Master Your Voice with 5 Professional Singing Techniques
Have you ever sung a song one time and sang it amazingly? Then you attempt to sing the exact same song a different time and it doesn’t sound nearly as good? You may have become frustrated. You may have wondered what happened? You may even begin to question your voice. You may listen to your favorite professional singer and wonder how does he or she sing so perfect ever time? Of course it’s due to talent. However, a huge portion of this is due to vocal technique. In order to sing the same song perfectly in the same manner over and over again you have to create a singing technique. Every professional/ famous singer have one. Now it’s time to learn how to master yours. Here are 5 of the best singing techniques that absolutely work.
1) Start off low and soft
If not the most common, one of the most common singing techniques for singers is to start off low and soft. This is one of the best singing techniques for beginners and professionals. Some of greatest singers of all time use this technique. No matter how big and grand your voice is, it’s important to start off soft and low. This allows you voice to build up. This gives your voice time to get to its climax area. If you start off loud or too strong then by the time you get to the heart of the song and have to get even louder, you’re now too loud. It becomes an overbearing loud and forces you to sing out of tune. But if you start off low and soft you can now gradually get louder. By the time you get loud your voice is relaxed, had time to work it’s way to the climax and your volume increase will be a gracious, in tune sound. Amazing singers who perform this singing technique are Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Tevin Campbell. Below are a list of some of their songs that display this amazing technique.
- I will always love you – Whitney Houston
- Can’t let go – Mariah Carey
- Tell me what you want me to do – Tevin Campbell
- Saving forever for you – Shanice
- My heart will go on – Celine Dion
2) Mix voice
Another one of the most popular singing techniques that all singers do is sing in mix voice. To understand what mix voice singing is you must know what voice registers are. Voice registers are levels or ranges of your tone that you can produce sound in. Here’s a list of your voice registers from lowest to highest:
- Vocal fry
- Chest register
- Head register
- Falsetto register
- Whistle register
Now that you know the various vocal register types you need to know how to use them. Sometimes a singer may be solely in chest voice, sometimes solely in head voice. However, most contemporary professional singers sing in mix voice. Mix voice is when you blend 2 of your different voice registers together. This is such a good singing technique because it helps to evenly distribute the responsibility between the 2 registers. You’re not putting all the pressure on your only your chest voice, head voice or falsetto. Singing in mix voice also helps give your tone a full, rich sound. Just about every mainstream R&B singer sing in mix voice. Below are links to 2 different videos that will give you amazing tips on how to sing in mix voice.
- Mixing vs. Belting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWpRLZTaLVk
- How to sing: Mixed voice – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiTcc0Hh1mo
3) Soft Belter
When most think of belting, they think of loud and thunderous voices. They think of extremely strong vocal tones. This voice type is great for belting. However, it’s not the only way to belt. The true definition of belting when singing is to sing in chest voice and pull your chest voice up into your head register as far as it can go. You’re suppose to do this while projecting your voice. But what most modern singers actually do is mix both registers while projecting their voice. Just like mentioned in the previous section mixed voice is when you evenly combine 2 vocal registers together. It gives the same sound effect as belting but it’s less harsh on your vocal cords. What many people refer to today as belting is actually singing in mixed voice. The 2 terms are now synonyms for each other. But the problem with belting/ mixing, many singers try to make their voice sound too strong. This causes them to over use their chest register when mixing and this causes their belting to sound not so good. It can even lead to your singing/ belting to sound like out right yelling. This is why it may be better for you as singer to be a “soft belter.” Soft belting is when you’re mixing both your chest and head voice registers but you’re using more head voice than chest voice. You’re voice is projected but you’re actual tone isn’t too loud. This method of mixing/ belting is great for singers who don’t have an extremely strong tone or don’t have a church inspired background in singing. It’s also a great method for professional singers who are classically trained. Vocalists who naturally have rich, strong tones may use more chest voice than head voice when belting. Or they may evenly distribute the 2. To know which method works for you play around with it and study plenty of singing tips to figure out your choice. The best way to know which method to go with is by which ever one makes your voice sound more in tune and also which ever method produces less tension on your vocal cords when singing. Below are list of different types of belters/mixers to give you an idea.
Strong Tone Belters/Mixers
Mid Tone Belters/ Mixers
Soft Tone Belters/ Mixers
4) Switch Voice Registers
Another one of the most powerful singing techniques is to switch back and forth between registers. This technique is normally practiced when a singer is performing live and want to jazz up the song. A lot of times the singer may not be feeling well or just can’t hit that infamous note for some particular reason. However, the audience can’t know. So the singer has to find a way to jazz the note up where it still sounds amazing but disguise the fact that it doesn’t sound like the original record. So instead of hitting the note strictly in chest voice or mix voice the way they may have recorded it, he or she may switch to solely head voice. They may transform the note into a beautiful high note that still captures the audience. Or they may convert an infamous high note into a low of mid-range note. This is a common technique if your voice isn’t at its best for a particular show or you simply like switching up your live versions of your songs.
5) Using Specific Syllables
All professional singers are aware that your mouth position is another really important factor when it comes to singing. How your mouth is position relates to tension in your voice, where your voice will go while you sing and how your tone will sound. Many are aware that the best way to get positive results for tension free singing is to sing with a neutral larynx. However, another factor is the actual syllables you sing. The reality is when singing or even just talking some syllables create more tension on the voice than others. Whereas some syllables naturally help bring your voice forward. A forward voice is exactly where you want your voice to be when singing. You never want your voice to the back of your throat. This is why as a singer you need to develop a technique where no matter what you’re pronouncing your voice is always forward. The best way to do this is to pick 1-3 syllables or mouth placements that you always sing in no matter what the word is you’re pronouncing. So even if you’re pronouncing a word that has a lot of tension in it, with your technique you should be able to pronounce/ sing it tension free. For example the word “me” naturally has tension in it. If you were to sing it the way it’s pronounced your voice could potentially travel to the back of your throat. However, if you develop a technique where you pronounce the word “me” like “may” you’re helping to release tension. Saying “me” like “may” creates more space in your mouth which helps your tone. It also allows your jaw to naturally drop which helps give you a neutral larynx. The “ay” syllable on the word “may” is what does this trick. A lot of vocalist use this singing technique quite often. They’ll pronounce a word using the syllable that bring less tension on their voice. For example a lot of singers instead of singing the word “I”, he or she may add a “h” sound to it and pronounce it as “hi” or “ahi.” It may not sound as obvious to you as a listener who’s simply enjoying their amazing voice. But the singer and other professionals know this is one of the best singing techniques and tricks around. Here are some common syllables to add to all your words and phrases when singing that helps bring your voice forward and also lacks tension.
These 5 singing techniques are simple but extremely powerful. Professionally trained vocalists from all over who sing all types of genres practice them. The key to making them seem natural or non-human like is to practice them until they’re perfect. Become so in tune with these singing techniques that no one will ever notice. Next time you listen to and admire your favorite singer, study them close and notice their amazing, skillful vocal technique.