Mar 14

Singing Lessons in Los Angeles

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

Los angelos singing lessonss Looking for singing lessons in Los Angeles? There are, of course, many very expensive voice teachers in the Los Angeles area, but not everyone can afford to pay for private lessons…

Never fear – TheProSinger to the rescue!  These online lessons are the very best you can find anywhere, and will help you find your own amazing voice like nothing else you have tried. Suzanne can help you achieve vocal greatness with results beginning from the very first lesson at an unbelievably low cost that most anyone can afford.

You can take your first FREE LESSON right now and get started finding your own amazing voice!

Then check out the free vocal warm-up below that will help you find freedom from the tensions and restrictions that may be interfering with your best sound!

Happy Singing!!!

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Mar 13

Good Singing Lessons, Free Online Voice Lessons

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

free singing lessons onlineIf you are searching for good singing lessons, free online voice lessons, then you have come to the right place. When searching for online lessons, you need to look first of all for a teacher that will help you remove tensions and restrictions  from your singing, rather than giving you many exercises without describing in detail how to relax the right muscles and allow the body to support the sound. Too much talk about placement, lifting the palate, supporting with the diaphragm, enunciation, opening the mouth, rounding the consonants, and vocal compression can cause a singer to develop much more tension and restriction rather than the desired freedom and release. There are a lot of voice teachers who are still teaching these methods, so it is important to do your research before signing up with any vocal coach. The teacher really can make or break you as a singer, so take care of yourself.

Good singing lessons will help you achieve greater range, no pain in your high notes, better low and high notes. Your break will be eliminated and you will sing with a full and connected voice rather than a false, airy one. Your high notes will be easily accessible from your low range, and your low notes from your high range. You will sing with much more emotion and heart as freedom from tension becomes your norm. The natural beauty in your voice will make it from the back of your throat to the ears of the listener, rather than being stuck in the swallowing muscles. Your body will naturally begin to support your sound in the proper way that humans were designed. Your pitch will become perfect as you let go of restrictions and muscle tension. Your speaking voice and your singing voice will line up, so that you can communicate more effectively by using the natural placement and flow of speech singing.

Good singing lessons will challenge you, but also encourage you. You should feel that you are important to your teacher and that your best is what she desires. Each person has a unique sound with unique restrictions, so look for an online teacher that addresses many things and doesn’t only offer a few lessons as a complete program. At TheProsinger.com, you will find great lessons from a caring and very experienced teacher.  Suzanne understands that not everyone learns in the same way, and her lessons are very easy to understand and put into practice. On the website you will find many free articles and videos, but if you really want to move forward and become the very best singer you can be, then join TheProSinger.com and receive a new lesson each week, designed to build lesson upon lesson, and ongoing as long as you care to be in membership.  The lessons will just keep coming and you will continue to learn and grow.  Whether you are already a pro singer or are just beginning, these lessons are for you and will truly help you find your own amazing voice!

Happy Singing!

Suzanne

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Mar 05

How to Breathe Correctly When Singing

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

how to breathe properly when singingWe all could really benefit from knowing how to breathe correctly when singing, couldn’t we? To be sure, I can stand a refresher everyday. We are all born to breathe the proper, healthy way that God intended when He designed our amazing bodies. Just watch little babies and young children breathing as they sleep, play, cry, talk, and laugh. The first thing you will notice is that they have naturally great posture. Watch little children as they walk around. Their spines are straight with their heads beautifully aligned with their shoulders they have naturally proper posture. When they sit, they do not slouch and slump, but sit with a straight back, even when they a playing on the floor. When they cry, all of the action is coming from the diaphragm and the supporting muscles below it.  When they laugh, it is a big belly laugh, straight from the diaphragm. When they talk, yell, or sing, they produce the sound the same way.  It is all properly and correctly supported from the diaphragm and the muscles below. Very rarely will you see a young child breathing high up in his chest, unless he is sick and having to struggle for breath.

Why then does this change as a person moves into the higher years of grade school and beyond?  Why do we lose our natural ability to  breathe properly, without engaging the muscles of the chest, neck shoulders, throat, jaw, and tongue?  We would have so much less trouble with our singing if we could just continue this natural breathing.  It would be so much easier than trying to learn to breathe properly once we begin to earnestly try to improve our singing voices.

What I have found to be the case with the thousands of people I have taught to sing better, is that the problem is not with anything other than our modern day stress.  When we feel stressed, we naturally tighten up our muscles.  Our hips, lower backs, mid backs, upper backs, bellies, chests, shoulders, necks, jaws, heads, and even our extremities can get very tight as we hold tension and stress in our bodies. I have found stress and tension to be the main problem with all of my singers and have developed many strategies to help them overcome this great limiter or the human voice. Once we can begin to address this problem, and practice releasing the tension we are holding in our muscles, our breath can naturally resume it’s proper form, allowing us to let our voices go free and easy. Singing once again becomes fun!

Take a moment if you will, and just give your body a quick scan for places you may be holding tension. Is your neck tight?  Maybe one shoulder or both? Is your jaw nice and loose, or are you grinding or clenching your teeth? Are you breathing shallowly and high in your chest? Are your hips and lower back feeling tight and sore?  Any tension that you pick up in your body interferes with proper breathing and your best singing.

Let’s begin a nice practice that will get you light years ahead in your singing. An added benefit is that you will feel great, and stress will soon no longer be part of your vocabulary. Proper breathing soothes the nervous system as well as it supports your voice.  You will be breathing correctly all day long, so you will soon notice how much better you feel, even if you haven’t noticed that you need to feel better! There are many perks to breathing the way we a designed to breathe, so let’s get started!

You can watch an exercise that will really help you as you do the little practice I will describe below.  One of the main things we will work on as we discover great breathing is proper posture, so do this exercise called proper singing posture part 1, as well.

Here is what I want you to do, all throughout your day. You can do it sitting, standing, or lying down. The hope is to get into the habit of doing the body scan several time throughout the day so that relaxing the muscles, bringing the body into proper alignment, and belly breathing once again become the norm for you. We will build from there on how to sing this way, but first let’s just teach your body once again to be properly aligned, to allow the muscles to relax so the breath can move through the belly, and to remind your muscles that they do not have to hold tension, but can relax.

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HERE IS AN EXERCISE THAT WILL WORK WONDERS FOR YOU!

With both feet on the floor, while sitting straight up from your sit bones, do the following.

1. Feel both feet firmly on the floor hip width apart.

2. Sit straight in your chair.  Point your tail bone toward the floor, and then slowly straighten your spine, one vertebrae at a time.  Let the neck straighten as if there is a string attached to your top vertebrae and it is being gently pulled through the crown of your head toward the ceiling. Your ears should be in line with your shoulders, your chin parallel to the floor. The shoulders should be relaxed.

3. Now scan your body for tension, just noticing at first where you may be tight or restricted.  We can release all of this tension by starting at the hips.  If we can release the hips and the lower back, the tension in the upper body will also melt away.

4. Focus on your hips and your sit bones.  Allow the glutes to soften and melt like a puddle into your chair.  I know it sounds silly. I thought so too until this practice began to make great changes for me.  So go ahead and give it try for a few weeks.  You won’t want to go back!

5. Once you feel the release happening in your hips, and glutes, release the muscles in your thighs, calves, and feet.  Just allow your bones to hold you up.

6. Bring your focus back to your glutes and hips. Once again release the tension there by softening the muscles and allowing the breath to fill that soft space.

7. Move slowly up your spine, softening and melting the muscle tension as you breathe nice slow breaths into that space.

8. Once you have softened the muscles of your shoulders and neck, relax the tongue, jaw, and face.

9. Continue nice slow breathing, allowing the belly to expand as you fill the whole body with breath, as if you are a barrel.  I like to breathe 4 counts in and 6 counts out.

10. If you feel lightheaded at any point, just return to normal breathing.

Practice this several times throughout your day. You can do it in as often and as quickly as you need. The goal is that you will once again breathe normally with your belly, with soft relaxed muscles. From here we will build strength for speaking and singing with our own amazing voices!

Happy Singing!

Suzanne

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Mar 03

How to Sing with Emotion and Heart

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

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Have you ever wondered how you could sing with more emotion and heart? It’s the emotion and heart in a singer’s voice that determines the outcome of the performance: whether the audience is truly moved, or just mildly entertained.  Wouldn’t you love to be a singer who can absolutely captivate your audience and connect with them in a deeply emotional way? You absolutely can! And it’s really not that hard, as long as you are willing to be vulnerable, transparent, and real.

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Here are a few tips to get you going:

1. Sing in your own voice.

We want to hear your voice, not your idea of what you think you should sound like. Don’t make up a sound, or even try to copy someone else’s.  Be yourself. An easy and extremely effective way to do this is simply to say the words of the line your are going to sing. Say the line, then sing it just like you say it, so you are essentially speaking – only on pitch. So say it, then sing it. Practice this until you feel that you are singing in the same easy place that you speak, and that you are using the same kind of natural inflections as you communicate the words of the song.

2. Choose songs you love to sing and that mean something to you.

If you want to put across passion, you have to feel it yourself. It is important that you can connect to the song both musically and emotionally if you are going to be able to truly and effectively communicate with emotion and heart.

3. Get out of your head.

This one can be a little tricky, because we are often worried about sounding good, looking just right, remembering the lyrics, and a host of other distracting thoughts! This is where preparation really pays off!  Practice, and be totally prepared before you perform. Once you are in front of your audience, put the technicalities as far out of your mind as you can, and sing from your heart, not your brain. You can count on muscle memory for the technical issues, but you can’t memorize heart and feeling!

4. Step out of your comfort zone and be vulnerable.

This one takes some guts, but the payoff is so huge that it is worth taking the chance. Unzip the box that holds you in check, step out, and let it go. Don’t worry about feeling embarrassed or like you are over doing the emotion. If you feel that way, then you may be almost there:) Let yourself feel the music and the message, then just let it our with all of your heart. We want to hear your heart!

5. Create an experience for  your audience.

After all, this is about them, not you. What a relief! All you have to do is get out of the way, and deliver an opportunity for them to experience the meaning of the song and the beauty of the music. If you can think about it that way, you will be able to step out of fear and trembling into freedom and beauty! It is so much fun and you can do it!

Happy Singing!

Suzanne

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Mar 01

How to Connect With Your Audience When Singing

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

how to connect with your audience when singingConnecting with your audience when singing for them is one of the most exhilarating things a singer gets to experience during this life. The feeling of holding an audience in the palm of  your hand, the joy of hearing them sing along with you on the songs they love, the excitement and energy in a room full of people coming together to celebrate life through the gift of music, all combined with the humbling knowledge that you have been given a precious gift…well, it’s just one of the greatest times to be had.  Don’t you agree?

Have you ever been to a concert and noticed there is no connection between the band and the audience? It seems that they are just playing music for their own benefit, without paying much attention to the people gathered to listen and participate? Did they only look at one another, or keep their eyes closed the whole time, or did they just seem closed off emotionally? Maybe they didn’t even seem to connect to the music they were performing? Did you feel like you were on the outside looking in and that the performers had no idea or didn’t even seem to care that you were there to hear their music? Did it leave you feeling disappointed and unfulfilled? Would you want to hear them play and sing again?

Connecting to the audience is right up there with being musically prepared. People gather to listen to music because they are looking for an experience and it is the performer’s job to create the best opportunity for that to happen.

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People gather to listen to a band or other performers because they love music and are looking to experience something special. Perhaps they have spent money to hear their favorite band, or they have gathered to hear several bands and expect to be entertained, or maybe they have gathered to worship and need to be brought close to God through music. Whatever the circumstance, the singer must not leave them disappointed.

Let’s talk about a few ways to be sure that you, the singer, can better connect with your audience when you are given the wonderful opportunity to share your gift.

1. Do your homework and be fully prepared.

Concert time is not the time to be worried about technicalities. Be sure that you have worked out all of your transitions, instrument changes, vocals, tempos,and keys, and have set all of your levels before the show starts. Everything should be well rehearsed and the songs sung many times so that you have proper muscle memory and no vocal issues to worry about. Get plenty of sleep the nights leading up to your performance so that you will be in optimum voice. It is always a good idea to work your songs with a great vocal coach to be sure you are singing your very best and that you are staying healthy vocally. A long career is a great idea! Practice practice practice!

2. Think about the lyrics – and be expressive!

You would think this is a no brainer, but you would be amazed at the vast number of singers I have worked with that had no idea what the lyrics they were singing meant.  It’s not really possible to connect with people unless you know what you are saying. Just like in a conversation, if you don’t know what you are saying, neither will the person you are talking to. Think of singing as if you are speaking on pitch. Use natural inflections, rise and fall, just like a conversation.  Your voice will sound more authentic and believable. When you express the lyrics, the music will flow from you and your audience will hear your heart and believe what you are singing.  The heart connection will be made and you will draw them in. That is such an exhilarating moment!

3. Make it about your audience, and NOT about you.

This one is the magic key to complete connection to the people gathered to hear you sing/play. You must get out of the way and let your heart and your emotion carry the song to them and all around them.  Make this performance be about them. Let them know that you care about each one one make them feel as if you know that they are there, that each one matters to you. Wrap them up in your music and bring them back to you. Engage them with a smile, or a hello, or just an acknowledgment that you are so glad that they have come, and invite them to be a part of what you are doing. Talk to them a little bit. Let down your walls, be vulnerable and transparent. I know that it is much easier said than done, but you can do it if you remember that this is about the people, and not about you. That removes so much pressure. You will be free to let go and deliver a beautiful performance that is moving and engaging, and will keep them coming back for more!

You can do it!  I would love to help!

Happy singing!!!

Suzanne

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Feb 27

How to Sing Like a Pro – TheProSinger Online Voice Lessons

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

Would you like to learn how to sing like a pro?  TheProSinger.com is the place for YOU to become the pro singer.  Suzanne is a premier vocal coach/voice teacher, who has helped thousands of singers find their own amazing voices through her gift of setting people’s voices free.  Her lessons are not your typical scales and arpeggios over and over again.  Her method is to first unlock and remove any restrictions that you may have in your voice.  Things that are preventing you from enjoying your full range, both high and low.  Things that may be causing you to get stuck in your head voice and not be able to get to your lowest notes.  Things that cause you to tighten up as you move to your higher range, thus making your high notes, tight, pushed, painful, and unreachable.

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Perhaps your throat feels tight and uncomfortable when you sing.  Perhaps your sound is caught on the back of your tongue, preventing the wonderful heart of your sound from reaching your listeners, and limiting the emotional expression as you sing.  Perhaps you have trouble hitting pitches. Perhaps your dynamic range is limited.  Perhaps you sound like a different singer between your high and low range.

Maybe you fatigue easily as you sing.  Maybe the higher a song goes, the faster your voice tires out on you. Maybe your pitch begins to sag and your muscles tighten to the point of pain. Maybe you get physically tired because your posture is poor and you can’t properly support your voice.  Maybe some songs just seem to hard for you to sing.  Maybe one verse or chorus sings easily, but another in the same song is difficult.  Maybe you just get frustrated and think you’ll never wound like a pro.

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It might be that your sound is harsh and nasal. Or it might be that your sound is too airy and has no resonant center.  It might be that your lower notes are full and strong, but your high notes are disconnected and false (what most call head voice). O fit might be that your high notes are easy and free, but you can’t find the pathway to your glorious low notes, so they have no depth to them. It might be that your only sing within a very small range because you think you just can’t sing that high or that low. Or it might be that sometimes  you just get frustrated with the whole process and want to give up altogether.

Sometimes singing might seem like a lot of work and effort.  Sometimes it may seem that no matter how much you practice and work hard to improve, you singing just doesn’t become effortless, fun, and natural. Sometimes the thing that should bring you and others so much joy just brings defeat.

Do any of these things sound familiar to you?  Would you like to remove these restrictions, physically, mentally, and emotionally? Would you like to find your own amazing voice, free of all of the above problems?  I would so love for you to allow me the joy of helping you through my vocal coaching/teaching. Helping you is one of my greatest joys.  I am your biggest fan and encourager.

Join TheProSinger.com and take all of the lessons in the order that they come.  When you join, you will receive one new lesson every week.  The lessons build on one another and you need to spend time on each one before moving on.  Once you receive a lesson, it will always be available for you to revisit, which is a great thing for you to do. You will be amazed at how quickly you begin to experience freedom from restrictions and how your range will increase.  You will find so much freedom of emotion, and your pitch will become right in the pocket.  The beautiful sound of you will be released, and singing will once again become a joy.  Singing will be fun, and you will sound like the very best version of yourself. Uniquely you. The one and only.  I would love nothing more than the opportunity to help you unlock your own amazing voice.

Let’s take this fun and exciting journey together!

Happy Singing!!!

Suzanne

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Feb 24

Can I Get Better at Singing Without Taking Lessons?

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

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Can I get better at singing without taking lessons? I hear this question ALL THE TIME! My short answer is that of course you can get better at singing without taking lessons. You can get better at most things if you put your mind to it and are willing to devote time and energy to developing your skills. You can sing every single day and find your voice improving as you develop it. You will probably have a lot of fun during the process.

You can get better at piano, guitar, or any instrument without taking lessons. You can learn to dance without taking lessons.  You can become an artist, a writer, a speaker, or even a computer genius without taking any lessons. You can play football or baseball without taking any lessons, and probably develop some skills.

However, if you want to have great form and become the very best at your craft, it is very helpful to have someone teaching or coaching you as you go so that you can achieve your very best.  Even professional athletes have had and continue to have great coaches helping them to be their very best.  Great actors have great coaches.  Most professional singers have had ,and many continue to have, great coaches and teachers.  Can they get better without a coach?  Perhaps, but these pros have to stay in top form to keep their voices strong and healthy and able to meet the demands put upon them.

 

can i get better at singing sans lessonsI think it is very important to have a vocal coach that you can trust to help you develop great freedom in your voice as your become the very best singer you can be. A coach can help identify and remove any restrictions that may be limiting or harming your vocal potential.  It really helps to have another set of ears that have been trained to hear those limiters.  She will be able to give you helpful methods to find pure and delightful vocal freedom and you will be so excited with the results!!!

Although you can get better at singing on your own, you will see faster and better results if you take some time to work with a vocal coach that you trust.  If you don’t have one where you live that you trust and with whom you’ve seen others have good results, then you have come to the right place.  I have developed a series of online lessons that come to you one at a time, once a week. The lessons build upon one another, so it is important to start from the beginning and work on each lesson as it comes to you.  You can’t skip ahead, but you can always go back and work on previous lessons.  These are designed to help everyone, from beginner to pro, and you will definitely get great results.  Your great singing and longevity as a singer are of utmost importance to me, so I have made these lessons very affordable so that hopefully everyone can benefit.  I really care about you and would love to help you find your own amazing voice!!!

Happy Singing!!

Suzanne

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Feb 20

Lack of Sleep is One of the Worst Things for Singing

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

Lack of sleep is one of the worst things for singing.

lack of sleep terribl for singersMost of us are aware that logging 7 to 9 hours of sleep is of utmost importance to our physical and emotional well being. Sleep helps us to combat stress, which has been shown to be the basic cause of most of the dreaded diseases we would prefer to avoid. We are aware that we have more energy and focus and feel more able to accomplish the things we get to do each day. Most of us notice that we are considerably more tolerant and loving towards others when we are well rested. Great sleep gives us the energy to choose to eat healthy foods and to get adequate exercise. We reach for water rather than caffeine or sugary drinks to provide a rush of energy. Being well rested gives us a greater ability to make good life decisions which benefit us in every area of our lives. We look better. Our skin glows and our eyes sparkle. Well rested people smile more and are more engaging to others. Energy breeds energy, so a well rested person can be a lifter of others as well as feeling upbeat themselves.

All of these good habits contribute to becoming or continuing to be a great singer and effective performer, but without proper sleep, at proper times, the voice becomes tired and sluggish, and the body slumps out of alignment and has a difficult time supporting the voice the way it is meant to. A tired body causes the singer to use throat muscles for support which is bad anytime, but when the poor vocal cords are already fatigued from lack of sleep, vocal problems such as strain, polyps, and nodes can begin to develop. The best hour to fall asleep is anytime before before 11:00 pm. It’s a scientific fact that there’s a small window of time (usually between 11:00pm and 12:00am) that our body releases human growth hormone, which is necessary for the nightly repair that our bodies provide while we sleep. Sleeping is rest for our souls, restoration for our minds, and repair for all of the cells and tissues that make up our wonderful bodies. There is no way around it – singers must sleep well to sing well for a lifetime!

It’s best not to sing at all on days when the voice and body are tired – but many of you, like me, have to sing to make a living. There are a few things we can do to try and compensate, but the best idea is to avoid much singing and talking on those tired days.

1. Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

2. Eat healthful, natural, energy promoting foods.

3. Relax and reduce stress.

4. Gently exercise and stretch to help the body with energy.

5. Practice good alignment, posture, and breathing.

6. Warm up your voice very slowly and carefully. 

Get a good sleep tonight and see for yourself how much better you can sing in your own amazing voice!

Happy singing!

Suzanne

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Feb 19

How to Sing Like a Disney Princess, Part 2

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

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Would you like to know how to sing pretty like a Disney princess? Of course you would or you wouldn’t be reading this article!  You are a person who knows that singing like a Disney princess is one of the most fun ways to sing!  Not only are the songs beautiful, fun, and heartfelt, they just plain old evoke great emotion with their lilting melodies and expressive lyrics. Everyone can enjoy singing these songs.  So what are some things that can help you sing more like a Disney princess?

 

1.  A Disney princess always sings with lots of emotion and expression. 

Have you noticed that when one of the princesses sings a song, you really feel how she is feeling?  Her emotions are not hidden in any way, and her voice is full of passion.  She lets us, her audience, fully feel how the situation she is singing about is affecting her. In turn, we can connect to her, and we feel like we are part of the story.  A Disney princess is the queen of connecting with her audience.  She draws us in with her freedom of expression without thought or worry about how she sounds.  Her authentic expression is what makes us want to sing along at the top of our lungs.  She is captivating and engaging. She delivers her song with warmth and captures our hearts.

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An exercise that can help you develop this freedom of emotion is to dance around, throw your arms out wide, lean upside down and slowly roll to standing while you sing the song.  It helps to distract yourself from your usual singing stance.  The movement helps your voice to break free of the restrictions you may be placing on it.  Try to turn off your ears when practicing this exercise and just go for feeling nothing in your throat except total release.  Don’t allow your ears to pull you back to your tighter sound.  Just let it go and see what happens!

2.  A Disney Princess always sings where she speaks.

This natural singing is what makes her sound authentic and believable.  Just listen to your favorite princess singing and you will see that her singing voice sounds very much like her speaking voice.  She has a lot of natural resonance, or mask, in her voice.  Most of us do have this resonance when we speak, but lose it when we sing because of tension in the tongue, jaw, throat, and shoulders.  We feel that singing is work and we really have to try to make a good sound.  What really needs to happen is the opposite.  We need to learn to breathe on the body, relax the tongue and jaw, and then just let the sound go.  If we can learn to let go of the restrictions we place on ourselves, both physically and emotionally, we will be able to release a song and let it sail like a Disney princess!

 exercise:

One of my favorite exercises to help find this resonant, masky sound, is to simply say the line I want to sing, and then sing it just like I say it. So if you are singing “Who is that Girl I See” from Mulan, you would want to say the line “who is that girl I see,”  in your natural speaking voice. Then say it freely with feeling, like you are delivering a line in a play.  Watch the sound travel all the way to the back of the room, not by pushing the sound, but by releasing the sound. Once you feel you are speaking with a free and natural sound, try singing the line without changing anything. So basically, you are speaking on pitch. Keep your tongue and jaw relaxed and you will feel your body taking over the job of supporting the sound, allowing your own amazing voice to go free. Say it, sing it!  It will make singing more and more fun as you begin to find freedom in your voice.

Stay tuned for more exercises and videos on this subject!

Happy singing!

Suzanne

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Feb 18

Singing, Singing, Singing

By Suzanne Davis | Uncategorized

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Singing, singing, singing!!!  Can you think of many thing you’d rather do? What an amazing gift we have been given. What an awesome way of expressing joy, sorrow, love, loss, excitement, longing, fulfillment, and all of our human emotions and circumstances. What a powerful tool of communication and connection with other people and with God!  Singing helps us express the things that move us to the depths of our souls. Words connected to melody. Melody coupled with emotion evoking chords that touch and move us beyond any other form of communication.  What a marvelous thing it is to be given a voice to sing about everything that we feel inside. Amazing!

I have often tried to figure out what singing is, but it is something that God has given us that is just a gift beyond our human understanding. I mean, I have studied the anatomy, trained and trained to become the best singer I can be, sung for thousands upon thousands, taught thousands of singers to be their best, but for the life of me, I can’t understand how the human voice can make such lovely sounds. We have a speaking voice and a singing voice. This boggles my mind:) To be chosen to be a vessel of such glorious expression is humbling beyond words. To be given the gift of teaching others to find their full singing potential is one of my greatest joys. To be in the room with a singer when they make a break through, and seeing the pure joy it brings to them is some of the best fun to be had! To receive communication from my online students at TheProSinger.com, telling me of the vocal breakthroughs they are experiencing while following my program makes me jump with joy. Seriously! Helping other singers become their very best is one of my very favorite things to do. I am the biggest fan of and the craziest cheerleader for each and every one of them.

Singing is so much more than a good sound, though that is a very important part to be sure. But beyond the beauty of the notes is the depth and authenticity of emotion. The singer has to connect emotionally with the audience. The listeners need to feel what the singer is trying to say through the song. The singer must learn to step out of the comfort zone and let the audience in. It is a very vulnerable position and much easier said than done. A singer must sound like they are simply speaking to the audience, but on pitch.  The sound should be authentic, unique to that singer. In other words, the singer should sing in his or her own voice, not copying someone else.

An easy exercise to help achieve this goal is to say the line you are going to sing, then sing it just like you say it. Practice each line of the song in this manner, saying and singing each line as many times as it takes to sing in your natural voice. You will begin to find your own amazing voice, and I promise you that you will have fun while doing it!

Happy singing!

Suzanne

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