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Latest Updates!

1) PERSONAL MESSAGE from Your Personal Singing Coach

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

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

3) UPDATED Website Section: Pitching Exercises

Check out the latest updates for our Pitching Exercises section!

4) RESOURCE Website Section: Breathing Exercises

Back to the basics. Breathing. Breathe right, and your voice stays supported and strong!

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 Tip #24 – Shouting vs Projecting

2) Pitching Tip #20 – High is Low and Low is High

~~ Enjoy Issue #22 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!

Halloween has just passed, and I would just like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a very belated Halloween! I hope you all had fun dressing up and going around in scary costumes! ;-p

For those who stay in Singapore (where I live), Happy Hari Raya Haji and belated Deepavali!

Well, this 22nd issue of Your Personal Singing Ezine has many useful resources as usual, dispensing useful tips on singing that cannot be found in the website.

These tips come from my personal experience as a vocal coach in Singapore, and I hope that you will benefit from my tips and improve in your singing by leaps and bounds!

Of course, nothing beats having a personal vocal coach guiding you in your singing. But for those who do not have the benefit of this, then feel free to use my website to your own benefit!

I receive many compliments and questions every month, and I am very grateful that my words and thoughts are helping many singers around the world to improve their singing, and also inspiring many others to take up the microphone and also to re-learn their music.

That, to me, is one of my greatest rewards for my hard work on this website! ;-p

Perhaps the one thing that I might ask you to help me out with is that you join Your Personal Singing Guide’s Facebook Group

, and get your friends to join too. Help me to spread the word to everyone in the world, so that my website can begin to touch lives that I can’t even begin to imagine right now!

Do enjoy the tips that I am providing for you in this 22nd 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 GROUP for all supporters and fans of Your Personal Singing Guide

For those of you who subscribe to our Personal Singing Ezine, do make it a point to join our Facebook Group for readers of Your Personal Singing Guide.

This facebook group allows us to keep in contact with each other online, and also to discuss various topics about singing and music.

Basically, we can build an online music community, but I do need your help for this. Hopefully you can join this facebook group, and also get your friends and family to join too!

I am sure it will be fun to interact with people from all around the world, and exchange pointers and contacts with musicians and singers from every part of the globe!

So, do check out the URL below and join our facebook group now!

Your Personal Singing Guide Facebook Group URL:


Thank you for your help, and I hope that our music community keeps growing by the minute!

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UPDATED Website Section: Pitching Exercises

I have finally found some time to update the drills and exercises in this section, and you will find that I have added more music for everyone to use and practise!

This updated music can be found in the sections on ‘Major Scales’ and ‘Minor Scales’, and it consists of more practice music, ranging from a wider range of keys.

I will continue to find time to update more of the drills on the website, so that it can become more useful for everyone in your daily singing practice, so do keep checking back with our website to find out the latest updates!

The pitching exercises in this section are fairly simple and easy to use, and you can follow the instructions I have laid out in the relevant webpage. However, do be careful not to strain your voice, and also not to practise too hard and end up with a sore throat. The best guideline is that if your throat hurts, you are certainly doing something wrong, and you should stop immediately.

Ok, check out the section on Pitching Exercises now, and start off your singing education:

Pitching Exercises URL:


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RESOURCE Website Section: Breathing Exercises

Yes, I can just hear you saying, “Not Breathing Exercises Again??”

But you must understand, this is an extremely important part of your singing.

Whether you are practicing classical singing, pop singing, jazz singing, rock singing, or even speech level singing, you cannot deny the importance of breathing and good breath support.

Of course for Speech Level Singing, you would have to pay more attention to your vocal cords, and feel the balance of your voice and breath. But the breath is still present in your singing no matter what. ;-p

Well, do work on your breathing and start building a strong foundation for your singing right now!

Breathing Exercises URL:


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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 Tip #24 – Shouting vs Projecting

Some students have told me during lessons that they feel like they are shouting, when actually, all they are doing is projecting their voice.

The fact is, many of us are not used to projecting our voices in our everyday lives. Especially in Asian societies, when we are taught to be respectful of others, and to keep our volume down in public areas.

Also, when we are on the phone, we usually do not project our voice, and we try to keep our voice down because otherwise the party on the other side of the conversation might think we are shouting at them.

This is why I find that in Singapore, many people (especially ladies) are not used to singing loudly and certainly not used to belting their voices in song!

The main difference, I feel, between shouting and projecting, is that you should feel little or no strain in your throat.

In fact, you should feel that your throat is open, and that your strength for singing comes from somewhere deep within your body. Somewhere close to the abdomen is how I would describe it.

You should feel a direct connection between your diaphragm and your voice, and as you begin to project your voice, you feel a certain counter pressure in your diaphragm and abdominal area that serves to support your voice as it goes up.

For those who are unsure of where the diaphragm is, and how the breath supports the voice, do visit the URL below:

Breath Support URL:


However, when you are shouting, you feel a lot of strain in your throat, and you feel as though the veins in your throat are about to explode!!

You also might feel muscular strain or tension in your neck, shoulders, jawline and other related areas.

You will also feel the tendency to use a lot of strength, when actually, if your jaw and throat are open enough, you only need to use an appropriate amount of strength to project your voice.

Just enough support will do. Not too much or else you will sound like you are shouting. Not too little or else your voice will be too weak or airy.

Singing is basically all about BALANCE.

Walking on the tightrope of our vocal cords is never easy, and that is why we need to practise our singing.

We have to teach our vocal cords to remember how it is to project our voices freely and powerfully, so that we are able to sing for long durations without killing our throats.

So, if you feel inspired to train your voice now, check out the URL below for the section on Vocal Exercises:

Vocal Exercises URL:


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Pitching Tip #19 – High is Low and Low is High

Just reading the topic for this pitching tip might confuse some of you. High is Low and Low is High?? Is this guy going crazy??

On the contrary, this is actually a very important and yet difficult concept to grasp with regards to singing.

It certainly should not be new to students of singing, and definitely will be easily understood by many professional singers and vocal coaches.

For those who are unsure about the basics of singing, my advice is that you check out this URL now before proceeding:

Basics of Singing URL:


Now, when I say that ‘High is Low’, what I really mean is that when we are singing the high notes, we should feel our strength come from somewhere deep and low.

For example, if we were to sing something that resonates in our head, then probably we would have to use a substantial amount of strength in our abdominal area and sometimes our pelvic area to support that note and project it well.

The logic is similar to a very tall building, or a boat with a very high and tall sail.

If we have a tall building, you would be sure to lay a very strong foundation, and make sure that the groundwork for that building goes deep below the surface of the earth.

This is so that the building does not topple when the wind blows, or when there is an earthquake or other natural disasters.

The same thing goes for a boat with a very high and tall sail. When the wind blows, it will topple easily if the centre of gravity is too high.

This is why when we sing high notes, we need to support our voice from a low position. So that we sound strong and our voice does not ‘topple’ over.

Thinking of our high notes as low notes will also allow us to reach them more easily, and not think of these high notes as being too daunting or out of reach!

Alternatively, when we sing low notes, we do not want to sing from too low a position.

This is because if we do so, the low notes sound dull and flat and without colour or excitement!

We want to sing low notes from a higher vocal placement, and we do this by imagining something happy or light, and placing our voice as we think of these happy things or moments.

This allows us to brighten up the tone for our low notes, and also prevents our low notes from sounding too heavy or flat.

Try this technique out and you will find that the tone of your voice will improve and your singing will sound brighter and more powerful!

Remember this rule of opposites: High is Low and Low is High!

To find out more about singing books that help us to develop our overall singing ability, do check out the URL below:

Singing Books URL:


To find out more about other basic singing FAQ that singers may have, check out this URL:

Singing FAQ URL:


Should you have any questions, feel free to email me at enquiry@your-personal-singing-guide.com 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) Consolidating Information
2) Updating Website Resources

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Here ends Issue #22 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 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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