5 Secrets Pro Singers Know that Amateurs Don’t
Who can you trust when it comes to your voice? And do you REALLY need to buy expensive voice lessons to learn how to sing? You're getting hit with advice from sources all over the place. Blogs. YouTube videos. Facebook posts. Everyone with a websit
Jul 04, 2018
Who can you trust when it comes to your voice?
And do you REALLY need to buy expensive voice lessons to learn how to sing?
You're getting hit with advice from sources all over the place. Blogs. YouTube videos. Facebook posts. Everyone with a website seems to be an expert these days, and they all have a system they swear will make you a better singer.
Some of them may be right.
Most of them are just telling you what you want to hear so they can get more customers.
Hi, I’m Anna Bridges, founder of AcademyOfVoice.com. I’ve taught hundreds of students how to make their voices stronger, healthier and more beautiful from my studio in Philadelphia to my online studio at AoV. My goal is to help singers everywhere get access to solid vocal training, no matter what background they come from, genre they sing, or how old they are. The truth is that anyone can benefit from training the voice.
There are some ground rules that I give each of my students when we begin working together. These are secrets that can help a student really make or break it when it comes to vocal training. If you’re going to put time and effort into practicing and training and working on your voice, why would you want to risk inadvertently hurting it or sabotaging your progress?
Read on and find out the indispensable secrets every singer, if they value their voice at all - MUST KNOW!
1. If it hurts to sing, don’t.
|You can try humming if singing is uncomfortable, but never do anything that causes pain in your voice. This is extremely important. If pain persists when singing for more than a few days, see your ENT specialist immediately.|
2. Stay hydrated.
Drink lots of water, especially on days you will be practicing or performing. Urine should optimally run close to clear. Herbal teas, juices mixed with water, and other non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic clear beverages are best if you get tired of chugging the H2O.
3. Don’t take cold or allergy meds that contain antihistamines.
Many cold and allergy remedies contain antihistamines. Avoid them. They dry out the mucus membranes of the throat and nasal passages, and can create hoarseness when you sing. Look for simple expectorant syrups that contain guafenisen, and take Tylenol instead.
4. Don’t try to sound like someone else.
Develop your own unique voice by singing pieces that feel good to you in the key that suits you best. Let your face, throat, and body relax, allowing your own voice to take shape by doing what makes it shine. Forcing yourself to sound like other singers is bad for your self-confidence as well as your voice.
5. Choose your songs carefully.
If you must sing music that’s unusually tiring in either range or intensity, take your time warming up with easier pieces first, and stop singing when you feel tired. Work your way up to more difficult pieces, and always go with what you feel.
Out of hundreds of secrets I have come across in my career as a vocal coach, these are the 5 that I would recommend every singer should know. I hope you’ve found this list valuable.
Want To See All 18 Secrets That I Consider a “Must Know” For Any Singer?
I’ve always considered myself a secrets connoisseur… I would come across these things learning them from my teachers, from the vocal pedagogy and medical literature, sometimes from my students, and sometimes from my own experience. When I thought carefully about what are the most valuable pieces of knowledge I could pass to my own students, I came up with a total of 18 secrets. I made a PDF of each secret, along with a short description of why I find it valuable.
If you want me to send you the PDF just click here.
With these Secrets, you should be better prepared than 90% of other singers.
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Founder of the Academy of Voice