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Latest Updates!

1) PERSONAL MESSAGE from Your Personal Singing Coach

2) FACEBOOK FANPAGE for all supporters and fans of Your Personal Singing Guide

Join our facebook fanpage now and keep in touch with the latest news from Your Personal Singing Guide.com!

3) RESOURCE Webpage: Ear Training

For those who have difficulties listening for notes, try some of the ear training exercises here!

4) FOUNDATION Website: Singing FAQ

Always learn from what others go through. This is why we have this FAQ section for everyone.

5) COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach

Send in your questions about singing, and also compliments or feedback about this website!

Personal Singing Tips!

1) Vocal Tip #34 – The Balance between Breath and Voice

2) Pitching Tip #30 – Using Daily Sounds to Improve on Pitching

~~ Enjoy Issue #32 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 all fellow singers, vocal coaches and singing students!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!

According to the fengshui masters of the world, this year is the Year of the Water Dragon, and it is a wonderful year of transformation and wealth!

It might also bring in more rain and waters to various parts of the world, and this is certainly happening right now in Singapore.

However, traditionally ‘Water’ means ‘Wealth’, and this is why we Chinese people are certainly not complaining if this year brings in more ‘Water’ and ‘Wealth’ to us!

For those who don’t celebrate Chinese / Lunar New Year, just enjoy the wonderful festive season, and appreciate that blessings that you have received for the past year.

Certainly, for me, this year will be a transformation year, as I have just increased the frequency of the Ezine from 6 weeks to 4 weeks, and will slowly increase it to once every 2 weeks or less!

This is to ensure that we build a thriving singing community, and also allow me to reach out to more of our subscribers, and offer everyone more services for your singing training.

I hope to finally get down to working on my ‘Rhythm’ section for my website, which should feature rhythms and beats for all to practise with.

I also hope to be able to get more pitching training clips uploaded, and also work with a friend to produce my singing videos at long last.

Do be patient, and I promise I will put in my best to give you the best learning experience, at the lowest cost!!

The good news is that my school is also enjoying brisk business, and hopefully we will be able to expand this year too!

All thanks to the blessings from everyone around me, and also from ALL OF YOU!

Do continue to support me, and I know that this lunar year of 2012 will be a better year for everyone!! ;-p

I would like to also request that you do make an effort to LIKE and join Your Personal Singing Guide’s Facebook Fan Page
(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Personal-Singing-GuideCom/247342595295583)

and get your friends to join too!

We started this Facebook Fan Page to be able to communicate with each and everyone of you, and to build a stronger online community. Help me to spread the word to everyone in the world, so that my website can begin to touch lives that I can’t even begin to imagine right now!

Do enjoy the tips that I am providing for you in this 32nd issue of this Ezine, and feel free to share Your Personal Singing Ezine with your friends and loved ones, 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!

If you wish to share with your friends the back-issues of our Ezine, feel free to do so too:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/Your_Personal_Singing_EZine-backissues.html

Also, if you feel that our website is really beneficial to you, please do let us know by dropping us an email through our Contact Us section on the website! Your comments will be greatly appreciated!”

Yours Sincerely,

Aaron Matthew Lim

Your Personal Singing Coach

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FACEBOOK FANPAGE for all supporters and fans of Your Personal Singing Guide

As some of you might now, Facebook is updating their Facebook Groups, and some of our groups might be archived.

In order to avoid losing contact with all of you great people out there, I am starting this new Facebook Fan Page so that we have a new page to meet up at, and to continue keeping in touching with each other!

This fan page will serve the same purpose as the previous Facebook group, just that I will be visiting this fan page more now, and hope that you can just leave your comments there for me to read.

Do also remember to LIKE the fan page so that you will join us as a member and be updated with our regular singing tips and updates.

I will make more effort to reply your comments at this fan page, and hopefully we can start more conversations there!

Should you have any compliments on our website, do feel free to drop us a comment here as well, and we will be extremely grateful for your kind comments. ;-p

So, do check out the URL below and join our Facebook fanpage now:

Your Personal Singing Guide Facebook FanPage URL:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Personal-Singing-GuideCom/247342595295583

Thank you for your help, and I hope that our music community keeps growing by the minute!

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RESOURCE Webpage: Ear Training

Our ears are an amazing part of our body, and most essential to our singing training.

Being able to hear ourselves when we sing, is almost as important as producing good sound in our vocal folds.

This can be proven just by getting someone to put on their headphones, and then try to sing along to a song that they are listening to.

You will find that they will be grossly out of key! ;-p

Learn how to use our ears to tell us whenever we are out of key, and also guide us whenever we sing.

Check out the Ear Training Exercises now:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/ear-training.html

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FOUNDATION Website: Singing FAQ

Tapping on the power of collective knowledge is always the fastest and best way to learn any new skill.

This is why this chapter on ‘Singing FAQ’ is just so vital to our singing training, especially for beginner singers!

Learn from what other singers ask, and also understand how to solve these basic but common problems.

Pose your own questions to me too, and we will do our best to answer them in an email directly to you!

Check out the chapter on Singing FAQ now:

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

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COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach!

Do make use of the Contact Us page on our website, for those of you who wish to ask me questions about singing, or would wish to let us know how great a job we are doing with our website.

We welcome all your comments, and hope to hear from you regularly regarding our website and how we can improve!

I would also like to invite those of you who would wish for me to answer any burning questions about singing, to write in using the online form here and let me know what your questions are.

I will certainly do my very best to answer them, and maybe some of your queries will find their way onto our
website section for Singing FAQ!

Do also let us know what you wish to see on our website, and we will try our best to make the improvements as quickly as we can!

In fact, many of you have already sent in your positive feedback, and I certainly look forward to receiving more from all you readers out there!

Do take note that for the security word challenge, you will need to type the word in CAPITAL LETTERS exactly as it appears, or you will not be able to send us your comments and we would have missed out on valuable feedback from you!

Click on the link below to send us your comments and feedback!

Contact Us URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/contact-us.html

~~ Personal Singing Tips! ~~

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Vocal Tip #34 – The Balance between Breath and Voice

I have had a lot of requests and enquiries from readers all around the world, as well as my students in Singapore, regarding the breath and the voice and how they work together.

This is why I decided to do this short writeup on this topic, to help everyone understand it better!

Before we start off with this, I would like to make sure that you have read my chapter on ‘Breath Exercises’:

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

Now, after you have read that chapter, you might find that I asked you to do some breathing exercises, and to train up on your breath control.

I would like to just emphasize, that you should only work on your breath as much as it is necessary for you to be able to do good vocal production.

The breath and the voice are interlinked, because without breath, there can be no singing, no vocal production.

However, without the vocal folds and how they resist the breath, there also can be no good vocal production, and no healthy singing voice!

It’s just like the chicken and egg story. No chicken, no egg laid. And yet, if there is no egg, there can be no chicken. So which came first?

If we choose to focus too much on the breath and not so much on the voice, we might find ourselves pushing very hard with our stomach muscles when we sing.

Usually we might even activate the lower pelvic muscles in order to support our breath, and we find that the harder we push, the more our throat closes up and our voice feels tired after a few songs.

This is because the amount of breath we are pushing through, is so much that our vocal folds are under extreme pressure, and our throat tends to close on reflex.

The smarter way would be to just use ENOUGH breath to be able to produce the sound that we want.

This requires a certain exploration on your part, and a stronger focus on the vocal folds whenever we sing, so that we understand how little breath we actually need to produce a good sound.

The next time you sing, try thinking of it in this way, and find an easier and less forceful way to produce a good sound!

Read up more about the various chapters in my website, and the latest updates that I have put up:

Singing Blog URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/Singing-blog.html

Do feel free to message me at our NEW Facebook Fan Page if you should have any questions at all! ;-p

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Pitching Tip #30 – Using Daily Sounds to Improve on Pitching

Recently, one of my readers told me that she was using the music available on my website to improve on her speech during therapy.

This triggered me to write this section on how we can use the sounds in our daily everyday speech, to improve on our pitching.

Before we start on that, you might wish to check out the other pitching exercises I have on my website:

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

The reason why we can use our daily everyday speech sounds to train our pitching, is because we are doing pitching training each time we talk.

If you do notice, very few people talk in a truly flat and monotonous voice. (Except perhaps for robots!)

Everyone would at least have some ups and downs in their speech, and this is in itself a form of pitching when we talk.

If we were able to apply this ability to our singing, then it would be of great help to those of us who feel that our singing is truly too flat and monotonous.

Try expressing surprise in your voice!! :-0

Or perhaps, try expressing sadness and sound dejected… :-( (

You will find that naturally your voice goes higher when you are happy or surprised, and lower when you are sad or dejected. It’s a natural speech reflex!

Or you might wish to try saying ‘Hmm’? as a question, and then say ‘Hmm’… as though you were pondering on some serious topic..

You would find that in the first instance, your pitch goes up almost immediately, and in the second instance, your pitch naturally goes downwards.

So, for those of you who sound flat and boring when singing, try applying some emotions to your voice.

Imagine something happy and your voice naturally brightens up. Imagine something sad and boring, and your voice goes flat and monotonous.

Perhaps this might be a quick and easy way to improve on your singing, and also to add more expressiveness to your singing tone!

To find out more about singing books that help us to develop more of our singing talents, do check out the URL below:

Singing Books URL:

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

To read up more about me as a vocal instructor making a living in Singapore, check out this URL:

About Me URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/music-instructor.html

Should you have any questions, feel free to email me at enquiry@your-personal-singing-guide.com or use the feedback form available on our Contact Us page.

Those of you who wish to check out the previous issues of our Ezine for other tips on singing can also go to the following URL:

Your Personal Singing Ezine Back-Issues URL:

http://www.your-personal-singing-guide.com/Your_Personal_Singing_EZine-backissues.html

Keep up your training as a singer, and do also keep me updated about your progress!

~~ Website Work in Progress ~~

1) Next Ezine in just 4 weeks
2) Growing a Stronger Online Community
3) Consolidating Singing Queries for a FREE ebook

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #32 of Your Personal Singing Ezine!

I hope that this issue is useful to you, and that you are able to gain some knowledge from what I have written in this Ezine. I always try to provide tips that you can use, in a manner that is easy to understand and apply in daily life.

Do remember to join our Facebook Fan Page so that we can meet each other, and build a stronger online community!

Feel free to email me at
Your_Personal_Singing_EZine@your-personal-singing-guide.com
or use the Contact Us page provided on our website 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, remember to forward this issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine to your friends and loved ones, and encourage them to come visit our website and join you in your singing practices too!

Singing is always more fun in a community with more people!

The next issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine will be sent to you by 1 March 2012, but be sure to check back at our website frequently and keep practising your singing!

Aaron Matthew Lim
Your Personal Singing Coach
Your Personal Singing Guide



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