What Do The Twilight Saga, Bruno Mars, And Your Singing Voice Have In Common?

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As you may know Bruno Mars has the first single from Breaking Dawn, The Twilight Saga movie soundtrack, with the song entitled “It Will Rain”. Also he is up for a whopping six Grammy awards, including three in the top categories: album, song and record of the year.

But what does this have to do with your singing voice? I would like to break down a couple of the things that Bruno Mars is doing in his song, “Let It Rain” and give you some ideas of what he’s doing right that you can apply to your own singing voice.

First of all, let’s talk about onset. What is onset? Onset is simply the beginning sound of a sung phrase. The whole goal of singing is to turn air into sound as quickly as possible with the vibrating larynx and vocal chords. But many people have problems with getting a proper onset, meaning they allow some air to escape before turning that air immediately into sound and into singing. And an improper onset radically affects the rest of the phrase and could give you problems with pitch, power and tone.

Notice what Bruno Mars does at the outset of the song. Even from the very first word “if” you can hear that there is an immediate vocal cord connection and an immediate proper onset. This whole song is a great example of what a proper onset sounds like.

Do you aspire to be a pop singer?

Well, there is one other thing I wanted to point out for those of you who aspire to be a pop singer. Notice Bruno uses a straight tone throughout most of the song and uses vibrato only occasionally as a coloring here and there. You’ll notice that the first time he brings in even a little bit of vibrato is on the word, “meditation,” which is toward the end of the first verse, and then you don’t hear his first real vocal trill until the very end of the first. I think this is a good model for pop vocals.

Vocal trills and vibrato come about with a similar function of the through and vocal cords. Mastering one will help you master the other.

I’ve heard it said, “Learn vibrato and master it, then never use it.”

I would modify that to say, “Learn vibrato and master it, then use it sparingly.” And you could switch out “vocal trills” with vibrato, and the phrase still holds true.

Whether Jacob, Bella and Edward are singers or not, they could listen to Bruno’s song, “Let It Rain,” and they would get an idea about what proper onset and proper use of vibrato and vocal trills sounds like.

Aaron Anastasi

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  1. RoyalD
    734 days ago

    Thank you Aaron your tips are very useful!


    • Aaron Anastasi
      734 days ago

      RoyalD,

      You are very welcome! And thank you for the note!

      Aaron


  2. melissa
    734 days ago

    Well look iv been singging or 15 years at home in church at school inn 25 and i can sing i have the voice is that i fell like something is not there when i sing i fell like in screming my dream is too help the world and sing and show the ppl where im from i did it now one realy heard me sing so i hope with step i get it well help my music teacher i had i stop going becaues it cast too mush .


    • Aaron Anastasi
      734 days ago

      Melissa,

      if you’re screaming when singing, that sounds like you are pulling your chest voice up on the higher notes when you should be singing in your head or mix voice. My course, Superior Singing Method, has an entire section on the mix voice, and it’s further explained in several of the sections.

      I understand that private lessons can be expensive, that’s why I created an all in one course that is affordable

      Best of luck to you!

      Aaron


  3. melissa
    734 days ago

    you think if i use this it mite help get where i what too be famous jk i wish


    • Aaron Anastasi
      733 days ago

      Melissa,

      You’re cute. Well, I can tell you that it will make you a better singer, and with better singing skills you have a much better chance of having a career in music. Fame has so much to do with time and chance, of course, but it begins with a good singing voice!

      Thanks for the note.

      Aaron


  4. Jose
    719 days ago

    Hey aaron how to improve my singing voice i dunno how


    • Aaron Anastasi
      718 days ago

      Jose,

      That’s a very good, but very broad question. I spent years developing an entire course to address that very questions and help beginners to see a dramatic improvement in their singing voice within 60 days.

      The course is called Superior Singing Method, and you can find it here: http://www.howtosing.com/superior-singing-method/

      Also, I have a ton of free articles and blogs that should be very helpful to you.

      Thanks for the comment and question!

      Aaron


  5. deola
    709 days ago

    Aaron,i’ve bin told dat i flatten keys when i sing,although d weather arnd here’s pretty cold esp in d morn wen i’ve 2 sing,but pls wat can i do?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      708 days ago

      Deola,

      Well, I’ve got a entire section on pitch in my course, Superior Singing Method, but the short answer is that you need to build up and strengthen the muscles in your voice box to give you better control over your pitch. You do that through regularly doing vocal warm ups and vocal strengthening exercises, which, again, my course is full of.

      For now begin with a matching pitch exercise. Pluck a tone on any instrument and try to match it without sliding your voice up or down to hit it.

      Flat pitches could also be a result of not opening you mouth enough when singing. Slightly over-enunciating when singing comes across sounding normal and should help with your pitch.

      Good luck to you!

      Aaron


  6. makayla
    684 days ago

    we both like to sing luv songs


    • Aaron Anastasi
      678 days ago

      Makayla,

      I like to sing love songs, too!

      Hope you’re well.

      Aaron


  7. AK
    645 days ago

    hi aaron :)
    im a girl on 15, and i really love to sing. i sing everyday in at least 30 min. i’ve wanted to sing since i was 6, but it’s to expensive to hace a teacher. i want to learn, how to sing with my stomach, but i dont know how to practice. and i dont know, how it should feel. sometimes, when i try, i can feel, that it’s like my stomach vibrate, u know. i can feel it, if i hold on my stomach, when i sing. but when i try this, then i dont have air enought to the rest of the song, so to me it seems like a…bad thing.

    i want to be a singer, i feel, that it’s the only thing to me. but im so nervous, when i have to performance, enven if it’s only for 2 persons. and im so unsure to myself. i dont even know, if i can sing.
    i’ve made a song of demi lovato ‘lightweight’ and some others. would u please listen to them, and then tell, what u think? i really want to learn how to sing.

    im sorry, if there are any mistakes (^^) im not from an english-talking-country :) thank u :D


    • Aaron Anastasi
      643 days ago

      AK,

      Thank you for the comment and questions.

      Let’s start with your first. You want to sing from your stomach, or more commonly called, you diaphragm. That can be a tough one for many singers. I have a video that I did my best to explain it though, and it’s free and up on YouTube. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYqXCKvjY-k

      Yeah, stage fright can be a very difficult thing to overcome. Here are a few tips that I give in a YouTube video to help you with that.

      I hope those help!

      Best of luck to you!

      Aaron


  8. AK
    638 days ago

    thank u so much aaron :)

    now i see, that i forgot to put up a link to the video… im sorry for that. here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thlGLs6YQj0 :)
    i’ve tryed a long time to sing with my stomach, or as u call it, my diaphragm, but i still dont know, how it should feel. im allso fat, and i dont know, if that can make it harder to learn to sing. i dont hope that. but i can feel, that i am getting better to the high notes :) i dont scream anymore, now it’s so easy to get up there and hold the tone there :) i am really proud of my self ;)
    could u give me a link to your video with the stage fright ? :) youtube is big ;)
    thank a lot again :)
    AK


  9. AK
    630 days ago

    thank u so much aaron :D


  10. Alice
    570 days ago

    Aaron I love to sing ! All my friends tell me I’m really good and I want to know where you can go to Start lessons or anything like that? Sometimes when I sing I say the words, like kinda weird and sometimes u can’t understand what word I’m saying because it isn’t very clear? How do you make your words more clear ?x


    • Aaron Anastasi
      569 days ago

      Alice,

      If you really want to improve quickly, in a step by step kind of way, I’ve got an 8-week, intensive program that you can find out more about here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      That’s the best way I know how to help. I spent a several years developing and refining this course and this method to help people just like you. :)

      Best of luck to you, Alice!

      Aaron


  11. priya
    569 days ago

    hey aaron !

    i was wondering if i’m sick or not in position to sing is it possible that i may forget singing ?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      568 days ago

      Priya,

      Forget in what way? Literally forget or just forgo it until you feel better? I would lay off singing if you have any swelling in your vocal cords from being sick.

      Have you had a chance to take a look at my 8-week, systematic course, by the way? You can find it here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Best,
      Aaron

      Aaron


  12. Bre
    567 days ago

    Ok i think what u need to do next is “talk” about how to do a onset Aaron! cause that was kinda hard to understand a little without not explaining that!


    • Aaron Anastasi
      566 days ago

      Bre,

      Thanks for the note!

      I have videos on my YouTube channel (howtosingdotcom) that cover a lot of material, including onset. But my course, Superior Singing Method, would give you a much more in depth approach to your entire singing ability, which will naturally address and correct any onset issues. You can find the course here, if you’d like to find out more.

      http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Best of luck to you!

      Aaron


  13. Ryan
    563 days ago

    Hey Aaron! I have a great singing voice but every winter I loose complete range and pitch, stopping me from singing high notes and doing what I love to do. I’m always flemmy( sorry sounds gross) is there an easy way to clear that or could still having tonsils be the problem?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      562 days ago

      Ryan,

      I used to have the same problem. It sounds like you have allergies. Claritin helped me, and then drinking raw milk regularly cured my allergies, so I don’t take meds anymore. Try that. :)

      Aaron


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    559 days ago

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  15. Marcus
    551 days ago

    I’m 13 and a really good singer.i’m inspired by Justin bieder ,Bruno mars , trey song ,and usher. I wanna know how to make it to that level of singing there on by the Time I’m 15 or 16. As a pop/singing artist can u plz contact me for more info. P.s. I used ur work outs and exercise every day and it’s made a big difference in my singing (YouTube videos) thank you


  16. Marcus
    551 days ago

    Plz contact me 757-927-5193


  17. Farhan
    548 days ago

    Aaron,I like to sing love songs. But there are love songs that makes me have breathing difficulty later on,how can I fix that?


  18. theodore
    548 days ago

    im pretty not understand.but still understand a little bit.(.cuz i dont speak eng) so hard


  19. marcus
    534 days ago

    my mom says i supose to sing from my stomach byt i ussally sing from my throat and it sounds the same both ways.which one am i really supose to sing from


    • Aaron Anastasi
      534 days ago

      Sounds like you’re having difficulty with diaphragm breathing and singing. Your mom is right. You should be singing not from your throat but from your diaphragm, or also known as your stomach.
      This is a common problem, and, fortunately, fixable. I have a video on my YouTube channel (howtosingdotcom) on diaphragm breathing. But my course, Superior Singing Method, would give you a much more in depth approach to your entire singing ability, which will naturally address and correct your diaphragm issue. You can find the course here, if you’d like to find out more. 

      http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/


  20. Giresse Celony
    524 days ago

    Hi my name is Giresse Celony my dream is to be a singer like Justin and i want to be a super star please help me


  21. elizabeth
    523 days ago

    i cant sing but dream of sing i don’t care to be famous i just wish i had one talent and i wish that talent was to be a good singer i don’t understand how lessons can help someone sing better even though they seem to work


    • Aaron Anastasi
      520 days ago

      Elizabeth, yes it’s hard to believe that they actually work, but they do. Have you had a chance to check this out yet. This could help you get to where you want to be.


  22. Dillon
    511 days ago

    Hi I’m dillon im 14 and I’ve been singing for 2 years and when I try hitting high notes
    My voices cracks do u have any tips on how to fix that


    • Aaron Anastasi
      507 days ago

      Hey Dillon, I have a lot of thoughts about that but too many to put in a comment. I developed an entire course around that very thing, called superior singing method. You can find it here, if you’re interested.


  23. mode5
    509 days ago

    i am startin a band, and i am the lead singer. i have had a vocal coach for a year, but i have only seen minimal improvement! i still do not have vocal range. how can i make my range better?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      506 days ago

      I have a systematic, step-by-step vocal program that consistently helps people increase their range and move to the next level in their singing. If you would like to take a look at it, you can find it here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Best of luck to you!


  24. Norvin
    475 days ago

    Okay, so I’m trying to learn how to do good vibrates like Usher, Chris Brown & Justin Bieber. How do they do it so good? .. Sometimes I think they use audiosound or editing, for example Chris Brown- Dont Wake Me Up, I know thats not his voice doing all those vibrates, but on Chris brown ft. Justin Bieber- Next 2 You, Towards the end when Chris Brown says, “One day when the sky is falling!” And then Justin Bieber says, “When the sky is falling!”, and also at the very,very end Justin Bieber ends the song with some vibrates. Thats what I want to learn how to do! … CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME ON HOW TO DO THEM!!? . THANK YOU!


    • Aaron Anastasi
      470 days ago

      I’ve got an entire minicourse on vibrato and an entire vocal course that can help you do all the work that you need to do in order to be the kind singer that you want to be. You can find it here if you’re interested: http://www.superiorsingingmethod.com

      Best of luck to you!