax. The only tension you create should be in your abdominal muscles that are supporting your singing. It is more effective if you do this in front of a mirror. This can especially help you to visualize your stance after you see and feel proper posture.
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    Breathe control. Try holding your breath and singing or even speaking. You get the point. Clearly, air is a major component to singing. When singing a melody, the words are expressed quite differently than if you were to simply recite the sentences aloud. The volume, the pitch, the tone, and the tempo can have you gasping for air before you know it. Learning and mastering proper breathing is one of the keys to instantly improve your ability to sing. Unless we are exercising, normally our breathing is quite shallow. As we begin training our body to sing, we need to take deeper breaths in order to sustain our sound loud and clear for our listening audience. At first, you may even feel a rush of dizziness as the deeper you breathe, the more oxygen that gets to your brain. But don't stress it! Your body just needs to get used to proper and more efficient breathing.                                                                                                                                                        
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    Tighten That Drum It is absolutely essential to practicing good proper singing techniques that you understand how the importance of your diaphragm, lungs, and chest cavity affect your singing. Think of these 3 combined as forming a drum. A drum that is tuned loosely sounds flat and boring, as it lacks resonance. So the idea is to expand your rib cage by flexing the muscles that pull your ribs in and out. Effectively tightening that “drum”. This will result in better tones in your voice as well as increase your lung capacity, allowing you to take less breathes between verses, resulting in better control. If you a serious about improving this area, it is suggested that you begin exercising these muscles.Whether you join a gym or workout at home. Always consult a physician before starting such a program. The main muscles to focus on are your chest, arms, back, and obliques. Keep in mind that building endurance will allow you to develop a stronger voice as well as last for longer periods of time. Believe me, after singing 20-30 songs in a night, when performing, you need to be in good physical condition. Do not overlook the importance of cardiovascular exercise to increase lung efficiency. You don't need to become a bodybuilder or a marathon runner. Just try and keep in shape. Good singing health to you!.
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    Water...Drink Tons Of It! It doesn't matter if you meet a heavy metal singer, pop singer, or an opera singer. You can bet any one of these true professionals can appreciate the abundance of good ole H2O. It'll always be within arms reach whether they are in the studio, rehearsal, or on stage. Some prefer drinking warm water, claiming that it better refreshes your throat. Others swear that ice cold water can aid in keeping swelling down, especially after a killer belting performance. Regardless of your preference. Just drink lots of it! Some think that gargling water can hydrate the vocal cords. The truth is that the no food or water comes in contact with them as they are located in your windpipe. When liquid goes down, the automatic flap called the epiglottis closes to protect your lungs from being filled with water. This also covers the vocal cord every time you take a drink.What happens when you get water in your windpipe? It causes a choking gag reflex. So really, the only way to hydrate your vocal cords is to drink water. Why lots? It is because the water has to enter your stomach, and is first supplied to all your major organs, like your heart, kidneys, etc.. Eventually, smaller organs like your vocal cords are supplied. And supply you must! Note: avoid smoking and foods or liquids that dehydrate the body.
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     Exercise & conditioning. If you a serious about improving this area, it is suggested that you begin exercising these muscles.Whether you join a gym or workout at home. Always consult a physician before starting such a program. The main muscles to focus on are your chest, arms, back, and obliques. Keep in mind that building endurance will allow you to develop a stronger voice as well as last for longer periods of time. Believe me, after singing 20-30 songs in a night, when performing, you need to be in good physical condition. Do not overlook the importance of cardiovascular exercise to increase lung efficiency. You don't need to become a bodybuilder or a marathon runner. Just try and keep in shape. Good singing health to you!
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     Flex Those Facial Muscles. As with other vital muscles that support great singing. The neck and facial muscles play an obvious role. Really the goal is to minimize the effort required to sing so that you may effectively control your tone and your pitch. Warming up cannot be avoided. There are mainly 10 groups of muscles in the neck, head, and face. Each consisting of numerous tinier muscles all working in harmony to create the beautiful sound making up your voice. Here is a list in order of the types of movements you can perform on various parts to prepare yourself to sing.
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     Find Appropriate Singing Material. Finding the balance between your preferred taste in music and your voice type can prove to be a challenge. You may love the high-pitched screams of hard rock, but your voice may actually be better suited to pop or country. What do you do? It is highly recommended that you NEVER strain your voice to sound like someone else. Within your favorite genre, you need to find artists that have a similar range or try singing their song in a different key. The other option is to explore the other side. If you are a laboring to sing that power ballad in the car, then why would you want to butcher it while you're on stage. Explore all your options. But the rule is..you MUST enjoy what you're doing or it will never be worth the effort.
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     Dry Mouth Hack. If you happen to have a bit of dry mouth right before a performance it can cause some concern for some. The best solution is to drink lots of fluids of course. But there is another techniqies you can use. Gently place your fingertips on the fleashy part of your neck just below your jawbone. Squeeze inward and it will release saliva into your mouth. Especially if a drink isn't nearby.
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     Take Sips of Air. From time to time we come across a song that requires you to spill out a tons of words while you are trying to maintain good pitch and volume. This causes some to literally run out of air. The secret is to learn how to take small sips of air in between phrases using the spacing between the notes to replenish your air support without sounding weak or gasping.
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     Practice...Practice...Practice. As you move from the casual singer in the car to progressing toward live performances, you need to appreciate the importance of practice. Not only your chosen songs repetitively but your strengthening skills that lead you to master your art. You need to know: where, when, and how long to practice. Where is an easy one.  Somewhere that you will not be disturbed and will not disturb others. You should be able to move around in a comfortable space. Preferably where there's a mirror. When to practice is based on your own availability and circumstances.Have a set schedule. If you write it down on the calendar, you're more likely to do it. What time of day again is personal. But keep in mind that you need to remove any and all distractions like the T.V., the internet, computer, or cell phone in order to maximize concentration. Also, have your materials organized and ready for each session. How long depends on your skill level. If you are new, it is recommended to limit your time to 20-30 minutes per day. As those muscles strengthen, you can gradually move up to 30-60 minutes per day. Be patient. Remember that anything worth achieving takes persistence and can never be rushed. But it's so worth it!
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     Find Quality Vocal Instruction. Learning how to do something right the first time is so important. Reading books on singing can definitely expand your knowledge of techniques and practice skills, but can feel a little lifeless and A bore at times. Hiring a vocal trainer can also prove beneficial. But expect to pay anywhere from $25.00 to $75.00 per hour. Enrolling in online courses offered by various schools offers another possibility. However, some of these can cost upwards of $1400.00 per course.Another option that many have had success with is a complete step by step instruction. You only pay a one-time cost and you get to keep and review your materials, over and over until you've perfected those skills. It's not quite as personal as hiring a vocal trainer, but if you're on more of a budget, this is a great alternative. Like any musician, you need to invest in your 'instrument'. Guitar players spend hundreds, sometimes thousands on their equipment. Do you think it is reasonable to invest a little on your own voice?
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     Take Time For Rest. When you sing you are giving the musles and lungs an intese workout. Particularily if you are playing gigs on a fairly consistent basis. With all the training and warm up exercises, its just as important to give your voice a break. One habit to develop is to whisper between sets if you plan to mingle with others. Save your voice for the show.

Conclusion


These are just a few ways you can improve your singing voice by learning and practicing variuos techniques and stratgeies. Make sure to enjoy the process and continue to take in as much instruction as you set new singing goals and hit them one by one!

12 Ways to Increase Your Vocal Range

  • September 15, 2017


What Is My Vocal Range?

Your vocal range refers to all of the notes from lowest to highest pitches a singer can reach including all the notes in between. Also, known as tessitura, a singer should be able to comfortably move through the various vocal registers as the pitch increases or decreases. Never overextending by trying to force the notes thru, but allowing a natural flow.

Most people can sing up to 2 octaves. Those who can sing 3 octaves and above are considered having a good to great vocal range. This means that depending on the lowest note you can start with, you should be able to work up the scale of 8 notes at least a couple of times.  There are a rare group of professionally trained singers with amazing gifts like Freddy Mercury, who is said to have a vocal range of 4 and above.

The good news is that by practicing as you would with any other instrument, you begin to think of your voice apparatus as being flexible, capable of being trained and developed to a greater capacity.  This is where patience comes in. Allow yourself the time to strengthen and gain greater control your chest and head voice.

This, of course, involves a proper warm-up, practice sessions involving stretching, breathing & mouth exercises, as well as other singing techniques. Remember that before you want to increase your vocal range,  you'll want to focus on learing to sing through the registers in a smooth transition in both directions in a clear and confident manner.



Singing Registers


What are singing registers? Our vocal folds have the ability to produce a range of pitches into several different vibratory patterns by means of opening and closing the air passage in your chest, head, and throat. Understanding your vocal range has a lot to do with your ability to move between your registers. Learn more about vocal registers.

There are 4 common registers to the human voice:

Vocal Fry: It begins at the bottom vocal register. It's basically the lowest sound you can make with your voice.  Also known as croaking, popcorning. Conway Twitty used this register in many of his songs.

Modal Voice: This is the voice you use when you talk normally and also when you sing. A shift in pitch normal in this register, as we have been using it to communicate through speech or song.

Falsetto: The falsetto is the extra bit of "higher voice" we produce in the head and throat. However, this vocal register generally lacks power and sounds more breathy and weak. Male singers will switch into falsetto to hit the higher notes in some songs rather than attempting to belt.

Whistle Voice:  The highest register of the human voice, normally produced by soprano singers who have been trained. This vocal register is created by using only the back of the vocal folds, thus creating the smallest gap possible between the folds, creating a whistle type of sound.


How to find your vocal range? There are are a few factors that determine a person's vocal range.  Things like age, gender, as well the size of your vocal folds can affect your sound. The larger your folds, the lower your voice; likewise, the smaller your folds, the higher your range.

Are you male or female? Do you feel more comfortable singing higher notes, lower notes, or are you somewhere in the middle? What types of music do you prefer singing? Have you found your vocal breaking point? How well can you transition between each register currently?

Answering the above questions will help us locate your general singing voice type according to classification. Females consist of Contralto to Mezzo-Soprano, to Soprano. Males will run from Bass to Baritone, to Tenor (see chart above for quick reference).

What does all of this mean? Basically, the groups of notes on a scale that you can comfortably sing from the very lowest note to the very highest will reveal your singing range. Note that voice types are a generalization. You may not start or end on exactly the same notes as outlined for each voice classification. However, you will be within the boundaries.


What is a vocal break? Also known to professional singers as Passaggio.  These are the actual transitions you make as you utilize vocal support system to sing higher and lower notes, moving from chest voice to head voice or vice versa. Some people confuse this with a vocal crack which occurs when a person's voice enters a higher register suddenly and unintentionally. This is generally caused by trying to force notes beyond your range, stress, emotional tension, and puberty.


Find your vocal range in one minute using the video below

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Were you able to find your range and thus locate your singing voice type? If so, Congratulations! Knowing your vocal range will help you to not only choose an appropriate singing style and singing material, but it can be used as a starting point in order for you to extend it.

A common misconception is that we are all born with a specific vocal range. The truth is, you actually can change your vocal range by practicing different techniques and strategies. By now you should have a good idea what your personal range is. When you are ready, try using some of the suggestions below to improve your singing range.


12 Tips On How To Sing Higher


If you would like to learn a few basic tips on how to sing higher, then make sure to check out the list below before you begin working on increasing your vocal range and essentially learning to sing higher pitched notes through the use of common sense practices.



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    Never push yourself.  You will eventually end up straining your voice, and create the opposite effect: hurting your vocal range. Allow yourself for sufficient time in order to progress to your new vocal range.
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     Practice scales using staccato notes. This will make it easier for you to hit notes outside of your range. Once you get used to hitting those notes, you will be able to make them last longer.
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     Blending your voice. Blending your head and chest voices together will definitely improve your vocal range. A very easy technique is to learn is to make a sound like a siren as you move up and down the register.
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    Bending at the waist. When you bend at the waist while you are singing, it will eliminate tension from your body, which allows the air to flow past your vocal cords with greater ease. Try bending at the waist if you are struggling to hit higher notes, as you continue progressing, you will eventually be able to hit them without bending.
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    Try hitting higher notes by acting as though you were crying. This causes your thyroid to tilt, which makes it a lot easier for you to hit those higher notes. In time you won’t need to act as if you are crying any longer, as you will eventually get used to hitting those notes… naturally.
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    Practice tongue trills. Place your tongue between your top front teeth and the roof of your mouth, from there you just push air through your mouth. This will activate the muscles in your throat and aid you in reaching notes you didn't think were even possible for you. For a tutorial on voice exercises. Just click the link! 
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    Keep your head up. This will constrict the air from flowing through your body properly, which will not allow you to hit the note you are trying to reach. Always remember to keep your head straight, allowing the air to flow, regardless of the note you are trying to hit.
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     Breathing through your diaphragm. Proper breathing will definitely help in hitting higher notes that are outside of your present range. Practice breathing in a way that will only allow your stomach to move.
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    Learn speech-level singing. The way it works is that you only sing at the volume that you speak. It allows your larynx to remain relaxed so you can hit new notes, which in turn will help you develop proper muscle memory.
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    Work on a song that’s in the highest register you can manage comfortably. Make sure to sing that song several times daily. Once it is no longer a challenge, try tackling a song that’s a range beyond this.
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    Practice singing in the lowest register you feel comfortable with. In no time at all, you will begin feeling more comfortable with your lower range. Now, this time, choose a song that’s in a lower range and practice it until you master it.
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    A steady flow of air is key. Many singers will change the speed at which they exhale as they move up or down within their high and low range. It’s imperative that you remain constant when exhaling, regardless of which note you are singing.

Stuck In Transition

Something else that can happen when you are attempting to increase your singing range is when you are unable to make the transition between registers. Particularly when moving from middle or mixed voice to head voice.

Our middle voice is the voice we commonly speak with. The problem is that there is a limit or ceiling to the highness of pitch you can attain.Learning to move from mixed voice into head voice will open you up to another level. You will also find it much easier on your vocal cords.

Start with mastering your mid-range. Work on an even and coordinated sound. Training your vocal cords through this kind of practice will unlock higher overtones. This will eventually lead to a higher and more stable range.

In Conclusion


Hopefully, by now you understand what vocal range is, how to find your range, and how to increase it. You have probably also located your singing voice type. Being able to decipher whether you are a Bass, Baritone, Tenor, Soprano, etc.. Remember the importance of proper breathing, good posture, and avoiding putting too much pressure on yourself to advance. Keep developing and strengthening your mid-range.

There are many more techniques you can use to improve your range. We hope you've enjoyed these techniques as our aim is to help you become a better singer, so you can tackle more songs with freedom. Again, if you want a free singing tip sent to you weekly, don't forget to sign up to our singing community newsletter.