Listening For Good Singing Technique

Listening for good singing technique is critical to becoming a good or great singer yourself.


Inside this video I’ll tell you how to begin listening for good singing technique and we’ll listen to some singers to help improve your technique.


Hi, I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing.


But today I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Listen.


Listening is a vast subject…maybe more vast than singing. My focus today is listening for good singing technique.


“Listening for good singing technique” has multiple meanings.  It’s similar to “Family Matters”, which was the name of our family boat.


Listening for Good Singing Technique
“Family Matters”


Listening For Good Singing Technique

“Listening for good singing technique” can include:


  • Listening to find singers with good singing technique


  • Listening to improve your singing technique


First how do we begin listening for good singing technique without knowing what is good technique?


There are many elements of good singing technique. In my opinion, the beginning requirement of good singing technique is the ability to sing from the chest voice (low notes) to head voice (high notes) easily and naturally.


That means singing from chest to head voice (low to high notes) without yelling, straining, breaking into falsetto or breathiness.


That means a female singer would be singing from her chest register (below A4) to pitches in and/or above the first bridge. That’s A4 and above.


A man would be singing from chest (below E4) to pitches in and/or above the first bridge. That’s E4 and above.


Here are examples of singers from different genres using good technique in portions of their songs.

Listening For Good Singing Technique

Eva Cassidy – Songbird   (02:30-2:46)


Listen to her singing the phrase “I’d never be cold”.  Especially listen to her sing the difficult words “cause” and “that” in the phrase “cause I feel that when I’m with you”. She’s repeatedly singing on the D5 which is above the first bridge of her voice.


Notice how she narrows the vowel in “cause” and “that” which helps her stay in a mix voice. She could have spread and splatted the vowels in those two words, which would have resulted in her pulling up her chest voice.

Listening For Good Singing Technique

Contrast that phrase with the same phrase from a different singer: (02:12) 

Notice how the word “that” splats as the vowel opens wider.


Listening For Good Singing Technique

David Draiman with Myles Kennedy singing Sounds of Silence  (02:30-2:40)


Notice the word “songs” which is on the F#4 at 2:42. It’s slightly narrowed to keep it in a mix voice.


I love how they say “never” in the phrase “that voices never share”.  Notice how they narrow ”never” towards “niver” to avoid splatting the vowel.


Listening For Good Singing Technique

Contrast the way they sing the word “song” with this singer.  (01:58)   


With this other singer the vowel in the word “song” is slightly more open which causes a slight splat and pulling up of the chest voice.


Also it’s interesting to notice the position of Draiman and Kennedy’s heads. See any difference with the other singer? It’s an observation you couldn’t make unless you were watching them.


However, even if you couldn’t see them, you can almost hear the solo singer raising his chin into the air as the vowel splats.

So watching can be another way to listen.


I’ll likely do more Power to Sing – Power to Listen videos.


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If you have examples of listening for good technique, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below. Just describe it, but don’t put a link on the comment. Otherwise YouTube puts it into a spam file.

Knowing Your Vocal Type and Good Technique

Knowing your vocal type opens the door to good technique in your voice. Do you know your vocal type?


Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing through the first bridge of your voice. Go to and take the vocal test which I call the Power Test.


Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then go to the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises and start practicing them today.


They will help you learn to bridge from chest to head voice successfully which is the beginning of great singing technique.


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.


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  1. Pretty much pulling chest in most places. Yes you can avoid pulling chest. Watch this video and follow the directions.

  2. Hi Chuck,
    The video you posted is performance wise almost the same as the Wal-Mart Soundcheck Performance Tour Rehearsals March, 2007. I didn’t realize that the thing he does at 1:14 is pulled chest.
    What about this 2 other performances of him:
    – Linkin Park Numb – MTV Live Vibrations Los Angeles, California KROQ’s Kevin and Bean Breakfast Show 2010
    – Linkin park In the end – North Hollywood (Los Angeles) California, USA Third Encore AOL Sessions Performance Tour Rehearsals 14th March 2007
    Would you consider this also as pulled chest or would he be mixing here?
    Is there anything he could have done to avoid pulling up his chest?
    Thanks in advance for answering my questions, this is really interesting and helpful.
    Kind Regards

  3. Actually, in this version at 1:14 he starts spreading vowels and is too open…raising the larynx and pulling chest all the way through 1:54. He continues to do pretty much the same throughout the rest of the song. In my opinion, in this rendition of this song, this is not speech level singing. Maybe there are other renditions when he mixes, but not this one.

  4. Hi Chuck,
    Here is another example of good singing technique (from my favorite band):
    Linkin Park – Pushing Me Away piano version
    North Hollywood (Los Angeles) California, USA Third Encore Wal-Mart Soundcheck Performance Tour Rehearsals March, 2007
    This is some seriously good Speech Level Singing!
    Did you know that their lead singer Chester Charles Bennington (who sadly took his own life – god bless his soul) took singing lessons from the same teacher as you: Seth Riggs?
    Kind Regards

  5. Hi Chuck,
    You wanted examples of good singing technique, here are a few:
    – The DVD Mozart-Requiem released in October 11, 2005 by Deutsche Grammophon (Gundula Janowitz, Chrisa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, and Walter Berry sing with Karl Boehm conducting the Vienna Symphony and Choir of the Vienna State Opera.), especially listen to Walter Berry singing the intro of Tuba Mirium, now that’s amazing breath control.

    – On the CD/DVD Heaven from the Gaither Gospel Series you will find David Phelps singing the song No More Night, man that guy can sing.

    – Mattia Battistini singing the song Caro Mio Ben, in my humble opinion one of the most beautiful baritone’s ever.

    – John McCormack singing the song Il Mio Tesoro, in it he sings 64 notes on one breath, do I need to say more?

    -Ann De Renais sings Il Sogno di Doretta from La Rondine by Puccini
    May 2011 with the Mechels Kamerorkest conducted by Tom Van den Eynde in Oudenaarde Belgium,
    she is an amazing singer/voice teacher who has performed at the opera houses of Milan, Paris and Glyndebourne.

    – Two other singers with perfect technique are Jussi Björling and Kirsten Flagstad.

    Hope you enjoy these amazing singers
    Kind Regards

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