The Three Biggest Mistakes Singers Make

As singers, there can come a point when we no longer work hard to improve our voices. It's common to become complacent and satisfied with our singing. We stop practicing good vocal technique. We start to feel too comfortable with our singing. When this occurs, mistakes start to happen. This is exactly why studying with a qualified teacher is so important.

Have you ever tried to change your posture? It isn't easy folks. When you walk with poor posture year after year, it feels so natural you don't even realize the bad effects it has on your body.

It's the same for singing. Bad habits become more and more ingrained. You don't even recognize it. You are even unable to hear it. But when you find that you are getting hoarse, or you can't hit those great high notes anymore - then you decide to see a vocal coach.

Your instructor has certain expectations from you as your voice is being assessed. Specific exercises and the best material to sing will be assigned to you to help correct vocal problems and keep you in line. Otherwise, singing mistakes are bound to occur when performing or recording.

  • Trust the teacher and accept his suggestions for exercises and songs to practice.
  • Have a strong desire and willingness to work hard.
  • Lay the ego aside. Flush it away. Be patient with yourself. Change and development takes persistence and time.


Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing

Place hand on abdomen to monitor expansion.  Inhale as you expand, hold breath for count of 123456789 and then release air.
Place hand on abdomen to monitor expansion. Inhale as you expand, hold breath for count of 123456789 and then release air. | Source

Mistake # 1 - Controlling The Breath

Few vocalists really understand the importance of Breath Control. A complete knowledge of the entire Breath Control System and how it works is crucial for a dependable and consistent singing voice.

When I ask students why they must work on their breath control, the two reasons I get the most are " So I can hold a note longer " or " So I can sing the entire phrase without running out of breath. "

While these are both good reasons for working on breath control, neither is the primary reason. The most important reason is that the singing tone is directly affected by the way you breathe.

It makes sense that the better control you have over your breath, the better the singing tone will be.

Your tone "rides" on air. Air acts as a cushion for the tone. Developing good breath control will allow your voice to sound full, rich and clear instead of weak and breathy.

If you are one of the many vocalists who inhale by lifting your shoulders and chest area, you absolutely must stop that bad habit right now. When you breathe this way ( inhalation ) you are not expanding the ribcage and your diaphragmatic muscle isn't be activated. This muscle is your "breathing muscle."

Your first order of business is to learn as much as you can about diaphragmatic breathing and begin to incorporate it now!

The video below, demonstrates exactly how to introduce the diaphragmatic muscle for breathing. After viewing the video, get comfortable on the floor, on your back, and practice the demonstration. The link above will teach you step-by-step instruction for implementing the "belly breath" needed for singing and good health.

How To Control The Breath

Inhale, hold on to the air squeezing a little out as you phonate ( sing ). This is how you control the air.
Inhale, hold on to the air squeezing a little out as you phonate ( sing ). This is how you control the air. | Source

As you inhale, expand at the waistline.

Mistake # 2 - Trying to sound like your favorite recording artist

Be original when you sing. Instead of trying to sound like your favorite recording artist, develop your own unique sound and style. You aren't like any other person. There is only one you. It would be silly to try to duplicate the entire look of someone else. You are one-of-a-kind. You are unique and your singing should be just as unique.

Here are a few ideas for bringing out your uniqueness:

  • Convey your own dramatic expression through your song interpretation and delivery.
  • Use tonal shadings and dynamic contrasts. This is a key ingredient to styling your song.
  • If you have a good falsetto use it. Using the falsetto voice is a very powerful affect for " grabbing" the attention of your audience. Just remember to use it sparingly. Listen to some recordings of the great Smokey Robinson.
  • A beautiful vibrato is a huge part of developing your own style. However, an uncontrolled vibrato, ( too fast - irritating or too slow - more irritating ) must be avoided at all cost. A straight tone is better than an uncontrolled vibrato. A good vibrato is subtle, not thrown in your face.

As a singer, you have a responsibility to the composer. Interpret the lyrics and convey the meaning of the song to your listener and audience.

This can't be done unless you truthfully feel emotion. Be vulnerable because without it your singing will not be believable.

Mouth position for singing "Ah" - tongue must lay flat.  Avoid pulling the tongue back or "bunching" - keep it relaxed
Mouth position for singing "Ah" - tongue must lay flat. Avoid pulling the tongue back or "bunching" - keep it relaxed | Source

Lesson on Positioning the Vowels for Singing

Mistake # 3 - Pronunciation Problems - Diction

When singing a song, too many singers pronounce words the same way they speak. Singing requires different rules for pronouncing words. Sung vowels are different from spoken vowels.

The five basic vowel sounds are Ah, Eh, Ee, Oh, Oo. Correct mouth and tongue positionis absolutely mandatory for clear diction.

Consonants are still another problem for singers who have not been taught how to articulate them. Here are a few basic rules for clear articulation:

  • Use the consonant as a springboard to launch you into the vowel sound. An example: See how quickly you can move from "m" to the vowel.
  • To improve your delivery of consonants, it will help to exercise your tongue and lips. In many cases, the very tip of the tongue is the cause of problems. Do some trills for the tongue.
  • If you tend to have lazy speech problems or patterns, they will be exposed when you sing.
  • Do not drop the final consonant. Clearly enunciate final voiced consonants.

The most important factor in singing words is knowing how to position each vowel. The video shown below will introduce the singer to the correct mouth opening for primary vowels.

Even advanced singers make the mistake of singing with the wrong shape of vowels. Review the video several times. Monitor your mouth formation by looking in a mirror. Through practice (daily for several weeks), this will become automatic and each time you sing a word the mouth will naturally form the correct position for the vowels you sing.

Spoken Consonants Drill

Introducing Vowels

Which of these 3 worst mistakes were the most helpful ?

  • #1 Controlling the breath
  • #2 Trying to sound like your favorite recording artist
  • #3 Pronunciation problems
  • All the above
  • This hub is a good review for me - I already know this information
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Summing it all up ~

The three worst mistakes singers make are:

  • Breathing incorrectly. Learn how to activate and control the breathing system. Inhale by inflating the abdominal and ribcage area. Release air a little at a time during phonation to make it last throughout the phrase. Practice using the diaphragmatic muscle for correct breathing. Your singing will improve tremendously.
  • Trying to sound like your favorite recording star. Develop your own unique, personal style. This is what singing is all about. Be you and not anyone else. It's okay to try to imitate another singer to learn vocal technique. However, once the technique is mastered, apply it to your own, remarkable singing sound.
  • Pronunciation problems and diction. If the listener cannot understand the words you sing, they are being robbed of the entire singing and emotional experience. The parts of the body that form sound and words are the tongue, teeth, jaw and lips. Learn how to form and sing every vowel and consonant. Recording your practice sessions will help.

Singing can reawaken what has been tucked away deep inside of us. Connecting us to a deeper level, it brings to light, memories, dreams, hopes, conflict, confidence and an array of feelings.

When you sing, channel your energy into the song. Allow whatever you are feeling to penetrate the music. Don't be afraid to show your feelings. It's only when you sing your own truth, emotionally that the song comes alive.

You are the creator - you alone breathe life into every note and every word.

Sing with joy ~ vocalcoach

© 2013 Audrey Hunt

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

#2 could be said about life in general....be yourself! Wonderful suggestions about singing my friend. It's pretty obvious that you know your stuff. I would have loved to have had you as a singing coach when I was younger.

sending hugs your way

bill


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Very interesting and this hub enticed me because I have the world's worst voice. I took some lessons many years ago to help my voice. ..to no avail. This is great information for the singers and would be singers out there. Pinning and voting up+++


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello vocalcoach this Hub is filled with great information. You will surely help all those singers who find their way here. Glad I stopped by.


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William F. Torpey 3 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I've never sung professionally, vocalcoach, but (probably because my father played piano all his life and there was always people singing at my home) I've been singing all my life. I sang around the house so often that I'm sure I drove everybody crazy. You offer sound advice (no pun intended) but I think I've been pretty much imitating Bing Crosby without even knowing it. But, if you're going to imitate anyone then you can't go wrong imitating Der Bingle. It doesn't come any better than that. At my advanced age (77) I don't sing much anymore, and I can testify that it sure makes singing far more difficult when you are not singing all the time. For me, anyway, I find that singing with the amplification of a microphone enables me to sing my best.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

These are marvelous suggestions, Audrey, for improving one's voice. I planned to try all the exercises you described and started with the first one - learning to control the breath by the proper use of the diaphragmatic muscle.

But I never got to the succeeding exercises. Each time I laid down, I kept falling asleep. What do you suggest, m'dear?


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Audrey....me me me me....do re mi fa sol la ti do......do ti la sol fa mi re do. The worst mistake I make, is attempting to sing, in the first place..

It must be so wonderful to have a lovely singing voice.....and more so..to be able to instruct others in voice lessons! I wish you would create a video of you singing one of your favorite songs and include it in your next hub!

The only other thing I have to say is......That precious baby at the top of the page, must have heard me singing this morning.......and I thought I was alone!!...UP+++


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Moesky 3 years ago from Amsterdam

Excellent article and advice. I've been through all three. With my north-England accent I tended to mumble -had to learn to open up my whole mouth cavity. Breathing is important to me...I write long passages in my songs (but I play saxophone, so that helps). And learning to accept my own voice - well... this is what stops most people singing. We don't like our own voices because they sound strange to us...I made the mistake early on trying to sound like everyone from Dylan to Sting..I'm still learning to accept my own voice, even when others say I have a good one. It's all to do with the fragility of our egos.

I hope your Hub inspires many more people to sing...and sing...and sing.


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Wonderful, informative Hub. Umpteen jillion years ago when I had visions of being a country music star my idol was Patsy Cline. I worked diligently to sound just like her and apparently made it as when I auditioned in Nashville the record producer (which was Tabor Records at the time) told me I sang well but he already had Patsy Cline. His decision broke my heart as did her death two weeks later. She was magnificent in my mind. Thanks for all this marvelous info -- Best/Sis


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

As always Audrey so interesting and useful .

Thanks for sharing and here's wishing you a wonderful day. Lots of love to you from my little corner of Wales.

Eddy.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I only wish I had you as a coach when I was in a singing group as a teen. We were good, but with this advice we may have made a better impression. My struggle was with learning to breathe. I see that you have linked a really good hub to this for learning this technique. Thanks! Voted up+++


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Billy - Hello and thanks for being here. You are my biggest support. I learn and grow from you. Your hubs are timely and the whole world would be a better place to live in if the advice in your hubs were followed by all of us. Thank you for giving my hub your seal of approval. Hugs !

Carol7777 - I would love to have 30 minutes with you just to prove to you that you can sing - and sing well :) Just because you didn't find your singing voice years ago ( most likely your teacher didn't know how to find it.) doesn't necessarily mean you don't have one. Just say'in -

I appreciate so much your sharing my hub on pinterest as well as the great votes. Have a la-la-la- kind of day :)

Mike - I want to thank you for your comments and always for your support. Your help, on my behalf, inspires me in many ways. How fortunate I am to have found you on hubpages so "many moons" ago. With gratitude - Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi William - You are an exception to the rule. Imitating a voice as perfect as Bing Crosby would certainly indicate you are not doing anything wrong with your voice. Keep up the great singing. While age can affect the voice some, as long as the air and vibrato is controlled your singing will be beautiful into your 100s. :) Thanks William, my friend.

drbj - I'm trying my best to reply to you - I 'm having a time of it - laughing so darn hard at your comment. " Falling asleep - what do you suggest dear? " Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You are absolutely priceless! You give my laughing muscles a great work out. Gracias, my friend.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh fpherj48 - I've read your comments 3 times and LMAO every time. When I read the last line "That precious baby at the top of the page, must have heard me singing this morning.......and I thought I was alone!!" - well, I was drinking a sip of water and ended up spraying it all over my keyboard and puter screen :) You are hilariously funny as well as divinely gorgeous. I just love it!

Moesky - Thank you for the wonderful comments. So very interesting. I would love to hear some of the songs you have written. Composing is such a gift. Take care my friend and thanks again.

Angela - Wow, I didn't know you auditioned for Tabor Records. That was a while ago :) You must have a great singing voice. Patsy Cline was my favorite singer. A pure, natural sound - so clear and distinct. Thanks for sharing, Hugs


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

WOW! Audrey.....will U marry me? We don't have to tell anyone.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Sorry FPHERJ48 , lol, I think I may be first in line ...... lol

and Audrey it's true - I always have difficulty controlling my breath too when it comes to you and 3 major mistakes most singers make (and that includes Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift) is:

1. trying to sound like Audrey

2. trying to sound like Audrey

3. trying to sound like Audrey

no can do.

I sincerely hope all is well in your life these days dear Audrey and here I sit having afternoon tea and sending you warm wishes for your health, happiness and prosperity for you and your family in 2013

lake erie time ontario canada 4:45pm


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fpherj - The answer is YES - but I want to tell everyone!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Eddy - My day is always wonderful when I see you here. "You - light up my life." Love and hugs to you.

teaches - You are so kind. You make my heart soar! Thank you dear friend.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

This was so very interesting on singing mistakes and its helpful advice-info, Audrey. We can only wish some of the singing show-specifically American Idol contestants- good have had this info before embarrassing themselves in front of millions. Have read where Alfalfa on the Little Rascals actually believed he could croon with great ability, which raises the question to me : why do so many who can't sing believe they can, and the hub here seems to show just about anyone can improve regardless of skill.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Awe Epi - My poor heart is racing away. You are the master wordsman. (Is there such a word? If not there should be.) My day is always brighter when I inhale a word or two from my Epi.

You have your own special "harem" on HP filled with the finest that is offered. You are our knight in shining armour, coming to the defense of daily living. Stay well, healthy and very happy there in Lake Erie knowing how loved and appreciated you are!

Alastar - "We can only wish some of the singing show-specifically American Idol contestants- good have had this info before embarrassing themselves in front of millions." This made me laugh. You've no idea how many times this thought goes through my mind.

Alfalfa had a big ego :) And yes, there are many who think they can sing and that too is embarrassing. My mother used to embarrass me to death singing hymns in church. She had perfect pitch, however her vibrato was akin to the sound of a billy goat. And it was loud. Anyone that can speak can learn how to sing as singing is sustained speech. The crucial fact is making sure the teacher is well qualified. Thanks my friend!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

You really know your stuff vocal coach. I have to agree with fpherj that it would be great if you'd upload a video of you singing. Please, Please!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Audrey, we have a lot of singing shows on TV here these days with so many contestants lining up to be the winner. Many, I see don't follow these basic rules. Primarily, they tend to sound like a singer they idolize. Many of them do not care about the pronunciation which I feel is important to bring out the true beauty of the lyrics in meaning. And most importantly barring the good ones who make the last rounds, their breath control leaves much to be desired.

Awesome hub. Voting and sharing.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you Minnetonka Twin. I will work on a video of me singing. I want to do that before I reach the age of 99 :)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Ha-LOL :-)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rajan - I so agree with your comments about singers on American Idol and such. Thank you for voting up and the great rating. Take care.


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

These are very useful suggestions for improving one's voice, thank you so much for sharing.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

girishpuri - I'm so happy to see you here. Thanks for reading my hub and commenting. I appreciate your sharing this!


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samikan 3 years ago from online

oh !..nice i am also hobby singer ..thanks for posting .. will read your other post too....


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samikan 3 years ago from online

oh !..nice i am also hobby singer ..thanks for posting .. will read your other post too....


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

samikan - Thanks so much for reading my hub. And I appreciate your reading my other hubs on singing. I love your comments.!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Breath, breath, breath, breath breath, vowel, vowel, vowel, soft jaw, soft tongue. How many time do I go back to breath with students--oh let me count the ways!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Ah, great reminders! I had a voice class in college, and she taught diaphragmatic breathing...and further instructed that it is more of a problem for women, indoctrinated as we are to "stand up straight and keep your tummy tucked in." Letting your abdomen bulge out while breathing was considered a 'no-no' for so many, hence the raised shoulders style that this teacher called, "brassiere breathing!"

I also recall the warm-up scales of "mi; my; may; mah; mo; mu" sounds, each covering 2 notes up and back down in a sort of glissando style (but shorter, of course).

For a short, short time, I took some private lessons, and that teacher did have us lie on the floor and sing from there to practice correct breathing--it's impossible to breathe by raising your shoulders while lying down.

My younger daughter was in the San Francisco Girls' Chorus when in school, and they were given very specific ways to pronounce certain words. Specifically, words with "r" in the middle, such as "world," were to be pronounced more like "wuld" when held over a long note, because the central "r" is jarring, and the word will be understood in the context. ("Joy to the World" was used for the example;" the 'r' was actually pronounced, but glossed over quickly.) They were also taught to heavily emphasize end consonants to separate them from the next word: "and-uh heaven and nature sing" again using that song's example. It's hard to illustrate in print...it is subtle, just enough to bring a full stop to the word.

As for emotion, that's my downfall. I'm far too sensitive, empathetic and overly-emotional...I can't even sing a silly song like "Puff the Magic Dragon" without getting teary-eyed, and having my voice get shaky. That's not a good thing.

At any rate--sorry for the long treatise..voted up, interesting, useful and shared.


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Andy McGuire 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I hear what you're saying about making your voice unique, but I do want to have some resemblance to my favorite singer, Tim McIllrath, while indeed making my voice unique. I guess the main focus of that is adapting the raspiness of his voice into my own. Any tips?


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Absolutely coach! Great hub with tips that make sense. I've been a singer my entire life. I've been lead singer for a few different bands and I've been songwriting for almost as long. I have made probably every mistake on here and then some.

It took some formal coaching from an opera singer to help correct these problems. I think I want to keep this hub on standby for anytime I might get complacent. Thanks so much for writing it brother! Voting this up!


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Sorry for the brother part, my ipad sometimes does some auto fill and it caught me off guard this time!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey - I'm laughing out loud, reading comments that only a serious vocal teacher would fully appreciate :) Wonderful, my friend - absolutely delightful!

DzyMissLizzy - Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful and interesting comments. I'm familiar with the S.F. Girls Choir as I lived in the Bay Area for a number of years. A very respected Choir and not just anyone is accepted into the group. Excellent training in vocal technique.

I love the term, brassiere breathing:) Glad you have shared your trip down memory lane. Thanks for the vote up. ratings and the share!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I sung growing up but I really didn't know all of this. Our teachers were mostly preoccupied about us sounding good but breathing and diction are very important. Some singers I can't listen to simply because they don't have clear enough diction for my taste. Great hub!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Even in the little four room elementary school I attended, we had the fortune of having a teacher who love music. She played a beautiful piano, which made me want to play, and we would sing a little song each morning, and she taught me to want to sing.

I always sang in the church choir.

When I read your advice about singing with emotion, I think of Frank Sinatra. He knew how to sing those lyrics with emotion, so did Bing Crosby. These new "modern" singers don't do a thing for me.

Voted UP and will share.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Ummmm.... i can't sing at all but i loved your hub. It seems very useful also for the aspiring singers. Singing with emotion to touch and reach the listeners is very nice thing you said here. I love to listen to any kind of music, songs just you name it and i love it though i can't sing. Thanks for sharing this one and I am sharing it too. Votes up +++++


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torrilynn 3 years ago

vocalcoach, i never knew or felt that singers could actually make mistakes while they were singing. thanks for the insight. voted up.


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

Very useful information. I have a very dear friend who is a jazz singer and works very hard each day on her voice. Her diction is perfect and she always makes us song her own. As far as the breath, I don't know about that aspect. What I do know is that she sings each day. It's a tough life sometimes but as she puts it, "singing is my passion." I will forward this hub to her. Voted up.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So many of my students come in singing undifferentiated vowels---and no consonants--so everything sounds like "uh"


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Andy - Nothing wrong in resembling your favorite singer as long as you bring your own interpretation along. I recomment working with a qualified vocal teacher to develop the raspiness. It's a tricky technique and you want to be careful of injury to the vocal bands. Thanks and the best of luck!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kasman - I am honored to have received your comments. I love your attitude! Thank you and thanks for the vote up.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

No problem, sister :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Alecia - Your comments are so interesting and I so agree with you about the diction. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi mary615 - You were so fortunate to have such a teacher in elementary school. And singing in the church choir is very rewarding in so many ways. Ah....Frank Sinatra. He ushered in a whole new way of truthfully singing with emotion and style! Thanks Mary!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dghbrh - Gosh...thanks so much for reading and commenting on my hub. I appreciate your sharing this and the great votes!


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torrilynn - I'm glad for the opportunity to bring you some insight into singing. Thanks a lot!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Joanne - Jazz singing is not an easy genre and your friend sounds like an excellent singer. I'm quite sure she is using correct breathing techniques and she is quite right about singing being her passion. Ya just have to do it regardless. I want to thank you for forwarding this hub to her as well as your generous vote up!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey - I couldn't help but smile as I read how many of your students come in singing for you and everything sounds like uh. :) All too familiar! Thanks .


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I can't sing and never will be able to. My sister had such a nice voice and I always wished I had been born with one. Great information voted up on your hub.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

moonlake - Are you sure you can't sing? Chances are more than likely you can. If your sister has a nice voice. there's more than a 75% chance that you do as well. I'm glad to see you here and thank you for voting up.


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bredandagnes 3 years ago from Ireland

I absolutely love your hubs-My son is a singer and I love to sing for fun-really good and helpful advice.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

bredandagnes - Oh, thank you so much. You have made my day! Regards, Audrey


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

My worst mistake was pushing my voice when I was young. Money was easy for a singer who could sight read.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mhatter00 - Pushing the voice, whether singing or speaking is still something almost every singer does until they are taught through voice lessons the repercussions of this mistake. As for sight reading, you are spot on. Musicians are given many more gigs and recording contracts when they can sight read. Thanks so much for sharing!


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

You have posted some very interesting advice.....granted I can not sing a lick....but other members of my family can so I will be sharing this hub with them. Voted up and useful.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cogerson - How kind of you to pass this along to your family - the ones who sing. And really appreciate your vote up and useful. Hope your week is all you would like it to be!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I never tried to learn singing. I'm not even a bathroom singer. But I enjoyed reading this useful and informative article. Had I known this, I would have never been a joke when I tried to sing in a party.

Cheers


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

What great and detailed tips Audrey. Oh how I wish I had known you years ago. Could I sing? Yes and I was pretty good but age and smoking have moved me from a soprano to an alto. Can I still sing? Somewhat.

If I had you as a coach I'd be a star by now!

You are so knowledgeable and it shows in the great hubs you write. I can't propose marriage because Effer already did, and then there's Epi, but I do love you and your hubs. I know you are helping a lot of people with this great information.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinned. Also sent a link to my grandson who is a pretty good singer now appearing in local musicals.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Vinaya - Thanks for being here, even though you don't sing. Your support makes me happy and your comments give me a smile. Have a wonderful day my friend ~ Audrey

tillsontitan - So glad you like my tips and hey, you are still a star in my book! And after your genuinely beautiful comments, I'm moving you to the top of my 'marriage proposal' list.

I hope your grandson enjoys my hub Mary and thanks for forwarding it on to him. He must be pretty darn good to be appearing in local musicals. I appreciate what that takes. Not just talent but dedication, hard work and perseverance.

Thanks my friend ~ Audrey


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jirel 3 years ago from Philippines

Hello, thanks for such an amazing hub.I love singing too.People say that I'm a good singer.The problem with me is my voice is really like a childs voice.When I sing asian songs I have no problem as they have similar voices.But when I try to sing songs that have a deeper voice, I sound funny due t my childlike voice.I can hit any notes, low or high and I haven't received any training too.However, even though I try to sing from the abdomen, my voice is not very deep.I kind of hate this as I want to be versatile.However, when I sing songs of low scale, I don't sound like a kid.Of course this is genetic but is there a way I could get a deeper voice like that of adeles and other singers?Thanks


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jirel - To sing lower tones it's necessary to activate the "chest" voice. Most women need to learn this from a certified vocal teacher. One technic I use for my vocal students is to get down on all fours on the floor, let the head hang loosely and concentrating on a deep, dark sound use "whoa."

I highly recommend being monitored by a professional while learning to do this to avoid damage to your vocal cords.

Thanks for your comments. If you need further help, please email me. ~ Audrey

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