Archive for the ‘singing tips’ Category

how to sing aggressive highs

July 13, 2010

from discussion forum

I posted one of my original songs on that thread….
I was told by Guitartrek that I use falsetto to get higher notes, when I always believed it was my head voice, as I have a whole other voice that is lighter and more girly sounding.
So how do I access my head voice? Newb question!

I am completely baffled as to how to get powerful high notes with any aggression…at present my high notes are very gentle and soft.
Even “pulling chest” I top out early, around E4 I think….surely that’s not right?

Aggression is done primarily by the throat and mouth muscles.    See a GRR on your face and you’ll see how the outer throat, lips, and mouth show the aggression.

Highs is done by the vocal cords.  

Power in the highs can be attained either by lung power or by greater resonance.   High-volume lung-powered-highs are difficult and tough on your vocal cords.   Highly resonance highs are not nearly as tough on the vocal cords and sound almost as aggressive as high volume lung-powered highs and can be greater in sound volume.

So, if you want high-power highs with aggression, the least harsh on your vocal cords is a highly resonanting high with some degree of throat and mouth musclar aggression and added with a bit of high volume lung aggression.   The difficulties involved are:

  1. Highs resonance can be challenging as it involves removing a lot of tensed muscles.
  2.  Ensuring that highs resonance control doesn’t conflict with the throat and muscles aggression controls.


All these flow smoothly if your vocal tract is in good muscle tone and with just a little practice—as in good tone means having good singing posture.

However, odds are overwhelming that your posture isn’t set up right yet, so it may then be difficult to do.


Timing is based on mental music

May 20, 2009

In’s opinion, accurate timing is more appreciated by the audience than precise pitch, but perhaps less than tonal quality.   In the case of the lead singer, he or she actually leads the music as well; in which case, accurate timing is more challenging. 

In general, the music follows the singer, by a slight fraction of a second.

So, when singing, one can’t listen to the music and sing, because one’s slightly behind.   If using good karaoke music, the words are frequently slightly off cue, but even if on-cue, it’ll sound like you’re reading the words.  The singing has to be interpreted with and lead the music.   So, how is this done?’s opinion is to create a mental picture of the song and sing into that song.   The mental picture is created by knowing the song in advance, listening to the music as it is occurring, create the mental picture of what’s to come, and sing in harmony with the mental picture.

Chen Sun

Imitative singing

May 20, 2009

Imitation is natural to singing–that’s how people naturally learn. To stop this, the first is to recognize that this is a natural process. Next, one should interpret the lyrics and music, and put your own feelings into this. How would you feel sing this particular lyric?

Next, is a bit more challenging–when singing, you have to replace the “original’s” sound in your head with your new interpretation.
To help in this, you may want to incorporate the way you talk into your singing. Talking has numerous years of experience of nuances that is inimitable and has a great deal of subtlety. So, when you incorporate some of the talking acquired nuances, you’ll definitely sound original.

Chen Sun

The first three steps to get started on learning how to sing

May 20, 2009

Learning how to sing is inexpensive. Here are several items recommends to start out with.

1. A Creative XiFi sound card (approximately $40 on sale) and a hifi audio cable to tie your computer into your stereo’s speakers. The XiFi has an audio processor chip that makes music, including downloaded music sound great!

2. An Internet connection to websites such as  and’s karaoke section; both sites have free karaoke music plays and tens of thousands of songs.

3. A supportive person or audience. Find the most supportive karaoke bar crowd you can find.

That’s all you need. Everything else can be figured out.