How To Become A Better Singer - Part 2

Table of Contents

Exercise 1

How to become a better singer - part 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

By Roger Burnley

Here's the second exercise that will give your voice improvements that you can hear straight away.

As you learned in part 1, these are not just random exercises. These are the same exercises I've used to train many superstars in my 20 plus year career as a vocal coach.

My biggest star client, Macy Gray used these 5 exercises to go from being completely untrained, to one of the most recognizable voices on the planet.

On this page you'll find the second in a series of 5 exercises that will make more of a difference to your singing than anything else you can do.

By practicing these regularly you'll notice a big difference in your voice within weeks, even days.

Exercise 2

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The Tongue Trill

The purpose of this exercise is to get your body experiencing sound without your swallowing muscles coming into play.

This will free your voice up and give you:

  • Better tone quality
  • More vocal range
  • More freedom in your voice
  • You'll also find it easier to use different stylistic things like vibrato, licks, trills etc
  • In short, it shows you how to become a better singer!

Experience Your Swallowing Muscles

To get an experience of these swallowing muscles, put your thumb under your jaw and swallow.

When you do this, you'll feel these muscles come down, and also move your voice box out of place.

This is what we are trying to eliminate with this exercise.

Cutting Off Your Airflow Kills Your Voice

Another thing to do is once again, put your thumb under your jaw.

But this time, do a deliberate yawn.

You'll notice when you do this, the muscles will again come down. But also, you'll feel you will be cutting off your air.

This is a big problem for a large percentage of singers, and correcting it will do wonders for your singing.

Doing The Exercise

Now, for the best explanation of the exercise you'll need to watch the video up the top of this page.

But the basics are to start with your thumb under your jaw, and to start humming on a scale while allowing your tongue to freely vibrate.

You'll be able to feel when your swallowing muscles are tensing up because you have your thumb under your jaw.

What's With The Funny Face?!

You'll notice me having a funny face when practicing the exercise!

The reason for this is it makes it easier to get the sound to sit above the cheeks which helps you sing without the swallowing muscles coming down.

Amazing Changes In Your Voice

Practicing this exercise will really shows you how to become a better singer.

This exercise combined with the other 4 in this series will make a phenomenal difference to your voice if you practice them regularly.

So watch the video, download the mp3's and begin!

When you've got the hang of this one, move onto the next in this series.

Click here to go to how to become a better singer part 3

About The Author

Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching the voice for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

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