WHY singers sing FLAT?

vocal technique Jan 22, 2024

Do you ever struggle with singing FLAT?

So many singers tend to go FLAT, especially when they are going for the higher notes

And surprisingly, it’s not because they can’t “hear” the note

In this short article, I'm going to teach you WHY most singers go flat - so you can figure out if you've got one of these problems!

95% of the time, going flat is one of these three causes:

  1. They are pulling up the chest voice, the bottom part of the voice, to reach those notes. Pushing up too much vocal weight.

You can’t do that!
Remember, as you go up in pitch, your vocal folds have to stretch, elongate and thin

I didn’t make that up - It’s physics.

If you don’t let that process happen, you’re fighting your own voice

  1. Not enough space in the mouth/throat.

As we get higher, we need slightly taller vowels

A little bit more yawning space…

Or else, again, you’re not letting your voice do what it wants to do

  1. Not enough air...
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Voice Lessons vs. Online Training Programs

vocal technique Oct 30, 2023

Hello!

Do you want to improve your vocal technique?

Do you struggle with breath support, good tone or other common issues?

If so, what is the difference between traditional voice lessons and taking an online training course?

In this article, I will be sharing some of the pros and cons of each method.

Before we get into it, I want to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to get Advanced Vocal Technique for 50% off!  Just use the discount code "SPOOKY50" at the checkout.

Ok, here we go!

Option 1 is taking voice lessons with a local teacher.  You could go to their studio once a week and work on various pieces of music together. They would teach you vocal technique in-person. 

PROS:

1) Direct feedback/interaction - your teacher can hear how you sound and make adjustments on the spot

2) Results - with an expert vocal teacher, you have the greatest chance of improvement.  With a poorly qualified teacher, you could learn some bad singing habits.

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Choir Warmups #11: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir (Mind Warmup)

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups.

This is called the Mind warm up and it is a good one for waking people up!

This choir warm up will help your choir:

1) Use their brains in order to "Wake up" and get focused

 To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is:

1) Watch the following video

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet

3) Try this warmup with your choir the next time you see them!

4) Observe the results.  You will probably notice your choir enjoys the challenge of this one.  It will help them to get focused and get 'thinking' and prepared for rehearsal. These warmups are basically guaranteed to work!

Click below to watch the video:

 Ok, great job!

Now you have a great warmup to try with your choir!

The next step is to get my Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet so you can keep track of the warmups we learn.

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Choir Warmups #10: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir (Intonation Warmup)

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups.

This is called the Intonation Warm Up and it is helpful to helping your choir sound their best...

Now, this is more of an advanced warm up - so don't use this one with a beginner choir!

You will need a choir that can sing all 4 parts - SATB

Now, this warm up will help your choir members to tune with each other.

 

To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is:

1) Watch the following video

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet

3) Try this warmup with your choir the next time you see them!

4) Observe the results.  You will notice an immediate positive difference if you do it right.  Notice how your choir starts listening to one another more carefully.  These warmups are basically guaranteed to work!

Click below to watch the video:

 Ok, great job!

Now you have a great warmup to try with your choir!

The...

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Choir Warmups #9: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir (Vocal Sigh/Siren)

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups.

This is called the Vocal Sigh/Siren and it is essential to helping your choir sound their best...

 This warm up is great for helping you figure out how warmed up your voice is.

For example, if you sing this warm up before you have sung anything else, you'll probably notice your voice feels a little tight (and not loose...)

As you continue to warm up with various exercises, your voice will get more and more loose.

This is something you can teach your singers:

Tell them that the voice needs time to warm up, and this exercise can help everyone to feel how warmed up they are.

I also like this exercise because it goes through the whole voice.  By doing the exercise, you can continue to warm up the rest of the voice!

To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is:

1) Watch the following video

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups...

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Choir Warmups #8: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir (Diction Warm up)

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups.

This is called the Diction Warm Up and it is essential to helping your choir sound their best...

This choir warm up focuses on getting clarity with words and diction.

Basically, your choir needs to learn how to express their consonants clearly and efficiently.

In previous warmups, we focused on vowels like "Vee" and "Ah", but this warm up is more about the consonants...

To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is:

1) Watch the following video

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet

3) Try this warmup with your choir the next time you see them!

4) Observe the results.  You will notice an immediate positive difference if you do it right.  Notice how your choir might annunciate the words more clearly since they are more focused on diction.  These warmups are basically guaranteed to work!

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Choir Warmups #7: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir ("How High" Arpeggio)

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups.

This is called the "How High Is the Sky" warm up and it is essential to helping your choir sound their best...

This choir warm up will help your choir warm up a big section of their voice quickly.  This is an efficient warm up because it covers a lot of vocal ground quickly.

To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is:

1) Watch the following video

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet

3) Try this warmup with your choir the next time you see them!

4) Observe the results.  You will notice an immediate positive difference if you do it right.  Notice how your choir is sounding more warmed up. Their voices have covered a lot of ground and it will show when you go to sing your regular music.  These warmups are basically guaranteed to work!

Click below to watch the video:

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Choir Warmups #6: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir ("Vee Ah")

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups.

This is called the "Vee Ah" warm up and it is essential to helping your choir sound their best...

This choir warm up will help your choir:

1) Match the vowels "ee" and "ah"

2) Warm-up their voice (duh!)

3) Continue to get the air flow moving

 To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is:

1) Watch the following video

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet

3) Try this warmup with your choir the next time you see them!

4) Observe the results.  You will notice an immediate positive difference if you do it right.  Notice how your choir will start to listen to each other more in order to match vowels.  These warmups are basically guaranteed to work!

Click below to watch the video:

 

Ok, great job!

Now you have a great warmup to try with your choir!

The next step is to get my Essential Choir Warm...

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Choir Warmups #5: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir (Mee Meh Mah..)

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups. 

This is called the "Mee Meh Mah" warm up and it is essential to helping your choir sound their best... 

This choir warm up will help your choir: 

1) Match vowels "e, eh, ah, oh, oo"

2) Listen closely for matching of vowels (ear training)

3) Listen closely for matching of pitch (intonation)

4) Become vocally warmed up

Before I started doing this warmup with my choir, I found that they were: 

1) Not aware of different vowels that people are singing

2) Not aware of intonation issues, such as sinking pitch, during descending passages

That's why I started to use the "Mee Meh Mah" warm up! 

To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is: 

1) Watch the following video 

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet 

3) Try this warmup with your choir the next time you see them!...

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Choir Warmups #4: Vocal Warm Ups for Choir (Timed Breathing)

In this blog post, I am going to teach you one of my top Choir Warm Ups.

This is called Timed Breathing and it is essential to helping your choir sound their best...

This choir warm up will help your choir:

1) Warm Up the breath support muscles

2) Line up entrances and cutoffs together

3) Focus their mind so they are ready to pay attention

4) Become physically engaged as a precursor to singing - after all, singing is very physical!

Before I started doing this warmup with my choir, I found that they were:

1) Not coming in or leaving notes together

2) Not warmed up well enough to sing with a free and healthy tone

That's why I started to use the Timed Breathing Warm Up!

To do this warm up with your choir is very simple.  All you have to do is:

1) Watch the following video

2) Download the Essential Choir Warm Ups cheat sheet

3) Try this warmup with your choir the next time you see them!

4) Observe the results.  You will notice...

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