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Jul 20, 2017 06:00 AM

Cari Cole

Struggling With Singing? Achieve Vocal Freedom in 5 Easy Steps

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A version of this article originally appeared on Cari Cole's Standing in the Spotlight blog.


Vocal freedom. It’s what all singers want. But how do you get it when your voice is stuck in your throat, wears out too quickly, or doesn’t respond the way you want? Are you stuck with the voice you have, or can it be improved?.

The latter. Your voice is an instrument. You just have to learn how to play it. It’s a sensitive and invisible instrument. You can’t buy it at the store. Its inner processes are tucked away. You can’t see it working. As a result, it’s tougher to navigate, tougher to control. The problem is so many singers think you’re dealt a deck, and that’s it. But there is soooo much you can do to improve your voice, it’s astonishing.

How Imitating Other Singers Can Help You Find Your Own Voice

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Every singer has a unique voice, and everyone wants to find his or her own voice. This should totally be your goal, but I think there's real merit in imitating other singers, and I certainly don’t think you should feel bad about doing it.

Think about it: when you’re practicing literally every other instrument, you start out by imitating certain styles, techniques, and feels perfected by other players. Why should your voice be any different?

Imitating other singers will teach you many, many things about using your voice, and then you can take those lessons and hone your own voice to be the best it can be!

How to Be a Singer

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Becoming a professional singer doesn't just happen overnight – it takes time, practice, patience, and a solid education in the discipline. Read on to learn practice tips, ways to push your singing ability further, the pros and cons of going solo vs. joining a band, how to maintain your confidence in this cutthroat and highly competitive industry, and the different ways you can support yourself financially as a professional vocalist.

How to Sing With More Power and Edge

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If you're a budding DIY singer looking to enhance your voice with extra power and edge, you're not alone! While these two characteristics differ from each other, vocal coach Madeleine Harvey demonstrates a technique to acheive both while defining and strengthening each one on their own. Watch this short (but extremely informative) video to help hone your sound.

How to Develop Vibrato

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A key element for singers defining their personal sound is vibrato, but it's not always easy to learn how to master this common technique. Learn how to develop your own vibrato with vocal coach Madeleine Harvey in this short video. These tips are simple, and anyone can try them at home. If they work for you, or you have your own tips to develop vibrato, let us know in the comments below!