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Your Personal Singing E-Zine, Issue #038
August 19, 2012
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 Warmup

Find out how to do great warmups for your singing voice!

4) FOUNDATION Website: Singing FAQ

Learn from the comments and experiences of others.

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 #6 – Competing with Ourself and Not With Others

2) Vocal Tip #35 – Self Exploration is the Key to Self Improvement

~~ Enjoy Issue #38 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!

I am so sincerely apologetic for how late this Singing Ezine is in arriving! I have been so caught up with supporting my student Irwin in a reality singing competition in Singapore, and also with my regular work at my music school during this busy period of the year, that I only just realized that I had not sent you guys the Ezine for August. :-(

I have also been following the Olympics very closely, watching the swimmers, divers, gymnasts and also the table tennis players, that I must have forgotten all about sending you this Aug Ezine! Or perhaps it’s because Singapore won 2 medals this year at the Olympics, and that’s why I was too caught up in all that action!

Anyhow, upon realizing it today, I have completed it and am sending it to you right now. I am also already working on the September issue, just to avoid any possibility of missing it out again.

This August issue will focus on Self- Discovery and Self-Exploration. What do I mean by this? Do check out the articles in this Ezine to find out.

I am actually down with a slight flu right now, but thank goodness it is only just a slight one and not a full blown illness. This gives me some time to really be by myself, and ponder about my work and also to think about my life journey so far.

There have been times when I felt like giving up and not doing music anymore, but it is always when I read the comments that everyone sends me, that I really truly believe that I should continue my work in singing.

So, please keep those comments and encouraging words coming in, and I will keep up my work in helping singers all around the world work on their singing skills! ;-p

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 38th 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: Vocal Warmup

Many of my students downplay the importance of doing vocal warmups before they sing.

In fact, I advocate that you should be warming your voice all throughout the day.

Whether you be driving, or working, or just walking along the street, you should be doing your warmup exercises to keep your voice healthy and active.

Only through this constant and repetitive practice throughout the day, every day, that we will improve on our singing voice and break new boundaries!

Check out these useful Vocal Warmup Exercises now:

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FOUNDATION Website: Singing FAQ

I set up the chapter on Singing FAQ to allow readers around the world to contribute and share their problems with other singers everywhere.

The FAQ stated there are all real questions from singers everywhere, and I have done my best to answer whatever queries you all may have about singing.

Certainly, you will have many other queries, and I do encourage you to send in your questions either through our ‘Contact Us’ page, or through your Facebook fan page, and I will reply you as soon as I see it.

Alternatively, you can read this chapter first and see if your questions are answered.

So for those who would like a basic introduction to answering your singing problems, read this chapter now and embark on a lifelong learning journey in singing!

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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 #6 – Competing with Ourself and Not With Others

As I mentioned earlier, I was busy these few weeks supporting my student Irwin in a reality singing competition organized by a Singapore telco Starhub.

My student has to stay at a specific location with 11 other finalists, and they undergo training provided by many music and singing professionals from the organizing company.

Every week, at least 1 or 2 contestants get eliminated based on the scores from the judges, as well as their SMS voting ratings.

At the end of the competition, the winner gets a 2 year contract with the artiste company that organized this competition.

For those who wish to take part in your own singing competitions, check out the Singing Contest Tips below:

Personally, I have never really been a fan of such singing competitions, especially when the SMS voting percentage takes up 70% of the total score.

It certainly feels as though it is all a publicity gimmick, and that the telco is out to earn the money of those who support the contestants in this competition.

However, because my student is involved this time, I have been totally involved and active in helping him to get people to vote for him, and also supporting him at all his competition rounds.

One thing I have realized from being involved so far, is that there can never really be any competition that is truly and totally unbiased.

Any company or organization which takes the effort to create and launch any singing competition will certainly be looking out for their own interests, and there will be a certain level of ‘unfairness’ and even accusations of ‘conspiracy’ and ‘underhandedness’.

The very act of judging is in itself already a subjective act, because it all depends on the judges’ reactions to your singing, and also whether they like your singing or not. If they don’t, does it mean you are a bad singer?

This made me reflect deeply on the meaning of competition, and I remember reading something about the sport of Golf and about Tiger Woods, and how he became No. 1 in the world for so long.

People succeed because they choose to compete with themselves. They choose to upgrade their own skills, based on what they feel should be their own achievement and ability.

If a person keeps complaining about any competition or result being unfair, he or she is just staying in that place and not progressing. The time spent complaining can be better used in practicing more or analyzing their own weaknesses more.

That is the only way we can keep improving ourselves and keep excelling in what we do.

So, the next time you feel like complaining about the results of a competition you took part in, or bitch about some organizer that is not treating contestants fairly, just think of my post here, and put it aside.

Focus instead of working on your own singing skills, and one day, you will excel and you will be noticed!

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

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Vocal Tip #35 – Self Exploration is the Key to Self Improvement

With a focus on the Self in mind, I would like to talk more about how we can do more self-exploration of our own voices in order to improve on our singing.

This is something that we should be doing everyday, but a lot of times we don’t do it because we are afraid of producing strange noises, or just afraid of doing things that others might find weird or irritating.

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

Now, how do we do more self-exploration of our own voices?

We can start off by producing sounds that we don’t usually do. For e.g, trying to mimic the sound of a cat (Meow) or a pigeon (Coo) or a cow (Moo).

It sometimes amazes me how these simple voice experimentations are actually really important to help us to realize how we can add more variety to our singing voice.

For e.g., mimicking the sound of a cat can help us to produce a brighter and sharper sound with very little air. Mimicking the sound of a cow can help us to practice our ‘Oooh’ vowel and also stimulates a low larynx position.

Certainly, I am not asking you to start to imitate all the animals in the animal kingdom! I am asking you to open up your vocal experimentation and just try new sounds and new sensations. ;-p

Another way in which we can do more self-exploration of our voices is to just talk in different tones and varying accents.

In Singapore, we have the luxury of listening to many different accents everyday, due to the diverse races and cultures that co-exist here.

So, in a single day, I may hear accents ranging from Chinese, British, French, German, Filipino, Indian, Japanese and more!

If we are able to master all of these accents, we certainly will have a much more varied speaking voice, and our singing abilities will improve by leaps and bounds too.

Certainly, our mastery of vocal tone will be much more advanced, since we are able to produce so many different and varying tones with our one single set of vocal folds!

So, try out some of these techniques I listed here, and if your voice does not start sounding more colorful and interesting, email me and I will help you out further!

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 September 2012
2) Growing a Stronger Online Community

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #38 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 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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