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How to Handle Criticism of Your Singing Voice - Story and 3-Step Process

Story

Recently, I posted a 1-min video of me singing on Instagram.
 
I was pretty happy with my performance. I also got positive feedback from my followers.
 
So, I decided to take it one step further. I paid a channel to showcase my video.
 
I woke up the next day and checked my Instagram. Instead of raving reviews, I got some nasty comments.
 
Immediately, I felt my throat getting tight. Insecurities started to creep in.
 
Why were they saying those things?
 
I decided to...

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Will You Be a Good Singer? The Answer May Surprise You

good singer motivational Jan 29, 2020
 
A lot of people don’t. And it’s not because they’re not talented or are tone deaf.
 
It’s because they don’t put in the hard work and they don’t have the patience to soldier through the early stages of learning to sing.
 
Through my years of teaching singers from 5 to 79, the students who made the most progress were the ones who believed in themselves and worked hard to be the best singer they could be.
 
For some people, it means...
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Breathe In Through Nose = Bad For Singing?

 
When you do yoga or sports, breathing in through the nose is good.
 
It hydrates the air and is probably more efficient.
 
When singing, we generally want to breathe in through the mouth.
 
Yes, the air will be dryer.
 
But doing this helps you to:
 
Get your mouth into an open position before you start singing
 
You get to lower your jaw, flatten your tongue, lift your soft palate using the hot fries technique (this is explained in the free ebook).
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How to Choose the Right Song For Your Voice So That You Can Sing It Well

Importance of Choosing the Right Songs

Your song choice can make or break your performance/enjoyment of the song.

You need to choose the right song for your voice so that:

  • You won’t hurt your voice while singing
  • You’ll enjoy singing the songs more because they’re achievable
  • You’ll avoid building bad habits from trying to sing notes that are out of your vocal range

To choose the right song for your voice, first, you need to find out what voice type you are and what...

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Reality Check - Is That How Your Voice Really Sounds? How to Manage Your Expectations

 
When you’re new at something, you often don’t know what to expect or how well you’re going to do at it. You’re feeling a mixture of excitement, enthusiasm and anxiety.
 
When you’re new at singing, you’re often enthusiastic about it. You’re also anxious because in the past, people have told you that you don’t sound good. Or maybe you’re feeling a little insecure about your voice although many people have said that you had a...
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So You Want to Sing Higher? Some Specific Things You Can Do to Increase Your Vocal Range

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2020


Almost everybody I’ve come across wants to sing higher, myself included.
Low voices want to sing higher. High voices want to sing even higher.

Benefits

As if people need to be reminded of the benefits of singing higher! They may seem obvious but do you know exactly why it’s good to have a bigger vocal range?

Improving your high notes will make your low notes stronger

High notes need more finesse to sing. You need better breath management, stronger ligaments & muscles, better...

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Palms are Sweaty, Knees Weak, Arms are Heavy? How to Overcome Stage Fright/Performance Anxiety

Different Kinds of Performance Anxiety

We all experience stage fright or anxiety in one way or another when we are performing. Stage fright, also known as performance anxiety, can either help or hinder our performance. There are many kinds of performance anxiety. Let us look at them below.

According to Barbara Conable, there are four kinds of performance anxiety:

1. Butterflies
2. Self consciousness
3. Emotions coming from being under-prepared
4. Debilitating fear and panic

Butterflies

The feeling...

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How to Make Vocal Techniques Second Nature When Singing So You Can Focus on the Song

awareness soft palate Oct 25, 2019

 

Singing is a very abstract activity. Our instrument - voice box/larynx - is inside of our body so we cannot see or touch it. How can we control an instrument that we cannot see or touch? That’s what makes singing so difficult.

Studies show that beginners rely on auditory feedback (how their voice sounds) to control their voice.

We should be relying on our kinesthetic awareness (the sensations we feel) to control our voice.

Two Kinds of Awareness

There are 2 kinds of awareness:

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Are You Wasting Your Time Doing Lip Trills/Tongue Trills?

 

If you’ve done singing lessons before, you’ve probably done either bubbles (lip trills) or rolling R’s (tongue trills).

Do they help you to sing well?

Breath Management

According to research, this is one of the best warm-up exercises to do.

First, it helps the breathing mechanism to get up and running very quickly. All the muscles that we use for breathing are ‘woken up’ very quickly. These muscles include the core muscles, diaphragm and lungs.

We get to work on...

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When You Have to Sound the Best You Can, You Stand Up to Sing. Why Not Sit Down?

You have probably noticed that it is easier to sing while standing rather than sitting down. For some reason, your voice does not feel supported while sitting down.

Why is That?

When we are sitting down, our posture is likely to be out of alignment. A good posture for singing is a straight line running down your ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle (when standing). While sitting, aim for a straight line from ear, shoulder to hip. So, if that straight line is broken, your posture is bad.

A bad...

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