Learning how to sing well can be an incredible tiresome and frustrating experience.
Why is this?
One reason is that most singing teachers are actually singing "cheerleaders" rather than singing "technique" teachers.
Now there's nothing wrong with this. But if you want to learn how to use your voice as an instrument, where you can sing in a large range, with sweet tone quality, you need to learn how to sing with good vocal technique.
Learning how to sing requires a different approach than singing along with the piano as the teacher bangs away at the keys. Yes. Scales are good to practice with. But you need to practice exercises that will build a *correct* foundation with your voice.
What is the most important thing you must know about singing?
To explain this, you first need to know a few facts...
First you need to know that to sing well, you need to apply a very specific amount of air pressure to the vocal cords. If this air pressure is correct, your vocal cords can *flutter freely* and easily. If you get this air pressure wrong, you will have all kinds of vocal difficulties. The most obvious thing that will happen if you use incorrect air pressure, is you will feel vocal tension when you sing. This means that the wrong muscles are engaging, trying to *fight* against the incorrect air pressure, and causing nasty tension in the process!
Another thing that will happen is it will be very hard to get into your upper vocal registers. This will mean you won't be able to hit high notes, unless you strain and reach for them.
An important thing to realize here is you cannot focus exercises just on your breathing. If your vocal teacher has been getting you to do this, you should run in the opposite direction!
I'm aware that in the previous paragraphs I've discussed the importants of correct air pressure. But it turns out that the easiest way to address breathing is to actually focus on other things! Good vocal exercises will automatically regulate the air pressure, so you don't have to concentrate on breathing at all.
So in actual fact, correct breathing is a by-product of correct vocal technique.
With the right exercises (which I will get to in a moment) you will be amazed at how effortless your breathing becomes, without devoting any effort to it!
(In fact, learning how to sing becomes very easy in general with the right vocal exercises)
The other important fact you need to know is there are tiny muscles that are located next to your vocal cords that control the closure of the cords.
These muscles are called, "the inner larynx muscles."
Now, I'm about to tell you what ninety nine percent of singers do wrong, so listen up!
Most singers don't know how to isolate and ONLY use these inner larynx muscles. They allow the other surrounding muscles to interfere when they sing. This causes their voices to *jam* up, which sounds, and feels nasty!
Now as we discussed earlier, a reason for this *jamming* up of the voice can be too much air pressure. Another reason for this *jamming* effect is simply bad habits that cause the surrounding muscles to interfere.
So how do you stop this from happening?
It's actually simple. You need to isolate the "inner larynx muscles", while relaxing the other surrounding muscles.
When you do this your voice will be amazing, no exceptions. Isolating these muscles is the best thing you can do for your singing voice.
And how can we isolate these tiny "inner larynx" muscles?
You know the answer... good vocal exercises!
As you can see, my intention for this article was to impress upon you the value of effective vocal exercises.
It's important (and saves a lot of time!) to realize that if your practicing the wrong exercises, it won't matter if you sing for many hours a day. You won't improve.
But with exercises that balance the air pressure AND isolate the "inner larynx muscles, your voice will improve very quickly indeed.
After discussing how important it is to use effective vocal exercises, I should tell you which are the *right* exercises to practice.
And you'll be pleased. As this is the most exciting thing that I have to tell you!
You see, there are simple exercises that do ALL the things I have been discussing in this article. They are actually so effective that they remove all the guesswork from singing.
It's quite amazing how quickly your voice develops when using these exercises. After one session your voice feels like it's bee through a thorough workout! But not because it feels tense and sore, but because the correct muscles are beginning to be developed.
Within a few weeks of using these exercises, you will feel (and hear) and incredible improvement in tone quality, vocal range, and ease of singing. All the past vocal tension seems to *slip* away, leaving your voice feeling flexible and free.
These exercises are called "Speech Level Singing" exercises.
All the exercises target the things I've been discussing in this article. Balancing the air pressure... isolating the "inner larynx muscles... you will learn how to perfect your vocal resonance, which will allow you to adjust your tone quality to suit whatever you are learning how to sing.
I cannot recommend the course enough.