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Your Personal Singing E-Zine, Issue #045
March 01, 2013
Welcome, Fellow Singer!

~ Table of Contents ~

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!

3) RESOURCE Webpage: Pitching Exercises

Here are some great pitching exercises for singing!

4) FOUNDATION Webpage: Singing FAQ

Learn from what other singers are asking!

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 Mindset Tip #13 – The Best Things In Life Don’t Come Easy. It’s The Same With Voices!

2) Pitching Tip #42 – Keeping In Tune is not just about Singing In Tune. It’s About Listening Too.

~~ Enjoy Issue #45 of Your Personal Singing Ezine! ~~

Homepage URL:

~~ Latest Updates ~~

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Message from Your Personal Singing Coach:

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

I am writing this post during the Lunar New Year (Feb 10 to Feb 23), and so I’d just like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

It is the Snake Year, and my luck and wealth are supposed to be really good this year according to the Zodiac predictions for the Horse zodiac. ;-p

Hopefully this translates into good luck and prosperity for me this year, and I’ll be sure to share some of this with everyone!

One of my very long standing New Year resolutions is to revamp my website, and I’m glad to say that it is finally underway!!

I have found a designer from who is willing to help me out with this, and he has begun to conceptualise and design my new website.

Hopefully in a few months’ time, I will be able to unveil our new website and I do hope that you will all be happy with it. ;-p

It has also been raining so heavily every day in Singapore, and I do hope that in other countries, the weather isn’t as bad, and that you do get some sunshine over there..

To all readers, I have started my very own Facebook fan page (Aaron Matthew Lim), and you can help me out by LIKING it at this URL:

If you could help to share my Facebook fan page with your friends and LIKE my activities, that would be most appreciated!

Do help to ask our friends and family members to also join Your Personal Singing Guide’s Facebook Fan Page

and get your friends to join too!

Joining this Facebook Fan Page will enable us to build a strong online community, and also to interact with fellow lovers of music and singing, and have more fun together!

Do enjoy the tips that I am providing for you in this 45th issue of the 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 FANPAGE for all supporters and fans of Your Personal Singing Guide

As some of you might now, Facebook has updated their Facebook Groups and archived our previous Facebook Group page. This means that I am no longer able to use the group to message everyone or to inform you about updates at our website.

In order to avoid losing contact with all of you great people out there, I started this Facebook Fan Page so that we have a 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:

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

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RESOURCE Webpage: Pitching Exercises

Yes, pitching is SUPER important when we sing.

In fact, if we sing with all the expression and intonation and rhythm that we can have, as long as our pitching is not accurate, the song will still sound terrible.

People are most sensitive to pitch, and many will condemn others to be ‘Tone Deaf’ even though sometimes the pitch may just be slightly off!

So, before someone calls you Tone Deaf, be sure to work on your pitching while you are working on your singing technique!

Check out the various Pitching Exercises now:

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FOUNDATION Website: Singing FAQ

Singing was never meant to be done alone, and that is why I set up this chapter on Singing FAQ.

It taps on the collective questions of the singing community here, and allows beginners to read up on what others have asked us previously.

This also quickens the learning curve and makes it so much faster and easier for beginners to progress and improve!

You can certainly also send in your own questions through our Contact Us page, and perhaps that question will become one of the FAQ questions listed here.

So what are you waiting for? Start tapping in on the wisdom of other singers now!

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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 Mindset Tip #13 – The Best Things In Life Don’t Come Easy. It’s The Same With Voices!

We’ve all heard of the saying, ‘The best things in life don’t come easy’.

If you ever hear anyone saying that you can get the voice that you’ve always wanted, with just a few simple exercises, let me tell you now, it is impossible!

You might be able to get improvements in your singing voice, but for you to make dramatic changes in your voice, it does take a lot of practice and effort to achieve it.

For those who wish to start off their vocal training now with some simple vocal exercises, visit this URL now:

Now, that being said, I just wanted to highlight to you the fact that we all need to put in lots of hard work and practice time in our singing training.

Certainly, many students think that if they were to practise their singing once a week, or if they take lessons from a great teacher once a week for 1 h each time, they will see great improvements in their own singing.

However, your great teacher can only see you once a week. The rest of the 6 days in the week, 24 hours per day, you spend with yourself, living the life that you are living.

If you don’t make any effort to change your life habits and put in more singing practice time, you will never achieve the voice that you want.

You might possibly achieve it during lessons with the teacher, but after you come out of the lesson, you might find yourself lost and unable to reproduce the singing tone that you got during the lesson.

This is a very common complaint of many singing students, that they just can’t replicate what they did during lessons.

And many of them wait till their next lesson before trying again. So, meanwhile, the voice is just resting and being passive.

I believe more in daily practice, and not just daily, but throughout the day, in short practice periods of maybe a few minutes each time.

This helps to reinforce the positive vocal habits, and also helps instill muscle memory and trains our vocal folds and its surrounding muscles better.

Constantly think about your singing voice and how to improve on it, think about the lesson you had with your teacher and what he/she told you, and think of what you should be doing with your voice to get the tone you want.

Do this constantly, every day, throughout the day, and you will see marked improvement in your singing for sure.

The best things in life DON’T come easy. :-)

For those of us who would like to start off with some singing basics first, check out the URL here:

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Pitching Tip #42 – Keeping In Tune is not just about Singing In Tune. It’s About Listening Too.

I know I’ve said this many times, and you’re probably tired of me saying it, but I still would like to reinstate the statement above.

Listening is such an important skill, and we must not neglect it.

For those who wish to begin tackling their aural awareness issues now, check out the URL below:

A lot of my students are always very concerned with singing in the correct pitches.

They might start off singing a certain song confidently, but then somewhere in the chorus section they start to lose confidence and they tell me it’s because they know they are not singing the correct pitch.

And they ask me how to train themselves so that they can always produce the correct pitch every time when they sing.

My response to singers who have this query, is to first be grateful that you are able to detect that you are singing in the wrong pitch! Because not many people can do that in the first place.

It is a very important skill – this aural awareness – to be able to detect that you are singing slightly off-key, and to know whether you are singing too high or too low.

Many singers are mostly able to detect that they are singing off-key, but they are unable to pinpoint what is going wrong, and they can’t tell if they are singing ‘sharp’ or ‘flat’.

They just instinctively know that there is something wrong with their singing, and it just sounds WRONG. And they ask me how to sing correctly.

I would say to them, train your ears first. Be able to hear and know if you are singing too high or too low.

It is important to know the cause of the problem, so that you will know if you need to sing slightly higher, or if you need to sing slightly lower in pitch, or if you are just insecure and inconsistent in your pitching.

The moment we hear and we understand our pitching problems, our brain and our voice will make the adjustments to bring us closer to our ideal pitch.

And if we have been diligent in our daily vocal training, we will know how to put in more effort into our voice and hit the correct notes that our ear and our brain tells us to hit.

So, once again, keeping in tune is not just about singing in tune. It’s about listening too!

Don’t just be concerned about what comes out of your mouth, but after you have sung it, do listen to it and record it and get feedback about it, and make changes to it as you are listening to it.

This is the true mark of a great singer!

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:

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

About Me URL:

Should you have any questions, feel free to email me at 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!

~~ Website Work in Progress ~~

1) Next Ezine on 1st April 2013
2) Growing a Stronger Online Community

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #45 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
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 April 2013 for sure, 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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