Learn the basic practices and techniques that you will need to start singing with confidence right away.
Easily incorporate Singing into your everyday life with this simple, 6 step course designed entirely for Adult Beginners just like you.
Welcome to the beginning of the course.
I am so excited to have you join me in learning some of the basic and foundational singing techniques to help you start singing right away.
I would love to have come over and check out even more free resources at http://www.deannakangas.com.au too, so feel free to pop in and say hi!
And most of all, a really big CONGRATULATIONS for taking the first step towards singing with confidence.... I am certain that you are going to love it.
Live, Love, Sing!
So… you are ready to start singing practice but…. You have no idea where to get started!
Don't worry, you're in the right place!
Warming Up your voice is the very first thing you need to learn, so we will go into a bit of detail to make sure you understand why it is so important for you to warm up your voice before singing.
The Vocal Folds or Chords, contain many delicate muscles that are just like the muscles in every other part of your body. Only these babies are a little more delicate than your hamstrings and require some careful TLC!
Why should I warm up my voice?
It is important to warm your Vocal Folds up EVERY TIME you sing, just like you would warm your leg muscles up before going for a run. Do this to avoid injuring or straining these muscles from putting too much pressure on them while they are still cold.
What will happen if I don't warm up my voice?
If you don't warm up your voice before a long session of singing practice or a performance, it can put too much strain on the vocal folds. Every time you have a sore or fatigued throat from singing, you may have done some very mild, irreversible damage.
Now, although doing this on the odd occasion throughout your life won't have any immediately devastating effects, if you are a repeat offender then you can expect to enter the danger zone sooner than you think.
This permanent damage to the vocal folds is comes in a few different nasty forms such as 'Nodes', Nodules' or 'Polyps'.
What are the benefits of warming up my voice?
Although some singers find warming up a bit of a drag, regular warming up actually has many benefits that you may not even know about! Such as:
How do I warm up my voice properly?
Check out my video below for all how-to's and need-to-knows when it comes to getting those pipes all warm and ready….
I have also included the links to two FREE warm up tracks for you, so check the resources tab!
So now you know how important it is to warm up your voice, let's see how much you can remember!
There is a very simple yet important topic I want to talk about with you, that is often overlooked by singers…
It is one of my pet hates too, because not only does it look crappy on stage but it sounds crappy too.
Yes, you guessed it…. BAD POSTURE!
There are so many reasons why good posture is important for singers, yet you often find teachers skimming over this technique rather than spending a bit of time to get it just right.
The best way for singers to stand is in the body's most natural position, the Anatomical Position.
I have created 5 Posture Tips from my Live, Love, Sing! program that will help you get it right every time.
5 Posture Tips:
1. Stand up straight
2. Shoulders back and relaxed
3. Arms hanging loosely by your sides
4. Feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart
5. Chin in line with your body.
Now practice this exercise every single time you sing and you will hear the difference in your tone and clarity right away!
Remember to practice this in front of a mirror too, I would even recommend you print out the 5 Posture Tips and stick them in your practice space so that you remember each time.
Have you memorised the 5 posture tips? Let's see....
So you have probably heard how important it is to breathe correctly while you sing… but how exactly are you supposed to do that?
There are so many different ways that Singing Teachers teach breathing and it can become really confusing for the singer.
There really isn't a right or wrong way, they all have merit.
As long as you understand why you need to breathe correctly when singing and exactly how to do it, you should be on the right track.
I have broken it down into 7 Simple Steps that I like to use when teaching a Singer how to breathe.
Now practice this exercise every single time you sing and you will be breathing like a PRO in no time!
Remember to be patient, it's not easy to begin with but practice makes perfect.
This is when things start to get a little more complex, so let's recap.
So you might be wondering... why is it so important that I open my mouth when singing?
I get asked this question all of the time, becuase although singers know it's important, they don't always know WHY.
Opening your mouth correctly is imperative when trying to achieve good tone and projection when singing.
If you do not open your mouth when singing, the sound does not have adequate room to escape therefore sounding trapped and sometimes-even flat rather than free and in tune.
But how do I open my mouth 'correctly' you might ask?
It's pretty simple, start by smiling, lifting your 'Soft Palate' and opening your mouth right from the back of your throat so that the sound has plenty of room to come through.
This will eliminate any nasal sounds and produce a much nicer tone and resonance when you sing.
Where is my Soft Palate?
Gently tap the roof of your mouth with your index finger; this is your hard palate.
Now carefully move your finger towards the back of your throat – you should feel it get softer. This is your soft palate.
It will make more sense over in the video... so check it out and I will explain exactly how it all works!
Now apply this technique every single time you sing and you will hear the difference in your volume and projection right away!
Remember to practice this in front of the mirror and make sure you are keeping your mouth open at all times.
Let check all the in's and out's of opening your mouth like a PRO!
So you are at that point where you are starting to grasp the basic singing techniques… good work!
If you haven't covered the basics yet… make sure you head back and check out Posture, Breathing and Placement first, before you move on.
The importance of this next technique is quite frequently debated between contemporary singers because of its classical origins.
Personally, I have trained in both contemporary and classical vocals for many years and believe that understanding the importance of your vowels when singing is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
In my opinion, vowels are super-important when singing!
This is because we emphasize our vowels more than our consonants (all the other letters) because we cannot hold a note on a consonant.
The reality is that without vowels, our voices would be a series of disconnected sounds; it is the vowels that make the sound all nice and smooth… they give it a good flow.
Check out the video to see exactly what I meanSo now that you understand why vowels are so important for singers try and emphasize yours more when belting out your favourite tunes!
Now you know how important your vowels are, let's start applying this technique.
Do you suffer from really annoying nasal tones while you sing? Ditto!
There are a few different reasons that some singers have naturally occurring nasal sounds, while others don't…. but it's important that you don't stress out about it too much because it's fairly easy to fix.
Even if you don't have any issues with nasal sounds, this video is really important in helping you understand how everything is connected. Applying this technique will help to improve your overall tone quality, and let's face it, who doesn't want that!
There are two main reasons that a singer might be producing a Nasal none when singing, these are:
It will make a little more sense when I give you the real-life examples in the video, so check it out and see what I mean.
Get rid of those dreaded nasal sounds right away!
You have officially graduated the course, good work!
I'm sure you are already staring to sound amazing and feeling the confidence you need to put your talents out into the world one day.
You have been such a pleasure to teach and I would love to have you join me in taking the next step doing something you were born to do.
I know how much you love to sing and with the right training, you will definitely get there!
So come on over to my website and let's make it happen...
Thank you once again, I am so greatful to share this experience with you.
Live, Love, SING!
Welcome to my world, I'm Deanna Kangas.
I'm so glad you stopped by to see what I'm all about.
I am a professional entertainer, singing coach and entrepreneur who has been working the stages (big and small) of the entertainment industry for the past 16 years and I LOVE what I do!
I am so blessed to be able to work as a performer FULL TIME and one of my passions is helping other singers do the same thing.
Six wonderful years ago I opened my very own voice and performance training studio in Adelaide, Talentworx Studios.
I have personally trained thousands of aspiring singers of all levels, helping them reach goals of many different varieties.I LIVE for the APPLAUSE.
I was born to be on stage... it's what I do best.
I can't imagine doing anything else, period!
Although my time in the spotlight is split between many different projects, you will mainly see me rockin' out with two main groups.
A very unique cabaret-comedy trio Red Lipstick ruffling the feathers of festival goers from all walks of life.
AND the BEST kids band in the world (well, I think so) The Funkees, entertaining the littlest people around with the coolest songs in town!
I just wouldn't spend my working hours any other way.... and you shouldn't have to either!