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Your Personal Singing E-Zine, Issue #049
August 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: Foods that are Good for Singing

Check out some of the foods that are good for developing a strong singing voice!

4) FOUNDATION Webpage: Vocal Warmups

Do your vocal warmups before singing and your voice will flourish.

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 #18 – How To Get A Good Singing Voice in the Morning

2) Pitching Tip #47 – Sliding the Pitch When Singing and yet remaining On Pitch

~~ Enjoy Issue #49 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!

To all our Singaporean readers, I would like to wish you and myself a very exciting National Day!

9th August is a special day for all Singaporeans, and I will be looking out for the National Day Celebrations that will be happening all around the island on that day.

This month, I have been busy teaching singing to secondary school students at a neighbourhood school.

I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts about this in the singing tips for this issue of the Ezine.

To those of you who have been eagerly awaiting our new website, I must say that it is going to be released very soon! Either this month or the next.

I am also planning to do videos, and you’ll finally be able to watch my singing instructional videos that will touch on the various topics on our website.

These are all in the pipeline and coming to you very very soon, so do be sure to watch out for them!

Also, if you could kindly also spread the word to your friends and family, and bring more people into our singing community, I would be really grateful! ;-p

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 49th 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: Foods that are Good for Singing

Singing is not just about daily practise and training. It is also about our personal health and nutrition.

Without a healthy body, we cannot possibly have a healthy singing voice!

It is on this note that I would like to put the spotlight on Foods that are Good for Singing, and introduce this chapter to all our readers.

Knowing the foods that are good for singing will allow us to be more aware of our nutrition, and take in foods that are good for our health and also for our singing voice.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out these foods and be sure to start your nutrition plans now!

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FOUNDATION Webpage: Vocal Warmups

Vocal Warmups have always been crucial for helping us develop a good and strong singing voice.

It gives our voice flexibility, and also allows us to stretch our voices before we actually begin singing our repertoire.

We also have to know exactly what we are warming up, so that when we do these exercises, we know what to focus on.

Many singers just go through the motion of various vocal warmups and drills, without even knowing what they do or what is the point of doing them?!

It is important to me and my students that we understand the point of each exercise that we do, and we achieve the results that we want with that exercise.

So, come join our singing family and check out these Vocal Warmups 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 #18 – How To Get A Good Singing Voice in the Morning

As i mentioned in the previous Ezine, I’ve been doing some teaching at secondary schools these few weeks.

One of the more difficult aspects of this is having to teach singing during the early hours of the day, sometimes starting lesson from 8am!

So how did I manage to do so when teaching these students?

Bearing in mind that sometimes, the students can be quite rowdy and noisy, and we do have to be able to project our voices well in order to get their attention!

One of the first things I had to bear in mind was to remember to do my vocal warmups before I started teaching.

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

Without doing my warmups (lip trill, humming, sirening, some scale singing and drills), I could not have allowed my voice to ‘awaken’ and be ready for the lessons that were to happen for the day.

Also, I made sure that I never over-pushed with my breath when I was speaking to the students, or when I was demonstrating any of the songs that we were teaching.

This allowed my voice to gradually warm itself up as I was teaching, and not be overly fatigued at the end of each lesson.

Thirdly, I made sure I used ‘twang’ when I was speaking / teaching / singing, instead of pushing with my breath and trying to force my voice to be projected.

Using ‘twang’ allowed me to project my voice more effortlessly and more efficiently, without making my voice tired with excessive breath pressure and force.

It also allowed the students to hear me well and made my lesson instruction easier and clearer.

Next, I made sure I practised good class management and control.

This means that I only spoke when the class was not rowdy, and I made sure that the students were quiet and listening before I began to talk.

This reduced the need for me to speak over the noise, and also reduced the possibility of me over-straining my voice if I were required to shout to the students in a noisy and rowdy environment.

I do hope that sharing my experience in teaching singing to students will help those of you teachers out there in your own lessons in schools all over the world!

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

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Pitching Tip #47 – Sliding the Pitch When Singing and yet still remaining On Pitch

Today while I was teaching one of my students, I was reminded of how we sometimes slur / slide our pitch when singing.

It made me curious as to how we are able to slide the pitch so far away from the note, and yet somehow manage to get back to the actual note each and every time!

This certainly takes lots of pitching practice and ear training, and I’m sure I had a lot of that in the past.

For those who wish to start off first with some Basic Pitching Tips, check out the URL below:

For those of us who do not know what I mean by slurring or sliding our pitch when we singing, basically you have to listen to more slow songs and ballads to understand this.

Whenever we sing slow songs, we slur and slide our pitch much more than if we were singing fast or uptempo songs.

This is almost a necessity because if we did not slide our pitch, our singing would sound more monotonous, and the effect created would not be as touching.

So how are we going to be able to slide our pitch, and still reach the pitch that we need to sing, without sounding out of tune or slow in singing the pitch we want?

There are a few tricks to achieving this with more success.

Firstly, you have to figure out exactly which words you want to slide, and which words you want to keep your pitch straight and direct.

Not every word needs to have this pitch sliding effect before them, and you need to figure out for yourself which words would sound nice with this pitch sliding sound.

Next, the sliding has to be done quickly and without dragging the pitch, so that the singer does not mistake it for the actual pitch for the word / phrase that you are singing.

Thirdly, you have to be very sure of the pitch that you are supposed to sing, before you decide that you want to slide up to it.

If you are not even sure of what pitch you are supposed to be singing, or you are not confident to be able to hit the pitch that you want, my advice to you is to singing more straightly and without too much pitch sliding.

This reduces the possibility of you singing out of tune, and also allows you to train your pitch accuracy when you sing!

Certainly, we should also listen to various renditions of the song in order for you to decide how you want to handle your pitch slides, and where you want to place them in the song.

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 September 2013
2) Growing a Stronger Online Community

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Here ends Issue #49 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 September 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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