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Latest Updates

1) Message from Your Personal Singing Coach

2) Brand NEW Website Section – Voice Types!

o Know all about various female and male voice types, and learn how to find out which voice type you belong to!

3) FEATURED Website Section – Pitching Exercises!

o There are many useful musical resources uploaded onto our website in the section on ‘Pitching Exercises’, so do make use of them to practise your pitching!

Personal Singing Tips

1) Vocal Training Tip #1 – Knowing Your Vocal Cords Well!

2) Vocal Training Tip #2 – Lip Trill Exercise

3) Pitching Training Tip #1 – Listen Listen Listen!

~~ Enjoy your Pilot Issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine! ~~

Homepage URL

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com

~~ Latest Updates ~~

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Message from Your Personal Singing Coach:

“Welcome to the pilot issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine!

I thank you for subscribing to this singing ezine that i have started, and hope that it will be useful to you in your singing training and adventures too!

In here you will find useful tips on singing that i have gathered from my years of teaching singing and vocal training to many students of all ages and from all walks of life! I am confident that you will find these pointers useful and will be able to apply most of them to your everyday singing practice.

Your Personal Singing Ezine will come with updates on our websites, featuring brand new sections as well as the featured website section of the month, so that you are constantly updated about the goings-on at our website, and do not miss out on any of the great information or exercises that we publish!

Your Ezine will also include 1 – 2 tips on singing, covering topics like vocal warmups, pitching training, breathing exercises and so on! These will definitely be useful to you in your quest for a better singing voice!

So, sit back and enjoy Your Personal Singing Ezine, and I wish you all the best in your singing adventures!

P.S: Feel free to share these singing tips with your friends, or better still, get them to come and subscribe to their very own Personal Singing Ezine! I will be glad to share my singing tips and pointers with them too!

Yours Sincerely,

Aaron Matthew Lim
Your Personal Singing Coach

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Brand NEW Website Section – Voice Types!

Know all about various female and male voice types, and learn how to find out which voice type you belong to!

Once you know which voice type you belong to, you will be able to structure your vocal exercises to begin on the key or note that best suits your vocal range, and also understand where the limits to your voice lie.

This will help you in monitoring your progress regarding your vocal training, using vocal range as a guideline, and constantly extending your vocal range bit by bit so as to be able to perform more difficult song repertoires!

Click on the link below to visit this useful section on Voice Types!

Voice Types URL:
http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/voice-types.html

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FEATURED Website Section – Pitching Exercises!

There are many useful musical resources uploaded onto our website in the section on ‘Pitching Exercises’, so do make use of them to practise your pitching so that you can sing in tune all the time!

You will find that the music is provided in a way so as to make it easier for you to be able to sing along to it, and also to be able to train your sense of hearing at the same time! This will help you in your pitching and listening, and with an improved pitching sense, your singing will definitely sound much better!

Click on the link below to visit our section on ‘Pitching Exercises!

Pitching Exercises URL:
http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/pitching-exercises.html

~~ Personal Singing Tips ~~

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Vocal Training Tip #1 – Knowing Your Vocal Cords Well!

Our vocal cords are housed in our larynx or voice box, and they are responsible for producing the sound that we hear when we talk or when we sing, or even when we make weird noises…

It is vital that we understand our vocal cords well, so as to be able to ensure that we produce a healthy and stable sound whenever we sing, and avoid unnecessary damage to our vocal cords during our vocal training or other pitching exercises.

Click on this link provided to understand the basics about our vocal cords, before moving on to the Vocal Training Tip in this section:

Vocal Cords URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/vocal-cords.html

For those who already have a good understanding of our vocal cords, let us first start off by saying this word: “HUH?”

Try it out for yourselves! Don’t be shy… ;-p

Now, let us drag the ‘H’ sound slightly longer, and say this: “H…..UH?” Make sure that the airy ‘H’ sound is sounded longer before you introduce the rest of the word!

This exercise lets us understand more about the words that we say or sing, and how they affect our vocal cords and our sound. You will notice that the ‘H’ sound lets us introduce lots of air into our speaking or singing voice. Sounding the ‘H’ in the word “Huh?” causes more air to rush through our vocal cords and creates an ‘airy’ sensation and sound.

You may also notice that once we finish off the word with the remaining “-UH?” sound, our vocal cords close off more tightly to produce a more solid sound. This exercise demonstrates to us how our vocal cords can come from an initial ‘airy’ position, and then close off more towards a more closely vibrating and solid sound.

Another word that we can try out is this: “Girl…”

Try it out now! But preferably not in front of others or in front of a girl, or else she may think you are calling out to her…

You may notice that for the initial ‘G’ sound in the word “Girl”, your vocal cords close off more tightly and certainly produce a less airy sound than the previous word “Huh?”.

Once we sound off the rest of the word ‘… irl’ after the initial G sound, you find that your air is expelled and a stable sound is produced. If we were to hold the word ‘Girl’ at the G sound, preparing to say the word but not letting any sound come through, you find that our vocal cords are totally closed, and no air can pass through!

Only when we are prepared to let air come through and say the entire word “Girl”, then the air is released and sound is produced.

These 2 simple words allow us to understand our vocal cords more, and also be more aware of how they produce sound. When we are singing, we need to be aware of whether our voice is overly airy (as in the ‘H’ sound) or overly tight (as in the ‘G’ sound) and try to achieve a good balance of the two!

This will also help us to avoid unnecessary damage to our vocal cords, which often happens because we produce too tight a sound and our vocal cords rub too closely and tightly with each other…

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Vocal Training Tip #2 – Lip Trill Exercise

My personal favourite vocal warmup is certainly the Lip Trill Exercise, or what i affectionately call, the ‘Bubble’ exercise.

For those who are not familiar with this extremely useful exercise, please do check out my website section on the Lip Trill before proceeding:

Lip Trill URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/lip-trill.html

Those who have tried the Lip Trill and have problems doing it, the following tips might be able to help you out:

1) As I stated in my website section on Lip Trill, you can try placing 1 finger on each side of your mouth, where your dimples would be, and gently push outwards, making sure that you have supported the muscles around your lip area. The end result should look something like a ‘pout’, with your lips more relaxed and supported slightly by your fingers on each side.

This should help you to keep your lip trill going for a longer time.

2) One other reason why you may be unable to keep the lip trill going is because you are not using enough breath or air to support it. Try supporting more with your diaphragm, and follow the general guidelines and breathing exercises listed in my website section on ‘Breathing Exercises’ to strengthen your breath support!

Breathing Exercises URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/breathing-exercises.html

Performing your lip trill with proper breath support will help to keep the lips vibrating and also help to warm up your breath and diaphragm more when you are doing this vocal warmup!

3) Another reason why your lip trill may stop is because when you reach for higher notes, your top lip might tighten and draw inwards, or your mouth might tense up as you sing higher. This is a common reaction amongst many, and one solution would be for you to support your lips with your fingers, as explained earlier.

Another solution would be for you to do your lip trill exercises in front of a mirror, monitoring the movements of your lips, and making sure they are in a relaxed state even as you reach for higher notes in your vocal warmup.

The Lip Trill Exercise is certainly one of the most effective vocal warmups that i know of, with many singers all around the world warming up their voices with it, and I am sure you will benefit greatly from it once you have mastered it!

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Pitching Training Tip #1 – Listen Listen Listen!

Our listening ability is just as important, if not more important than our ability to produce sound and sing. This is because we need to constantly monitor the sound that we create, and make sure that it is melodious sound, instead of just noise that is out of tune!

For those who need some basic advice about how to keep in pitch, do visit the URL below and read up first before proceeding with the rest of this Ezine:

Pitching Exercises URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/pitching-exercises.html

Now, I have some simple tips for practice for those of us who need more practice with your pitching and listening.

Tip # 1: Practise the ‘Movable Doh’ system

You can try playing one note on the keyboard (within your vocal range of course) and sing ‘Doh’ to that note, making sure that the pitch you produce is the same as the note you play. Before you sing, make sure you listen to the note, think about where and how you are going to sing it, before you actually sing it.

Once you have sung the note accurately, play another note on the keyboard and try to sing that note, and just repeat this procedure, singing all the notes as a ‘Doh’, using a movable pitch system. If you are able to do this, then you can progress on with playing 3 notes and singing those 3 notes accurately, and then even 5 notes or an entire octave or scale!

If you find that you are unable to find the pitch accurately, try humming before you actually sing the note that you play. Humming helps us to hear the note better in our heads, and when you hum, try to make sure that your humming pitch matches that of the sound of the note that you play on the keyboard. Once you have the correct pitch, just open your mouth and sing ‘Ah’ while keeping the pitch at the same note.

Tip # 2: Practise the ‘Pitching Exercises’ provided on Your Personal Singing Guide website

There are many musical scales that we can use to practise our pitching, and these include the basic Major Scale and Minor Scales, as well as the more challenging Pentatonic Scale as well as the Chromatic Scale. Once you are able to master these scales, your pitching will certainly improve by leaps and bounds, and you would also have a clearer knowledge of these musical scales!

There are also certain Major and Minor Intervals that we can practise, and you can practise with the music that has been uploaded on our website in the section on ‘Pitching Exercises’ for your benefit!

If you wish to practise each individual interval, just play the interval once on the keyboard, and then try to repeat it by singing the exact same notes using a ‘La’ syllable.

Another way to practise your interval pitching would be to choose an interval to practise, for example a Major 3rd Interval, and begin by playing a single note on the keyboard. Sing this note followed by a 2nd note, making sure that these 2 notes form the interval that you have selected. For example, if you were singing a Major 3rd interval with a starting note on a C, you would need to sing the C note and an E note to form the Major 3rd interval.

This is another way we can practise our pitching, and keep ourselves more in tune when we sing!

~~ Website Work in Progress ~~

1) Basic Rhythm
2) Aural Training
3) Determining Your Voice Type

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends the Pilot Issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine!

I hope that you will find the above tips useful in your singing practices, and feel free to email me at
Your_Personal_Singing_EZine@your-personal-singing-guide.com
if you have any feedback, requests or any questions about singing! I will be glad to reply and also to discuss singing tips with you!

Do also subscribe to the RSS feed provided on my website so as to be constantly updated about the new and exciting content that will appear on Your Personal Singing Guide website!

Also, if you find Your Personal Singing Guide or Ezine useful to you, please do spread the word and invite your friends to come visit our website and join you in your singing practices too! Singing is always more fun when there are more people around!

Your Personal Singing Ezine will be back in another 1 – 2 months’ time, and in the meantime, be sure to check back at our website frequently and keep practising your singing!

Cheers!

Aaron Matthew Lim
Your Personal Singing Coach
Your Personal Singing Guide



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