Before my training began, I had a huge break as I reached the top of my chest voice. I was not familiar with the vocal
coordinations used to take my voice any higher without breaking up. So for the first month I have been working on smoothing out my breaks
with an effective vocal exercise known as lip rolls. Scroll down for more details.
Listen to the Before/After:
Yes, ANYBODY Can Learn How to Sing!
Month #1: Smoothing Out My Breaks
For those of you who are familiar with chest voice, head voice, mix voice, and the bridges between vocal registers, you also know
that the transition period between these vocal registers is an area where most beginners break up or flip into falsetto. This is due to a lack of understanding
and experience in using the correct coordinations to allow for a smooth and effortless transition. The result is either the breaking up of the vocal cords or the opposite
which is increased strain as you try to keep your cords together as you go higher. Learning these different coordinations for different vocal registers,
as well as learning to make a smooth transition between the registers, is one of the very first places to begin your vocal training. Lip rolls are a great place to start.
What are lip rolls and how do they work?
Lip rolls are a very effective vocal exercise used to eliminate strain and create a smooth transition between chest voice and head voice. Lip rolls work by
taking the "load" off of your vocal cords allowing for an easier time getting through those rough spots in your voice. Watch the video below to learn how to do lip rolls.
How To Do Lip Rolls:
Practicing lip rolls on a scale is a very good way to build the foundation of your vocal technique as you learn to take the extra load off of your vocal cords and make easier and
more smooth transitions between your chest and head voice. The key is to start light and right, and then add power only after you have a strong foundation to work on. You wouldn't
build a new home without a proper foundation, would you?
I had the misfortune of being an extremely inexperienced singer with a very bad break in my voice. I had absolutely zero singing experience and had no idea what I was doing.
My vocal cords were very weak and I had never attempted to take my voice any higher than where I speak in normal conversation. The result was that horrible disconnect in my voice that you
can hear in the audio clip at the top of the page. Before my training, I couldn't figure out how to disengage all of the extra muscles that were causing me to strain. I just couldn't figure out
how to make sound effortlessly. It wasn't clicking in my mind. Then, as I began doing lip rolls for the next month, I started to experience what it felt like to get through my breaks and
to sing with less strain. All of my straining didn't go away immediately since my problem was so severe, but it definitely took a huge load off of my vocal cords and allowed me to view my voice in
a completely new way. I was starting to understand the concept of "less is more." Now that I have smoothed out my transitions between vocal registers and have established a vocal foundation to work on, I may
now begin to work on increasing my range, adding power, etc. One month later and I am now one month closer to a brand new voice.
Please note: this study is an example of a singer who has absolutely NO previous singing experience. If you train with Singing Success, and you already have some singing experience, then your results should be much better, MUCH faster!