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Learn to Sing Better Today

Learn to Sing Better Today

Let’s be honest:

Everyone wants to learn to sing better.

In fact, learning to sing is one of the most desired skills for people to learn.

I mean, who doesn’t want to walk on stage and rock the house with their voice?

But lots of people wonder if singing can really be taught or whether you’re just born with it.

Having taught singing to more than 500 students, I can tell you this:

Anyone can learn to sing.

Even if you’ve been told that you’re tone deaf or to stop singing altogether, odds are that you can learn to sing!

In fact, some studies show that unless you have true tone deafness (called amusia–only about 2% of the population has it), you can learn to sing with the right techniques and practice.

So now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about how can you learn to sing better today!

How to Learn to Sing

A person playing acoustic guitar on a bed

Here’s the bottom line:

There are a lot of different ways to learn to sing.

There are private voice lessons, online singing lessons, and even YouTube videos to learn to sing better.

And while private singing lessons are the best way to improve your singing, there are lots of things you can do at home to become a better singer.

So if you want to learn to sing but aren’t ready to take the dive into private lessons yet, start by following the steps in this article.

Today, I’ll show you the 10 most important steps to learn to sing. And for every step, I’ll show you an exercise you can use to learn to sing better.

I can promise you this:

If you take the time to practice these exercises daily, you won’t believe how much better your voice sounds!

Ready to get started?

Let’s jump right in…

#1: Learn to Sing With the Right Posture

A young man playing acoustic guitar on the boardwalk

Can I tell you something crazy?

Fixing your posture is one of the easiest ways to sound better when you sing.

That’s because lots of vocalists have poor posture when they sing.

And bad posture can actually add more tension to your voice and can ruin your vocal tone.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to improve your voice immediately, fix your posture first.

Here’s what you need to know:

The right posture for singing is called the tall posture.

It’s called the “tall posture” because when you sing this way, you’ll see that your whole body is upright without being tight or tense.

So if you slouch or have tension in your neck or throat when you sing, learn to sing with the tall posture.

How to Sing with Tall Posture

Here’s how you do it:

1. Start by standing up and spreading your feet apart so that they’re shoulder width apart.

2. Next, bring your hips to shoulder width apart. Now, your shoulders, hips and feet should now be in a line.

3. Finally, keep your chest lifted comfortably.

Here’s a video where I show you how to do it:

How to Breathe for Singing

That’s it!

You should find that your whole body is straight and upright without being tense or tight.

You’ll be amazed at how just this small change in your posture can make a huge difference in how you sound!

#2: Learn to Sing with Breath Control 

A young black man singing into a microphone on stage in blue lighting

Now that you’ve learned to sing with the right posture, let’s cover one of the most debated topics in singing:

Breath control.

But before we jump into the exercise, I have to be honest with you:

Most teachers spend WAY too much time working on breath control with their students!

That’s because many old-school singing teachers believe that proper breath support is the one way to fix everything with the voice.

But with the help of modern science, we know that breathing is only one part of the system that makes up singing.

There’s also the phonation system (what your vocal cords are doing) and resonation system (what your jaw, tongue and other resonators are doing).

I’ve written a cool article on how these systems work with your breath support here.

With that said, there are still a lot of singers out there who could sound better by improving their breath control.

So if you’re running out of breath when you sing or you don’t have as much vocal stamina as you’d like, learn to sing with the right breath.

Here’s what you need to know:

The proper breath for singing is the diaphragmatic breath.

Singing from the diaphragm simply means that when you inhale, you’re allowing your diaphragm to contract fully. And this expands your stomach.

Then when you exhale, your diaphragm relaxes. And this brings your stomach back in.

That’s it!

So if you notice that your vocal stamina isn’t’ what it could be, you can improve your breath control dramatically with this exercise.

How to Breathe Correctly for Singing

Here’s how you do it:

1. Stand in front of a full-length mirror and place both of your hands around the bottom of your stomach.

2. Next, inhale so that your hands and stomach move outward when you inhale.

Do this without raising your shoulders or chest.

3. Finally, exhale so that your hands and stomach come back in as you breathe out.

Remember, your shoulders and chest should not move.

Here’s a video where I show you how to do it:

How to Breathe for Singing

This exercise may seem the opposite of the way you normally breathe.

So if it feels a bit strange at first, just practice the diaphragmatic breath lightly for a few minutes each day.

Once you’ve got it mastered, you won’t believe how much your vocal power and stamina improve.

#3: Learn to Sing with Good Vocal Tone

Young woman singing into a microphone on stage in purple lighting

Let’s be honest:

Most singers need to work on their vocal tone.

From being too breathy to being overly nasal, learning to sing with good vocal tone is very important when you’re learning to sing.

Luckily, singing with good vocal tone is easy!

It just takes some practice and the right singing techniques.

So if you feel like you’re singing too breathy or nasally, it’s time to learn to sing with good vocal tone.

Here’s what you need to know:

The best way to improve your vocal tone is to use your speaking voice when you sing.

What does that mean?

Well, there are lots of singers out there who sound totally different between when they sing and when they speak.

But if you look at the best singers (Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Stevie Wonder for example), you’ll see that their singing tone sounds very similar to their speaking voice.

Keeping your voice at speech level when you sing is the foundation of the vocal technique I teach. You can learn more about Speech Level Singing here.

But for now if you want to improve your vocal tone but aren’t sure where to start, start by using your speaking voice to improve your vocal tone.

How to Sing with Good Vocal Tone

Here’s a great vocal exercise to get you started:

1. Say the number “One” out loud at a comfortable volume.

2. Next find a comfortable note at the bottom of your voice (try C3 for guys and G3 for girls) and say the word “One” on that pitch.

In other words, you basically want to “speak-sing” the word “One” on that note.

3. Finally, sing a 5-Tone scale where you replace each note with the numbers 1-5. Make sure to keep each note strong.

Here’s a video where I walk you through it:

10 Singing Techniques to Improve Your Voice

You should notice that your voice is already much closer to your speaking voice.

And since you probably don’t speak too breathy or nasally, that’s the perfect vocal tone for your voice!

#4: Learn to Project Your Singing

Young man with sunglasses singing into a microphone on stage in blue lights

Now that you’re singing with better vocal tone, there’s no getting around it:

You need to project your singing voice.

After all, it doesn’t matter how perfect your breath or posture is if no one can hear you!

So if you feel that you’ve been singing too lightly, it’s time to learn to project your singing.

So what is projection and how do you get it in your voice?

Here’s what you need to know:

Projecting your voice means singing at a strong volume that reaches your audience.

Unfortunately, many vocalists sing too lightly to reach the people they’re performing for.

So if you want to learn to project your voice powerfully and clearly, try the following exercise.

How to Project Your Voice

A male guitar player singing into a microphone on stage

Here’s how you do it:

1. Select a phrase from a song that you want to sing stronger.

2. Next, speak the words of the phrase out loud like you’re on stage and you need to reach the back row of the audience. 

But find this projected tone without whispering or yelling. Your volume should be strong without yelling.

3. Finally, go back to the lyrics and “speak-sing” the words with the same power you used when you spoke them.

When you sing this way, you’ll find that you have a tone more vocal power and your tone is clear and projected.

And if you’re singing more strongly, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to sing across your whole vocal range.

#5: Learn to Sing with Chest Voice

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Can I tell you a secret?

Just about every amazing singer uses chest voice.

In fact, it’s hard to find a great singer that doesn’t use chest voice when they sing.

I’ve written an interesting article about how Lady Gaga uses chest voice in all her singing.

So what is chest voice and how do you use it in your singing?

Here’s what you need to know:

In the old days, Italian singing teachers noticed that when they sang low notes, they felt a vibration in their chest.

Since they felt the vibration on the bottom notes of their range, singers and teachers began calling this range of notes chest voice.

You can try this right now: 

Place your hand on your chest and say your name out loud at a big volume.

Do you feel that vibration on your hand?

That’s chest voice!

So why is chest voice a big deal?

Well, many vocalists sing too lightly in the bottom range of their voice.

And if the bottom of your voice is too light, you don’t have a chance of hitting high notes.

So if you want to learn to sing with power across your whole range, it’s time to learn to sing with chest voice.

How to Sing with Chest Voice

Here’s how you do it:

1. Place your hand on your chest and say the word “Gug” (as in “Gutter”) out loud at a big volume. 

Remember, you should feel a vibration against your hand when you say it.

2. Next, find a comfortable note at the bottom of your voice (try C3 for guys and G3 for girls) and say the word “Gug” on that note.

3. Finally, sing a 5-Tone scale where you replace each note of the scale with the word “Gug”.

Here’s a cool video where I walk you through the scale. Just replace the numbers with the word “Gug”.

Professional Singing Warm Up – All Male and Female Keys

You should notice that the notes at the bottom of your voice are immediately stronger when you sing the “Gug”.

And even though you don’t want to sing “Gug” on stage, this exercise is the best way to strengthen those bottom notes.

#6: Learn to Sing with Head Voice

Woman in blue light performing on stage in front of a microphone

Let’s be honest:

Is there anything better than a singer hitting an amazing high note?

Hitting high notes is one of the coolest parts of learning to sing!

So now that you’ve learned to sing with your chest voice, let’s look at the top part of your voice.

Here’s what you need to know:

In the old days, Italian singing teachers noticed that when they sang high notes, they felt a vibration in their head.

Since they felt the vibration in their head, singers and teachers began calling this range of notes head voice.

You can try this right now: 

Place your hand on the back of your neck and sing a very high note on the word “Wee” (like “week”).

Do you feel that vibration on your hand?

That’s head voice!

So what’s the big deal with head voice?

Well, in order to sing high notes, you need to sing in your head voice.

Unfortunately, too many singers try to just pull up their chest voice as high as they can when they sing.

But singing with too much chest voice can strain your voice and make you sing flat.

Obviously, we want to sing on pitch all the time.

So if you need to sing higher notes but you feel like you’re just straining to get there, it’s time to learn to sing with head voice.

How to Sing with Head Voice

Here’s how you do it:

1. Place you hand on the back of your next and say the word “wee” (as in the word “week”) out loud at a comfortable volume. 

2. Next, find a comfortable note at the bottom of your voice (try C3 for guys and G3 for girls) and sing the word “wee” on that note.

3. Finally, sing an octave and a half scale where you replace each note of the scale with the word “wee”.

As you’re going up in pitch, you should feel the vibration on the back of your neck with your hand.

Here’s a video where I walk you through it:

How to Hit High Notes: 15 Exercises You Can't Live Without

You’ll be amazed at how much clearer and powerful your high notes get with this simple exercise!

#7: Learn to Sing with Mixed Voice

Young man in green light singing into a microphone on stage

Here’s the sad truth:

No one will care about your high notes if they’re all light and breathy.

So now that you’re singing with your head voice, odds are your high notes are a little bit too light.

And there’s nothing wrong with that! After all, you’re just singing vocal exercises, not performing a song.

But as you continue singing higher notes, it’s important to strengthen your head voice as well.

So how do you strengthen those high notes?

Here’s what you need to know:

The best way to strengthen your high notes is to sing with mixed voice.

What’s mixed voice?

Well, we talked about the range of notes at the bottom of your voice (called chest voice) and the range of notes at the top (head voice).

And now you know that chest voice notes are strong and rich sounding. And head voice notes are usually a bit lighter and breathier.

Well, mixed voice is a combination of the chest voice and the head voice.

That way, you’ve got the strength and power of the chest voice, but with the ability to hit crazy high notes in your head voice.

I’ve written a whole article on how singing with mixed voice is the best singing technique for improving your singing voice.

So how do you do it?

There are lots of great exercises for singing in mixed voice. Here’s one of my favorites:

How to Sing with Mixed Voice

Here’s how you do it:

1. Say the word “Gee” (as in “Geese”) out loud at a comfortable volume.

2. Next, find a comfortable note at the bottom of your voice (try C3 for guys and G3 for girls) and sing the word “Gee” out loud on that note.

3. Finally, sing an octave and a half scale where you take each note of the scale and replace it with the word “Gee”.

Here’s a video where I walk you through how to do the “Gee” exercise:

How to Hit High Notes: 15 Exercises You Can't Live Without

As you sing through this exercise, make sure to keep the “G” consonant strong.

You’ll be amazed at how this simple exercise can help you hit high notes with so much more power!

#8: Learn to Belt Your Singing Voice

Man on stage singing into a mike with red lights in background

Here’s the bottom line:

The “Gee” may be one of the best exercises for singing in mixed voice, but it’s a really difficult exercise to sing powerfully.

That’s because the “ee” vowel encourages too much head voice to belt those high notes properly.

But what is belting and how do you get it in your voice?

Here’s what you need to know:

Belting means singing your head voice notes with the power of your chest voice.

Have you ever heard a singer go up to a high note with so much power that it blew your mind?

That’s belting!

Actually, some of the best singers in the world belt all the time.

So if you love to sing Adele, John Legend or Ed Sheeran, you need to learn how to belt.

Unfortunately, it can be really easy to belt incorrectly and hurt your voice.

That’s because many singers use too much chest voice when they’re belting high notes.

But using too much chest voice can make you strain and go flat.

So I’ve written a full article with 5 exercises for belting that you can check out.

But for now, here’s a simple exercise to learn to belt correctly without straining your voice.

How to Belt Correctly (Without Losing Your Voice)

Here’s how you do it:

1. Say the word “Nae” (as in “Nasty”) out loud in a “bratty” way.

To find this “bratty” sound, pretend that you’re a little kid teasing someone on the playground: “Nae Nae Nae”.

2. Next, find a comfortable note at the bottom of your voice (try F#3 for guys and C#4 for girls) and sing the bratty “Nae” on that note.

3. Finally, sing the bratty “Nae” on an octave repeat scale where you replace each note of the scale with a bratty “Nae” sound.

Here’s a video where I walk you through it:

How to Hit High Notes: 15 Exercises You Can't Live Without

Here’s the bottom line:

It can be really easy to pull up your chest voice and strain on this exercise.

So make sure to keep the “Nae” very bratty sounding in this exercise.

You’ll be amazed at how much more power you get on those high notes in your voice with this simple exercise.

#9: Learn to Sing without Strain

Girl singing in microphone while she plays guitar

Let’s face it:

The bratty “Nae” is excellent for helping you belt high notes, but it sounds pretty funny.

So once you’ve started learning to belt high notes with the bratty “Nae”, it’s good to start working toward a more normal singing sound.

In the next exercise, we’ll switch from that ugly “Ae” vowel to a more normal “Uh” sound.

That’s because the “uh” vowel is the sound of the voice at rest.

I’ve written a whole article on vowels in singing. You’ll see that every vowel that you sing changes something in your voice.

You can see this for yourself:

Pretend that you’re waking up and let out a totally relaxed “uh” sound.

Do you feel that when you say “uh” everything in your voice is relaxed?

That’s exactly what we want!

And since the “uh” vowel is more relaxed than other vowels, it’s great for reducing vocal strain.

How to Sing Without Strain

Here’s how you do it:

1. Say the word “Mum” (as in “Mummy”) out loud at a comfortable volume.

2. Next, find a comfortable note at the bottom of your voice (try C3 for guys and G3 for girls) and sing the word “Mum” out loud on that note.

3. Finally, sing an octave and a half scale where you take each note of the scale and replace it with the “Mum”.

Here’s a video where I walk you through how to do the “Mum” exercise.

Professional Vocal Warm Up – w/ Scales for Men and Women

As you’re singing this exercise, try to keep the “uh” vowel totally relaxed.

You’ll be amazed at how your high notes instantly become strain-free.

#10: Learn to Sing Vibrato

A man singing into a microphone on stage while playing guitar

Can I tell you something crazy?

Learning to sing with vibrato makes everyone feel like an amazing singer.

That’s because vibrato is EVERYWHERE in pop music.

So now that you’re singing with more power and vocal control, it’s time to learn to sing with vibrato.

But what is vibrato and how do you get it in your voice?

Here’s what you need to know:

Vibrato is the shimmer or shaking that you hear in a singer’s voice when they hold a note.

For a long time, people thought that you either had vibrato or you didn’t.

But luckily for us, now we know that anyone can learn to sing with vibrato!

It just takes some practice and the right singing techniques.

But here’s the catch:

Vibrato usually only shows up when your voice is already in balance.

What does that mean?

Well, if you strain or go breathy when you sing, vibrato is really hard to find because your voice isn’t in balance.

So before you start working on vibrato, make sure that you’ve mastered the other exercises first.

I promise vibrato will be a lot easier to sing once you’ve got the other vocal exercises down first.

I’ve written an article with 12 techniques for how to sing vibrato you can check out.

But for now, here’s my favorite exercise for finding vibrato:

How to Sing with Vibrato

Here’s how you do it:

1. Stand up straight and watch yourself in a full-length mirror so you can see your body from the waist up.

2. Next, make a fist with one hand and cover the fist with the palm of your other hand

3. Now, place your fist and other hand on your belly about an inch above your belly button.

4. Finally, sing and hold an “ee” vowel and push your hands into your stomach so that you hear a pulse or variation in the note.

Here’s a cool video where I walk you through the exercise:

How to Sing Vibrato: 12 Vibrato Techniques You Have to Try

To find vibrato, you really need to make sure that you’re pumping your hands into your stomach.

So don’t worry if you look really silly doing this exercise.

But as you start to find this wavering vibrato sound, start to take your hands away and see if you can get the same sound.

You’ll be amazed at how much better your notes sound with this cool effect.

Congratulations

By now you’ve learned to sing better with some great vocal exercises.

And even though every voice is different, each singer needs to learn and practice these singing techniques.

So find the exercises that work best for your voice and practice them daily.

Then, once you’ve had some success with those exercises, move on to the more difficult ones.

And f you want a complete singing program to learn to sing with more than 60 online singing lessons, check out my course Master Your Voice.

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