How to Gain Confidence Singing
I just returned from training with Seth Riggs, author of Singing For the Stars and world renowned teacher of vocal technique.
He made this passing statement which riveted my attention:
“You are not nervous if it is not hard to do!”
Inside this video, I’ll show you how to gain confidence singing so you’re never nervous again.
If singing is not hard you grow in confidence as a singer. It’s that simple.
How to Gain Confidence Singing – The #1 Key for Every Voice
The number one key to gaining confidence singing is to make it easy to sing higher into your head voice without breaking, reaching, straining or going breathy.
To do this you must be trained to sing through the first bridge of the voice. My new friend I met this week, Silvia Spagnoli, who teaches Speech Level Singing in Pisa, Italy, calls this the “passaggio”. It’s a passageway from chest voice into head voice. Sometimes it’s call the Bridge.
Learn to do this one thing, and your confidence skyrockets upward.
Suppose you were singing the last line of “Please Come to Boston”, by Dave Loggins. But it goes through the first bridge of the men’s voice to the G, F and Eb above middle C. You ladies struggle with songs that do the same thing at A, Bb, B, and C5.
If you didn’t know what to do you might think you couldn’t sing it because it’s too high. Or you might reach, pull the larynx and chest voice up and yell it. [Demo] Or you might do it with falsetto. [Demo] Or maybe just go real breathy. [Demo]
But there are exercises that enable you to pass through the bridge with a mix or blend of chest and head voice without all these problems.
Here is a step by step series of exercises that will teach you to sing though the bridge with a mix of chest and head voice. All these exercises will be demonstrated in the song.
- Bubble Lips or “Goo” or both [Demo]
- Ney [Demo]
- No [Demo]
- Mum [Demo]
Tips on How to Gain Confidence Singing
Here are some tips using these exercises.
- IMPORTANT: Narrow the vowel in ‘Man’ from the [ae] to “eh” as in “met” [Demo]
- Don’t grip or grab during the exercises or using the words. [Demo]
- Do it softer than loud. [Demo]
- Use breath supported by the diaphragm to give it solidity…not loudness. Take a breath with tummy out, air in, and then gently pull your belly button a little bit as you do it. [Demo]
When I first heard this song in 1974, I couldn’t sing it because it was too high. Actually, I could sing it but didn’t know it was possible to learn how to do it. I thought I had to be born with a special gift to do it.
I had no confidence I could sing it. In fact, I knew I couldn’t. I was wrong.
Now I can sing it without all the problems. [Demo] This makes this, and other songs like it, very exciting. I’m not nervous to sing them, I’m excited.
How to gain confidence singing? Learn the #1 key to singing. Learn how to sing through the bridge or passaggio.
One of the fastest ways to do this is to visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type.
Visit the Knowledge Center and watch all the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises and start working on them. They will help you learn to sing through the first bridge of your voice.
I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher, with beauty, confidence and power.
I’ll see you inside the next video.