Ask Me Your Singing Questions

VocalCoachKen June 4, 2011 10
Ask Me Your Singing Questions

Singing Question FormHello All,

Ever want to ask a professional vocal coach your questions about singing? Maybe you want to know more about warming up, vocal exercises, singing higher, performance, different genres of music, etc. Whatever the questions, here’s your chance.

In efforts to achieve my goal of helping to the world to live up to their vocal potential, I dreamed up this website and here we are.

So go ahead, ask me your most pressing vocal question (you can do this in the comment field below, or contact me on the contact page).

I can’t promise that I’ll get to everyone of them, but I will try my best to answer at least one a day.

So what are you waiting for? Ask away!

Vocal Coach Ken Taylor


  1. AndrewCC June 17, 2011 at - Reply

    How do you sing in a raspy voice like Kurt Cobain or M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold?

  2. Katie June 28, 2011 at - Reply

    I have auditions today and My vocal coach says to drink a lot of water (tap water at room temp.) but I don`t like the taste of tap water and I can`t drink cold water because it will make my voice tense and hot water will make my voice crack. Can I put some flavor in the water and if so what flavor is best?

  3. AJ July 24, 2011 at - Reply

    Hi i am a guy with a pretty high voice i can naturally sing alto gospel and i can go into soprano sometimes but my true range is alto but i have a range also in tenor and bass that i can hit. i would like some tips on how to become a better solo singer because when i sing solo i have a tendency to go sharp when i start to hit higher notes but when i sing with my choir i have a tendency to be more in tune what techniques can i use to reduce from going sharp. and what types of techniques would help me train my voice to become a better solo singer.

  4. Moon August 3, 2011 at - Reply

    Dear vocal coach,

    I would like to ask a few questions about singing:
    1) How to get into the mix and know you’re there w/o straining or yelling?
    2) How to know you’re not forcing your belly and ribcage to expand while trying to breathe diaphragmatically? Also, how to control the air.
    3)How to get into the head voice that is not pulled up or shrill head voice or falsetto?
    4)How to keep the throat open on higher notes when you can’t see it?

    The main reason behind these three questions is that sometimes forced voice and mix/belt and forced bretahing and natural breathing sound the same to the untrained ear. As a vocal student in training, how can I spot where I am going wrong and correct it? Sometimes this wrong way of doing exercises becomes a habit and the teacher doesn’t sit on your head twenty four hours a week to supervise you so while practising during the week so, there is a chance of doing things wrong. Anything that feels like ‘strain’ is wrong but some people unintentionally involve some outer muscles without realizing so feeling doesn’t help in identifying correct and wrong sounds. Can you provide any sample vocals, advice or exercises to help me stay on right track.

    Thank you very much for your time and patience.

  5. Jayh September 7, 2011 at - Reply

    ik have a question….. in this intro of alicia keys….you hear her switch pitch very qiuckly……does that technique has a name or how can i learn it ????

  6. Amy sam January 8, 2012 at - Reply

    If singers like me have a cold would they lose their voice box if they coughed and spit out the germs a lot of people say that would not happen are they right 2nd question I have is if your voice box is really small would you lose your voice box because I don’t want to lose my singing voice
    Question 3 is it true that no matter how little your voice box is you will never lose it is that true because I was just wondering thank you please reply to me

  7. Matt February 22, 2012 at - Reply

    So I’ve been singing seriously for about a year now and been taking on and off lessons for about eight months. I sing generally older rock music, my favorite singers being Steve Perry, Sebastian Bach, Ozzy Ozbourne and Freddie Mercury. I have come a long way in the past year as far as my range and skills. For example, I could barely hit any of the notes in “Don’t Stop Believin” when I started and now can hit them all (using head voice on some high notes). The problem is even though I am techniquelly a tenor in my range. I never was naturally when I started and I just don’t sound like Steve Perry and Sebastian Bach when I sing their songs, it sound way to forced and unnatural. That being said I used to sound forced and unnatural on songs in way lower pitches a year ago. Does this mean I will eventually get accustomed to singing that high in time or have I probably reached my potential and should start seeking different influences who don’t sing so high? Thanks.

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