Vocal Tips (Part 4)

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Are Vocal Exercises Really Necessary?

Unfortunately, yes.

It’s almost like asking if you can stay fit, or better yet, increase muscle tone, without exercise. The voice box is made up, primarily, of muscle, so, in order to keep it in shape the vocal instrument needs to exercise. But who has time to do vocal exercises, right?

Well, I normally do my vocal warm ups in my car. I pop in my voice exercise CD and just go for it when I’m running errands or whatever. This is a great way to keep your voice warmed up and in shape.

Now, for further range extension, I would recommend standing so you can work on your posture and breath support, but the car warm up is great when you are short on time.

Here are some other great singing tips to help you improve your vocals.

This brings me to my next point about vocal warm ups. There are two types of vocal exercises. First, you have vocal warm ups. Second, you have vocal strengthening/range extension exercises. The warm ups should be done everyday, and the strengthening exercises can be done daily, of course, but a few times a week would also suffice.

Vocal warm ups should always start around the middle of your range. And I like to start with closed-mouth exercises. I don’t want to strain my voice while it’s cold. The voice is like a flower that opens up at its own pace. It can’t be forced open without consequences of undue tension, strain and/or damage.

Hope this helps!


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  1. sofia
    727 days ago

    well Im trying to sing the song safe and sound by Taylor swift (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T__K7bkeICA) my friends tell me i can sing, and not to sound conceded, but i agree with them. the thing is that i cant really hit any of the notes and when i do its only for a short time then i can hear my self or my voice just leaves …any ideas on how you can help ?

    • Aaron Anastasi
      722 days ago


      Thank you for the note, Sofia,

      Taylor Swift is great. In fact, she and I have the same music producer.

      I do have some free tips about singing higher notes at http://www.HowToSing.com, a free blueprint. But i also have my full course, Superior Singing Method, that has tons and tons of exercises, lessons and techniques that will help you to learn how to hit higher notes with power and be able to sustain the notes for longer, through a stronger, more developed voice. You can find that at http://www.howtosing.com/superior-singing-method/

      BTW, forgive the delayed response. I was out of town for the holidays.


  2. Delilah
    594 days ago

    Hi there. Well um, I don’t believe I’m a good singer. I never have sang in front of anyone ever before in my life because this entire time I feel my voice is horrible. No one has heard, so no one can even judge. However, I want to try and start a band and I’m serious about it too. I’m already a musician with the bass, but I can write songs too. Those talents I have shown to my friends and they say I’m very talented in them. I want to go somewhere with those talents, but no one will know how to sing those songs the way i heard them in my mind. I wanna try and sing two songs to my friends as a way to “debut my voice” for the first time to anyone other than myself. I want to sing the singing parts (not the screaming) of the song Annabel by Alesana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7rG9BCeGTA&list=FLw1LQ8ug1MuCmaLBK3-qo3w&index=12&feature=plpp_video) and their other song The Lover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O2k-LgCRu0&list=FLw1LQ8ug1MuCmaLBK3-qo3w&index=14&feature=plpp_video) Any idea how to hit these kind of long notes, and the pitches since I’m a girl and this singer is a guy?

    • Aaron Anastasi
      593 days ago


      Thanks for the comment. And I can respect that you are serious about wanting to learn to sing and are already a musician. I am an accomplished guitarist myself. Honestly, I can help you get to where you want to be vocally. It will take some time, of course. I spent a few years developing a course, an 8-week, step by step video lesson program that would be the best thing for you, I imagine. And I’ve also got a bunch of instructional videos up on my YouTube page (HowToSingDotCom) as well.

      Those parts are attainable. It’s just a matter of finding the right key for you.

      Here is where you can find out more about my course: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      And here is my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/HowToSingDotCom

      I wish you all the best!

      Aaron :)

  3. priya
    583 days ago

    hi……..is it important to learn vibrato as singer ??? and
    do all the top singers in the hollywood industry know vibrato or learning vibrato depends on the type of music i wanna learn ???????

    • Aaron Anastasi
      582 days ago


      Vibrato is the natural result of a healthy voice, but it is not too often used in pop music but more in classical and opera. It’s nice to have a little bit to add some feeling to a section of a song, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

      Here is a YouTube video I posted that gives some of the basics of singing vibrato.


      Hope you’re well,

  4. Timia
    564 days ago

    How do I sing not using my throat ?