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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: Pitching Exercises

o Learn how to keep yourself singing in tune with these useful pitching exercises.

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Vocal Exercises

o One of the most popular sections on our website is our ‘Vocal Exercises’ 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 #13 – Vowels and Vocal Placement

2) Pitching Tip #11 – Keep Yourself In Tune with the Right Vocal Positioning

3) Rhythm Tip #9 – Rest Durations and Phrasing

~~ Enjoy Issue #11 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!

Your Personal Singing Ezine is into its 11th issue now, and we have been providing singing tips to singers all around the world for more than a year now.

This 11th issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine provides you with more of the useful singing tips and resources that have made our website so popular among singers.

I am glad to announce again the completion of a very useful section of my website – ‘Singing FAQ’ – that cuts through all the mysteries of singing and answers many of the most frequently asked questions about singing clearly and concisely.

I am also still working on setting up a Facebook Group for this website, and I will certainly inform everyone once it is up, so that we can all keep in contact with each other, and exchange ideas on singing too!

It has been difficult juggling my fulltime work as a vocal coach in Singapore, as well as running my own music school and taking care of business operations here, and still being able to upload more information on this website for singers all around the world to utilise and practice with.

However, I will certainly continue to work hard and bring this website to greater heights, and hopefully everyone can help me out by forwarding my website to everyone on your mailing list!

Do certainly 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: Pitching Exercises

o It is certainly all-important for singers to be able to sing in tune, and we all know how it feels like to have to listen to someone who sings dreadfully out of tune!

In order to keep us singing perfectly on key, we have to keep practising our pitching and make sure that we can hit the notes that we want to hit.

You can certainly do this by practising some pitching exercises that test your listening, pitching as well as your familiarity with your vocal range.

To find out more about these useful basic pitching exercises, check out the URL below:

Basic Pitching Exercises URL:


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RESOURCE Website Section: Vocal Exercises

o One of the most popular sections on this website is this one on Vocal Exercises, which provides singing exercises for improving various aspects of your singing voice!

These vocal exercises help to improve on our vocal power, sustain, flexibility as well as accuracy and much more.

Practising these exercises for singing will certainly allow us to master a greater level of control over the usage of our voice when we sing, and give us more vocal freedom.

Just remember, we have to do these exercises on a regular basis, and make sure we do them correctly in order to achieve the desired results!

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

Vocal Exercises 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 #13 – Vowels and Vocal Placement

Vowels affect the way that we sing, in a very large and important way. They affect the way we sound, the meaning that we convey, and the placement of our voice!

After all, if we are unable to shape our vowels properly when we sing, our audience may not even be able to understand what we are singing or even know what message we are trying to convey.

This is how speech level singing was born; in order to address the importance of speech patterns in our singing, and to emphasise how important it is for us to speak and pronounce our words properly, and how this will affect the way we sing.

Vowels also affect the placement of our voice. Some vowels tend to produce a voice that is placed in a high position, whereas other vowels tend to place our voice in a lower position.

For example, usually when we sing the vowel ‘Eeh’, the placement of our voice tends towards a higher position, and usually sounds more nasal and bright.

However, when we sing the vowel ‘Ah’, our voice usually sounds slightly lower, and almost sounds like it is coming from our mouth area or even from our chest area.

This has a lot to do with our pronunciation as well as our speech patterns, but as a guideline, different vowels tend towards different vocal placements, and we can certainly use this to train our voices to go towards the placement that we desire.

Well, for those who are looking to practise some useful ‘Eeh’ vowel exercises, check out the following URL:

Vocal Flexibility URL:


For those of you who would rather use an ‘Ah’ vowel for practice, try these vocal exercises out:

Vocal Smoothness URL:


Hopefully these vocal exercises will be able to guide you towards achieving the vocal placement that you desire, while working also on the topics that are covered on each of these URLs!

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Pitching Tip #11 – Keep Yourself In Tune with the Right Vocal Positioning

Whenever we change our pitch, we usually also change our vocal placement or positioning to match that pitch or note.

For example, when we are singing low notes, we usually place them in a low position, tending towards our chest voice.

When we are singing high notes however, we usually sing from a much higher vocal placement, sounding like we are singing from our head or eye region.

In this aspect, we can certainly keep ourselves singing in pitch by placing our voices in the correct positioning whenever we need to sing certain notes.

A lot of times, we may sing off key because we have placed our voice in a position that is too low for the note, or we are unfamiliar with the certain vocal placement that is required for the note that we are singing.

Perhaps we may be unsure of our high vocal placement areas, and this will affect our pitching of the higher notes, with the obvious effect of pulling down the pitch of these higher notes.

Or, we may not be very sure of how to sing from a low vocal position, and this certainly will affect the stability of our low notes or pitches, often sounding too airy or shaky because we have placed them too high up.

Familiarising ourselves with the full range of our voice certainly begins with practising certain basic scales and allowing ourselves to go through all of these pitches, using every part of our vocal range.

For those who need to revisit the topic of a Basic Major Scale, check out the following URL:

Basic Major Scale URL:


Certainly, we should also practice pitching exercises on a regular basis, and as we practise these exercises, we also get more familiar with the various vocal positions that we can sing.

This will make it easier for us to visualise our voice coming from various vocal positions, and keep us singing in tune more often.

Check out the following URL for useful pitching exercises:

Pitching Exercises URL:


Vocal warmups are also an essential part of our pitching training, as the right warmup exercises allow our voice to stretch properly and enable us to reach the notes and vocal placement that we require.

For those who are looking to know how to sing a basic warmup scale to improve on your pitching, check out the following URL:

Scale Singing URL:


Hopefully by revisiting these useful topics on pitching and warming up our voices, you will be able to have a singing voice that is more in tune with the melodies that we sing!

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Rhythm Tip #9 – Rest Durations and Phrasing

Whenever we sing, we need to be very aware of the rhythm of each and every sentence, as well as how long we rest in between sentences.

This is important because it creates rhythm and timing in what we sing, and also injects meaning into the lyrics of our song.

Knowing how long to rest in between sentences is certainly important, because we would then be able to be in sync with the rhythm of the melody of the song.

Also, we would know how much time we have in between each sentence, so that we know when to breathe, and how much time we have to breathe before we start singing again.

This also makes our phrasing clearer and helps us to avoid breathing at awkward places during a song or between sentences.

Knowing how to rest or pause during a sentence is also important, because every sentence has its rhythm, and this gives the lyrics meaning and timing.

Injecting pauses in a sentence also creates certain effects in expression that allow us to connect with our audience. You may notice that different singers employ pauses at different parts of a sentence, and this is what identifies their style and character.

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:


Apart from knowing some of the basic FAQ about rhythm, you may also wish to learn more about how to improve your sense of rhythm and timing when you sing.

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

Rhythm Books URL:


Certainly, in order for us to be able to listen to ourselves when we sing, and to know what kind of pauses would sound good and what kind of rest durations would not, we have to develop a keen sense of listening and aural awareness.

This is why I have devoted a section of my website to providing you with useful ear training exercises to develop a strong aural awareness in us singers.

Check out the following URL for great Ear Training Exercises:

Ear Training 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:


Alright, I certainly hope that these singing tips will be useful to you as a singer, and that you will keep practising your singing with the exercises on my website! Cheers!

~~ 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 #11 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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