How To Sing: My Story Part 1

My childhood friends can never forget the first time they heard me sing, or shall I say yell. Everything in that voice was wrong, starting from the fact it was nasal, full of ungraceful breathes and cut in half in the middle of an alto or a soprano, making it very difficult to listen, let alone appreciate.

If I heard myself back then, I would’ve begged a judge to issue a restraining order to keep me away from any living being’s ears. It might sound like I’m joking but yes it was THAT bad.

You know how your voice sounds a lot better when you’re the only one singing around? In my case it was tenfold. I sang every time I could, not only karaoke but along with the singer, because… well you should have figured that out by now.

I would’ve thought I wasn’t doing very bad until that incident with my friends: I recorded myself afterwards and the child that I was never forgot how truly terrible that sounded. For a while, I gave up, tried to joke about it and thought I “wasn’t born with the talent”.

Born With The Singing Talent or Just Hard Work?

Now you see, there’s the trick: we might not be born equal when it comes to talents, but we have an equal opportunity to improve. Writers, poets, singers, painters… all of them had to practice and get better at what they’re doing. An innate talent is of course a plus, but working hard you can get just as high, if not higher.

That lesson was taught to me by my school music teacher, in response to my defeatist speech. That day, I decided to grab the matter in my own hands and kept moving forward, in order to improve my voice.

To my own surprise, over the years, it started sounding better and better: I switched to karaoke, watched some basic online singing lessons, impressed my friends with easy but quite nice songs, trained not to let my voice fade away in the middle of a rhyme (and yes it was like lifting a rock)… When I reached adulthood, I was an “average” singer (and as you may guess, very proud of my progress).

Singing Lessons

Then came the part where I had to study further, I had really no idea what to pick so I just aimed to buy a singing course online, get on my own two feet, find a job. I worked in a few places but never really found what I enjoyed doing. “It’s only a part-time job, you’ll get a real one” you might say, and I guess you wouldn’t be wrong, but I refused to sink in a daily routine, not to mention my jobs kept me away from practicing as much as I wanted. Yes, I could have picked a music school, but my parents couldn’t even afford a music teacher for a few hours at home, let alone paying for what they considered as “a little hobby”.

One day in a restaurant with my special one and some friends, I met an amazing singer that my friends knew, Diane. She had a voice to die for, one that could make you smile and sob whenever and wherever it wanted. At some point, my “hobby” was brought up, my friends complimented my “talent”(not that special) and she said “Adriana, do you want to get on stage one of these days? We’ll see how you’ll do.”

I was mesmerized, looked for a camera (scams are everywhere you never know), muttered something about study and left.

You Need To Find The Best Singing Program For You!

Back in my room, I freaked out like women do, from jumping around to grabbing thy head, and went to our international advisor: Google. That’s when I bumped into an affordable (tick) online singing program called the “superior singing method” (this is the link to the official website). As Aaron (the guy that made the program) said in there, I was skeptical. But I was also desperate to improve my voice and the steps described in there seemed logical and accurate and I wanted the best singing course I could get my hands on but also an affordable one too. As one who isn’t broke but isn’t rich, I mailed Aaron for further details, he was really reassuring so I decided to give it a shot.

This is what you get, once you pay, you get instant access to the program which has included 8 modules, downloadable audio exercises, vocal exercises and heaps of videos to watch. There is plenty more included (+ the free bonus courses such as vocal agility) but I may do a detailed review once I get the time. For now this is what the package looks like:

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Some inclusions that you get in the singing software package. The vocal training program is broken down into 8 modules.

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Now, I can’t say I saw a drastic improvement in six days, since I was juggling between college, work and a social life, but the steps did help. I first worked on the voice agility, which was quite easy compared to the pitch… Oh the pitch… It looked like a rope.

For two weeks I thought I wouldn’t grasp it and almost went back to my previous “I’m never going to make it” self. I owe big thanks, hugs and kisses to my loved one, my friends and even my family who supported my motivation and never let me down. Like the little wooden soldier, I kept trying and trying to enter the rimes where and when they had to be, until the concept got more or less mastered (I still have a lot of improvement to do, throw me in a Metallica song and I’ll drown).

After that came the resonance, which basically changes the little ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. I cannot say the transformation was painless, as I also had to practice in front of a mirror not to look like someone who just got a harsh call of nature. But it did work and I couldn’t help but think that comparing the voice to a muscle was right on the point. The more you train it, the more it becomes flexible, strong and pleasant to hear.

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In a few weeks, I did get many steps closer to what one would call “an amazing voice”. I still have lots of improvement to do but Aaron being there with his singing course, he makes you slowly take baby steps when needed, can give you precisions about anything concerning the program.

I still have not gotten to the bonus videos, as I’m advancing slowly but steadily towards my goal but one thing I can be sure of: I did get on that stage and got compliments from Diane (nothing extraordinary of course, but she thought I could sing in that establishment, big “yay!” for me) as well as my friends’ completely shocked faces (the best part of that performance). That “I never would have thought it was possible to change this much” warmed my heart. For me, my voice came down to 2 things, 1. lots and lots of practice and 2. investing in a good quality singing course to make my voice sound just, perfect.

If you want to know more about my journey and how I improved my singing voice in less than 2 months, read How To Sing: My Story Part 2

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Falsetto Fever: How To Sing High Notes

Fortunately for a bunch of us, we are not in the 19th century anymore and men do not need to be castrated in order to achieve this vocal pitch: good vocal lessons, a few tips on how to improve our vocal pitch as well as plenty of vocal practice will do.

“Adriana, you’re a girl, what does falsetto have to do with you?” you may ask, and there you’ll be right! Although there’s still some space for argument on that topic, falsetto applies only to men, as they have to sing in a high pitch that women “naturally” have. In any case, “falsetto” is just about, how to sing the high notes.

However, as you may already know, I have a boyfriend, David, who gradually caught the ‘singing fever’ thanks to yours truly. He’s been practicing and singing falsetto seemed to give him a hard time. So, from his experience and the words of my wise boyfriend, here are some tips to find the easiest way how to sing high notes.

If You Want To Sing, You Have To Breathe

First and foremost you have to get that breathing right! It has to come in from your lungs to your diaphragm and come out from your diaphragm to your lungs. The circle’s direction is set, what’s next? You have to control the quantity of air you’re using when you sing: too much air would ruin the pitch as bad as not enough of air.

Learn Where to Sing From, Throat or Chest?

Then comes the way you use your voice. Where does it come from? It has to come from the upper throat, NOT the chest. David had a few problems with that part: he kept singing from his chest, which lead to him getting closer to his normal pitch rather than the higher notes he was aiming for.

If you sing from your upper throat, you will progressively train your higher cords. In addition to that, David learned a clever trick from our favorite vocal coach: put your hand on your chest to see if it vibrates, if it does it’s no good, you are closer to your normal range.

Get in Front of A Mirror

And while you’re keeping your hand on your chest like the prince under Rapunzel’s window, don’t forget to note the positions you’re in. Yes that’s right play Narcissus a little bit, take a mirror and note your mouth’s shape when you sing in high pitch. It might be best to even do the scale exercise in front of that mirror, it helped in David’s case.

The scale exercise? It’s that “do re mi…” on different notes, progressively going higher and higher. You have to choose short notes (staccato) at first, to get familiar with those “higher grounds” but then you’ll have to move to legato (what actual notes in songs sound like). There are also good explanations about the staccato exercises from online singing video tutorials, some of them given by… women… Moving on…

This whole process will probably take a long time, and without a coach it won’t be any faster, so try to get a private vocal coach, if you can afford it, or take online singing lessons for better results and more helpful techniques.

My Best Advice – Remember 2 Things Only

Now that we’re done with the technical stuff, here are two simple but important keys for falsetto (maybe even singing in general). One of them is contained in two words: no pressure. Do not push or strain yourself, the voice’s result won’t be that amazing and let’s not even talk about public performances.

Last but not least, prepare your cup of hot tea (or other liquid) to take you through your practice. It relaxes vocal cords and might even spoil you a little if your loved one is the one in charge of the tea supplying.

Of course, as always, believe in yourself, persevere and you will definitely make it!

Vocal Scenery: Improve Your Vocal Pitch

While we try to improve our vocal pitch and make it as diversified as possible, we need one person that will help us do so: a vocal coach. You can hire a private one or, if your budget is under big locks like mine, start some vocal lessons such as an online singing course, like with the vocal singing program I used (or the official singing program website – SSM) or any other one that tickles your fancy. My wallet can assure you it’s much cheaper. As far as I’m concerned, starting what I believe to be this best online singing course gave me all the helpful tips and assisted me all the way, literally (Read how I learnt how to sing in less than 2 months).

Now, to the heart of the matter, vocal training. If you want to improve your vocal pitch you have to be brave. Do not lock yourself up in convictions that might turn out to be false (mainly speaking of those who make you say “oh I can only sing to this type of music”). If you get trapped in your own limits, it’s going to be very hard for someone else to get you out of there: only you have the power to broaden your views. Yes someone can be more comfortable with altos rather than sopranos, but you have to master them to really know the deal.

Here are some very simple tips and tricks I’ve taken under my wings on how to improve my vocals. Take them on board too, they are easy and simple and really don’t take that much effort, time or money!

Do Re Mi

When you first practice singing high notes, keep in mind: you have to do the Staccato scales, the exercise most of us were blessed with the first day of music class: “Do Re Mi…” with different notes. Careful though, not to get confused with the entire exercise for Falsetto, as it’s not the same way of singing.

Meanwhile, we’ll have to check if you are a master of air: if you sing and the ground vanishes under your feet when you are getting closer to the song’s high notes you’re not taking this matter the right way. That right way would not be pressuring your vocal chords but letting less air through your chest. You’ll then be able to sing high notes in a perfectly elegant manner, with no place for those unwanted yet possible breaks in your voice. And the winner is…

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Best Tip to Sing Better, Relax!

Here comes the other extreme of our voice pitch scenery: the lower notes. Nothing scary, just a few breathing and relaxation exercises. Do not put pressure on your muscles because if you do, it will only lead you to higher notes, and that’s not what we want here at all.

Now get on your imagination’s cloud, see your voice go out of your chest and not your head. Deeper pitch here we come! You also have to make sure that your chest vibrates (which is, without much surprise, like how I said in my how to sing falsetto article – exactly what your chest shouldn’t when you’re aiming for higher notes).

Record Yourself Singing

You also have to play the unusual scientist with a recorder to take note of your vocals: the way it sounds in your head is not the same it does from an external point of view. After you record your speaking voice, you will be able to determine its pitch when you sing.

Aaron, my vocal coach (see his website here), recommends to sing under “Happy birthday to you”, not to take you way too far back your childhood memories but to make this whole process easier to manage. Try to remember how your normal pitch actually sounds like and you will be able to grasp the changes you need to make in your pitch!

So recall that boring but true “practice as much as possible every day” (unless you catch a cold nailing you to your bed that is), do not hesitate to change your song’s genres when you want to, be daring, accept the challenges and trust that you will do your best in all the different parcels of this big field we call pitch!

How To Start a Singing Career

“Oh here’s something I’d love to succeed in one day.” I said, along with quite many people I’m sure. As I was on one of my drool fests, I happened to find a few interesting facts and tips.

PBE (Play By Ear) Music recently published a book (available on kindle) that gives out some helpful information on how to become a singer or rapper.

Let’s start with something that might break a few dreams: in order to be spotted by a big label, you already need to have some success (in other words, fans).

Did I hear glasses break or is it just me? No matter how much we sigh about it, it is a fact: if you don’t know how to swim in that sea, no one is going to invite you to join them. But once you learned to swim on your own, wouldn’t you be frowning on a waste of your independence? All I wish for at this moment is that we be successful enough to be confronted to that choice.

Get the Word Out

How do I make my work known and appreciated? That question first crossed my mind and I had to shake my head at the times I was annoyed about people posting “please like my channel/music/videos” on social networks. As it seems, those posts are the first step in the advertising of your work. Of course some virtual tomatoes will be thrown at you in the process, but there always is a chance of people listening to your music and liking your songs.

For bigger advertisement campaigns, it goes without saying that you will have to put your hand in your wallet (for better results though, so it is worth a shot). You can also buy ads on social networks (for a limited amount of time, here again totally depending on your pockets’ size), make your work available as much as possible on the Internet, share it on the music sites, put it on streaming…

You can also come up with a music video, which should be like a profile picture: if you don’t have one, there are less chances of people contacting you, replying to you or accepting your “friend requests”.

“You’re moving too fast Adriana, why are you jumping to advertisement without speaking of the song and music itself?” I hear. Well, it’s because you need to understand how that advertising works before you decide which one is best for your music.

Let’s be frank: if your songs do not snatch a “wow” from your audience, advertisement is not going to make them any better.

You will have to work, and work hard, to get the right music, lyrics and voice. Now, priorities are to be set: an amazing voice can cover up empty and poor lyrics’ damage, while a terrible voice can destroy a masterpiece. The ideal, as you all now concluded, lies in good music, good lyrics AND a good voice, which implies having a band or music producers, a team that works together towards better, fulfilling results.

The team organizes everything and will continue doing so even if you work for a big label. So make your choice wisely, you will have to stick to it.

Advertise Yourself

Finally, here comes the most exciting (or frightening, it depends on your abilities) part: showing yourself to an audience, make contact with the public. As hard as it may be for some, don’t panic, there are many tricks you can find online to overcome that type of stress (starting from the obvious strong will).

The contact with your fans, or fans to be, is crucial since the fans are your backbone, they push you forward, help you progress and motivate you. You will have to invest some time in entertaining them, keeping them on the hook with new projects, new gatherings… In return, you will start to be more popular and some financial donations are not to be excluded. It’s all up you now!

I recommend that want more information on how to become a professional singer, you need to invest some time and money into it, buy some resources that will help and guide you to market yourself the best. Becoming a professional singer will be a career (not just a hobby) so you need to get all the information possible.

Although I haven’t quite got to it yet (it is on my ‘to buy list’), Aaron who is my vocal coach, has developed a online singing course will assists both beginner singers and advanced singers who want to learn how to become a better singer and performer. If you are stuck and not sure what help you need, start with Aaron’s programs (website) as I know you will have great success or at least you will be one step closer.

Good luck!

A Few Simple Singing Tips & Tricks

Singing is hard, learning how to sing before Valentine’s Day is impossible… or so I thought.

My boyfriend is a loved one I always want to pleasantly surprise, a man that makes you overcome your limits. We’ve been together for 4 years and, while I do think it’s cheesy to have only one special day in a year to celebrate love, I did want to take that opportunity to make him smile or burst out laughing if it went really bad.

Apart from buying the top singing training program available, I also went online to find the tricks and techniques to help me make it bearable for him. To be fair, I do not have a terrible voice and can sing on the right rhythm… but between that and a real top notch performance, there are a few continents, may I say worlds.

First and foremost, not only in singing but in any attempt you make: believe in yourself! If you don’t who else will?

Singing Tip #1 – Pitch

You have to work on the pitch, in order words no deaf ear, perfect timing required. You also have to pick a song according to your singing level and your voice: a beginner with a deep voice cannot sing some acute notes right off the bait for instance. At least I haven’t tried, might have ruined the whole occasion.

Of course, only spending five minutes under the shower pretending you’re an opera star isn’t going to do the trick. At least 30 daily minutes of real practice (find out my way I found the easiest way to practice singing) are required and in my case there was a bonus: 45 minutes of dodging because the one I wanted to surprise lives with me. Moving on…

Singing Tip #2 – Breath Right

Breathing is essential, not taking a breath in the middle of a sentence for starters. There are 7 ways of doing it: sleeper, slow, yawn, sigh, gasp, pant and hiss. Simple names for simple tasks to help you improve. When you start doing those breathing exercises that’s when you realize singing is a sport too, especially when the boyfriend comes back home and wonders if you finally started jogging like he’s been telling you to for ages.

Singing Tip #3 – Not Too Loud

You have to know your range: if you mutter indistinct things in your corner, no one is going to enjoy it. On the other hand, if your voice can break glasses and even walls, that’s no good either. Find the right spot and stick to it.

Singing Tip #4 – Relax

The final but very important trick I remember is about relaxing. You don’t need to get all red and sweaty whenever your voice rises a tone, you have to ease up your throat. You know that thing that we all do with instruments like the piano when we can’t play them? Pass your finger on all the piano’s keys? Well that’s basically what you have to do, only with your breath on your throat, so that you can master all the notes you can make.

And obviously, if you smoke or have flu you’ll have a harder time practicing.

I did not become perfect at it but the surprise was much appreciated and I got some loving claps after my love song performance. Remember… confidence, motivation, breath, commitment and relaxation.

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Can Anyone Become a Good Singer?

Learning how to sing at a level of a top international singer or even a professional singer can be a life long endeavor, and to be quite frank, one that many will never reach.

There is some godly gifted people out there, virtuosos, that can hit chords and keys all day long. They may not even know the talent they possess, such as how their voice is controlled or how they are using their vocal chords, mouth, thorax and body to sound the way they do. ItsBecoming-a-Good-Singer just a natural reflex action for them. But these people are a limited few and without practice and perseverance they will never develop their talent to a professional level.

This means for the rest of us, mere mortals, we have a chance to attain a singing voice that with practice and patience can put to shame even these so called virtuosos. Whether you want to become an internationally recognized celebrity singer or simply you want to sing in a choir or to your children, anyone can learn to sing well with constant practice and educating yourself with the best singing exercises to learn really quickly what you need in order to improve your voice and sing good.

Professional singers practice long hours everyday to maintain their high level of experience. It has to be stressed, that singing is an exercise, one that needs constant practice to master. It’s no different then a 100m sprinter training for the Olympics. The sprinter has to train hard before the 100m race. They live and breathe within a sprinter’s world. Eating the right food at the right time. Running everyday and giving their body enough rest to come back stronger. The exact same is true if you want to be a singer, you need to live within a singer’s world. Practice everyday, educate yourself with information that will help make you a better singer. Get a tutor or instructor if you have to. This is the only way to become a master at singing.

Singing-QuoteThis site was created by me and a few of my singing friends that know what it takes to become a good singer. It’s dedicated in providing information and resources to help propel anyone (amateur or professional) who wants to know how to become a better singer. We write free information to help you reach your singing goals.

Remember, just because you have done all your study and maybe even practiced a little, it does not mean you are ready to sing at a professional level. It will take time, practice over and over. One thing is certain, with time and practice you will notice great leaps in your ability to sing good. You will notice that you will be able to hold notes, manipulate your voice to sound how you want. You will gain full control of you voice.

Eventually you will be able to find you own style, tone and range. You will be able to judge yourself while you perform and identify which areas need work. Slowly improving your weaknesses with practice and paying attention to critics. You can learn to sing, you only need time to develop skills. Anyone can do it.

How-to-Become-a-Good-SingerBecoming a good singer is not impossible. It is not some mysterious phenomenon. You just need to learn from the right sources and be persistent in your venture. Many people will have you believe that if you want to be a good singer you have to be “born to sing” and that there is no hope without this god given gift. Do not believe these people. Everyone can learn to sing and sing very well for that matter.

Once methods and techniques, from accurate sources of information, are understood, you can start applying what you have learned and practice along with exercises that will ultimately lead you to become a good singer and harness your ability to sound harmonious.