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Latest Updates!

1) Message from Your Personal Singing Coach

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

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

3) FEATURED Website Section: Singing Books

I have recommended some singing books that will be of great benefit to you in your singing journey!

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Pitching Exercises

Pitching Exercises that help us keep our voice perfectly in tune!

5) COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach

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

Personal Singing Tips!
*Special Focus on Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day*

1) Vocal Tip #18 – Caring for Your Voice during the Lunar New Year

2) Pitching Tip #16 – Pentatonic Scales for added Pitching Challenge

3) Harmony Tip #01 *NEW!*– How to Harmonise When Singing Duet Songs

~~ Enjoy Issue #16 of Your Personal Singing Ezine! ~~

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~~ Latest Updates ~~

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Message from Your Personal Singing Coach:

“Welcome all fellow singers, vocal coaches and singing students!

This 16th issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine comes one day after a lovely combination of the Lunar New Year, as well as Valentine’s Day! Lovers can celebrate with each other, while enjoying the company of their family and friends!

The lunar new year celebrations have always been a time for family members to get together for an annual reunion, much like what my family does each year. We catch up on the goings-on of all our relatives, our cousins, as well as uncles and aunties too. After all, family is an extremely important part of social support, and without our family members, we would certainly lack much strength and support in our ventures in life!

Valentine’s Day is also a very important day for us to remember our loved ones, especially the special person in our life! For those who are not attached or married, it is a great time to catch up with your friends, and just share the joy of living with everyone around you.

It is with this double celebration that this issue of our Ezine is tied to, and it is certainly my wish for all our readers to have a great Lunar New Year, and also to not forget our family and loved ones, as well as our lovers and friends too!

I would also like to once again invite everyone to join Your Personal Singing Guide’s Facebook Group

) and be a member of our group, so that I can more effectively update everyone about the latest happenings at our website, and also engage everyone in discussions about singing and music.

Do enjoy the tips that I am providing for you in this 16th 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:


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 GROUP for all supporters and fans of Your Personal Singing Guide

For those of you who subscribe to our Personal Singing Ezine, do make it a point to join our Facebook Group for readers of Your Personal Singing Guide.

This facebook group allows us to keep in contact with each other online, and also to discuss various topics about singing and music.

Basically, we can build an online music community, but I do need your help for this. Hopefully you can join this facebook group, and also get your friends and family to join too!

I am sure it will be fun to interact with people from all around the world, and exchange pointers and contacts with musicians and singers from every part of the globe!

So, do check out the URL below and join our facebook group now!

Your Personal Singing Guide Facebook Group URL:


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

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FEATURED Website Section: Singing Books

I have recommended some singing books that will be of great benefit to you in your singing journey.

Some of these books are great for beginners, whereas others are slightly more advanced. You will do great to check out the beginner books on the 1st page of the Singing Books chapter, and then to move on to the various sub chapters to find other books that are more specific to your needs!

Certainly, if u have good books or resources to recommend to others, do drop me an email at enquiry@your-personal-singing-guide.com, and I will be glad to write about them on my website!

To find out about the singing books that I recommend, check out the link below:


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RESOURCE Website Section: Pitching Exercises

Pitching Exercises certainly do play an important role in keeping our voice perfectly in tune.

These exercises are just like the scale exercises that pianists or violinists do in order to keep their playing in tune, and to make sure that their fingers know exactly which notes or which positions to press.

In this section, music is provided online for you to practice your pitching exercises, and also to make sure that those who do not have any instruments at home are also able to practice your singing too!

Check out the section on Pitching Exercises now:

Pitching Exercises URL:


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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
newest 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!

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~~ Personal Singing Tips!
*Special Focus on Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day*~~

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Vocal Tip #18 – Caring for Your Voice during the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is a time for celebration and family reunions, when most Chinese families get together for an annual family gathering.

It is also a time of the year when people start to eat many New Year goodies, like cookies, pineapple tarts, biscuits, love letters, crackers and many more delicious snacks!

No wonder then that this is also a time of the year when many people fall sick, getting sore throats due to the heaty foods that they eat during the New Year.

As a full-time vocal coach, my voice is my most valuable asset. As such, I have to take care of it 24/7, everyday every minute throughout the entire year.

This of course includes the Lunar New Year period, and I usually try my best to avoid bingeing on New Year goodies.

The main culprits that contribute to sore throats during the New Year would be pineapple tarts and bak gwa (grilled meat slices). These cause sore throats because they are heaty foods, increasing the risk of falling ill or losing your voice.

Of course, other culprits include cookies, crackers and other crunchy and delicious snacks. Peanuts also add to the risk of getting sore throat, because it is also a heaty food, and the bits of peanuts cause irritation to your throat.

My advice to everyone is to always eat in moderation. Satisfy that craving for New Year goodies, but always bear in mind that bingeing is never good for health. Plus, it could give you a sore throat, making it difficult or impossible for you to sing for a few days, or even for weeks.

AND, avoiding the New Year goodies also helps you to stay slim and not put on too much weight during the festive season! ;-p

Should you wish to read up about other singing foods to avoid, do visit the URL below:

Bad Singing Foods URL:


Should you wish to check out other voice care tips, do visit the URL below:

Voice Care Tips URL:


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Pitching Tip #16 – Pentatonic Scales for added Pitching Challenge

Lunar New Year songs are usually happy and lively, ushering in the new year and also bringing cheer and joy to everyone in the vicinity!

A unique feature about Lunar New Year songs is that they are sometimes composed using a special scale called the Pentatonic Scale.

This scale consists of the following notes:

Doh (1), Re (2), Mi (3), Sol (5), La (6)

Any song that is composed using only these notes is referred to as a pentatonic song, and usually sounds very Oriental and exotic, almost like it comes from China.

However, one exception to the rule would be the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’, which is composed using the pentatonic scale, but strangely enough, does not sound the least bit Oriental!

For those who are tired of singing the same old scales over and over again, why not try this new and unique scale during the Lunar New Year period?

Give your singing exercise routine a boost and try to do pentatonic scales in various keys so that you train your vocal cords to pitch different notes from time to time!

I have also written about the pentatonic scale on my website. Check out the URL below:

Pentatonic Scale URL:


For those of you who wish to read about some useful Pitching Interval Exercises, you are free to check out my webpage on it:

Interval Training URL:


You can also check out more pitching and ear training books at my webpage on Singing Books:

Singing Books URL:


Try out a new pentatonic scale exercise and give your singing training the additional boost it needs!

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Harmony Tip #01 *NEW!*- How to Harmonise When Singing Duet Songs

I decided to create a new category of tips called ‘Harmony Tips’, and these are pointers on how to sing harmony parts as well as how to be able to listen out for them and train to sing them well.

Since it is also Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be extremely suitable to launch these tips now, so that we can all sing lovely duet songs and celebrate our love for the special people in our lives!

Singing harmony is actually easy and difficult at the same time. It is easy because the technical aspects of it are not difficult to understand.

However, it is difficult because the execution of harmony singing is never easy, and many singers would tell you that harmony singing is one of the hardest things to do, especially if you are so used to singing solo!

You will certainly need to have a good ear when singing, and this is when ear training plays an extremely important role.

For those who wish to find out more about some basic Ear Training resources, you can check out the relevant section on our website:

Ear Training URL:


The easy part of harmony singing lies in writing the harmony notes for the melodies that you hear.

Usually, if we know the solfege for the melody of a song, we would be able to write out the harmony lines without too much difficulty, because of a simple harmony rule.

Most of the time, harmony notes are either a 3rd or 4th above, or a 3rd or 4th below the melody note.

For example, if the melody notes are Doh (1) Re (2) Mi (3), the harmony line might possibly be Mi (3) Fa (4) Sol (5), if we are looking at a 3rd above.

Or, the harmony line could be Low Sol (5), Low La (6) and Doh (1), if we are looking at a 3rd or 4th below the melody line.

Of course, it will also depend on the chords used in the song, and the music that the melody is being sung with. But this is usually the rule of thumb, and it works in most scenarios.

For those who genuinely need help with your harmony sense, there are good books that you can consult at this URL:

Harmony Books URL:


The difficult part of harmony singing lies in actually singing the harmony notes well and in tune.

A lot of times, the singer will be led away by the melody line and will sing the notes for the melody instead of sticking to the harmony notes.

This takes additional training in singing intervals, and also being able to listen and pick out intervals.

You would then be able to listen to the melodic line, and yet sing out the harmony line with ease!

Check out the following URL for some pointers on singing intervals:

Pitching Exercises URL:


I certainly hope that this *NEW* Harmony Singing Tip has been useful to you.

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:


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

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Here ends Issue #16 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 group so that we can finally meet each other, and share our interests and ideas online!

Feel free to email me at
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!

Your Personal Singing Ezine will be back in another 6 weeks’ time, 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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