STEP 01: Tuning the Vocal Instrument

How to Sing Step 01
This step seems so logical and remedial, but is the one step most singers skip..keeping them from singing up to true their ability level!

Preparing the Mind Body and Spirit is the one step most singers skip, sad to say, as not preparing to sing by relieving stress and bringing oxygen into your body is like playing a violin or guitar without tuning the strings first.

There are many ways to accomplish this Singing Step from yoga, to physical cardio exercises of your choice to meditation.  Everyone is a little different and needs to find their own method to accomplish the tuning … but there are also constants.  Meaning…every singer will provide a better performance if there is less stress in the shoulders, jaw, face, neck, etc., and every singer will sing better if they take a moment to get their heart rate accelerated to wake up their body before a performance.  Most if not all people, also have some amount of performance anxiety.  Identifying your personal anxiety challenges and learning to overcome them can improve your performance by leaps and bounds!

STAY TUNED for the next post where we take a look at Step 02 of the Ten Steps to Singing Success TM! And if you missed it, we highly recommend you take a look at Things Every Singer Needs to Know!


Step 01 of the Ten Steps to Singing Success Vocal Training System is provided in many different programs and courses throughout the SingSmart Method and Training Tools.  If you want to know every single detail and nuance, then you want to look at the Ten Step Lesson Series:

Aligning your vocal instrument is very important when it comes to singing at your best.  This lesson helps you achieve this with some unique and original concepts.
Step 01 – Lesson 0101: Are you aligning your instrument for vocal success?
Singing Lessons 0102 - Singing is a Sport, Hello Heartbeat! Cardio Exercise for Singers
Step 01 – Lesson 0102 : Are you singing like an athlete or a spectator on the sidelines?
Energy Thieves that Steal your Vocal Tone Away
Step 01 – Lesson 0103 : Energy Thieves that Steal your Vocal Tone Away – Abolish Them!


Singing Lesson 0104 - Jaw Tension
Step 01 – Lesson 0104 : Jaw tension is a #1 killer of good vocal tone and most singers don’t even realize they have it.
Singing Lessons 0105 - Singers are Actors Too
Step 01 – Lesson 0105 : Singers are Actors too. Putting your personal emotional signature on every song you sing.
Learn How to Sing New Songs
Step 01 – Lesson 0106 : Learn to Sing New Songs Fast with the SongSMART System.

If you are looking for complete information on the Ten Steps to Singing Success in one course cover to cover, then you want to check out the programs below:Visit their dedicated training pages by clicking a picture or order the download at

Singing Is Easy! Basic Foundation Series.
10 Steps to Singing Success! Step by Step Detailed Singing Lessons. Affordable and complete with 200+ page book, detailed interactive software and many audio files with both instruction and exercises.
Download Singing Lessons
Popular training course with audio instruction and lessons, along with guidebook and interactive software.
Affordable Singing Lessons Online
Learn how to sing with Affordable Singing Lessons. Perfect for beginners and an excellent vocal exercise warmup for gigging singers.

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Step 00 – Things Every Singer Should Know

Singing Lessons Introduction to the
Ten Steps to Singing Success

Before you get started learning to sing, do you know the stuff every singer should know?

There are certain things that will make learning to sing much faster – and that is knowing the basics.  Getting the big picture before you get started on every little detail can speed up your singing development a great deal.  Don’t assume that this information is too basic for you, as many professional singers have read this little lesson and discovered answers to questions they had always wondered about.  Kind of like understanding the basic rules of any sport or game before you step on the field or roll the dice.

This easy-to-read affordable lesson discusses the basic ideas of many topics; from how we create our vocal sounds, how our voice relates to other instruments (and how we can use that information to our advantage), the overall understanding of resonance (very important!), muscle memory as it relates to the voice and singing and more!

By understanding these concepts you can become more effective and productive in your quest to become the best singer you can be…which means you will get there much faster!

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The BODY, SPIRIT and MINDAs it Relates to Singing!

Hello Singers!

I have been asked a lot of questions lately about how the BODY, MIND and SPIRIT is connected to the sound a singer produces on a daily basis (why are some days harder than others) and how STRESS affects the singing voice.

As a performer myself, as well as vocal coach, I understand these questions very well. Every day can be a little different, especially when STRESS is added to the equation.

The best way to deal with anything that stands in your way and makes singing harder than it should be is to apply BETTER CHOICES. Over the next couple of weeks we are going to walk through a method I use personally and have taught to my students for many years: The Ten Steps to Singing Success™.

Understanding the choices involved with each of these singing steps will help you observe your own behavior, identify what is making your singing harder than it should be, and give you the power to make the needed adjustments to become the best singer you can be!

The first thing to understand is that Singers are Vocal Athletes, Artists and Intellecutal Musicians.


Singing well requires a balance of airflow, muscle coordination, strength and stamina.

If you were learning to play a sport you would learn all the rules before you hit the court or field right? The same is true for singing — you may not be able to execute everything from the get go, but understanding your goals will help you get there a lot faster.


Creating and sharing your signature voice requires creative expression and communication. Singer’s do more than just produce vocal tone, the ones that have you jumping to your feet in a standing ovation are actors too! So communicating the song’s message and sharing your emotions is a huge part of the equation.



Just like every road you drive down is a little different, so is each song. While there are many constants, learning to identify the SMART choices to make with each song performance will help you reach the level of expertise you long for FASTER. Be a SMART singer and analyze each song for it’s highs and lows, make better choices to ensure the money notes get their power and strength. Think about what you want to accomplish each song before you actually try to do it!

If you aren’t sure how to accomplish these things, stay tuned for the rest of this blog series where we will discuss the Ten Steps to Singing Success! With just a little practice you will be amazed at how easy singing can be — every single day.

Learn How to Sing Better with the 10 Steps to Singing Success
Learn the 10 Steps to Singing Success and become a SMART singer!


Step 01 Preparation: Tuning the Mind, Body and Spirit

Step 02 Airflow: Breathing for Singing

Step 03 Tone Creation: Best Tone for Least Effort

Step 04 Support: Diaphragm Strength, Flexibility and Stamina

Step 05 Resonation: Developing your Vocal Fingerprint

Step 06 Tone Placement: Learn to “Steer” the Vocal Machine

Step 07 Be Smart: SMART Choices

Step 08 One Voice: One Timbre throughout Your Vocal Range

Step 09 Vocal Performance (Polishing Your Vocal Fingerprint)

Step 10 Vocal Maintenance

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Breathing for Singing : CAPACITY IS YOUR TANK FULL?

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Have you ever been on a long road trip and wished the tank in your car was larger so you didn’t have to stop so often to fill up? How about singing long notes? Is your tank full enough to hold the note to the very end?

In the last couple of tips and lessons we have talked about making better choices for breathing and gaining control over your airflow. Today we are focusing on breathing capacity. Unlike a gas tank in your car, you can build your capacity to bring in more oxygen and more power to your voice with simple breathing capacity exercises.

Remember that all muscles have memories, they act according to what they are used to doing, responding to both conscious and unconscious messages from your brain. By consciously practicing your ability to bring in more air, and stretching the muscles in your abdomen and back, you can begin to increase your ability to hold out long notes.

This is not something you can accomplish just by singing and practicing songs over and over. While you may be able to navigate a certain song and its notes better with practice, that skill will not normally apply to all of the songs you sing. In other words, that method will take you A LOT LONGER to achieve the results you desire. In addition, the practice needs to be isolated so that when you are doing a vocal performance it is a subconscious act.

Most people are unable to accomplish this without a little assistance. Meaning, that while you are perfectly capable of practicing taking in more air and developing those new memories, without a guided exercise the practice seems to be too unorganized: don’t practice long enough or with enough consistency. To help with this plight, there is a new online singing lesson available to you that includes an exercise to help you achieve this goal much faster and with more reliable results.

Singing Lesson #0205
Breathing for Singing: Improve Breathing Capacity

This singing lessons download includes a detailed lesson about the HOW’s and WHY’s of what you are trying to accomplish and includes an .mp3 audio exercise that will make it easier for you to reach your goals of holding out that money note.

Lesson 0205 - Breathing for Singing : Improve Breathing Capacity

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We strongly suggest that in order to get the most out of this lesson you also study the previous lessons in this Singing Step Series (Step 02, Ten Steps to Singing Success).

Singing Lessons #0201-#0204

Lesson 0201 - Breathing for Singing : IntroductionLesson 0202 - Breathing for Singing Focus on Inhalation
Lesson 0203 - Breathing for Singing Focus on ExhalationLesson 0204 - Breathing for Singing Improve Breath Control