Busting Some Vocal Myths...

Have you heard any of these?

  • Sing from your diaphragm.
  • Having a strong diaphragm is very important, so you need to exercise it.
  • Keep your throat open. Never sing from your throat.
  • Sing the way you speak.
  • You'll always sound like you when you sing.
  • Keep everything the same when you go up and down in pitch, same breath, same resonating space, same volume.
  • Always open your mouth bigger on higher pitches and modify all high pitched vowels to AH or AW.
  • If you take your chest voice high you will lose your top notes.
  • Belting and rasp is unhealthy and will damage your voice.
  • Singing rock music, you must be very loud and use a lot of force.
  • Vocal distortion doesn't "use your voice."
  • If you have a low speaking voice, you have a low singing voice.
  • You must speak in your singing range to stay healthy.
  • The number of notes you can hit determines your voice type.
  • My choir director put me in the Alto section, so I am an Alto and can't sing high.
  • I was told I am a Baritone/Bass, so I can't sing Tenor notes.
  • I'm a Soprano, so I should never sing low range songs. I should always sing high. Never in Chest voice.
  • My voice only works for one genre of music.
  • Some people were just born great singers and I wasn't one of them.
  • If I learn how to sing classical style, I can sing any style, because that is the "right" way to sing.
  • Singers who injure themselves have bad technique.
  • There are three vocal registers: Chest voice and Head voice. Plus women have a Middle Register. And men have Falsetto.
  • There is one mixed voice and only one way to find it.
  • Move your mouth a lot so people can read your lips and understand the words.
  • Loud singing is good singing. You always need to project and be able to sing without a mic.
  • Projection/power comes from physical effort.
  • Good breath support means I need to push a lot of air and squeeze my butt and abs.
  • If you fix your breathing, everything else is automatically fixed
  • For long phrases I need to take a bigger breath and "tank up" to be able to sing it without running out of air.
  • Always breath through your mouth on an inhale when singing.
  • Being nasal is bad technique and makes high pitches sound squeaky.
  • Always raise the soft palate.
  • Clearing your throat is damaging. Don't ever do it.
  • Honey, warm tea, and lozenges will help lubricate your vocal cords.
  • Instead of hitting the note straight on, always go above it, top down, and land on it like a basketball hoop.
  • You are tone deaf if you can't match pitches