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Can You Learn to Sing Without Vocal Lessons?

Audrey Hunt, author of "Anyone Can Sing," explains how we make sound.


Anyone Can Learn to Sing

Singing is not a privilege given to a select few. Anyone that can speak can sing because singing is sustained speech, supported by air.

This article will provide the necessary elements for you to learn to sing without spending a fortune for lessons. A qualified singing instructor is still the best way to go because good teachers have been trained to hear exactly what is needed to correct a persons singing. The student can't really hear their true vocal sound so they need expert feedback from a good vocal instructor. Therefore, they are at a disadvantage when trying to teach themselves.

But for those who cannot afford to study with a private teacher and are not able to sign up for a singing class at school, I'm providing some of the necessary steps needed to learn to sing. Follow these steps carefully and practice daily to correct present vocal weaknesses and take your voice to the next level.

How Singing is Produced

Your entire body is your vocal instrument, therefore, understanding how your vocal sound works will help you to sing better.

The following briefly explains how sound is produced:

  • A breath is taken by inhaling air as the diaphragmatic muscle inflates.
  • The sound is initiated in the larynx. (The voice box.)
  • The vocal resonators receive the sound and influence it. ( The chest, mouth, head.)
  • The vocal chords vibrate as they meet. (Air sets them into motion which produces sound.) This is why breathing correctly is crucial.
  • 4. The articulators shape the sound into recognizable units - (The tongue, jaw, teeth, palate, and lips are the articulators.)

As you practice the vocal techniques outlined, concentrate and really focus on how the sound "feels." This will be a more accurate barometer of how well you are learning to sing than to listen for the right sound. You cannot hear your true sound so you must learn to "feel" with your body what correct singing is.

This means you must acquire the habit of feeling for vibrations in the resonating system (chest, mouth, mask, head.) Also, you must feel for the expansion around the waistline as you manipulate the diaphragmatic muscle and ribcage during inhalation. So you see, learning to sing is about learning to feel and connect with your body.

Once you learn each of the described vocal techniques outlined in this article you will be ready to apply these new techniques to your favorite song.

Avoid Forcing Your Singing Voice

Singing must always be easy and free.

Singing must always be easy and free.

Singing in Tune (On Key)

Not everyone has perfect pitch. Even if you are unable to sing-on-key or carry a tune it doesn't mean you can't sing. You can learn how to sing with excellent pitch. In fact, most musicians practice some form of ear-training on a daily basis.

If you have a keyboard or know someone that does, the following exercise can work miracles for anyone wanting to improve the art of singing on key:

  1. Begin by playing middle C on the piano (or a low C if it's more comfortable) and match the note with your voice. Sing any vowel such as Ah or Ee and record your sound. Do this 3 or 4 times.
  2. To determine if you're singing in tune, your voice will blend in with the piano. Otherwise, you will hear a difference in pitch. If you are singing too high or too low, adjust the pitch until you have a direct match.
  3. Experiment with different piano keys, matching each sound. When the pitch is too high, sing one octave lower. When the pitch is too low, sing one octave higher. Never strain your voice.
  4. Play and sing 5 notes going up and coming down beginning on C or G. Be sure to adjust your voice to eliminate straining.

If you do well with this exercise you probably have a pretty good "ear." If not, continue to practice daily until you develop the proper pitch. Singing along with recordings that are in your range (see definition below) will help to develop your ear training skills. Be sure to record your singing to tell if you are singing in tune.

Tip: Concentration is critical as you practice matching a pitch. Listen! Really focus on the sound of your voice. A common reason for failure to sing on key is simply a lack of concentration.

Do not expect immediate results. Avoid high expectations and any self-criticism or judgment. This will only deter your progress.

Remember to use proper breath support. One cause of singing a note or phrase 'flat' is lack of energy which comes from insufficient air upon inhalation. So before you sing that first note be sure to 'tank up" with plenty of air executed from the diaphragm. (Belly Breathing.)

And now you are ready to learn the secret to good singing.

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Correct Diaphragmatic Breathing Is The Foundation For Good Singing

Be sure to take in enough air  just before singing so the air will last through the entire phrase of music.

Be sure to take in enough air just before singing so the air will last through the entire phrase of music.

Three Important Tips to Save Your Voice

As you study the techniques of singing, allow your own unique style to emerge. It's the very technique you're learning here that will set your voice free. Every Singer has their own unique style, sound, and tone which is worth studying. As you observe and listen to the way a professional singer performs, you will learn to sing too, as this will provide an insight into the techniques you will use.

Remember these three important rules as you go to work on your singing voice:

  1. Always hydrate your throat with plenty of room temperature water while singing.
  2. Never sing higher or lower than is easy and comfortable.
  3. If your throat hurts, or you get a gripping feeling during or after singing, you are singing wrong. Hoarseness can also be contributed to incorrect singing.

Singing must always be easy and free.

Breath Control ~ The Key to Good Singing

A house must be built on a solid and strong foundation to keep it from washing away or collapsing. The same is true with your singing voice. Breath Control is the foundation on which your voice is built.

Air acts as a cushion for the singing tone to ride on. It is the energy and life force of the voice. How you manage your breath when you sing can drastically change the sound of your singing voice.

Singing requires a different set of rules than for speaking. So if you try to sing by breathing the way you do when you speak, well, it just won't work. When you sing, you not only need to inhale quickly and exhale slowly as you sing, you also must have good posture.

Also, when we sing, unlike speaking, we need to learn how to control the breath as we sing. Here's an exercise to help you learn how to take a quick breath of air:

1. Take a minute and observe how a dog breathes. That's right - a dog. (A baby also breathes the same way.) You will not see any movement in the neck, shoulders or chest region. But you will see movement in the stomach area as the dog or baby breathes in and out.

2. Next, you will pant like a dog. Don't laugh - this really works. Actually pretend that you're a dog on a hot summer's day and pant, noticing where the movement is taking place in your abdomen.

3. During inhalation, the abdominal muscles move down and out. Now continue panting and slow down the rate of your inhalation.

4. As you're slowing down feel the steady movement of your body. Notice that as you breathe in the air your belly expands outward. As you exhale your belly returns to its natural position.

5. Notice that during the exhalation, your abdominal muscles move out, not in. This is the natural way to breathe and your body does this form of breathing as you sleep.

6. Practice doing this entire exercise repeatedly to aid in teaching your body how to inhale and exhale. Be sure to have a drink of room temperature water during and after this exercise.

For a complete lesson on how to breathe for singing click here. You will learn in an easy and efficient manner exactly how to use the diaphragmatic muscle, which is your singing muscle.

Now that you have learned how to sing on key and support your voice by breathing correctly - let's sing.

Belly Breathing for Better Singing and to Relieve Stress

How to Sing "Happy Birthday to You"

This is our practice song for which we will now apply what you have learned so far. If you have studied breath control it should be pretty easy for you to test your ability to inhale correctly.

  1. Find your correct pitch first. It may take a few tries before you get it right. Avoid starting too high at first.
  2. Sing through the entire song once and be sure to use good diction.
  3. Now, take a deep breath by expanding around the waistline (diaphragm) and sing just one phrase.
  4. Pause for a second.
  5. Sing the second phrase and try to remember to use what you've just learned about inhalation. Take plenty of time, there's no need to hurry through this exercise.
  6. With the next phrase, before you sing be sure to inhale and try to control the air as you sing, letting out a little at a time until you complete the phrase.
  7. Continue these steps throughout the entire song. Your breathing and pitch are what you are aiming for.

As you practice this exercise, again and again, it will become easier. One day, it will all be automatic. You will be able to easily coordinate your air with your tone.

You may graduate to other simple songs such as folk songs, continuing to use your new way of breathing. Always have a goal in mind when you sing and record your voice as you practice different singing techniques.

Vocal Resonators

Diagram of the vocal resonating areas which modify and amplify sound..

Diagram of the vocal resonating areas which modify and amplify sound..

List of Singing Terms and What They Mean

There are many singing terms used by teachers and vocalists. This list will focus on those most used:

  • Vocal Cords: Also known as vocal folds are composed of mucous membrane that stretches horizontally across the larynx (or voice box). The vibration of the two vocal cords, caused by expelling air from the lungs, produces vocal tones or singing.
  • Tone: The quality of sound of a note.
  • Legato - To sing smoothly and connect each note.
  • Vibrato: The steady pulsation of the voice that is heard during a sustained tone. The pulsation is caused by a slight fluctuation in pitch above and below the tonal center of the note. Singers who have full control over their vibrato use it to accent certain words or phrases for dramatic or emotional effect. Vibrato should not be confused with a warble, which is a large fluctuation in pitch, usually the result of bad singing technique.

  • Resonance: Occurs naturally when the voice is free to travel through the spaces above your vocal cords (your resonators) where it is modified and amplified before leaving the mouth.
  • Range: Refers to the notes that a given performer can sing comfortably.
  • Projection: Generally, the ability to be heard by the audience. Sometimes also refers to the ability to communicate emotion to the audience, as in "she projects great sadness."

  • Placement: A singing technique that uses the sensation of vibrations in the head to achieve healthy sound that resonates and carries well. Most healthy singing is done in what is often referred to as "forward placement" (or "the mask"), with vibrations behind the teeth/lips, on the cheekbones, and sometimes the forehead and/or nose. The resulting sound is full, not nasal or thin.

  • Pitch: The highness or lowness of a tone. The sound of a particular note. When pitch is referred to, it's usually in reference to being "on" or "off" pitch. "On pitch" means the singer is singing in tune. "Off pitch" means the singer is either flat or sharp
  • Phrasing: Refers to the breaths or "stops" in-between notes. Natural phrasing will include "stops" after all periods, commas, semicolons, or colons. Additional phrasing may be necessary for the singer to take catch breaths or to achieve a certain style. It's an excellent idea for singers to sit down with sheet music in hand and mark their phrasing before they begin to sing. This helps prevent unexpected losses of breath and awkward phrasing that draws attention to itself.
  • Legato: Singing smoothly and connecting one not to the other.

  • Head Voice: Or "head register." Singing in the higher part of the range. While singing in the head voice, the vocal folds are thin; the head voice is usually associated with light, bright sounds.
  • Falsetto: In male singers, a high register (actually, sung in the female range) similar to the head voice. However, unlike the head voice, falsetto cannot blend with the chest voice. This type of singing characterizes the stereotypical "Irish tenor" or countertenor sound, with light, often breathy notes.

  • Diction: The clear pronunciation of words. This requires attention to both consonants and vowels. Different types of music may require more or less diction; for example, in musical theatre, it's essential that the audience understand the lyrics, but in jazz or blues, the singer may occasionally slur words on purpose in order to achieve a desired sound. Good diction helps produce good sound, however, so all singers should pay attention to it.
  • Diaphragm: "The dome shaped muscle attached to the bottom of the lungs that separates your chest and stomach cavities. Its main function is to initiate inhalation.
  • Chest Voice: Or "chest register." The lower notes of a singer's range; in the same general range as the speaking voice. When singing in the chest voice, the vocal cords become naturally thick, and the resulting sound is generally associated with deep, warm tones.
  • Break: The sudden change in tone between the head and chest voice, caused by vocal tension. When a singer hits his or her break, there may be a yodeling type of sound. This can be avoided with good vocal technique.
  • Breath Support: Efficient use of the singer's stream of breath, controlled primarily by the diaphragm.
  • Attack: Describes the process of a singer first hitting a note, as in "his attack on that high C was too harsh," or "her attack at the beginning of the song was very gentle."
  • A Cappella: Singing without any form of instrumental accompaniment.

Drink Room Temperature Water Only

Keep your vocal cords well lubricated with plenty of water.  Drink room temperature water only.  Cold drinks and ice will restrict your vocal folds.

Keep your vocal cords well lubricated with plenty of water. Drink room temperature water only. Cold drinks and ice will restrict your vocal folds.

Questions and Answers for the Singing Voice

 I run out of air when I singMeasure each phrase of music to assure you take in enough air


My throat hurts when I'm through singing

You are placing too much strain on your vocal folds. Support the tone with more air.


People can't understand my lyrics

Use more mouth opening and be deliberate with the consonants.


I want to learn how to use vibrato

Vibrato is a natural result of correct singing. Work on vocal technique including breathing.


How long should I warm up my voice?

At least 15-20 minutes before singing..


How do I overcome fear of singing?

Study vocal techniques with a qulaified teacher. Sing through your fear by trying karaoke or other public performing.


I hate the sound of my voice.

You are not alone. Most of us do. Keep recording and listening. You have to get used to your true sound and change what you don't like.


How long does it take to be a good singer?

The voice can be altered immediately with proper instruction and application.

Sing With Courage and Conviction

Singing is a wonderful vehicle for self-expression. No one can argue with a message expressed through a song. Sing about your heartache. Sing about your joy and beliefs. Tell the world that God exists. Be yourself without fear or concern. Tell your story.

The beauty of every voice lies in its uniqueness. Embrace your sound and seek help from a qualified instructor if you aren't happy with what you hear. Astounding changes can be made with good vocal technique.

This is the time to set your emotions free. Don't worry that you're not good enough when you sing. It's your voice and it's not supposed to sound like anyone else. Bask in it. Free it. Feel it. And most of all own it.


Learning to sing without lessons means that improvement is somewhat slower than if we study with a qualified teacher. We have no one to report to each week and no feedback, so we tend to be lax about practicing. It is only by repetition that we make progress. But take care that you are practicing correctly to avoid ingraining bad habits.

Without a teacher to give us regular feedback we practice our own mistakes further ingraining bad singing. Most of us aren't self-motivated enough to work daily on our voices and yet that is exactly what it takes to get better.

We all display different weaknesses and strengths as we sing. Bad habits must be corrected as new techniques are introduced. Many factors enter in to "the art and science of singing." Some are physical and some are psychological.

I wish you success as you begin your journey through the path of singing. Sing with all of your heart and soul. Feel your own emotions and bring them to the surface of your song. Enjoy singing as it is a gift from you to yourself.

© 2012 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 17, 2016:


Thanks Stella for dropping by. So glad you're singing in a group for church. This is a great way to practice the breathing and get familiar with using the diaphragmatic muscle. Plus, with your ability to play guitar you can sing and carry your accompaniment with you (unlike a piano.) :)

Feel free to contact me anytime you have a question or need some help. Thanks again.

Sing with joy!


stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on May 17, 2016:

Love reading and trying to use the information you provide. I am working on the breathing and concentrate where it comes from. I just started singing in a group for our church. I have always just played the guitar but never sang. Thanks for this hub. Stella

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 28, 2013:

Au fait - Thank you for being here and for the lovely comments. It means so much to me. Hugs!

C E Clark from North Texas on April 27, 2013:

A fantastic article for helping people discover and develop their best voice and how to breath correctly. Very generous of you too, to share this information. Voted up, AUI, and will share!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 13, 2013:

Hi Victoria - So nice to see you here and to read your wonderful comments. Harmony is so beautiful and not just any singer is good at it. My students all agree that learning how to breathe for singing is the one technique that helped them most of all. Thanks for the votes my friend.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 13, 2013:

What a thorough hub! My family has always sung--in church or just randomly! My brothers and I love to harmonize. You're right about the breathing playing a big part. I used to sing at friends' weddings and did well, I think, but I think I could improve my singing greatly with practice and perhaps lessons! Many votes here, including up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 05, 2013:

Hi Barbara - As we age the voice can maintain a youthful sound. The biggest problem with aging is vibrato. What once was a beautiful, controlled wave-like sound becomes more of a wobble sound. However, this can be controlled by focusing more on breath control and placement of tone.

Barbara Badder from USA on April 04, 2013:

I'll have to try your steps. I have a terrible singing voice. Does getting older influence singing. My BIL has been in a band almost all of his life. Now that he is in his 60's, he is having problems. He has always had a beautiful voice.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 03, 2013:

Long TimeMother - Thank you for the kind words. Do you have skype or a similar video program? I offer lessons using computer video and am available to help your daughter. She is at the perfect age to begin training her voice.

Thanks for the vote up and awesome.

LongTimeMother from Australia on March 25, 2013:

Hello, vocalcoach. I will sit and read your hubs with my 12-year-old. She has a lovely voice that didn't come from my husband or myself. She would love singing lessons but we live off the grid in the back of beyond and I've not met a singing teacher in the area.

My daughter sings all day every day. It is wonderful that you are offering free advice to people like us.

Thank you. Voted up and awesome!!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 09, 2013:

acaetnna - Hello my friend. Singing belongs to all of us and not reserved for a special few. You love to sing. I didn't know that. Wonderful! Thank you for your kind comments. Love seeing you here.

Hi Tammy - You are hilarious :) If I had you here in my studio for a lesson, you would walk out singing on key and without the need to hear the music. Thank you Tammy.

Tammy from North Carolina on February 09, 2013:

This is great! I love to sing in my car but the further away I get from the source of music, the more off key I get. I think it is wonderful how you empower all of us to sing. Great hub!

acaetnna from Guildford on January 16, 2013:

I am so pleased that I popped by to read this amazing hub. You certainly are an expert in this department. I would love to be able to sing much better and shall practise your suggestions. Thank you so much.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 21, 2012:

RTalloni - Hahahaha! So funny. I just bet you have a good voice and add strength and harmony to the other voices. :) Sing out - sing strong!

Thanks and Merry Christmas.

RTalloni on December 21, 2012:

If I could put this lesson into practice instantly I wouldn't have to stand in the back when we go Christmas caroling tonight. Your post is interesting though, and gives someone like me encouragement to spend a little time on the exercises and see where it takes me. Thanks!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 15, 2012:

thoughtforce - I hope your Lucia Celebration went well and I'm so proud of you for your participation. I feel so good to know that you will be practicing some of the new things you learn from me through my singing hubs. They absolutely make all the difference.

To find that this hub inspires you is more than I could hope for. I'm so happy Tina. Please let me know if you have any questions about singing or if I can help you in any way.

Thank you kindly for the great votes and for sharing. Happy Holidays and Hugs to you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 15, 2012:

Tillsontitan - How I wish you lived near me too. I'd have you singing solos and having the time of your life. What about skype? Just a thought.

Thanks for all your support. Means everything to me.

Jools - How about "Till-Jools" or "TJ" :) I will design a unique vocal style for you both, teach you, manage you and collect my 35% !

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 14, 2012:

Rusticliving - Coming from a pro like yourself, I take your comments very seriously - so thank you! Do you ever ask yourself how people can live without music in their lives?

As you know, it is sheer joy to be both a teacher of music and a performer as well. And we never stop learning which makes it that much more fulfilling. Thanks so much babygirl!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2012:

Marcoujor - Hello, dear friend. Thank you for being here. Your remarks have given me a nice warm, fuzzy feeling. To inspire others is a great honor. Have a wonderful time during this holiday season and hugs to you Maria!

Oh Lord - You and epigramman are cut from the same cloth! Hahaha. Shame on you:) And if your neighbors shut the windows, just sing louder:)

Genna - I just love your advice and explanation about hearing the note in your head first, before you sing. And then you said "You have to meet the note before you sing it, rather than chase it or stretch upward to reach for it ." Marvelous instruction for attacking the tone!

Thanks so much for appreciating my work and for taking it to heart. How I wish we lived close to each other:)

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on December 02, 2012:

Wow vocal, this is a fantastic hub and I found myself trying to breathe like a dog while I read this. I sung in the church choir and played the piano when I was a child but for some reason I hardly ever sing anymore and never play an instrument. And because of the lack of practice my voice sounds peculiar on those rare occasions when I do sing. Your hub is so inspiring and you share a wealth of knowledge so I will try to get my voice in at least better shape right away. I will have to sing on 13th of December when my working place has decided to perform in a Lucia celebration. None of us are good singers so every improvement will do! I admire and totally enjoy the voice of those who can sing, it is so beautiful and the tones goes right inside me leaving a warm feeling. Thanks for this hub vocal, you have made me realize the worth of practicing and the need of taking care of the voice we have. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared of course


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 27, 2012:

Sueswan - Absolutely! Correct breathing gives the one the "energy" needed to go past "the break" and up into the "head register" where the higher vocal sounds are transmitted. When this happens, you can actually feel the vibrations coming from the head and skull area.

Debby! You make a very good point about fun songs. They seem to invite every type of voice and personality. One older song that everyone chimed in on was "YMCA." People didn't care if they could sing or not - they just had fun going through the lyrics and the motions. Hugs!

Let me know if this isn't clear or you need more help. Thanks Sue!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 27, 2012:

FolliediVetro - You must inhale, just before you sing your first note and release the air as you sing. To learn how to do this - 1. inhale the air.

2. Then begin counting on any tone (1 through 15) releasing your air at the very end. Make your air last until you get to 15. 3. Gradually increase your counting until you can sing up to 25.

I KNOW you can do this:) Thanks so much!

StephSev108 - It's so nice to see you again:) I'm very glad that you are enjoying these hubs.

dingerd - Well, my friend, it's now time for you to get back into singing:) Thanks for commenting.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 27, 2012:

I'm with Tills on this one Audrey, we could form a duet together, Jools n Tills or Tills n Jools (I don't need star billing!). I'm sure we'd benefit from your talents!

Mary Craig from New York on November 27, 2012:

I wish I lived near you...I would take the singing lessons I never had. I've been singing all my life but....started when I was just a toddler and only recently stopped...well in public anyway.

Voted this up, useful and awesome!

Liz Rayen from California on November 27, 2012:

Great Hub mammakins! Your outline and tips (especially on breath control) are very well thought of.. but then again.. you're the best!

Thumbs way up and shared!♥

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 21, 2012:

I always enjoy your hubs because they are filled with a wealth of information that is well thought out and written in ways that draw us into the subject. I’ll never be a recording artist, but I love singing; I guess, in part, due to the relief from any stresses of the day, and a kind of enlightenment it brings. I hear the notes in my head before I sing them. I especially liked your mention of “the attack,” on a note. You have to meet the note before you sing it, rather than chase it or stretch upward to reach for it. Excellent hub! :-)

Joseph De Cross from New York on November 21, 2012:

Wow! I think I can... I think I can... that pharynx pic passed the triple xxx filters? Great advice, and now my neighbors will have to hear my voice! Great hub!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 16, 2012:


A fascinating read that showcases your passion so beautifully...I love how you motivate and inspire us all to find our voice.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

Debby Bruck on November 15, 2012:

Hi Audrey - I loved this beginner lesson with all the explanations and definitions. Sesame Street certainly gets us singing along. I'm sure most people feel free to sing in the car when they turn the music up and its such a "happy" feeling and wonderful way to de-stress, as long as we keep our eyes on the road. Looking forward to more lessons. Hugs, Debby

Sueswan on November 15, 2012:

Hi Audrey,

Does correct breathing help with vocal range? My range is very limited. I have been told I have a nice tone to my voice but I sound like I am holding back.

Voted up and awesome and sharing

Take care :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 14, 2012:

rajan - Thank you my friend for being here and sharing your thoughts. I'm glad you approve of my hub and I am most grateful for your continued support and encouragement. Your vote up, rating and sharing are appreciated.

glimmertwinfan - When I hear about a person having a lovely singing voice, but do not have an interest in singing, it almost breaks my heart. Perhaps one day something will inspire your daughter and she will begin to sing.

Meanwhile, I'd like to see you go back to the time you thought you had a good singing voice and pick up from there. It's possible that your daughter inherited her talent from you, ya know?

Thanks so much!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 14, 2012:

alocsin - You make a good point. It is precisely our own judgement of how we sound that interferes with our natural ability to sing. Excellent observation! As a vocal coach I witness this behavior year after year, singer after singer.

As the student hears from the teacher that they have a nice voice, the singer begins to develop their voice immediately. Thank you!

Denise - Oh yes - the image of the great MM singing Happy Birthday to JFK with that breathy, sexy sound will remain forever! Glad you mentioned this:)

If your voice cracks when you sing, it is caused by 1 of 3 things. 1. lack of enough air when taking a breath 2. Carrying tension in the neck and face areas 3. Not enough resonation (the feeling of vibrations in the right areas.)

That will cost you $5.00 :) Keep on singing - that young voice can be restored in no time.

You've honored my hub with your great votes and ratings. Thanks, my dear friend! La-La-La.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 14, 2012:

Hi Deborah - Thanks so much for your nice comments. I'm glad to hear that you sing in your church choir.

You are exactly the kind of vocal student I love to work with. You love to sing and realize you could improve with a little help:) Thanks for the vote up.

James - You've made my day! Great comments.

Let me know if you ever need my help. Glad to be of service. I sure enjoy your hubs, my friend!

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 14, 2012:

"Air acts as a cushion for the singing tone to ride on"

I had never thought of it that way before. Great line.

Thank you for this fabulous and needful article. It is superb and I love it.

James :-)

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on November 13, 2012:

Audrey I love to sing.. I sin g real good in the choir at church.. I SING soprano... sometimes i sing real good to a song on the radio if its in my tune.. other times I sing so out of I would love to have you be my coach..

voted up


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 12, 2012:

Vellur - Thanks so much for your kind comments.

I appreciate your taking time to read my hub and commenting.

Deepak - I'm so very glad that you found this hub to be helpful. Means so much to me.

Nyamache - To be good at anything, we must practice and singing requires even more repetition. You are absolutely correct. How exciting it is to receive comments from Kenya.

Thank you so much!

Darrel Dinger from Tennessee on November 12, 2012:

Very good information. Thank you for sharing. I used to sing all of the time but have forgotten a lot of these little rules and ways to sing better.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 12, 2012:

Mekenzie ~ I thank you so much for your marvelous comments. And I felt like you were here with me as you talked about your husband and music. He sounds like a brilliant and devoted man.

I am impressed with the way your daughter learned to sing on key through the vibrations felt in the top of the head. Wow! Inspiring.

You have a rare appreciation for music and I am honored to receive your kind comments. Thank you for the many votes and the sharing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 12, 2012:

Hello, Epi, the sweetest man on earth. Your comments on my hubs are better than the "Kennedy Honors" (the biggest award given here in the U.S.A) No one can turn a plain word into a diamond like you can.

Now, listen up! YOU can sing. You just haven't had the right person to bring your natural and beautiful sound out. Even a groan is the beginning of singing. And I know you've done plenty of that before:)

Thank you dearest friend for always finding time to support my hubs. Two years and growing is a long time but you always sacrifice your own time for someone else. What a man!

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on November 12, 2012:

Thanks again for another great hub that I need.

Lily from Malta on November 12, 2012:

I was desiring to sing for a long time,but now I realize that my problem is that I'm not able to sing and breath at the same time..strange but true.I would love to sing lovely!

Claudia Porter on November 12, 2012:

What a great hub. I have always envied those who had a good singing voice. I used to think I did, but realized I did not. I wish my daughter enjoyed singing. She has a lovely voice (and that is not just a mother saying that :-)). She just doesn't want to do it. Maybe this would inspire her. Voted up and interesting.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 11, 2012:

drbj ~Well. just look at you, panting away. Good. Just don't hyperventilate :) And keep your water bowl close by :) If you keep reading these hubs on singing you'll become such a diva and I'll come see you at the met!

teaches12345 - I am thrilled to find that you are going to try this. I know you can sing and sing well. And singing brings so many healthy benefits. Thanks my friend.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 11, 2012:

Very interesting and useful pointers for those interested in singing. The section on breath control is excellent. Glad to know what these singing terms mean.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing this hub too, Audrey. Very apt dividers too.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 11, 2012:

Hi Audrey-I used to have a much nicer voice when I was younger. I've noticed it cracking more as I age. I love this hub, the diagrams and explanation you've offered, along with the breath work, and exercises. I had to smile when I read the Happy Birthday part. The image of Marilyn Monroe's breathy version of H.B to JFK was not the typical birthday song. :) Rated this UP/U/I/A and will share. Very cool!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 11, 2012:

It's rather funny how we all love to sing as children and somehow lose that ability as we get older, most likely because of self-judgment. Thanks for offering tips to regain that wonder again. Voting this Up and Useful.

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on November 11, 2012:

I agree with you what you have said. I have heard musicians saying that for one to be a good singer he/she has to have passion and practice a lot. Practicing will make a person to hone his/her skills of singing. I have voted this hub up, useful!

Deepak Chaturvedi from New Delhi, India on November 10, 2012:

Helpful and informative guide for singing.Good research work.Thanks to share voted and shared.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 10, 2012:

A great hub with in depth information on singing and vocal cords. Great write. Voted up and shared.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 10, 2012:

shiningirisheyes ~ Thank you for your story. It is a testament to the need for breathing correctly. I appreciate that. I often wonder why all folks wouldn't want to know how to breathe correctly - as it is the act of breathing that keeps us alive. Take care!

Eddy - I hope you sing everyday! When we love to sing, singing loves us back. And you, dear friend are a song to me and one that I carry in my heart.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 10, 2012:

viveresperando ~ Oh, you are hilarious. What a good laugh I just had :) So glad you're thinking about the breathing lessons. You come back soon now. I will be over to visit you real soon. Thanks!

CarlySullens - You could actually relate to my article on breath control and head voice. Terrific! I admit, I did get a chuckle reading that you didn't know you had one:) Thanks for your comments Carly and for the nice things you've said about my hub.

billy - Thanks for the information and I will contact CloudExplorer (Mike) soon.

Susan Ream from Michigan on November 10, 2012:

Hello Audrey, I think it is wonderful that you are sharing your expertise for those who cannot afford to take vocal lessons.

My husband was a music major before he felt God's calling on his life for ministry. He has served many churches in song leading, choir and special music. He also plays the trombone in a tone that is so mellow I feel as though I melt into the sound.

The way you described feeling the music was really awesome. I have learned these tips through my hubby .. I'm going to have him read your descriptions .. "The same is true with your singing voice. "Breath Control is the foundation for your voice." Audrey Hunt " ... you have such a gift with words you know. :)

Well I have to tell you that until today I don't ever remember seeing a picture of the larynx - Now I can say I have. :) The terms and description are very helpful and well written. Great help for a better understanding of singing and music.

When my first daughter was younger she could not carry a tune. My other daughter has a lovely voice and sings solo's. I heard a trick from a vocal coach when my first daughter was about 8 years old. She said to have my daughter place her hand on my head as I sang a note. My daughter had to try to match the note I was singing with her own voice. I guess it is the vibrations in the head that helps. It worked and it worked well. My daughter now can sing on tune and has a very sweet voice.

I'm voting this Up, Helpful, Awesome and Beautiful, Thank you!


epigramman on November 09, 2012: Audrey - that is quite a provocative picture of the larynx - lol lol lol - but the real reason I am here of course is for you!

I couldn't sing to save my life - lol - but I am a great dancer - and I would love to dance with you and I will always sing your praises as one of my true sweethearts here at the Hub because you always make me feel like the richest man in the world and you are my dear friend and esteemed colleague and you remind me so much of my mum who loved The Sound of Music - I wish I could tell her - Mum I know the lady (Vocal Coach) who taught Julie Andrews on how to sing ----

sending you warm wishes , major league hugs and good energy to you from lake erie time ontario canada 7:38pm and from my two cats as well - Tiffy and Gabriel

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 09, 2012:

mcbirdbks - Awe - You always warm my heart with your positive, kind comments. Being a teacher is the greatest. I am so grateful for having lived my life serving others and loving what I do.

Dianna Mendez on November 08, 2012:

What a great lesson on singing. I think I can do this! I know many people who think they can't sing, but with your pointers I believe singing would be a possibility. Maybe not American Idol quality, but still doable. Thanks for the share.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 08, 2012:

I'm practicing panting (when I'm alone, of course) and I'll keep you informed, Audrey, as I progress. So far no neighbors are knocking on the walls . . . yet. Thank you for these delightfully explicit breathing and singing instructions.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 08, 2012:

So interesting and as always amazingly told.

I have agreat interest in music and singing and this one was a treat without a doubt. Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.


Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 08, 2012:

Years ago I was in the middle of a very "stressful" and long project for my work. So much so that I visited someone who specialized in de-stressing, so to speak. One of my exercises was to make sure I carried my favorite songs with me. When ever the stress started to reach a maximum, I would go to my car and sing to the songs. I realized later that it was the breathing that was doing the trick.

Great article

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 07, 2012:

Audrey, the videos we do we download on youtube first, and then they download easily on HubPages...I have never tried downloading from the computer to a Hub.....ask Mike (CloudExplorer) he does it all the time and would be happy to show you how.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 07, 2012:

billy - Do you or anyone in your family still have those wonderful recordings on LP? Wow. How wonderful that is. How I wish my family could have recorded some of our old songs. My mother loved opera and my father loved old funny folk songs (couldn't stand opera) :)

It's funny how the older I get the more precious these memories become. I haven't figured out if

it's old age or maturity or both :)

Hey, billy - could I impose on your higher intellect and get you to show me how to put a video from my apple computer to hubpages? Your videos are magnificent!

Thank you my friend for being here and sending a hug to your sweetheart - and one to you too.

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on November 07, 2012:

Wow, what a well thought out hub. I love the dividers and the passion you have to educate people on how to sing. When I was in college I took a voice class as an elective, because I could not sing. There were 5 other students in my class all voice majors, needless to say I was very shy and had a lot of work ahead of me. But you know what, my singing improved because I was taught how to do what you explained above. I didn't eve know I had a 'head voice,' how to use my breath and how 'hear' myself. Great hub!!!

viveresperando from A Place Where Nothing Is Real on November 07, 2012:

wow! Bookmarked and since I sound like a hyena singing, lol........ I've been told I breathe wrong even when I don't sing, lol. Going to start by learning how to breathe and then will try the pitch exercise, lol. Great info!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 07, 2012:

You are so knowledgeable. You know your subject and it is obvious that you love to teach voice to your students. You join the ranks of many great teachers with such positive input at all levels. on November 07, 2012:

Wow! what a comprehensive hub! Still not sure I can sing, but I try anyway. The Lord likes to hear a joyful noise, so as long as it is joyful - I am covered. Right? I do like the dividers, but I am feeling iinspired. You may be hearing from me soon.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 07, 2012:

You do know your stuff my friend! Great suggestions and a great look at the science of singing. I grew up in a singing household; we even had a machine that would record so that the family had their own LP's, and we would gather around that machine on holidays and make our own album. Great memories!

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