FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Copyright Yvonne M. DeBandi, BME 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 oxygenRead More →

BREATHING FOR SINGING Improving Breath Control for Singing In SingSMART™ Singing Lessons 0201-0203 we learned about the best overal choices for breathing during the act of singing and also concentrated on HOW the diaphragm is supposed to function during inhalation and exhalation. We recommend these lessons as prerequisites in order to completely understand the concepts and exercises presented in SingSMART™ Singing Lesson #0204. In this singing lesson we learn how to increase our skill level of breath control. The act of breathing is a voluntary/involuntary action.  Meaning we can choose to hold our breath, but when our body decides it needs oxygen it will “trump” conscious free will and force air intake.Read More →

FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Yvonne M. DeBandi, BME Many students have been asking for videos of how the diaphragm works, so I ventured into YouTube to find a video that showed the internal workings. One video in particular showed the diaphragm movement better than any other, and also explained the benefits of taking deep and slow breaths. Yes, singing is good for your health – deep breathing being only one of the reasons! This particular video focuses on BELLY BREATHING which is a technique taught by many vocal teachers. The SingSMART&8482; Vocal Training Method focuses on FULL BODY BREATHING, which includes bringing airRead More →

FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Copyright 2015 Yvonne DeBandi I’ve had many singers ask me lately about sinus issues and sore throats. This article is not by any means supposed to replace a doctor’s visit or their instructions, but thought I would share a technique I have used for years to help reduce inflammation and take care of my personal issues with sinus congestion and throat irritations >> Humming. My favorite and seemingly most effective exercise is humming a pitch in the middle of my comfortable range (feel vibrations in your mouth), or just slightly higher (feel vibrations more in your nose – theseRead More →

© Copyright Mark Baxter Reprinted with permission. The voice is both the most important and misunderstood instrument in popular music. On the local scene the vocals are often an afterthought, barely touched on in rehearsals, under-mixed live and hurried in the studio. On the national scene the singer IS the band. On top of this pressure, many performers are insecure. The prevailing, idiotic, mentality that a REAL singer should be able to make anything work causes people to dwell on their weaknesses rather than their strengths. I call this the impostor syndrome. True, singers are strange animals, but a little less so if you considerRead More →

One way to test whether your air stream is concentrated is by blowing out candles. A concentrated and supported moving stream (as if through a straw) will blow out a candle fairly easy. A wide stream with no support will make the task much harder. TRY IT YOURSELF!  Light a candle and see how easy it is for you to extinguish the flame.  If you are under 18 please ask your parents before you do this experiment and everyone be sure to put the candle in a safe place! If you struggle with your airflow abilities and holding a vocal tone, why not take a quickRead More →

Welcome to the new and improved Free Singing Lessons from A2Z …where you will find everything you need to learn how to sing better and improve your singing voice.  Whether you are just getting started or wish to win that grammy, we are here to help you on your journey. The A2Z Smart Music Group and it’s founders have been helping singers reach their goals since 1991 and are happy to present this new website where professional singers, beginning singers and vocal coaches can join together to share input. This site contains FREE SINGING LESSONS along with information on where to get some of theRead More →

© Yvonne DeBandi, BME If you have talked, studied or read about singing anywhere, no doubt you have heard at least once that singing well comes down to breathing. Why? Because your airflow is what breathes life or energy into your tone. Your breathing abilities as a singer creates the airflow that is somewhat responsible for the creation of your vocal tone, the quality of your vocal tone, the length of your vocal tone and the power of your vocal tone. I say “somewhat responsible” because there are many other factors in the vocal tone game, but one thing is true. If your breathing isRead More →

Balancing the Physical, Mental and Emotional Aspects of Singing © Copyright 2015 Yvonne DeBandi Singing is a beautiful, athletic artform; the result of the balance of physical, emotional and mental choices of the artist. Some artists focus on the technical side of singing, others focus on delivering their message and mind-blowing performances; but the true artist will work at achieving a personal, unique synergy between all three. Some singers make it much more difficult on themselves than it has to be by confusing the issue with two words, “right” and “wrong.” This is especially true for young singers training with personal coaches. You must rememberRead More →