How To Sing Better

My name is Roger Burnley, and on this page I'm going to show you how to sing better... much better than you're able to sing right now.

Why am I the person to help you with this?

Well, I've been a vocal coach for over 20 years. I've helped thousands of singers discover their best voice. Many of these have gone onto become world class singers, selling millions of CD's worldwide.

5 Exercises That Will Change Your Voice Forever

Table Of Contents

Exercise 1 (Scroll down for video and mp3's)

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Over my long career as a vocal coach, there have been few techniques more effective than the 5 exercises I'm about to show you.

These are the same exercises that my star clients such as Macy Gray, Brandy, and many more use to keep their voices in tip top condition.

No matter what level your voice is at the moment, by practicing these exercises for 20 minutes each day you will hear wonderful improvements in your voice within a few short weeks.

Watch The Videos And Then Use The Mp3's to Practice

Below you'll find first a video lesson where you'll learn how to do the exercise.

Watch that first. Once you have a solid understanding of how the exercise is done, download the Mp3 and give it a go.

Don't be surprised if you feel your voice opening up in range as well as gaining a richness in tone quality.

I know these exercises will do wonders for your voice, as I've seen them work over and over again every day.

Let's get started!

Exercise 1

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Download Male Introduction

Download Male Exercise Mp3

Download Female Introduction

Download Female Exercise Mp3

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The Lip Roll

This first exercise is called The Lip Trill or "Lip Roll".

You've probably seen many singers doing this before concerts and in singing competitions on TV.

The reason is, it works like a charm.

Remember The Goal When Practicing The Exercise

The goal of doing this exercise and any other exercise is to be able to sing without your voice box moving around too much.

When your technique is a little out, what tends to happen is your voice box will move up and down.

This cuts off your air, which takes away from the quality of your voice, limits range etc.

What The Lip Trill Will Do For Your Voice

When you practice the lip trill and your voice box starts to stay relaxed, you'll notice you'll be able to sing through your range with your vocal chords adjusting by themselves to hit each note.

What does this mean?

It means that you'll be singing without strain or tension!

It's the muscles around the voice box that cause the strain and tension, so when they are nice and relaxed singing becomes much easier and more enjoyable.

Practicing The Exercise Will Help You With Your High Notes

In your lower notes and your speaking voice it's much easier to keep your voice box relaxed.

It's when you sing into your higher notes where it becomes very important to maintain this relaxed state.

When you do this correctly (and the Lip Roll exercise will help you with this), your vocal chords will actually shorten or thin. This makes it much easier to hit higher notes with a full and vibrant tone quality.

Doing The Exercise

In the video above you'll see me demonstrate the exercise. You can also download the mp3's and practice along.

Here's a demonstration that shows how to place your hands when you're practicing.

This is a demonstration of how to place your hands when doing the lip trill exercise.

You'll need use your hands in the beginning, but as you get better you'll notice that you'll be able to do the exercise without your hands on your cheeks.

As you're doing the exercise a great thing to do to help with the placement of your sound is try and keep it above your cheeks.

You may even need to exaggerate the sound to keep it in the area that I'm showing in this demonstration.

You'll know when you're doing this right because you'll have the exercise of hearing your sound in your head. This may not happen right away, but you will get the hang of it with practice!

Remember Not To Push Your Sound

As soon as you try and push your voice, the voice box will begin moving around, which as you know is bad.

So as soon as you feel yourself pushing your sound, try to back off and make the sound smaller.

Maybe The Best Singing Exercise Ever Created?

The lip roll is one of the most brilliant singing exercises ever invented. If you want to know how to sing better, this is the place to start.

It helps you eliminate vocal tension. Over time it will increase your range. It fees your voice up.

In short it begins programming your body to produce sound correctly.

And over time this correct way of producing sound will become automatic to you.

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

It Doesn't Stop There

The Lip Trill is exercise 1 in this series of the top 5 exercises.

After you've got the Lip Trill Handled, go onto exercise 2 below!

Go to how to sing better part 2

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. 

His clients including Grammy Winners, Broadway Performers, Movie Stars, Rock stars, Finalists on The Voice and American Idol, and many thousands of singers ranging from beginner to professional level.  

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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