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Vocal Training Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Singing Questions:

What is Singing Success?

I'm a beginner, where do I start my vocal training?

If you are a beginner then I highly recommend you become familiar with how the voice works. This includes learning about chest voice, head voice, and mix voice. Luckily for you, we stand on the shoulder's of the giants that have come before us. This means that there is a much deeper understanding of vocal technique after years and years of knowledge building upon previous knowledge. Today, there are even at-home vocal training programs with proven methods for establishing a free and natural singing voice such as those found in Brett Manning's Singing Success.

Why can't I sing without straining?

Most beginning singers have a bad habit of engaging too many muscles while trying to sing. Place your finger on your Adam's apple (the lump in the middle of your neck that is more noticeable in men). Now swallow. Do you feel how your Adam's apple raises up and all of the muscles around it tense up? You do not want all of those muscles being used while you are singing. The key to singing without straining is actually less effort. It is a hard concept for some people to grasp, but singing is actually very easy (meaning less effort). A common misconception is that it takes more power to go higher, and that is why some singers tense up and strain as they go up in pitch. Luckily, there are plenty of vocal exercises aimed at eliminating the muscles that cause strain.

Why doesn't my voice sound commercial?

Everybody has a unique vocal tone quality, but it can only be expressed if you learn to sing naturally and freely. If you are singing with even a little bit of strain then your voice will not sound as natural as it could sound. The key to better tone is vocal freedom. There are also certain aspects of the voice that sound more radio-friendly, or commercial, than others which leads us to the next question...

Why do I have such a limited vocal range?

Since most people speak in chest voice, most people are familiar and comfortable with their chest voice and do not give their head voice enough attention. Without a properly developed head voice you will only have half of your voice. In order to increase your vocal range you must learn to allow your vocal cords to thin out as you go higher in pitch. This is similar to a thick guitar string and a thin guitar string. A thinner guitar string produces a higher pitch than a thick guitar string. Your vocal cords are similar. By developing head voice and learning to thin out your vocal cords you will be able to dramatically increase your vocal range. This can easily be accomplished with the right vocal training program.

What is the mix voice?

Mix voice is that commercial, radio-friendly vocal quality created by the mixture of the chest and head vocal registers. Mix voice is the area in your vocal range between your lower chest voice and higher head voice. Learning to mix the two registers will have you singing in a more commercial sounding voice. If you wish to develop your mix for a better sounding voice then check out the home vocal training program Mastering MIX.

Learn more and watch a video explaining mix voice.

I'm an advanced singer, will this vocal training program work for me?

Absolutely, especially if you never had true vocal lessons (meaning vocal lessons from a coach familiar with today's natural and free vocal technique). This vocal training program works on the foundation of the voice and even talented singers that have been singing for many years experience improvements in their vocal abilities. You may think you know enough and are satisfied with what you currently have, but not until you work with this vocal training program will you realize how much your voice may actually be missing. Advanced singers should also look into working with Mastering Mix mentioned above as it further develops that commercial sound in your voice that most singers desire.

Why can't I sing in tune?

Singing is both an art and a skill that must be honed in on; don't expect to naturally be able to be a pro! Singing in tune is definitely something that can be fixed, and no, you are not tone deaf. You just need to get your mind and vocal cords on the same page. Right now they may not be cooperating as you would like them to, but all you have to do is practice some pitch exercises to develop your pitch awareness and you will be singing in tune in no time, trust me. For pitch exercises used to teach singers how to sing in tune check out the tutorial how to sing in key. Those are also great exercises to practice with in addition to your vocal training program.

How do I know if I'm breathing correctly?

Breathing is a very discussed aspect of vocal technique that is viewed at various levels of importance depending upon who you talk to. Some vocal trainers think breathing should be taught like rocket science, where as some vocal trainers say that as long as you are properly utilizing your diaphragm then there isn't too much to worry about (some people have different views on vocal training). So, to make a long story short: make sure your stomach expands when you breathe in. Your shoulders should NOT rise up when you inhale. Place your hand on your stomach while you breathe in, and then breathe in a way that allows your stomach to push outwards while your shoulders remain motionless. If you can do this, then you are most likely breathing correctly. For more information about this topic, view the tutorial about breathing for singing.

Can people with low voices sing high (and vice versa)?

Yes. The only difference is where the mix voice may occur and the tone color of the sound produced. Even bass singers can sing in whistle voice (the very top of the vocal range - think Mariah Carey). The difference will be the tone color since bass singers have thicker vocal cords than tenors for example. You can easily increase your vocal range with the vocal training program featured above.