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Latest Updates!

1) PERSONAL 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) RESOURCE Webpage: Voice Care

Understanding how to take care of our voice, and what foods to eat or not to eat, will certainly help us keep our voices healthy and happy!

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Vocal Warmups

Always be sure to warm up your voice before singing. It is comparative to how an athlete stretches before a training run.

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 #26 – Breath as a Support Mechanism

2) Pitching Tip #22 – Pitching Problems as a Result of Poor Support

~~ Enjoy Issue #24 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!

A very happy LUNAR NEW YEAR to all the Chinese out there who are celebrating the final few days of the 15 day celebrations!

It is certainly a time of reunions and a time to catch up on each other’s life happenings, and also to look forward to the new year with promise and expectations.

This year, I was away in Australia attending a voice training course, and I missed out on the usual 1st day reunion meal of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

However, I am very glad to be back home safe and sound, not threatened in any way by the flooding situation in Australia, and resting happily in preparation for a busy year ahead.

My focus for this year will be on upgrading my teaching skills and my knowledge about singing, and I hope that I will be able to bring newer perspectives to everyone.

It will be an extremely busy year for me, but I am grateful for all the opportunities given, and I am also happy to keep working on this website to provide everyone with resources that will be useful for your self practice!

It is my hope to leave behind a singing legacy, and I trust that you will be a part of this as well! ;-p

Perhaps the one thing that I might ask you to help me out with is that you join Your Personal Singing Guide’s Facebook Group

, and get your friends to join too. 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 24th 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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RESOURCE Webpage: Vocal Cords

Learning how to take care of our voices is certainly imperative to having a long and healthy singing career.

Many singers abuse their voices in search for a more grungy or edgy tone that they hear in CD recordings, and some even require surgery before each performance so as to get them ready to sing during their live concerts!

This certainly should not be the case, if we singers practise good vocal habits, and take good care of our voices everyday.

Just as we take good care of our personal body health and hygiene, we should certainly take precautions to keep our voices free from stress or irritation.

This chapter will give you some important tips on how to keep your voices healthy and happy, as well as what foods to eat to help your body keep our voice up!

Making these tips a daily habit will certainly help you to avoid vocal abuse or damage, and allow you to be able to practise your voice without hurting yourself.

To understand more about Voice Care for your singing and speaking voice, check out the chapter below:

Voice Care URL:


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RESOURCE Website Section: Vocal Warmups

Vocal Warmups are certainly important to us as singers, just like stretching is important for athletes before a competition.

As one of my instructors mentioned to me during the past week or so, a dancer would certainly not jump into a split without first stretching out the relevant leg muscles!

In this same way, we singers should also not attempt to sing or even belt before we stretch out our vocal cords properly with a good set of vocal warmups.

The warmups in this section will help you to stretch your voice well, without incurring any vocal abuse or hurt to it.

This is certainly important, because our vocal cords may be stiff and unstretched, and we need to really stretch them out before we attempt to sing the high notes in our songs.

These vocal warmups also help with our musicality, and it is important that we work on them so as to get these pieces of musical knowledge deeply ingrained in our minds.

Start off your Vocal Warmups and Musicality Training right here and now with this website URL:

Vocal Warmups 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
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:


~~ Personal Singing Tips! ~~

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Vocal Tip #26 – Breath as a Support Mechanism

A lot of times, I get students who ask me how to breathe when they sing, and how to use their breath to push for higher notes.

I usually tell them that the breath is usually overrated, and that they should really be focussing more on their vocal cords instead, and how they produce sound.

Or, perhaps to even focus on a good balance of breath and sound whenever they sing, and not blasting their tiny vocal cords with too much air pressure by pushing on their breath.

Check out the URL below if you wish to revisit the chapter on Breath Support:

Breath Support URL:


Now, the reason for me insisting on support in the breath, is that when we do push overly hard on our voice with our breath, this creates more pressure on our vocal cords and causes them to be subjected to more stress and tension.

This will in turn trigger some important protective mechanisms in the body, and cause our throats to close, causing constriction and throat abuse, as well as abuse in the vocal folds.

We might sometimes hear this constriction sound in rock singers, when they attempt to create the grungy and rough sound that many of them use when singing.

Many rock singers do actually end up with vocal trauma, shortened vocal ranges, or even nodules on their vocal cords due to long term vocal abuse.

Apart from their glamorous appearance as rock singers, this is a side of them that we do not see.

So the next time you want to use your breath for singing, try to think of it as a tool for support, instead of something that you push if you want more volume.

As you focus more on your voice and less on your breath, you will find that the muscles surrounding your vocal cords will also strengthen, giving you the vocal control that you need when singing.

The imagery i usually have in my head when singing is that of my voice sitting on a big and stable boat, riding out the waves in a song. I know that because i am in a stable boat, my voice is well supported and healthy.

Yes, it sounds silly, but I guess we all have to find something that works for us. ;-p

So, the next time you think about your breath when you sing, try focussing more on how it supports something that is equally or more important, and that is your Voice or your Vocal Cords.

For more tips on how to train your voice well, do visit the URL below:

Vocal Exercises URL:


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Pitching Tip #22 – Pitching Problems as a Result of Poor Support

I recently noticed how poor pitching can be a result of poor support when we sing.

This happened during the course that I was taking, during a masterclass.

The student was trying to sing a section of a song, and the 1st time he was singing, he was rather off key and pitchy, and unable to hit certain notes in the song.

However, after the instructor got him to engage more support in his singing, he managed to hit the notes quite easily and also sounded much better in his singing.

For those who would like to recap some of the basics of singing first, do check out the URL below:

Basics of Singing URL:


The support that I am referring to in this story, come from various aspects of our singing support and also various parts of our body.

One important support is certainly the breath, and this I have touched on in the earlier extract regarding Breath Support.

Just be sure not to pay all too much attention to it, as the breath naturally supports the voice, if the voice is used well.

Another important support mechanism is our body and our posture.

You will find that just by aligning your body better, making sure that we stand up tall and our posture is open, you will certainly be able to sing better already!

For extra support, you might wish to just pull your shoulders back and down slightly, to find more strength in your back and lat muscles, and you will find that your voice will certainly be stronger with this support from your body.

The next support mechanism that we have is our head and neck muscles. They help to stabilize our head and also allow our voice to travel from our vocal cords, out towards our listeners.

Maintaining an upright posture certainly helps us to engage our back and our head and neck muscles, so that we are able to provide more body support to our voice.

Proper head and neck as well as body support requires certified instructors to help you find as well as engage these muscles, so I will only touch on this briefly here.

Hopefully that with this new found knowledge, you will pay more attention to your singing posture, and try to find the best poster for your own personal singing!

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

Singing Books URL:


To find out more about other basic singing FAQ that singers may have, check out this URL:

Singing FAQ URL:


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 #24 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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