Some Easy Songs to Sing for Guys

by Admin on December 21, 2013

Considering popularity of the original Easy songs to sing article, I’ve decided to write this post focusing specifically on some easy songs to sing for guys. There are numerous differences between men and women’s singing voices. In general, women’s voices are much higher and female singers often possess “soprano” or “alto” voices. In contrast, men’s voices are usually “tenor” or “bass”, where their vocal cords produce a much lower register. Testosterone causes a man’s vocal cords to thicken and vibrate at a much deep resonating sound. Therefore it is imperative that men who are learning to sing choose the right type of song to suit their voice, as well as training their voice in order to hit higher notes so they can extend their vocal range.

Suggested easy songs to sing for guys

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” is a track commonly performed at karaoke by men because of its anthemic chorus and recognizable opening keyboard. The vocal range of the song doesn’t fluctuate too much meaning it is an easy song for men to sing. In addition, Elvis Presley’s classic hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love” requires a relaxed and smooth vocal and sounds great if men can sing it with the correct pitch, especially if they can master Elvis’ famous vibrato. “Good Riddance” by Green Day is an easy song for guys to sing who posses a medium to high pitch and is great for training the vocal chords. As the pitch is slightly higher, it wouldn’t necessarily suit men with low “baritone” voices or voices with a lot of bass. For men who do have a lower voice, “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash is a popular choice. This classic country song requires minimal range and is easy to perfect. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd can easily be played on the guitar and is also an great choice for guys to sing and is popular with beginners and on karaoke evenings. “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder is ideal for the middle tone of a man’s voice as it doesn’t stretch the voice much in the chorus and shouldn’t be too difficult to master.

High notes

Singers like Eric Benet, Elvis Presley and Pavarotti all had the ability to reach high notes. If you are a male who wants to reach the heights of your vocal register without stumbling, you will need to train your voice in order to so. Training your voice to sing higher notes can happen quickly if you put the practice in, even though everybody’s vocal metabolism and your voice will develop at its own pace. You may even notice a difference in the sound of your singing voice within a few weeks. Before singing any song, it is important to warm up the vocal chords. Start with a short song or nursery rhyme and slowly increase the key of the song by first singing in your lowest range and then building up to your highest. One of the ways to sing higher notes is to slowly increase the pressure you place on the vocal chords. Your vocal chords are a muscle and need to be trained, especially when trying to attempt higher notes outside of your normal range. Practicing high notes every day can help improve your vocal range quickly, as long as you don’t over do it which could lead to you straining your vocal chords and possibly cause you to lose your voice. During the first week, practice no more than two hours a day to avoid straining the voice. Begin by singing songs that are within your range, whether that be tenor, bass, alto or soprano. After you can sing these notes comfortably, practice more challenging songs that contain higher notes. Always swallow instead of clearing your throat. Bad habits like clearing the throat can actually damage the voice. Shouting should also be avoided as it can damage the part of the voice used for hitting high notes.

Looking after your voice

Some singing teachers believe that changing your diet could also improve your voice and allow to hit higher on the vocal scale. A well-balanced and nutritional diet which consists of water, tea, fruits and vegetables can prevent mucous from developing and damaging the voice. Fried foods, dairy products and caffeine can damage the voice and should only be consumed in moderation. Getting enough sleep is also important as your voice will require rest. Sleeping in a well ventilated room with moist air can help to stop your throat drying out during sleep.

 

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Top Tips on How To Breathe When Singing

by Admin on November 24, 2013

Because breathing is often so natural, people do not think about the process of breathing. Basically, learning how to breathe properly is normally vital to our wellness, physical activity, health and any other kind of activity requiring focus. Breathing properly usually fills the body with an optimal oxygen amount, which assists us in getting the most out of our exercises, increases effectively our concentration capacity as well us assist us in relieving stress. Proper breathing can hassle free be improved or learned with daily breathing workouts. This write up will focus on discussing how to breathe when singing. Read on.

How To Breathe When Singing

Just the same way the wind instrument players require learning to control their breath in order to play their instruments properly, singers must also learn how to properly breathe so that they can effectively and efficiently control their vocal instrument. Generally, incorrect breathing can easily lead to shortness of breath, pitch problems, weak tone as well as an uncomfortable pain and tightness in your throat. It even in some cases can even lead to vocal chord damage that is in many circumstances permanent. However, with the following tips you can learn how to breathe properly when singing.

Tip #1: Breathing From Your Stomach

Breathing from your stomach is one of the effective tips you should put into consideration if you want to breathe properly when singing. Your diaphragm, which is the muscle that usually controls the amount of air that is either entering or exiting your lungs, often sits below the ribcage. For you to easily gain the most volume of the air from each and every breath, it is important you push out your stomach as you breathe in and then pull back in your stomach as you breathe out.

Tip #2: Holding Your Stomach Muscles

Holding your stomach muscle is important since it will control effectively how your breath exits. Breath control will eventually reduce the vocal chord strain and improve your pitch and tone. Hence, ensure that if you want to sing properly you control each and every breath as you sing.

Tip #3: Practicing Breath Control

Try to always practice breath control without necessarily making a sound. Generally, this will end up reducing the vibrations on your vocal chord while you’re learning proper breath and voice control.

Tip #4: Picturing Pushing The Air Volume Past The Vocal Cords

Picture pushing slowly the air volume past your vocal cord . Think of the lungs as a well of songs available to you. If for instance the lungs fail to take much air in order to produce a note, it is important you ensure you practice your breathing till you identify this threshold.

Tip #5: Marking The Music With ‘Breath’ Marks

Marking your songs with ‘breath’ marks is another effective tip you should put into consideration in your attempt to breathe properly when singing. Breathing tricks are normally given as commas in music. This basically will give you a sign each time you happen to take a breath, and in the long run provide you with enough air that will make you keep good tone.

Tip #6: Resting Your Voice

It is important that you often practice some breathing tactics if you want to see yourself breathing properly when singing. However, practicing the breathing tactics for longer time periods may end up resulting to long term damage, like vocal chord nodules that may require you to undergo surgery if not treated on time.

Tip #7: Conserving Your Energy

Long distance runners do not run their hardest when the race begins, since they know their energy will effectively drop while they still have got a lot of distance to cover. This applies to singing also. Do not push notes out when you begin singing a song. Try keeping your tone solid and your breath solid, and save the energy for crescendos as well as any big finishing notes.

Tip #8: Practice, Practice, Practice

Stand in front of any mirror as you practice inhaling, exhaling and holding a breath. Watch your movements and the postures of your body, and ensure you correct the mistakes as you see them.

Last but not the least; it is always important that you have always a professional trainer by your side who will assist you practice as well as be diligent about the proper breathing tactics. Ensure that you make use of the aforementioned breathing tips if you want to sing properly.

 

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The last time we have discussed the subject of vocal fold lesions, what they are and how they appear. Yet we have not touched the question of how to get rid of them if they appear. In this article I will try to uncover the most common techniques of healing vocal nodules and other kinds of vocal cord lesions.

Getting rid of vocal nodules, cysts and polyps

Developing and permanent nodules indicate that there is something wrong with your technique. The first and the most important thing to remember is that prevention is better than cure. Your voice needs rest. If your voice becomes hoarse, stop irritating cords, or they will remain swollen. Do not speak; let the voice rest for at least a couple of days.

If you still got vocal nodules on your vocal cords, the easiest way to cure them is an extensive voiceless period, which means no singing, no speaking or whispering for about two weeks. Not a single sound! Singing exercises can wait, as well as the people around; use a pen and a sheet of paper to communicate with the others. This may cause nodules to disappear on their own accord. A voiceless period can still be used to work on breathing and supporting exercises as these do not involve the cords directly. At the end of these two weeks, seek for a new diagnosis from the specialist. If nodules are gone away, it’s the right time to learn the correct techniques to avoid problems in the future. If small areas of the nodules remain, try another voiceless week until they are gone.

If vocal nodules are not gone after a voiceless period, speech therapist may assist the singer in exercising the nodules away, or even suggest an operation, where the nodules are cut away from the vocal cords with a laser. Vocal cords are healed about ten days after the operation.

Vocal cord polyps are generally treated in the same way as nodules are, since they all are most often caused by voice abuse and misuse. Cysts are a different story, since they may appear on their own accord. Surgery is more likely with cysts than with the other kinds of vocal cord lesions. In any case, consult with a doctor first and listen closely to a professional advice.

Vocal lesion treatment can vary according to the degree of voice limitation. Demands of the patient also play an important role in treatment selection. Remember that appropriate and successful treatment is very individual, so consult and listen to the clinical judgment of the otolaryngologist. And as it has been told many times before, don’t forget that using correct singing techniques helps to keep voice in shape and prevent many kinds of voice problems in the future.

It’s important to remember that whatever method is used to heal vocal cords, the singer must learn the correct technique afterwards so he or she does not damage the voice again. If the voice becomes hoarse again, continuing to sing will make it hoarser and hoarser, the voice fails again, followed with another voiceless period, speech therapist or operation.

There are few options how to learn the correct singing techniques if you have experienced problems with vocal cords or your are cautious enough to prevent them in the future. If you are seasoned singer and your voice is your commodity that brings you income, I would suggest taking professional private singing lessons as it would be the safest and easiest way to go. If you are just starting to sing or are on a tight budget, take a look at the following singing video course that is another excellent way to go.

Click the video below to learn about lessons and singing exercises that are both effective and good for you vocal health

That should be all about vocal nodule treatment. If you feel you might have vocal fold lesions, I strongly recommend you seeking medical advice first. Proper diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment. If you liked this article, please help spread the word and share it with your friends using the buttons below. Thank you for reading. Till next time, friends.

 

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So far we have been talking about improving your singing voice by the means of singing exercises. If you did any Google search on this subject, you probably have come across some references to voice disorders caused by vocal cord nodules. If you are planning to develop your voice or even push it to its limits, the vocal health should be an important concern for you. Let’s focus this time on some of the most common vocal cord problems, so you can prevent problems before they occur.

Vocal cord nodules, polyps and cysts

Vocal nodules are not the only kind of abnormal growths within or along the covering of the vocal cord. They are known as vocal cord, or vocal fold lesions, and include three generally seen forms: nodules, polyps and cysts. They are the most common causes of voice problems. Luckily they are noncancerous and often can be treated quite successfully.

The first sign of trouble is the sound of the voice itself. If your voice becomes hoarse for a long period of time, it’s a good time to visit a specialist for your voice examination. Voice hoarseness does not necessarily means that the voice is already damaged. It can be some kind of irritation or allergies, infections like a cold, or using incorrect technique of speaking or singing. However, it also can indicate the early stage of vocal cord nodules or a cyst.

Vocal cord swelling is often caused by vocal abuse. Swollen cords cannot function properly and require additional pressure on the cords to close them and squeeze out a clear sound. Continuing singing with swollen cords will wear your voice quite quickly, since using worn voice wears it even more. Although this practice often is not considered dangerous, eventually it will lead to having two swollen areas, opposite each other, getting larger and larger, and stopping the rest of the cords from working. These areas are diagnosed as nodules on the vocal cords by a doctor, and are further categorized into developing and permanent nodules.

A vocal cord polyp occurs in different sizes and shapes on one or both sides of the vocal fold. It is a mass generally softer than nodules. It can cause a wide range of voice disturbances, depending on its nature. Just like vocal cord nodules, polyps most commonly are caused by voice misuse and abuse.

A vocal cord cyst is a firm mass of tissue contained within a membrane. They can be located anywhere, from the surface of the vocal cord to close to the ligament of the cord. Although they can be caused by voice abuse, they also may arise spontaneously.

Vocal cord lesion symptoms

Like with the other kinds of disease, the earlier the problem is diagnosed, the better and faster treatment will be. So stay alert and pay attention to changes in your voice, like the following:

  • Persistent voice hoarseness
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Delayed voice initiation
  • Voice breaks in first passages of sentences
  • Variability in the voice
  • Airy quality of voice
  • Loss of upper range in singing
  • Increased effort to speak or sing
  • Frequent lump in the throat and throat clearing

If you are singing or just planning to learn singing, keep in mind that your voice is your main and irreplaceable instrument. Like professional mechanics keep their instruments clean and in proper working order, you should maintain and care for your voice. We haven’t yet covered how vocal cord lesions are treated, stay with me for updates. Till next time, friends.

 

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In a recent post we have covered several easy singing exercises aimed to improve vocal range. However, we haven’t discussed in detail yet what vocal range is and what types of vocal ranges are out there. This article is going to cover this flaw and define vocal range more precisely, as well as provide vocal range chart and range examples of some of the most famous singers.

Vocal Range Definition

Vocal range is the measure of the breadth of pitches that a voice can produce. Singing is its most common application, where it is used for classifying singing voices into voice types. In fact, it is one of the major characteristics employed in this classification. In the context of singing, however, vocal range often means musically useful notes, as not all of the notes human voice can produce are suitable for particular singing style or performance conditions.

Voice type is a particular kind of singing voice perceived as having certain characteristics; vocal range is just one of those characteristics and should not be confused and used interchangeably with voice type. The other characteristics that contribute to singer’s voice classification are vocal weight, vocal tessitura, vocal timbre, vocal transition points, physical characteristics, speech level and vocal registration.

Vocal Range Chart

There is a variety of voice classification systems used nowadays, each having its own voice types. Most of these types, however, fall under six major voice categories that are recognized in the most of the voice classification systems. These categories include soprano (C4-A5), mezzo-soprano (A3-F5), contralto (F3-D5), tenor (B2-G4), baritone (G2-E4), and bass (E2-C4). The former three are usually attributed to women, while the latter three are for men.

The ranges given above are approximate; you can find different vocal range charts across the Internet where each range limits can shift a tone up or down. Besides limits, each range has a comfort zone somewhere in between. Each voice is different and can span across several ranges. Despite that, voice teachers classify singers in only a single voice type, often depending on the range where the voice is most comfortable singing. There are also other characteristics that experienced voice teachers pay attention to.

Vocal Range Chart

Some Vocal Range Examples

In the list below I tried to summarize the vocal ranges of some of the most famous singing stars. Take a look at these:

  • Mariah Carey magnificent range spans across 5 octaves 2 notes and a semitone (E2-G#7), her vocal type is lyric soprano.
  • Christina Aguilera vocal range is four octaves (C3-C7), vocal type is mezzo-soprano.
  • Freddy Mercury vocal range was 1 semitone away from 4 octaves (F2-E6), which is quite rare for male voice.
  • Michael Jackson vocal range was also nearly 4-octave.
  • Whitney Houston range was 3.2 octaves (A2-C6), mezzo-soprano.
  • Celine Dion range is 3 octaves 1 note and 1 semitone (B2-C#6).
  • Beyonce vocal range is 3.1 octaves (approximately B2-C6); vocal type is mezzo-soprano. Despite relatively lower range, she is a technical singer with amazing voice control and a stunning vibrato.

That’s all for now. If you liked this article, please share it with your friends who also might be interested. If you didn’t like, or just would like some other subject to be covered, please let me know using the contacts page. Thanks for reading. Till next time, friends.

 

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