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How To Sing! Improve Your Voice Daily

teacher avatar Deanna Kangas, Professional Performer & Voice Coach

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Welcome To The Course

    • 2. Things You Really Need To Know

    • 3. Understanding Pitch & Rhythm

    • 4. Vocal Warm Ups | Why and How

    • 5. Choosing Your Repertoire

    • 6. Finding Your Unique Voice

    • 7. Congratulations + What's Next

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About This Class

It's all well and good to learn vocal techniques to 'improve' your voice, but if you've never done any singing before - how do you even know if you have enough talent to sing in the first place?

Join Deanna Kangas, Professional Performer and Founder & Director of Adelaide's largest vocal studio Voicehouse, as she answers the most popular questions new singers have and gives you all the tools you need to know to start a regular and effective singing practice. 

Watch this before learning any vocal techniques to avoid confusion and countless hours of wasted practice time... all without the anxiety of having to sing in-front of someone you don't know!

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Deanna Kangas

Professional Performer & Voice Coach


I am a public speaker, small business owner, and professional performer currently living in Adelaide, Australia. My interests range from business and entrepreneurship to health and plant-based living.

I am the Founder of Voicehouse - Australia's largest vocal studio specializing in working with adult singers and have been a professional vocal coach for 12 years. 

It is my purpose to spend a little bit of time each day helping make this world a better place. I'm on a mission to create the largest community of movers, shakers and change-makers and I will do everything I can to help others find confidence in their voice and speak up for those who can't.

My stage work includes 8 years as Poppi the Pop Princess in veteran children's group The Funkees and 5 y... See full profile

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1. Welcome To The Course: Hi, everyone. My name is Deanna Kangas, and I'll be taking you through this introduction to singing and helping you with the things that you need to know before you even get started singing on what you can do to start implementing a regular practice. Now this causes for people who have perhaps wanted to sing. And maybe you've done a few lessons in person or online, and you've been learning a whole bunch of different songs and vocal techniques. But you just really not sure as to have a structural. Where should you do what and what is the best order to do things in in order to make the most progress. So essentially, it's about how you can get the most effective. Use off your practice time and your practice routines to ensure that you're making the most amount of progress possible. You could be somebody who just wants to learn to sing at home on your own for a hobby, or someone who's trying to build up the confidence to do regular lessons, perhaps in a local studio with a coach on line. So either which way this course is for you, and I really hope you enjoy it. And of course, you have any questions? Comment them in the discussion below, as I'd love to chat with you all. 2. Things You Really Need To Know: So first we're going to start off with the things you need to know about learning to sing and answer some of your most asked questions. Now I personally have seen a vocal coach for 13 years, and over that time I've worked one on one with hundreds, maybe perhaps even over 1000 singers myself. And over time and time again, you get the same questions I specializing working with adults who perhaps have always wanted to sing that never had the time or opportunity to do so or used to seeing in the past. And they've missed it so much that they want to come back to it later at lights and everybody has the same questions. Can everybody learn how to sing? How long does it take to learn how to sing? And if I'm not naturally, a great singer, how long is it going to take me to get anywhere? Or do I even have a chance? So let's go through all of those together. The first thing you need to remember about using your voice is that it's learning to use and to train muscles just like the rest of your body, so I always use an analogy where I life in training your voice to actually going to the gym and wanting to get fit. Let's say you want to get your voice to the absolute premium state, just like if you wanted to go to the gym and get that muscle or bikini body, it's going to take quite a lot of time, effort and discipline to train the muscles to get into the shape that you want them to. And you need to make sure that you're using the right techniques while you're training to avoid strain, injury and fatigue on the vocals on damage later down the track that could do you more harm than good. So you do need to be prepared to train your muscles as much as you put in is what you're going to get out if you just want to do it for a little bit of fun. And hey, it's no big deal. If you want to take this further, then you do need to commit to quite a serious practice routine. The next thing that I always get us is being in that from singer versus not being a natural singer. If I feel like I have natural talent. Am I able to get a lot farther than funds? Perhaps someone who doesn't all vice versa. If I think I'm turn death, have I got any chance and actually learning how to sing now? The thing is, is that everybody is in such a different place, and this is the one thing about singing. That means there are so many different variables. If you are someone who considers yourself turned if to start off with, then perhaps learning to train your ears and utilize your is properly is the biggest issue that you need to address. Before you even worry about vocal techniques, look techniques and learning how to use the voice and strengthening the muscles. I'm not going to be very much used to you if you cannot hold a simple truth or staying pitch with a piece of music or even another singer at the same time. Basically, as we all know, if something's off pitch, it just doesn't sound good, regardless of how great the single might be. So that's the first step we need to take, and usually it's great to try and do some exercises yourself, or perhaps have somebody help you die knows where you're at naturally, However, if you know that you've already got great pitching rhythm and you can follow music easily and singing along to an instrument or a karaoke backing track comes with ease and float for you. Then starting next with vocal techniques is the next step for you. You don't have to do so much of the year training because naturally use already at that step, and that's the first part of being a natural singer. The next part of being a natural singer is the tone of your voice. Naturally it have you got a beautiful tone. Is it soft? Is it strong? Doesn't flow or is quite disjointed, maybe perhaps a bit raspy or any other qualities you can think off that you don't like when you listen to other singers as well. And that's the stuff that we can adjust with learning proper vocal technique. So depending on where you are at with, those two different elements will determine how long it will take you to where you need to go. But like I said, just remember that we are training muscles like the rest of the body and again. The time and dedication that you put in is what you're going to get out. The last thing I want you to know it is being a natural singer actually has no bearing on how successful you'll be in the long run. I have met plenty, a amazing singer over the years on. Unfortunately, they just don't have the worth work ethic that it takes to succeed in the industry. You really need to put the time in in order to be able to get something out of it. So again, I don't really think about where you're at. Naturally, it's kind of irrelevant at this point of time. All that matters to you is how much time you're willing to put in. And if you put in a lot of practice in the lowland, you can go anywhere, just like you can with anything 3. Understanding Pitch & Rhythm: so if you're brand new to singing and you've never done any before, or if, perhaps you have done some singing. But you know that you struck to follow along with the music. The first part off your training is going to be in training now. A lot of people mistake sometimes not hearing the notes correctly or not being able to follow on to music as having a bad voice. And that's not necessarily true. You might actually, naturally have a really great voice, but your ability to follow along with the music or what I like to call call your voice music connection is a little out of fashion. It's not quite connecting together in order for you to follow along and make a sound that is in pitch and in the right rhythm at the same time. So what is pitch pitch is your ability to match the sound off Norwich and this is something that I know that a lot of singers have never thought about before they come to singing. So essentially when you hear sing is that are really great. One of the things that you might not realize is the reason why they sound so good when they're singing along to music is because they are 100% or as accurately as possible. Following the music and music has so many different levels and tarts high, low, all of the different spectrums in between. And your ability to sit along with the piano or with the guitar with the entire bend on follow what they are doing and make sure that you're in tune with them all is going to really give you that ed in terms of sounding good to begin with, it's the absolute basics. If you're not following along with the music like I said earlier, then you're gonna find it really difficult to get that beautiful sound you want because it's constantly going to be a mismatch. So now I am here at my keyboard, although you can't see it to show you exactly what I mean by pitch being a match or omits match. So I'll give you an example. If I would apply a note, I would sing that LA What you can hear if you listen carefully, is my voice and the note doing the same thing. We're vibrating on the same frequency, have a listening it now, although if waste doesn't sound exactly like an instrument because I'm not an instrument, we effectively have the same frequency. And so when we sing together, it creates a nice sound. However, if I were to sing it as a mismatch, I'm going to get you to hear the difference. What you notice is that there's a clash rather than that nice sound you heard before. Let me do them both again. Here's the match. Uh, and he's the Clash. Uh, As you can hear, one works together and one does. So that's what we mean when we talk about pitch, Are you matching the music? The best thing to do is to actually play a few notes, and I'm going to do that for you now and give you the opportunity to actually match them yourself. So let's start with the 1st 1 that I just did. Give it a go good one more time. Excellent. We'll go a little bit higher. Very good. Now these may be different depending on whether you're a male or a female, so this tends to be in the range in between boys. For males, it might feel like you're singing a little high at the moment. And for females, it might feel like you're seeing a little lord time. You excellent, and you can simply use a keyboard or any instrument that you might have to play some single notes like that. If you know how to and try and do the exact same thing, Try and make sure that it's a match rather than a clash. The other thing you can do if you don't have access to an instrument is downward. A keyboard app onto your more vile on. All you can do right away is you just press the keys that appear and do the same thing. Play them and then try and match with that pictures. Well, it's a great way to train your ears and always remember that pitchers instinctive, you can't think pitch. You have to hear it, and you have to do exactly what it is. You here, you have to learn to go with your gut. Singing is a lot about trust. The next thing is your rhythm, your ability to notice what's happening with the feet off the music. Now a really great way to do this is to play some songs and try and cluck the big along. And if you feel like you can really easily cut the big find it on, follow along and be able to have, perhaps sing at the same time as you're clapping and you're probably really great. Rhythm. Naturally, if you find that you don't know what to clap when you hear a piece of music and trying to sing at the same time, it's really confusing. Let's start with a simple exercise on the keyboard, so I'm gonna play something. I want you to clip it back to me. I'll give you an example so you would clap good. All right, let's do another one. This time you're gonna do it on your own. Ah, good. All right, let's do it now. The one How did you get clapping? That and again, this is a really great thing that you can do yourself on the U instrumental on an act if you want to download it or any piece of music you hear on the radio listening to on your iPhone or any other device, just see if you can clap the beat and follow along when you've got those two things pitch and rhythm, then you'll be able to follow the music. The music is always your guide, and it has all of the answers you need. If you're ever struggling, you're probably not paying attention to the music like you should be. So follow the music, let it be your guide, be at one with it, being just another instrument in the band work together, and once you feel like you're working together with all of the music that you sing along with, then you're ready for vocal techniques. 4. Vocal Warm Ups | Why and How: So when you start your practice session each day after you've done your pitching exercises and you're sort of gay is tuned in, make sure that you're following the music correctly. The next thing you would do is a vocal warm up. It's kind of like an extension of what we were doing and takes it a little bit more in debt . And the reason we do it in disorder is because we want to do things methodically so that it's easy for you to get into shape really quickly. So you start with your pitching exercises, then you move on to a warm up, and then we would move onto learning some salts, which we're going to go into a little bit later on. So what I teach you the basics of a vocal warm up Now, Essentially, you've probably heard many vocal watts before or you've heard often, but you probably don't like them or you're probably not sure why anybody would do about what. Now you probably remember me mentioning before that warming up your voice or using your voice is muscles just like the rest of your body, so essentially the same way as if you were to do sport, and you needed to warm up your muscles before head to avoid strain, injury and fatigue. You do the same with a vocal walk. It's also a really great way to learn to master a skill because it's quite repetitious. So you get toe, do something over and over again and learn what it takes to get quite good at something. And then when you learn all of the vocal techniques that you've perhaps heard of before, like your breathing or your vow sounds, maybe it's even you're belting your librato or twang. You have a basis off something that's really repetitious to practice those techniques on before you apply them to songs. And that really helps you to solidify what you've learned, do it over and over again until you can't forget it. And then when it comes to putting it in context, it's that much easier now. There are a 1,000,000 different warmups out there, and if you want some variety, all you really need to do is jump on your truth. Google vocal warm ups and you find so many different ones to work with. But today we're going to do the absolute basics, which is a simple five. No escape. And the reason I like to start with this is because I like to perfect something that simple before moving on to something more advanced, because then that way you actually learn it properly, and it's easy for you to go on from there. So we're gonna stop with the Met down here on the women of you know, Of course I'm a woman, too, so I'm gonna be singing in the woman range. But if you're a male, you'll be singing what's called an octave below May. Now I'm going to start you with a simple boat, and this is to warm up the lips. So this goes like this, you'll notice is making a sound. And some people struggle with this to begin with. What it is is you need to adjust your airflow. So if you feel like you absolutely cannot get it to start off with, use this opportunity to just play around and experiment with your voice. Push more out, out, push less air out. Think of the way that you're using your lips in your mouth. Try and find something that's comfortable and make sure you're taking that nice deep breaths to be able to push it out. Let's keep going together, Tonto. Way through. Okay, head down now with sound, and it's a rolling off the top. Now again, if you find it really tricky to roll your tongue, experiment with play around, see if you can get it Moving eyes, the kind of sound you want to make its an R sound a little. If you struggle with it, however, stick with your bubbles until you feel like you're ready to try it again. Let's go back down the other way. Way, way The's a really gentle ways to get your teeth and tongue or warmed up. Then once you've done that, you can move on to sounds so you could do the same thing. But like this, - what you'll notice is that then it progresses to using your voice a little bit more. It's a little bit Lana, and you work through the warm up that way. Start off gentle and get as loud as you can towards the end. What as loud as you can but get louder toward the end so that your voice is ready for when you start singing songs. Now, of course, everybody has such different ranges for you that might have been heaps. You might have felt like it was quite long and quite high, or vice versa. For some people that might have thought that was really easy, and they could have gone a lot further on. This is why it's really great again, even play an instrument. Or if you can at least download an app where you can customize them yourself. It's really great to go with. But like I said, the stormy resource is out there and so many different ways to do a warm up. Why stick with one you maze? We're trying more and see what you find useful to you. 5. Choosing Your Repertoire : Once you've warmed up your voice, the next thing you want to do is choose a song. Toe work on one song at a time is a really great way to start off with, and then as you get a little more comfortable, you can start adding more into the mix. But like I said, it's all about slow progress. And repetition is key. You're much better doing one section of a song and getting that perfect before moving on the new artist doing the entire song kind of sort of good and not really being happy with it in the end. Now, some choice is a tricky thing, but what I recommend is you grab a piece of paper and put three columns on that piece of paper, and in that you can put the name off the sun, and then you can put the category off the salt, and then you can put how much you love that song and you want to sing it. So, for example, you write down five different songs. In that list, I would write down all of the different songs you want to sing. Remember, songs that you want to sing are sometimes different to what you listen to a swell. And as you go along, you get used to what actually suits your voice and things might change over time. But write a song down, have a sing with it, bring it up on your troop or on iTunes, sing along with the song and then categorize it as easy, moderate or difficult on. That is not if the song is but what it is to you. This song is really easy for me. This song is moderate for me, and this song is difficult. And then at the end put it How much you want to actually learn. That's also you kind of know, You know, if you have, it's only specific to work towards. I need to work on this right away. Or this is something I'm happy to do one day so that you kind of organized songs in a little bit of in order. And as soon as you hear on the radio, as soon as you think of something new, you've got your list and you can go back to it and you could write songs down that way. You kind of got something toe work through now. I always like to pick a song with an 80 20 pit principle. And you might have heard of 80 20 principal before the way that it works. The song choice is pick something that is about 80% easy or moderate for you and only 20% difficult on each time you pick one. You want to start with that? Why? Because that means that you can use the parts that are easier to apply general technique in the things that you need to learn all of your foundations. And then you can use the 20% to push yourself just a little bit further than what you were before on. Then what you find is, after you've perfected that piece, the next feast that you thought was difficult, that one becomes that much easier because you've already worked on those things. And so then you pick something that is probably pats from the moderate cult column. What you feel ready for it. And again, a person of that will now be easy to you, and 20% will be more difficult. But it will be a different kind of difficult, and you work on that. That's the best way to methodically work through the list of things that you want to do. You can also listen out for songs that play to your strengths and weaknesses and depending on what it is that you want to work on next, in terms of your technique, pick songs that actually have a lot of that particular thing in them. So you might be watching a video on learning a technique on librato. Therefore, it would make sense to pick a song that has lots of spots former brother in it, so that you can actually be applying it at the same time that you're learning the technique and the white would structure this in a practice. Retain is, I would personally watch a video or read a sheet or study whichever technique it is that you want to do. Then do your pitching exercises. Get your ears or working usual eyes that technique in the walk. To begin with practice you barato in the WalMart, Find some warm upset, perhaps will help you with vibrato and then apply it to the song last that while you've given yourself a good, solid session on one thing and you're learning to do it thoroughly, 6. Finding Your Unique Voice: welcome everyone. The last tip I have for you in terms off learning how to sing even if you've never done it before, is to make sure that whatever songs you choose to work on, or whatever things you sing along to, you're always finding your own voice. Imitating a singer is something that a lot of us have learned to do without even realizing it. And it's purely because most of the time we just copy exactly what we hear on. We think that that's the correct way to actually sing the song. Okay, well, this person has more of an American accent or an English accent, so therefore, I should sing the song the same way, too. And we all have such different native accents. Depending on where you're from, it's really important for you to find what your voice is uniquely and so what I recommend you do is when you're singing a song, I recommend you strip it bare completely, learn well enough so that you can actually learn it with the karaoke e backing track rather than singing along with the singer on. Then, as you're singing along, throw everything you've looked from that singer out the window, apart from the rhythm on the pitch in the melody. You want to keep the basics there, but in terms of any different flair that they put on the song. But let it all go. Just pretend it doesn't exist for a moment and sing this song as if it was your own, as if you wrote it. And you were just giving your absolute everything because you were that singer that you were going to a concert to pay 102 103 $100 a ticket to go and see you just had that unique voice in you and essentially from doing that, that's how you gonna find what you consistently start to do or ever, ever get. And then you will notice patterns and you'll find what's in your unique voice. When you go back to singing other songs and your start imitating people, you're going to be able to hear the difference. And it's really important that you learn to sing organically like yourself. You've probably heard this before. There isn't anybody else like you, and most people who do want to take this in further need to realize that singing like anybody else is not going to get you anywhere, because that's already take it. Producers are looking for the next big thing, that unique sound, and everybody has one. So take the time to strip. It'll back pair right back to basics and just find out who you are as a singer, as a performer and even as a person on a day today basis, and that's where you really enjoy your singing. 7. Congratulations + What's Next: Congratulations, everyone. You made it to the end off the course. I am so proud of you. Will. And now you are ready to actually go and learn some vocal techniques and I want to do with them. You can apply any technique in the world to this system. Picking technique. Go through your pitching exercises, apply it to you, walnuts. Then apply it to any songs that you want to sing and you'll get a system going on a daily basis that will just work. Amazingly, this is something I've been doing with my singers every day for the last 13 years in my studio and that my coaches here do as well Andi, off course. I really hope you enjoyed this video. Like I said, if you've got any questions or comments problem down below or even if you'd like to share something with us to make sure you let us know, we'd love to hear you sing at the same time. Well done. And best of luck with your singing journey. I hope to work with you here with the voice house team certain Take care