So, you’re desiring to learn how to sing louder and clearer? I’ve got you. Most of the time, this translates into singing with more power and with more agility. There are a lot of ways to sing louder and clearer, but the #1 thing that is necessary is my first tip:
1. Sing Louder and Clearer by Supporting Your Sound
Supporting your sound is one of the most important elements of singing, period. When your sound is properly supported, it provides 4 primary benefits which I call The 4 Ps:
- Protection of your vocal cords from damage
- Prolonging of your breath so you can make it through your entire phrase
- POWER IN YOUR SOUND without straining
- Pitch control so you can stay in the center of the pitch
And let me be clear: supporting your sound is NOT THE SAME as proper breathing for singing. Check out this quick tutorial to learn how to properly support your sound:
Once you know how to properly support your sound, you will be able to sing much louder and clearer, no matter what kind of music you’re singing. It is foundational to singing in general, but also to singing louder and clearer.
For contemporary singing, tip two is a MUST:
2. Sing Louder and Clearer by Learning How to Belt
What is belting? I’ve definitely run across a whole bunch of wrong definitions for what belting is. Belting is a contemporary singing technique that gives singers the ability to sing with power in their full range without having to navigate any breaks. It is loud and powerful and I refer to it as “singing in your calling voice”.
What belting is NOT:
- Your chest voice
- Yelling (well, belting is loud like yelling, but not all yelling is belting)
- Mixing (which is another contemporary singing technique)
Check out this quick tutorial to learn how to properly make a belt sound using the belt technique:
With belting in your singing toolbox, you’ll be able to sing contemporary music louder and clearer. This is true because belting gives you power and volume from the bottom of your range to the top, eliminating the need to switch to a weaker voice. Also, this power and volume in your whole range comes at no cost to your vocal health.
For the extra high notes, tip three is my more advanced secret weapon:
3. Sing Louder and Clearer by Learning “Mix-Like-Belt”
You know how when you are singing a song and it’s powerful and belty and strong and then you get to a place where the note is possible to belt, it just doesn’t sound pretty? Mix-Like-Belt is a secret weapon I created for times like this.I think of this secret weapon of a tool as “vocal sleight of hand“.
My uncle is a magician who designs and builds illusions for some of the big magicians, so as a kid, I learned quite a few unique magic tricks. The ones I’ve always found the most impressive were the ones using sleight of hand. If you’re not familiar, sleight of hand is when the magician is able to make an ever-so-subtle movement – unnoticeable to the audience – in order to create the illusion of magic, oftentimes right under the audience’s nose. So, Mix-Like-Belt is the secret weapon I created to ever so subtly give the illusion that you are belting when in fact you are mixing.
The reason a singer might choose to mix instead of belt is that mixing is much easier to do for most singers than belting. Mix-Like-Belt is a form of the mix technique that sounds and looks as though you are belting, only it sounds much prettier because you are mixing.
When you use Mix-Like-Belt, you are able to fake out an audience into believing you are still belting when you aren’t.To be clear, audiences aren’t going to be sitting there consciously thinking, “wow, that singer belted so high!” Instead, when you switch to a Mix-Like-Belt, your audience won’t notice AT ALL that you are doing anything different. That’s a huge advantage for singers who are trying not to sound like their stunt double came in and sang the top notes for them because they couldn’t.
Check out this tutorial on how to create a Mix-Like-Belt sound:
Although, if you haven’t yet learned how to mix, I recommend starting here:
All of these techniques are taught in No Limits Academy. If you’d like some more in-depth training on them as well as some personalized coaching to make sure you’re doing them correctly, check out No Limits Academy with a free 7-Day Trial available here.