The most important 4 facets to being a great singer!

The importance of the diaphragm, larynx, ear and mouth and how they all work simultaneously together to make a great voice.

The voice box, ear, diaphragm and the mouth all need to work together to create a fantastic voice!
People often ask me what is the most important one out of the four? They all need to work simultaneously. In order of importance we will discuss which areas have the most impact on your singing voice.

Number One is the Ear.
I know a lot of you might be thinking that it would be voice box or larynx but if you are singing out of key or not controlling notes, you’re simply not going to sound good. End of story.
The ear controls what notes you’re going to sing. It is like the steering wheel of a car. The ear sends signals to the brain instructing it on just how much air the diaphragm should be pushing through the vocal chords. This happens subconsciously for most singers. Your ear is in charge of your voice singing the right pitch.
Tip: To Improve your what ear. I highly recommend singing along with and doing vocal scales. As the chords and the notes that are being played will train you ear and musicianship to greatly improved your pitch dramatically. Make sure that you do all of your scales practice in a room where you feel comfortable so you can let your voice and desired volume come out as you ascend and desend the scales. Make sure that you are singing precisely and on the notes during your scales routine.

Number two would be the diaphragm.
The diaphragm supports the correct amount of air underneath the vocal chords at all times. Creating the right pitch and control of notes.The diaphragm is the engine of the car. For singers it’s the area that does the most work. If you’re ever going to tighten anything or get something to work hard in singing it is the diaphragm. The diaphragm helps with your stamina, projection, support, vibrato, control, strength, power and projection just to name a few.
Tip: Make sure that you are taking a correct diaphragmatic breath for the line or phrase that you have to singing. The right amount of breath support and pressure underneath the vocal chords is imperative for the right pitch and control of all notes sung. I personally used more support and power as I’m singing higher and louder and less support of my diaphragm as I’m singing lower in my vocal range

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Number three is the Mouth and Tongue.
The mouth and tongue do all your articulation, pronunciation and diction.
It Is like the body of the car. There are still a lot of good singers out there who do not use their mouth properly and are making a living singing or performing. However, GREAT singers use their mouth to form the correct vowel shape all the time and will always sound great because their mouth is forming, shaping and helping the right sounds.
Tip: Look in the mirror when you are singing and use your mouth. Try to pronunciation the words that you’re singing correctly. Record yourself singing and listen out for your articulation, pronunciation and diction of all the words. If you slurring or cannot understand what you are saying, try to use your mouth more and pronunciation.
Also practise your Vowel mouth placements when doing scales e.g. AEIOU

Number four would be the voice or larynx.
You may be surprised that I have put the voice as the least important out of the four. The reason being is that it simply just sits there and vibrates when air is being exhaled through the 2 vocal chords. Much like the exhaust pipe of a car, the vocal chords don’t have to work that hard, they just need to stay relaxed and vibrate at the correct frequency.
Tip: Try to keep your muscles around your voicebox and larynx relaxed and let your voicebox do what it naturally does best, vibrate and make great sounds!

When these four parts are working together simultaneously, as one fluent mechanism, magic happens and your singing becomes easier, fluent, relaxed and most of all heaps of fun. And it does not matter what genre of music you are singing!

Have you ever looked at a great singer and thought to yourself, “Jeez, they make it look so easy!” The reason they make it look easy is because they have these four components fine-tuned, practiced, strengthened, rehearsed and working simultaneously for them! This is what all professional singers feel and do! End of Story!

By Peter Vox