how to be an excellent SINGER


SingerThere  are several things you can do to be a good vocalist. One of one of the most vital points to do, is to engage an excellent singing teacher. However, locating a good vocal singing teacher can be at sometimes be complicated.

Many vocal singing teachers actually invent their very own vocal singing system and also methods to educate their pupils. Each method as well as vocal singing strategy will usually consist of vocal workouts, singing techniques, abilities and ideas.

To add to the complication, there are several books and details, as well as occasionally false information you can discover in the collections, music shops and also online. One of the most frustrating point is that most of these products as well as books, feature contradictory info.

With so much information, you could be learning vocal singing techniques that conflict with each other and this could be extremely damaging to your singing support system as well as occasionally, the damage done may be irreparable.

Numerous amazing singing professionals were damaged because of learning incorrect vocal singing strategies.

Take a look at babies. They breathe naturally with their diaphragm and they can toss their powerful voices throughout an area when they cry to get your attention. Exactly how can they project their voice so naturally?

This is due to the fact that nature has actually given us the all-natural singing system to sing well and also powerfully. It is when we adopt bad vocal habits as we got older that the all-natural capabilities to be a great vocalist is lost and needs to be rekindled by great and appropriate vocal exercises as well as singing ideas.

One challenge to good singing, is to incorporate straight forward yet powerful singing strategies with solid and real emotions. Effective feelings can break down a voice that is not trained with solid vocal singing skills as well as methods as a foundation. Good vocal singing strategies is the structure to build the psychological aspect of singing.

As an example, if you pour out all of your emotions in a song, you will understand that something does not seem right in the singing sound you produced. Take note of your internal feelings and you will recognise what appears appropriate or incorrect.

Effective singing requires not just the will and ability to share your feelings in a track, yet additionally the appropriate singing strategy as well as abilities.

Since emotions are transported via your singing support system, your system needs to be fully established for the feeling to come via powerfully as well as convincingly.

To become a good vocalist, you should build your voice and also the support system that creates that voice. With a great mastery of your voice mechanism, your own vocal singing style and analysis of songs will certainly be much more effective and boosted. You do not have to be too concerned in the early stages, regarding seeming like a copy of various other excellent vocalists when you perform.

Yes, there are born voices, but there are no birthed artists. Every single vocalist must establish his/her own specific abilities to be an exceptional artist.

“It is not simply exactly how great a singing voice you have.

It is what you can do with your specific singing resources that is the essence of a great vocalist.”

Having singing lessons or online singing lessons and finding a good singing teacher either with online singing lessons to help you hone your vocal singing skills to excellence is necessary if you intend to be an excellent singer.

Chris Leon presented a show which featured a special about vocals, training and recording, where several singers including myself talked about their singing and gave worthwhile tips to help other singers. You can listen here. 

Other singers who appear on Chris’s Show are Duffy and Bird Verity White and Alex White.

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During the past 35 years I have also trained at the Conservatorium Of Music, Jazz College and contemporary singing as well as performing and recording. Through this long path, I have found ways in which you can benefit greatly with a combination of great technique and finding your own voice and style with different ways you can sing.  You can find more info on my course here. 

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Why You Need A Vocal Producer

How often is it you hear a great song and the only thing that turns you off from listening to it more often, is the vocal?
How often do you begin to play a song and find you just can’t listen to it any longer; the music may be good; the production; yet right smack bang in the centre of the track is (play dramatic music here) THE VOCAL.
Vocals are the icing on the cake.
Before you go in to record anything, seriously consider a vocal producer.
Unfortunately it is not all that common to hire a vocal producer, but the benefit may see better results all round.


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If you are fortunate enough to have a producer for your track, ask some questions to the overall producer before you hire them.
1. Listen to their previous work 
2. Do they have musical talent
3. Do they understand the voice and how it work
4. Are they a producer or engineer?
5. Are they better at some genre’s of music than others?
6. Try to listen to some of their work which is similar to the track you are going to record. 

With a vocal producer, they do more than tell you how to sing; they will guide you verse by verse and chorus by chorus, even line and word by word. They should be able to pull the best from your performance and make your voice shine above the track.

They will give you different idea’s on phrasing, how to approach certain elements in the song, give you idea’s on ad libs, over dubs and the tone of your voice may sound better by producing your notes in a different way in which you are used to singing.

You may be surprised at how different your vocals will sound giving the track and the song itself the recognition it deserves.

The story of the song also needs to be considered, how can you reach out through the story with your vocals?

Is the track an upbeat dance track or a slow ballad?

Your breathing and use of the consonants is approached differently in each.

Some people struggle with singing upbeat songs as they find they’re unable to stay in time very well and produce the best from their voice, yet they are able to soar through a power ballad and hold beautiful long notes.

Lets not get caught up with how good the tone of your voice is and look at the performance of the song itself.

I have always said, “anyone can have a great voice, but are they are great singer?”A great singer is someone who can bring out the best in a song. They know how to SING the song.


Quite often singers find themselves learning the song and how it should be sung during the recording process, only to find out after having a chance to listen to the vocal has taught you a better way to sing. Probably a bit late to be learning HOW it should be sung in the recording stage.

This is where a vocal producer can help you through.

Before you record any vocal, make sure you sing it as much as you can and record it, either on your phone or another device until you feel you have mastered the phrasing and how it’s to be sung.

Make sure when recording the vocal it is not recorded over several days. Try and record it on the one-day. Your vocal tone changes from day to day. Do not warm up to much before you lay down your vocal. Start warming up through the softer sections of the song; generally this would be the verse. You may be able to catch some great elements from the softer tones this way.

If you are super warmed up, you may find it quite difficult to capture the quieter moments within the song.

Another great idea, is practice with a singing teacher, but again, make sure they are a GREAT singing teacher who can teach you ways to not only sing a song, but perform it well.

A great singing teacher should also know the difference between how to sing live and how to sing in the studio.

They should also know what is required to sing different kinds of songs and what it needs, to be sung well.

A song from a musical is approached vastly different to that of an original pop song, rock song, r’n’b etc. And each of these different genres and the way of singing is also quite different from each other.


For example” Jazz/Blues/RnB will allow you to get away with “Singing between the cracks” so to speak, otherwise known as “Blue Notes”.  Generally the music and chord structure under the vocals allow the vocal the space to play, where as a classic rock track would have the vocal fierce and spot on in terms of your notes and phrasing; “singing between the cracks” generally do not work to well with a rock song.

All in all, a vocal producer will know how to help you ‘SING’ and how to make your voice shine for that particular track.


I have also known a vocal producer to sing and record the track first, so the singer can follow should it be difficult for the singer to remain in tune.


A singer singing out of tune would have to be one of my cringing points. I cannot listen to a song in its entirety when it’s sung off key throughout the song.

If you find it difficult to find a good vocal producer, then search for a great singing teacher and ask what their fee would be if they could sit in on the recording and give some tips.

Remember; the voice is generally in the centre of the track, the singer has to sell that song, and the listener has to be able to feel it.

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