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Your Personal Singing E-Zine, Issue #043
January 01, 2013
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: Major Scale Pitching Exercises

Here are some great resources that are useful for your pitching training.

4) FOUNDATION Webpage: Basics of Singing

Learn more about some of the very basics of singing.

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 #11 – How To Prepare Yourself To Sing In Front of 10,000 People?

2) Pitching Tip #40 – Is There Such A Thing as A Quarter Tone?

~~ Enjoy Issue #43 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 certainly has been an exciting year for me here in Singapore, as our music school (Intune Music School – celebrates our journey into our 6th year of teaching and producing music!

Also, I started my very own Facebook fan page (Aaron Matthew Lim), and you can help me out by LIKING it at this URL:

Hope that everyone had an exciting 2012 just like me, and I’m certainly looking forward to a more action-packed 2013 ahead!

Has everyone written down your New Year resolutions? Care to share them with me on our Your-Personal-Singing-Guide.Com Facebook Fan Page? ;-p

My personal New Year resolutions are as such:

1) Release my EP Album in 2013, featuring works written by myself and my school partner. A combination of my vocals as well as his piano playing!

2) Take my music school to the next level and move to larger premises in a more professional setting, and attract more clientele!

3) Continue working on this singing website and start another music-related website during 2013!

I am definitely going to be super busy this year, but don’t worry, I will still be here to answer your questions about singing, and also to give you whatever advice I can give!

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 43rd 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: Major Scale Pitching Exercises

Learning how to pitch properly when we sing begins from the basic major scale, and understanding the pitches in the major scale.

This scale is simpler to learn because we usually learn it from young, in the form of a ‘Doh-Re-Mi’ scale.

We even sing it when we sing the popular ‘Doh-Re-Mi’ song from ‘Sound of Music’, the musical!

Mastering the major scale is an important step towards building a strong foundation for a singing voice that is in tune!

Check out the various Pitching Exercises now:

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FOUNDATION Website: Basics of Singing

For beginners to singing, you might want to check out some of the basics of singing that I have highlighted in my website.

These basics are vital for singing, and they form the foundation for singing training.

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 #11 – How To Prepare Oneself To Sing In Front of 10,000 People?

Yes, how DOES one prepare to sing in front of 10,000 people?

I mean, we usually would mentally prepare ourselves to sing in front of a small group of people for our performances, say around 50-100?

Or, perhaps for larger scale concerts, maybe 500-1,000 people in the audience?

But, how does one prepare to sing in front of 10,000 people?

For those who wish to start off by handling smaller groups of people and overcoming basic stage fright, visit this URL now:

You may be wondering why I am asking this now.

Well, the reason is, I will be doing this on 31 December 2012 for a countdown show! And this is why I have been thinking about it..

The show I will be doing is a New Year Countdown Show at Marina Promontory in Singapore, as part of a celebration of local music achievement!

The expected audience turnout is around 10,000, although there might be more or less people depending on the weather and the actual turnout.

What I have been doing to prepare myself is to remind myself of all of my past performances and how successful they have been, and just to tell myself that it’s going to be another great performance!

This helps to keep my spirits up, make me feel positive, and help me to look forward to the actual performance day without feeling too stressed out.

Also, I tell myself that most of the people would probably be more interested in counting down than actually paying full attention to me on stage, and that puts less pressure on me as a performer.

I also visualize my performance in my mind, feeling myself singing on the stage and also facing the 10,000-strong audience and communicating with them and reaching out to them boldly.

This helps me to feel less worried and stressed on the actual day of the performance! (Yes, even seasoned performers feel stressed when they go onstage…)

In fact, I’m actually looking forward to the experience because it will be yet another milestone in my performance career. And I am every so grateful for this opportunity. ;-p

When you receive this ezine, the performance would already be over and I would have done it. But, you can feel free to message me on our Facebook fan page and give me your encouragement!

That will make me feel more supported and loved by everyone, and hopefully that will open up more doors for me to perform more in Singapore and everywhere else too!

For those of us who would like to start off your performance career by reading up more about aceing singing auditions, check out this URL here:

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Pitching Tip #40 – Is There Such A Thing as A Quarter Tone?

In the previous eZine issue, I talked about how rare tone deafness really is.

A person is not usually tone DEAF unless he really cannot differentiate between 2 tones AT ALL.

For those who wish to begin tackling their basic pitching problems now, check out the URL below:

In this month’s eZine issue, I would like to talk about whether there is such a thing as a ‘Quarter’ Tone.

As we all know, in a basic major scale, the notes are either separated by a full tone or a semi tone.

For example, from a C note to a D note, the interval between these 2 notes is a full tone.

On the contrary, the interval between the E note and the F note is a semitone because these 2 notes are side by side with no other notes on the piano between them.

One of my singing students asked me during one of our weekly singing classes, ‘Is there such a thing as a Quarter Tone?’

My take on it is that there are certainly a multitude of pitches in our singing voice. And yes, we are certainly capable of hitting pitches that don’t fall strictly on any existing note or pitch in any of the scales we have in existence.

For example, we might wish to sing an E note, but end up singing slightly higher than that pitch, and yet not really sounding like we are singing an F note either.

Does this mean that we have sung something that is between E and F, and does this mean that we have sung something like a ‘quarter’ tone in pitch from the E note?

Perhaps this is so, and this is why sometimes when we listen to a person sing, we find that he or she is not really hitting the notes correctly, but he or she is not really singing totally off key.

The notes or pitches just sound slightly out of pitch, but not to the extent of being out of tune! Just, ever so slightly out of pitch.. slightly.. ;-p

So, the next time you listen to a person singing, try to pick out the various pitches in between the existing keys and notes on the piano.

This might just add a whole new dimension to your aural awareness, and make you an even more ‘in tune’ singer!

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 February 2013
2) Growing a Stronger Online Community

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #43 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 February 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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