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Your Personal Singing E-Zine, Issue #039
September 01, 2012
Welcome, Fellow Singer!

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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!

3) RESOURCE Webpage: Breath Exercises

Learn about some breathing exercises that are good for singing and overall health too!

4) FOUNDATION Website: Basics of Singing

These are the 5 basics of singing, in my humble opinion

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 #7 – Improvement Sometimes Involves Complete Change

2) Pitching Tip #36 – Tones, Semitones and Minitones

~~ Enjoy Issue #39 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!

It is with great happiness and joy that I welcome the month of September, as it means that the end of the year is coming and it will soon be time to start planning for next year’s activities.

In Singapore, we celebrate Teacher’s Day on 1st September, and I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all teachers around the world a very ‘Happy Teachers’ Day’!

Teaching is a very tough occupation, and as a teacher myself, I know the sacrifices we put in for students who don’t even realize it until much later on. Just like to tell all teachers to keep going, and don’t ever give up! ;-p

With regards to the singing competition that my student is participating in, I am glad to announce that he is in the Top 5 placing, and that the competition will all be over in just 2-3 weeks’ time.

I can only hope that he will have gained enough experience and contacts to make his own career in the music industry, and I look forward to seeing him very soon.

As his teacher, all I can do is vote for him, and garner votes for him, and spread his achievements wide and far so that more people hear his name and become his fans. ;-p

If I can produce just this one successful artiste of a student, I would know that my efforts over the past few years have finally paid off!

Once again, I would also like to ask that we 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 39th 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 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: Breath Exercises

It should come as no surprise if I were to say that breath is very important for singing.

In fact, it forms the foundation of your singing voice, and certainly is no less important than your vocal folds in the production of your voice.

Without breath, there will be no voice. There might be some sounds, but there will certainly be no sustained vocal tone.

Master some basic breathing exercises so that you learn how to control your breathing and breathe according to what you need for your song.

The key here is control and knowing how much breath to use when you sing.

Check out these useful Breathing Exercises now:

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FOUNDATION Website: Basics of Singing

The basics of singing may not be the most exciting things we want to learn in a singing class, but they are important for our singing education.

Ignore the basics of whatever you learn, and you are sure to fail and not progress.

Having a good foundation in the basics of singing is similar to having a good foundation for a building, or having a good base for a cheesecake. ;-p

So what are you waiting for? Start building on those basics 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 #7 – Improvement Sometimes Involves Complete Change

I have taught many students over the 10 years that I have been teaching.

One point stands common amongst all of them, and that is the resistance to change.

Sometimes, it takes total and complete change in order to achieve the voice you want. And students just aren’t willing to accept it.

For those who are willing and ready to accept change, start by working on your voice now:

What do I mean by total and complete change?

By this, I mean change in your daily habits, change in the way you usually sing, and change in how you talk too.

Firstly, how can we change our daily habits?

We can do this by instilling the habit of practice into our daily routine. Practise for short durations each time, but OFTEN, throughout the day.

This is the only way we are going to transform our voice. To make it the routine voice that we use throughout the day, and not as a SEPARATE voice we use for singing.

Otherwise, what we practice in our singing lessons will always remain in singing class, and will never become the voice that we use to sing naturally each time we open our mouth.

Secondly, what do I mean by ‘change in the way we usually sing’?

I mean, change our singing habits. Analyze how we are singing right now, and tell ourselves what we want to change and what we want to keep.

Then, practice daily and often to instill new singing habits.

Sometimes this involves trying out tones that we are not familiar with, or that we have never vocalized before.

Be brave, and try them out (safely). Just don’t resist change, and don’t think that by doing things in the same way you will get different results.

Because that will never happen. You need to effect change in order to achieve change!

Thirdly, why would we change the way we talk?

If our singing practice is often enough, the voice that we use to sing will gradually become the voice that we use to speak. And vice versa.

It becomes something that is natural to us, just like how we breathe or how we react to things. It becomes a NEW habit.

A lot of my students think that just by taking singing lessons once a week, we teachers can perform miracles.

Well, we can’t. You need to practice. And be the change that you want to achieve.

There is no short cut or no miracle method of training. It takes hard work and determination to get the voice that you want!

So, start working now ;-p

Read up more about Vocal Exercises that you can do to train up your voice:

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Pitching Tip #36 – Tones, Semitones and Minitones

I’d just like to share with everyone a point on pitching that one of my students raise during class today, which I thought is rather meaningful.

He asked me whether, when people sing off key, that it’s because they are singing the wrong tones or semitones with regards to the pitch that they are supposed to sing.

For those who wish to first work on their basic pitching for singing before moving on to more advanced techniques, please click below:

I told him that the world is not just divided into tones and semitones. ;-p

There are also half semitones, or mini tones, or even micro tones that are so small that it is difficult to hear and differentiate them.

I demonstrated some of these mini tones and microtones, and my students were able to only barely detect the differences in these tones.

It then struck me that what I took for granted was actually something that they did not realize.

That whenever we sing slightly sharp or slightly flat, we might actually be singing just a microtone too high or too low, and that causes us to cringe or feel strange when we listen to our singing.

And knowing how to listen out for these differences in tone is one of the most important parts of our singing training.

This is why ear training is absolutely vital as a skill that ALL singers should have!

And this is also why it is quite rare for a singer to be able to sing in perfect pitch every time he or she performs.

Of course, the pitching exercises on my website are a good way to start, because knowing the tones and semitones in our scales is certainly the first step towards better pitching.

But our ears also have to be more sensitive to the mini tones or micro tones so as to be able to tell the difference between the various pitches.

This will give us a whole new spectrum in our listening ability!

To find out more about singing books that help us to unleash 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 October 2012
2) Growing a Stronger Online Community

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Here ends Issue #39 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 October 2012 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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