My biggest problem with singing is simply that my voice is not strong enough to sing.
It's not loud and it breaks so much that I can't hold a note for more than a second.
What should I do when my singing voice is weak like this?
From The Editor
Thank you Kristina for sharing your biggest singing challenge.
Ok, so it sounds like you are in the same position as many singers when they are just beginning... or singers who have been singing for a while but are yet to find their voice.
The challenges you are talking about are very normal for a voice that is yet to sing with correct technique.
They are the very same issues I had when I first begun to sing!
So the first thing to realize is this is the beginning of your journey. And that at the other side, a rich, powerful voice awaits you!
It's important to realize that singing is just a skill. And skills can be learned.
A big myth is that singing is a "talent" that can't be developed in the un-talented.
You will actually find that once you begin learning the skill of singing, you're improvement will be very noticeable in fast time.
Now, while you'll be excited at fast improvements in the beginning, singing is a long term thing. You will continue to develop over a period of years. Even the very best still have improvement ahead of them.
So right now, while you may be fully focussed on figuring out how to make your voice stronger, ideally you should focus on building solid technique. More on this in a second.
So how do you begin this journey effectively?
Well, as I said it's about learning to sing with correct vocal technique.
Correct vocal technique will give you power, a large vocal range, and your best vocal tone quality.
To build a foundation of correct vocal technique you must practice the right vocal exercises.
Simply singing a song through a few times a day will only embed the incorrect technique you are currently using.
So you must practice singing exercises that will embed correct technique within your voice.
There are certain exercises that will help your voice make this shift automatically.
When you practice them, the nature of the exercises actually force your voice to fall into correct technique.
As this happens your job is to notice how it "feels" to sing with correct technique.
Then slowly but surely you will adopt this new way of singing in your actual performances.
Some great exercises are available on this very website in the video section. You can watch the videos and sing along...
... And begin to notice the changes in your voice as you sing more correctly.
With constant practice, persistence, and patience you will soon develop a voice to be proud of!
So with that said, let’s look specifically at what “good technique” means and specifically how to make your singing voice stronger.
There are a few concepts that are very useful and will help you increase your power quite dramatically. They will also help you understand how to sing powerfully without putting strain on your voice
Keeping Your Voice Box Stable
The first concept is something that applies to good singing in general, but is absolutely crucial when it comes to singing with power.
And that is keeping your voice box nice and stable as you sing.
If you gently touch your Adams Apple (the lump in your neck), that’s where your voice box is located.
So what we are trying to avoid is it moving around all over the place as you sing!
When you are able to keep it nice and still while you sing, you’ll find it much easier to raise the power of your voice without getting sore.
In a moment we’ll get to some exercises that will help you keep your voice box stable… But before that there are a few other concepts that will help you improve your power quickly.
Reverse Thinking Technique For More Power!
The next idea is something that took me DECADES to discover. And it’s one of the most valuable tips about singing you could ever learn.
I call it my “reverse thinking” technique.
It’s a little strange when you first hear it, but I plead you to stick with me and give it a go. Because as hypey as it sounds, it can literally transform your voice if you apply it correctly.
So how does it work?
The way you use it is this: When you are singing notes that are going upwards, you will hear them going up. And this makes it tempting to “sing up to” these notes.
Instead I want you to sing “down into the notes”.
And if you are singing notes that are going down, do the opposite.
Sing “up into” your lower notes.
This reverse thinking technique is 100% a mental exercise.
Here’s why it’s so amazingly effective though.
It goes back to the previous concept we talked about. Keeping your voice box stable.
By using the “reverse thinking technique” you will find it much easier to keep your voice box stable. This is because thinking in reverse discourages you from straining up to your higher notes, or pushing down to your lower notes.
It keeps your voice box nice and relaxed.
And when your voice box is relaxed, beautiful things happen!
Your vocal chords and vibrate freely as they were designed to. You’ll find things like your vocal range, your power, your tonality and your sense of freedom will all increase.
If you want to understand how to get a powerful singing voice, having a stable voice box is the first step to getting there.
Letting Go As You Sing Into Your High, Powerful Notes
The last concept before we start the power building exercises is another mental exercise.
What I want you to do for this one is when you go up for your higher notes, just “think to yourself” that you’re letting go.
Watch me demonstrate this “letting go” idea by watching the video below.
Why Is Your Voice Breaking Apart?
The other thing that happens when your voice box moves around too much, is your voice might start to crack and break apart.
It will often happen as you sing higher into your range.
This is just another reason why it’s so important to keep your voice box in a relaxed position.
Plus, as you’re about to hear, it will allow you to sing with real power!
Let’s Do An Exercise And Start Learning How To Sing Strong!
Ok, here’s the first exercise!
We will use an “AHHH” sound on a simple scale.
The reason we use “AHHH” is because it’s actually MORE difficult than any other sound!
This is great!
It means that if we can do the exercise well with the “AHHH” sound, every other sound will feel much easier!
So as we discussed earlier, what we are looking to do is perform the exercise while keeping your voice box nice and stable.
When we can do this, we’ll be in a great position to begin leaning into the sound more, and getting that power that we want.
Click on the video below to hear a demonstration of this exercise and then sing along!
See if you can get the “Ahhh” sound without needing to strain and push for it.
Remember to “sing down” into the higher notes, and “sing up” into the lower notes.
Now that we’ve done the exercise using an “AHHH” sound, let’s try with “EEHHH”.
This should feel a little easier after doing the more difficult “AHHH”.
After this we’ll be ready to begin adding more power to the sound. This is exciting!
Ok, let’s go on exercise 2:
EXERCISE 2 For Building Power
Time To Get Some POWER!
Ok, you’ve done the hard work!
You’ve learned about how important it is to keep your larynx stable while you sing.
You’ve learned my “reverse thinking” technique and how that helps how to have a strong voice without putting strain on your singing. .
And you’ve learned how to “let go” into your higher notes, and start from a clean place.
Now, you’re ready to become a powerhouse singer and sing stronger than you ever have before!
Watch the video below for an exercise that will help you get a stronger voice.
How To Have A Powerful Singing Voice!
Developing a really powerful voice is something that may not happen over night. But as long as you stick with the concepts that I’ve outlined, you will get there. This page shows you everything you need if you want to know how to have a stronger voice.
Bookmark this page and come back to practice for 15 minutes a day.
Before long you’ll begin to notice a difference. You’ll feel that power begin to come through. And you’ll be able to take your newfound power to audiences and blow them away!
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