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Instructors working with voice students often speak of “head voice” and “chest voice”, or “registers”. It is important to recognize early on what pitch a student will fall into, especially for young males whose voices are changing. What I do first is to determine the vocal range of my student so as to know what part he or she sings.

I use a piano or keyboard to achieve this and during voice lessons I include technical and breathing exercises. voice-lesson-1

I instruct my students to sing the notes which I play on the piano. One way of introducing and using good technique is to have the students sing phonetic sounds and vowels as they breathe and exercise their vocal cords and diaphragms, example,  “la-la-la-la”, or “lo-lo-lo-lo”, le-le-le-le” and “lu-lu-lu-lu”.



I also include instruction on how to properly form their mouths and tongues as they are singing and also remind them to maintain proper posture.

I remind them to sing in their own register and not try to sing too high or too low so as to avoid damaging their vocal cords.

Water is very important for singers and so I remind my students to drink plenty of room temperature water during the day, particularly before and during voice lessons. If students develop respiratory illnesses, I encourage them to drink hot tea mixed with honey daily while they’re sick. If students try to sing without drinking water, they will find it very difficult since their throats and larynxes are dry. Breathing air down into the diaphragm makes this dryness worse.

I hope this was helpful. Watch out for more vocal tips and advice. Please leave a comment below if this was helpful and feel free to contribute as well. God bless.

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