How to sing: 7 tips from the pros

7 Tips From Singing Pros

The best avenue for getting advice on how to sing is to get it right from the professionals. So without further adue, here are seven singing tips from the pros…

“When I was training as a singer, it sometimes felt as though I was on a quest for the holy grail of ‘the breath.’ I realize now that there is no perfect breathing system, only a body of knowledge that performers and teachers have found to work in practice.” – Gillyanne Kayes, from Singing And The Actor

“As with every other aspect of singing, balance of muscle and air is fundamental [in regard to belting]. Not too much and not too little, which is where the concept of support can open up a world of extra practice for you.” – Chris Johnson and Steve Giles, hosts of The Naked Vocalist (issue 4)

“If you are a singer, understanding formants and harmonics not only instills confidence in your training approach, it empowers by allowing you to precisely fine-tune problem spots with confidence. Teachers owe it to their students (and themselves) to understand the voice as much as possible. I can’t overemphasize how much it’s helped in my voice.” – Ryan Luchuck, vocal coach, (issue 6)

“If singing is important to you, either as a creative expression or a way to earn a living, then you need to view your voice as an athlete does their body. Respect it, care for it, train it, keep it fit and healthy and nurture it. Most of all do not take it for granted.  It cannot be replaced. A vocal coach/singing teacher who can help you and your voice through the good times and the bad is not an expense, they’re an investment.” – Line Hilton, founder/editor of iSing Magazine

“The only thing that really affects my voice is sleep. Sometimes if I’m exhausted, I can’t hit the really high notes. My doctors showed me my vocal cords and why I can hit those high notes. It’s a certain part of the cord that not many people use — the very top. My natural voice is low. I have a raspy voice. I’m really more of an alto. But my airy voice can be high if I’m rested.” – Mariah Carey, award-winning singer

“One classic mistake is holding notes too long. They are making syrup out of the singing by holding the notes way too long and it doesn’t allow them to feel the pulse and feel the backing music and it doesn’t allow for the heartbeat of the story.” – Ilana Martin, vocal prodigy who began singing professionally at age eight

“As a singer it is important to know what goes on in the band behind you. Know your keys and tempos and how to lead and conduct a band. Don’t be one of those singers that’s clueless when it comes down to the music. The musicians will respect that and it makes gigging and playing together far more enjoyable for everyone.” – Denosh Bennett, Canadian-born singer, dancer and artistic director with 2 decades of experience in the entertainment industry


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Caleb J. Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He also blogs about music on his website: