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Your Personal Singing E-Zine, Issue #046
April 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: Vocal Warmups

Make sure you do your warmups before you sing!

4) FOUNDATION Webpage: Breathing Exercises

Yes, it’s back to the basics of breathing again..

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 #14 – A Kick In The Butt is Sometimes Just What We Need

2) Pitching Tip #43 – Sometimes We Hear The Wrong Stuff

~~ Enjoy Issue #46 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!

It is April Fool’s Day, and I’d just like to wish everyone a fun and happy day! Go out there and play tricks on each other, and make sure you have lots of laughter and fun! ;-p

I’d also like to take this opportunity to announce that we now have 8,048 active subscribers to this e-zine, and I am so happy that so many of you are loving the content and the tips that we are providing!

I would love it if you could step up your efforts and help spread the love for singing to those around you, and help us build a strong and loving Global Singing Community!

This past month has been really busy for me, and a few big things have been happening.

Firstly, the Your-Personal-Singing-Guide.Com website is currently being redesigned for WordPress, and when it is ready, it will look different and yet similar. Do watch out for it!

Secondly, my music school in Singapore ( is in the process of moving to our new premises, and I have been so busy with things like interior design, tenancy contracts and other important details.

I hope to be able to move to my new premises this June, and I will certainly post pictures of my new and upgraded school to our Facebook fan page for you guys to share my joy! ;-p

Thirdly, I am currently in the process of starting yet another great music resource for music lovers of the world, and I will release news about this to you guys when it’s ready.

So, as you can see, I’ve been really busy! But that still does not stop me from taking some time to reply your queries, and also to see how I can continue to offer my knowledge to you.

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 46th 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: Vocal Warmups

Why do we do warmups before we exercise? It is usually because we want to avoid harm or hurt to the various muscles in our body.

Warmups get more important to us as we age, as our joints get stiffer and our muscles get less flexible.

So it is too with our vocal folds and our singing muscles!

We have to do vocal warmups before we sing, and we certainly have to warmup certain important muscles just before we sing a difficult and challenging song repertoire.

Otherwise, our singing muscles might just fail us at the crucial moments of our singing..

Check out the various Vocal Warmups now:

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FOUNDATION Website: Breathing Exercises

Breathing is a very natural activity for us humans. After all, who doesn’t breathe everyday, day in and day out?

However, breathing for singing is a somewhat unnatural process, because we have to make sure we take in enough breath.

Also, when we sing, we exhale at an excruciatingly slow rate, and our natural breathing process is certainly nothing like that!

Learn more about how to breathe for singing, and also how to support your singing voice with our breath.

Start your breathing exercises 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 #14 – A Kick In The Butt is Sometimes Just What We Need

We humans are natural born procrastinators.

If we can avoid doing something that is difficult or troublesome, we will avoid it. As much as we can.

Until it really becomes unavoidable and we have to face it head on, only then would we begin to attempt to overcome the difficult issue that we are facing.

This is certainly much like how we sometimes approach singing training.

We do only the exercises that we like and we excel in, and we avoid those that we fail or do badly in.

We start to fall into our ‘comfort zone’ of singing, and just start sitting on our butts. ;-p

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

I certainly would be the first to admit that I enjoy doing the singing exercises that I excel in.

Well, of course! It gives me lots of satisfaction and enjoyment when I can sing certain notes or when I can create the tones that I excel in.

However, I have to constantly remind myself to break new ground and reach for new challenges.

I recently attended a mentoring session by a wonderful internet marketing guru, and he said this to us:

“I find that most people who come to these mentoring sessions, are those who need a KICK in the BUTT!”

I wanted to laugh out loud when I heard that, because it was so true!

I had gone to the session, needing some encouragement from my mentor, and also wanting to be reminded about why I signed up for the internet course in the first place.

In short, I needed someone to give me a kick in the butt to get me moving again…

So, if any of you out there are starting to procrastinate and stagnate, and just are quite unwilling to tackle the difficult issues in your singing, you might want to consider asking someone to just remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing.

Perhaps you could get a good friend to get you off your butt, and motivate you towards greater challenges in your singing training!

You might even find that a kick in the butt is all you need to reach the next milestone in your singing adventures. ;-p

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 #43 – Sometimes We Hear The Wrong Stuff

Whenever we hear people sing off key, or when we think that a person is tone deaf, we always think that he or she must be unable to hear their own singing.

However, we can also explore the notion that perhaps, they just might be hearing the Wrong Stuff!

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

Some of us vocal instructors always focus on helping tone deaf singers be able to hear themselves better.

So, we focus on guiding them towards being more attentive when singing, listening to their own voice more, and also getting them to identify pitches better.

But sometimes, it doesn’t really help them much, and it might even make matters worse.

Because the truth is, perhaps it’s not really a matter of not being able to hear themselves when they sing.

But, it could be because these ‘tone deaf’ singers are just listening to the wrong notes or pitches when they are singing.

For every sound that we produce, there are harmonics and overtones. Also, when we sing, there is also the music accompaniment that goes on in the background that distracts us from what we should be listening to.

With all these overtones and music sounds coming in, ‘tone deaf’ singers are sometimes distracted and they end up listening to the other music and sounds that are in the song, and forget about their own voice.

They sometimes even think that they are singing those other tones, and that’s why they start to sing in a totally different key!

But strangely enough, you might find that even though they sing a different key, they can still keep to a certain melodic line, and if you turn down the music, you might find that they are singing the song with the correct melody, but just in a totally different key. Amazing!

It happens like this sometimes, and it is our job as vocal coaches to identify the problem, and to guide these singers to hear the RIGHT stuff.

Concentrate on the right notes and the right music, and sing the right melody.

And everything will end up sounding GREAT! ;-p

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 May 2013
2) Growing a Stronger Online Community

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Here ends Issue #46 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 May 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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