The one thing that can tremendously improve your tone is to open your mouth. I know this may sound a little crazy, but a lot of novices tend to sing with their mouth pretty much opening the same way you do to articulate when you speak… which is hardly enough space for when you want to sing. You can mumble your way through speech, but what sounds like over articulating when you’re talking, when you’re singing it actually sounds normal and clear. You can understand the lyrics. So it is important that you open your mouth so that the sound can come out and resonate. Articulating your lyrics a bit more than you think you should, will allow the characteristic quality of sound that is uniquely you, independent of pitch and loudness, to resonate. It will help you shape your vowels correctly, and that in turn will help you improve your tone.
A couple of really quick ways to train your jaw to drop fluidly is to do the breathing exercise as instructed in my Learn to Sing with Joett vocal training CD (now partly available for free download online). And the second way to get your jaw to loosen up is to do the scales on the vowels AEIOU. However, before you work with the vowels, hum the scales using my Alternative Scales piano tracks until you’re connecting your chest voice to your head voice proficiently. Only then should you attempt to work the same scales on the vowel to help you with your articulation. You may download FREE piano scales MP3 from my HulksShare page here!
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