~ Table of Contents ~

Latest Updates!

1) Message from Your Personal Singing Coach

2) COMPLETED Website Section: Singing FAQ

o Hottest NEW section that answers many of the FAQ that you may have about singing!

3) FEATURED Website Section: Singing Problems

o Knowing your singing problems is half the battle won. Diagnose your singing problems and seek your unique solution now.

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Ear Training

o One of the most useful sections on our website is our ‘Ear Training’ section. Check it out now!

5) COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach

o Send in your questions about singing, and also compliments or feedback about this website!

Personal Singing Tips!

1) Vocal Tip #14 – Keeping Your Head Down for Better Vocal Health

2) Pitching Tip #12 – Online Pitching and Ear Training Resource

3) Rhythm Tip #10 – Body Movements and Singing Rhythm

~~ Enjoy Issue #12 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!

For those Singaporeans who are reading this Ezine today, I’d just like to wish you all a belated National Day!

Being a Singaporean myself, I’m certainly proud to be able to reach out to singers all around the world, and to share some information about Singapore to everyone everywhere!

This past month has been really tough for me, having suffered a slowdown in lessons at my school due to the flu outbreak in Singapore, and also due to the H1N1 virus spreading far and wide.

2 of my students have been infected with the virus while studying at their educational institutitions, and they have been quarantined at home for at least one whole week. This really is a trying period for everyone, as we all try to overcome this new threat to our health!

To overcome this threat, I have been disinfecting my school every single day after lessons in order to prevent the spread of any viruses to our students. Hopefully this will put a stop to the spread of the flu viruses, and allow us to take one step closer towards a healthier environment.

For those of you who are not so severely affected by the flu virus, hopefully you will be able to appreciate how lucky you are! ;-p

Do enjoy the tips that I am providing for you in this 12th 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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COMPLETED Website Section: Singing FAQ

o This newly completed website section answers many of the frequently-asked questions (FAQ) that many singing students and singers would have about singing, vocal training and much more.

The topics covered here include Pitching, Rhythm, Breathing, Voice Training as well as Diction, encompassing most of the basics of singing that I explained in the relevant section of my website.

It is also the hottest website section now, having a Google PageRank of 3, and rising up fast among search engines like Google.

Now, if you have a burning question about singing that you want to be answered, do also send in your query using the
Contact Us Form

that is on this website!

Ok, check out this brand-new Singing FAQ section NOW by clicking on the URL below:

Singing FAQ URL:


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FEATURED Website Section: Singing Problems

o Knowing your singing problem is certainly extremely important in our quest for a better singing voice.

Once you understand what kind of singing problems you have, you would then be able to apply the targeted solutions to solve your problems.

Using targeted solutions certainly helps to reduce the amount of time you would take to solve your problems, and to achieve a better voice quickly!

To find out more about how to diagnose your own unique singing problems, check out the URL below:

Singing Problems URL:


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RESOURCE Website Section: Ear Training

o One very important resource section of our website is our Ear Training section.

This section teaches our readers how to listen for absolute and relative pitch, as well as how to identify singing intervals.

Singers would also be able to develop a keener ear for singing, and this will certainly help you to keep singing in tune more!

Listening is certainly as important as being able to sing well, so don’t neglect your ear training for singing!

Check out some of these useful ear training exercises now and try them out for yourself:

Ear Training URL:


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COMMUNICATE with Your Personal Singing Coach!

o 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
newest 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 #14 – Keeping Your Head Down for Better Vocal Health

A lot of you may be curious.. what do I mean when i say that you should keep your head down for better vocal health?

Sometimes when we sing high notes, we tend to raise our head. The higher the note, the higher we raise our head, sometimes even looking up to the ceiling or sky!

I have a great number of students who are amateur singers, and this is one of the most basic mistakes that they make when they sing.

However, we should note that every time we do this, we are engaging our neck muscles and also our throat muscles, creating strain and tension when we sing.

The higher we lift our head, the more our neck and throat muscles have to work, and this could result in a strained singing tone.

This actually is a common singing problem amongst singers, and I have touched on this subject in an earlier chapter on my website.

Do check out the following URL on Head Lifting to find out more:

Head Lifting URL:


In order to avoid having this problem, we should tell ourselves to keep our heads at eye level whenever we sing, regardless of the pitch or note that we are singing.

We certainly do not need to raise our heads whenever we sing higher notes. On the contrary, it could be an impediment to our ability to hit the high notes that we want!

In order to train ourselves to be able to hit all the notes in our vocal range without straining our throat or raising our heads, try out these basic vocal warmups now:

Vocal Warmups URL:


Doing these vocal warmups correctly and keeping your head at eye level when singing will certainly be your first steps towards better vocal health!

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Pitching Tip #12 – Online Pitching and Ear Training Resource

Recently, I was lucky enough to have discovered an extremely useful website that is able to train our pitching as well as our ear training, and also provides a trove of other information as well!

Before you proceed with reading this chapter, click on the link below to check out the URL now:

Pitching and Ear Training Website URL:


The website is called Ricci Adams’ Music Theory.net, and it is certainly such a wonderful website for us to use for our training purposes!

When I discovered it, it was just like I was being given a valuable treasure, and the joy was undescribable.

This website allows us to train our pitching for single notes, and teaches us how to identify intervals by hearing as well as by reading musical notes.

It also allows us to train our hearing for chords and notes, and is so very easy to use!

For those of us who are musically trained, we can certainly try out the harder training exercises on this website, and challenge ourselves with the many tests available.

For those who would like a quick lesson in scales and chords, you can also find it on this website.

And the best thing is, everything on this website is FREE! If I do have a chance to meet Ricci Adams’, I will certainly tell him what a saint he is, for providing this wonderful online resource for free for everyone to use!

Now, for those of us who wish to read about other Ear Training exercises, you are free to check out my webpage on it:

Ear Training URL:


Once you understand more about how to train your hearing, and you want to have something more challenging, you can certainly try the exercises available on Ricci Adams’ website.

You can also check out more pitching and ear training books at my webpage on Singing Books:

Singing Books URL:


Hopefully there will be more people in this world like Ricci Adams, who would be willing to share their knowledge with everyone else!

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Rhythm Tip #10 – Body Movements and Singing Rhythm

When we talk about rhythm, we don’t just refer to note durations or beats that are written on the staves or score sheets.

We certainly will have to talk about movements, especially with our body, whenever we train our singing rhythm.

This is because our groove and body rhythm are essential in ensuring that we have a good sense of rhythm when we sing.

For those who wish to find out more about some basic Rhythm FAQ, you can check out the relevant section on our website:

Rhythm FAQ URL:


Now, what kind of body movements do we make in accordance to the rhythm of our song?

For example, we may have some hand actions at certain key points in our song, and these more often than not would lie on major beats or accents in the song.

Or, we would usually be swaying from left to right, whenever we sing songs that are slightly more light-hearted or positive.

Also, when we do songs with a stronger beat and groove, we would even incorporate simple dance movements, and perhaps even bob up and down during our singing to achieve the desired rhythmic effects.

All these body movements help us to keep track of the rhythm in our song, and also show our audience how in sync we are with the music of our song!

For those who genuinely need help with your rhythm sense, there are good books that you can consult at this URL:

Rhythm Books URL:


Check out the following URL for some Useful Rhythm Terms that we may come across during our rhythm training:

Rhythm Terms URL:


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) Singing Rhythm
2) Facebook Group for ‘Your Personal Singing Guide’ Community
3) Increasing Website Traffic

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #12 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.

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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