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Latest Updates!

1) Message from Your Personal Singing Coach

2) SURVEY for all singers and supporters of Your Personal Singing Guide

o Do help us out by answering this simple survey of about 10 questions, so that we can improve on our website and Ezine!

3) FACEBOOK GROUP for all supporters and fans of Your Personal Singing Guide

o Join our facebook group now and keep in touch with the latest news from Your Personal Singing Guide.com!

Your Personal Singing Guide.Com Facebook Group URL: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=11374&uid=161546608524#/group.php?gid=161546608524&ref=ts

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Pitching Exercises

o PItching exercises are important to keep us in tune and keep our voices flexible and well-stretched.

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 #16 – Revisiting the Diaphragm

2) Pitching Tip #14 – Visualization as a tool to improve pitching

3) Rhythm Tip #12 – Moving to the song that you sing

~~ Enjoy Issue #14 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!

This 14th issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine will reach you all just one week before my birthday, so I guess you can send me your birthday greetings when you do get this Ezine.. haha!

Reflecting on the years that I have spent doing music and teaching singing, I must say that it has been a wonderful journey, and it continues to be a fun and enriching life that I lead, interacting with music lovers everyday, and guiding youngsters to put their creative talents to better use!

Hopefully I will be able to continue doing what I do, contributing to the Singapore music scene in my own little way, and one day I will reap the results to my hard work and efforts.

Well, just some things to remind everyone about: Remember to respond to the survey request that I sent out with this Ezine. It will help me greatly to know what everyone would like to read on my website, and also about the other services that I will be providing you guys and gals with in the near future.

Do also respond to my request for everyone to join our facebook group, so that we can all keep in touch online via facebook, and we can see each other’s faces finally! Hope that we can build a community of singers, and really get something going here!

Your Personal Singing Guide.Com Facebook Group URL: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=11374&uid=161546608524#/group.php?gid=161546608524&ref=ts

I’m working really hard to keep this website free, and to share my knowledge with everyone, so hopefully we can all give me some feedback and let me know what you all would like to see and read about on my website.

Do enjoy the tips that I am providing for you in this 14th 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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SURVEY for all singers and supporters of Your Personal Singing Guide

o This online survey is specially designed to gather feedback about everyone’s interests in singing, and also what you would like to see more of on Your Personal Singing Guide.com.

There are a total of 10 easy questions, regarding our website and its information, as well as what other services you would like us to provide.

We also would like to start providing vocal drills and exercises for everyone to purchase and download for use at home, so do let us know how we should proceed with this.

Ok, check out the survey by clicking on the link provided below:


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FACEBOOK GROUP for all supporters and fans of Your Personal Singing Guide

o Be sure to join our newly set up Facebook Group and be updated about the latest news from our website!

Also, find out which of your friends are also subscribed to our newsletter, and communicate with others around the world who are also into singing and performing.

Who knows, you may just find a lifelong music or singing partner from this facebook group!

To join Your Personal Singing Guide.Com Facebook Group, check out the URL below:

Your Personal Singing Guide.Com Facebook Group URL:


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RESOURCE Website Section: Pitching Exercises

o Pitching Exercises help us to keep our singing voice in tune, and also allows us to maintain our vocal flexibility and accuracy.

Whenever we practise scales and intervals in singing, we are training our brain to recognize these tunes and notes, and allow our voice to hit them well and in tune.

Training with these pitching exercises will help our vocal cords to remember how to hit these notes, allowing them to sing accurately with more ease.

Of course, I have provided some practice music online for everyone to use, and hopefully this will be enough for you beginners out there.

Check out the section on Pitching Exercises now:

Pitching 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 #16 – Revisiting the Diaphragm

I would like to revisit the topic of the diaphragm and its role in breathing for singing, because this really is an extremely important topic for us to master.

Before we proceed, do check out the following URL on Breathing Exercises if you need to first understand what kind of basic breathing exercises you can do:

Breathing Exercises URL:


Over the past few weeks, I have been noticing the way that my students breathe when they sing, and i notice that most of them don’t really pay any attention to breath support at all.

Especially when there are just so many other things to focus on, for example their pitching, rhythm, diction, feel and more!

I think I should just give everyone some pointers as to how to tell whether you are singing with good breath support or not.

Firstly, your voice should sound stable, and should not be too airy. This is because an overly airy voice does not lend well towards good breath support, since there is just too little resistance created in the diaphragm.

Try to produce a good and solid sound first, and then you will feel the resisting force in your diaphragm, and thus feel the breath support when you sing.

Secondly, you should be able to sing the entire phrase, and not die off at the end of each phrase.

Try to do conserve on the breath that you use at the start of the phrase, and do a slight abdominal crunch towards the end if you are running out of breath.

This will help you to utilize the remaining breath in your body, and use that to support your voice at the last section of each phrase.

Thirdly, you should feel a direct connection between your diaphragm and abdominal movements, and your singing voice.

There should not be other factors coming into play, for example your throat, jaw, chin and so on.

One very obvious tell-tale sign of insufficient breath support is when we can see singers using their throat to pull a note, or to sing a phrase.

This shows us that they have run out of air, and are using their throat muscles to sustain the note that they need.

Do pay attention to these 3 pointers, and I can assure you that your breath support will improve!

Should you also wish to check out other more advanced breathing exercises for singing, do visit the URL below:

Advanced Breathing Exercises URL:


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Pitching Tip #14 – Visualization as a tool to improve pitching

Visualization is an important tool that we can use when we do our singing training, and in this excerpt, I will explain how we can use it to improve our pitching.

Before you proceed with reading this excerpt, click on the link below if you are looking for good pitching tips for singing:

Pitching Tips URL:


Now, most of the time when we sing off key, it is because we are unable to place the note that we are singing.

Usually, this means that we are unable to ‘see’ it in our mind’s eye, or ‘feel’ it in the sensations that we get when we are singing.

One easy way to overcome this is for us to divide the human face into different levels, and place the lower pitches towards the bottom of the face, and the higher pitches at the top of the face, near the top of the head/eye region.

The human face can be visualized as a carpark with many different floors, and we are parking our notes at the various floors of this carpark.

In this way, when we sing low or high, we can visualize the part of the face that we should sing from, and we can understand the relation between the pitches better.

For example, we know which notes are higher or lower, because we can ‘see’ them from the image of the human face, and see where the notes are placed on that image.

Similarly, if we need to ‘feel’ the notes that we sing, we can try to feel the vibrations or the resonance in our face and head.

We should be able to feel that for lower notes, the vibrations are felt lower, nearer to the chin or even the chest region.

Whereas for higher pitched notes, we can feel the vibrations or resonance nearer to the eye or top of the head region.

With this comparison, we can then be able to place our pitches more accurately, and our pitching should become much better!

For those of you who wish to read about some useful Pitching Interval Exercises, you are free to check out my webpage on it:

Interval Training URL:


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

Singing Books URL:


Certainly, with constant practice, your pitching will improve, and you will get more compliments on your singing!

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Rhythm Tip #12 – Moving to the Song that you Sing

I am seriously thinking of incorporating more movements in my singing classes, because I know how important it is to move to the songs that we sing.

It not only builds our sense of rhythm, it also allows us to be more confident of our body movements, and makes us more natural on stage!

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:


Anyway, how should we move to the song that we sing? One of the easiest ways is just to sway from side to side, without moving our feet.

Make sure to look in the mirror when you are doing this, so as to see if your movements are in sync with the beat of the song that you are singing.

If you find that you have totally no sense of timing, or that you are moving weirdly to the music, then get a friend with a good sense of rhythm to check your movements.

Another way to move to the music is to do simple side steps, moving the left foot to the left, then the right foot to close with the left foot.

And then, move the right foot to the right, and the left foot to close with the right foot.

Keep doing this throughout the song, until you can get it to a steady rhythm, and to be in sync with the music of the song.

There are of course other movements that you should include when you sing, for example hand movements to accentuate accent points in the song.

Or, certain gestures or facial expressions that bring out the flavor of the song and its lyrics, as well as what the lyrics mean.

These are all important aspects of singing and performing, and we should certainly start by paying attention to how we move when we 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:


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) Online Survey Results Collection – 2nd Round
2) Rhythm Section
3) Increasing Website Traffic

~~ Ending Words ~~

Here ends Issue #14 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 answer the online survey by clicking on the link provided in this Ezine, and let me know what you want from our website so that we can provide more of the information you require.

Also, join our facebook group so that we can finally meet each other, and share our interests and ideas online!

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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