Where I stood (cover): Missy Higgins
Questions and Answers
I don't care if you think i suck, i just need tips to get better.
Singing tips no 1
Learn how to extend your vocal range. This is
an important factor in developing a great singing
voice. It will give your voice another dimension,
and add an element of excitement to your
Extending vocal range is done by learning how to
sing in different vocal resistors… Different muscle
co ordinations. You must learn how to zip up
your vocal chords as you sing higher. This leaves
less of the vocal chords free to vibrate, and
allows you to easily hit high notes.
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Singing tips no. 2
The second important factor in increasing your
vocal range, is to blend your vocal
resonances. Your tone will resonate in your
throat, your mouth, and your nasal cavities.
Each one of these cavities will favor different
frequencies… Produce a different sound. To
develop beautiful tone, you must balance these
vocal resonances. Once balanced, your tone
will be superb.
As you move through the different areas of your
voice (low, middle, and high), the resonance will
undergo changes. For example, when you are
singing low notes, most of the resonance will be
felt in the throat and mouth.
As you pass up through your range, you will feel
the reasonce pass behind the soft palate (the soft
tissue that acts as a divider of your mouth and
nasal cavity), and into your nasal cavities.
When you are singing in your highest range,
most of the reasoance is felt in your head (nasal
Singing tips no. 3
The change of resonance described in tip no. 2,
are defined by many vocal instructors as vocal
To develop a great voice you must become
intimate with each of the three main vocal
registers. Here they are….
Chest voice – The voice we generally speak in.
The vocal chords vibrate across their entire
length, and the resonance is primarily in the
throat and mouth. Chest voice produces a thick,
rich, vocal sound.
Head voice – This is the highest part of our
usable range. The vocal chords are in a shortened
or "zipped up" coordination, and the resonance is
primarily in the nasal or head cavity. Head voice
produces a slightly hooty sound, like when you
impersonate an owl "hooting"!
Mixed voice – This is a commercial sounding
voice, that is higher in pitch than the chest voice.
It is the voice you hear most top 40 artists using
on the radio. It uses a "zipped up" chord
coordination, although it gives you the same
impression as singing in chest voice, with
sweeter tone quality.
The resonance is split in this coordination, half in
the mouth and half in the head cavity. For
commercial success, learning to sing in the mixed
voice is a must.
Singing tips no. 4
Work hard at developing your mixed voice!
This is one of the hardest vocal coordinations to
master, although is very achievable with the
correct training. This part of your voice is what
ties your entire voice together.
It is the bridge between your chest and your
head voice. It is also the best part of your voice to
use for a commercial, popular sound. It will give
your voice flexibility and will actually improve the
other areas of your voice!
Your chest and head voice will likely improve
once you master your mixed voice. This is
because the mixed voice requires the most
sophisticated resonance and vocal chord
The chances are, if your mixed voice is beginning
to sound really good, your vocal chords and
breathing are beginning to function very
efficiently, and your voice will only get better and
A great mixed voice is a sign of a good singer! So
work on blending those registers….
I suck at singing. Well i can keep some notes but when i hit the higher notes my voice either cracks or squeaks. Im 13 and i asked my parents if i could get some singing lessons. They said they didn't have money for that. So I was wondering if anyone could give me some good singing tips please…… :]
Singing can be something you do for fun, so unless you start doing it a lot, and performing a lot, lessons are not necessary. Here are some things that I think are particularly important for when you are singing:
Learn to breathe properly. Singers need to breathe from their diaphragm, which sits just below your ribcage. To find it, put your hands around your waist and breathe deeply, directing your breathe down. Watch yourself in a mirror to make sure that your shoulders and chest do not raise, because this shows you are breathing from your lungs. Simple deep breathing exercises can help you a lot, just for a short time each day. Deep breathing helps you carry longer verses, sustain notes at the ends of your range and overall strengthen your sound.
Learn to enunciate your words. This is very important to help your sounds come out well.
When singing, stand up straight with good posture, your head held straight and your feet slightly apart to give you a solid stance. Slouching will restrict your throat and lungs, which makes it much harder to sing.
Keep healthy and hydrated. Your body is your instrument, so you need to take care of it. Drink a lot of water, eat healthy and exercise. Try to keep your dairy intake down, because this can cause your throat and nose to clog up. General good health will make you sound so much better.
Warm-up before your sing, ALWAYS! This is so important, because singing without warming up if like running without warming. Include humming, scales and physical warmups (neck and jaw stretches, etc).
Get to know the basic anatomy of your upper chest and head.; Knowing the muscles that you use can help to use them properly.
Relax! Singing should be fun, and if your body is tense the sounds will be tense, which is never a good things.
These are some very basic things that should be able to imrpove your voice, but you do need more in-depth explanations. Christmas is coming up, so even if you can't afford lessons there are great books and cds that can heelp you sing at home The following four books from Amazon are my favourite, and if you go down the pages slightly you can find deals when you buy more than one.
Http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Singe… (I have this book and it is great. It has an accompanying cd which warm-up sessions for alldifferent voices. If you only get one book, I suggest this one.)
Http://www.amazon.com/Vocal-Technique-Fi… (I don't actually have this book but I have heard that it is really good and it comes with two cds)
Http://www.amazon.com/Vocal-Workouts-Con… (if you have a piano and can play basic notes, then this book will be absolutely great)
Http://www.amazon.com/Singers-Handbook-W… (this will help you have your own singing lessons at home, and be the most effective)
Good luck and keep singing.
Does anyone know any tips on how to hit a high note. If u hav any resources such as videos it would awesome.
I give you a steps, tips & warnings in hitting the high notes:
1. Warm up your voice! Warm ups can include humming your favorite song or singing something like "row, row, row your boat." Another great exercise for range increase includes humming your lowest note, then moving up to your highest and back down like a siren. Do it a few times, and you should already notice a difference.
2. Breathe correctly. You should be breathing with your diaphragm, in other words, your chest shouldn't move, and your belly should move out when you breathe in and in when you breathe out. Stand up straight, and try singing some quick "ha, ha, ha" to feel quick the quick puffs of air that come right from the lower parts of your belly. This is called "support" of the voice.
3. This allows for the best quality and will help you move through your notes more easily.
4. Start in the middle of your range and sing higher and higher. Keep singing along the notes scaling up and down. 5. Never strain your voice. Your throat should not hurt. Drink enough warm water to hydrate your vocal chords.
6. Repeat throughout a period of time until you get the desired results.
7. The secret of getting very high notes with ease lies in a simple "yawn". Next time you yawn naturally, try making a sound. This very open feeling in your throat, accompanied by vocal support in the belly, is the basis for good singing. Now try to sing "ah" with this yawning technique, making certain that you feel completely loose and comfortable in your throat. You will find that, if you simulate a real yawn, you can gradually reach higher and higher notes with no feeling of discomfort whatsoever.
1. Get a voice teacher to help you. You are more likely to accomplish something with a professional at your side. If you can't get a voice teacher, you'll have to work at home. It would be best to have some instrument at your side that will go high. The best choice would be a piano or keyboard if one is available.
2. Practice, practice, practice!!!
3. Don't give up, you probably won't get the results you want the first time, but the more you work at it, the better you'll get.
4. Do this quietly at first, remember, you're just working for quality, not how loud you are.
5. Remember, your range can only go as far as you were born to have, a female soprano will never be a bass. You should be able to have at least 2 octaves with work.
6. These same tips apply for singing low notes, except play low notes with your instrument.
7. Use warm ups that concentrate on the front of your mouth and lips to bring the sound out of your throat.
8. Another Good Technique for singing high notes is to first sing as low as you can go, this streches your vocal chords so that when you sing higher they don't tighten as quickly increasing your range. Never strain when singing below your range as your voice may crack, causing you to lose your high notes.
9. An easy way to know that you're producing your high notes correctly is to place a finger on your larynx (voice box or "Adam's apple"), then sing up a scale to see if your larynx moves up higher on your neck. If so, this is the INCORRECT method. This is the most common mistake made by amateur singers.
10. Also, yawn. This sensation should be acquired when singing… Especially high notes. Combined of course with support from the belly up. Pretend you're shirtless in front of someone you want to impress. Tighten up your abs… That is the feeling of support.
1. Never strain! Your head should always be in a normal position, and should never move up or down for note purposes
2. Be sure to warm up your voice, it will allow best results and will help prevent injury.
3. Do not sing too much (if at all) if you have a sore throat. You're more likely decrease your range than increase it.
4. If you feel any pain in your throat, stop!
5. If you really like a song, but you have to 'step the song down' by transposing to avoid losing your voice, if at all possible, do that. It is not a sign of weakness, you may be sensible by doing that, or just do a different song altogether.
6. The voice you hear in yourself is not the one being projected outside so try recording your self sing and improve from that standard.
7. Most important of all? Concentrate on singing, and only singing. Keep remembering the ease you need to feel in singing, and the pitch you are trying to produce — not what you'll be doing later in the day!!!
Don't forget that don't drink cold water if you like to sing too much or if you are finish in singing, just drink cold water if you are not singing too much & don't forget to record yourself maybe hitting the high notes is not the only problem, so record yourself to know some of the problems….
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