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03/31/2006 5:07 am
Hi, I know exactly what your going through and I have some exercises that ( if used correctly, ) will help your singing skills increase.

First of all, do NOT try to sing and play at the same time at FIRST. You must recognize and seperate the voice as an instrument of it's own. You must treat your voice just like you would your guitar. You would never play a song on guitar with out warming up and the same goes for your voice. Here are a few things you can do to warm-up your voice.

1. Rattle your throat, trying to clear it as much as possible.
2. Try to sing the lowest pitch you possibly can and then slowly ascend ( stepwise ) all the way to the highest pitch you can sing.
These are just two things you can do, but they will warm-up your voice and allow you to sing your maximum range while practicing.

There are many exercises you can do to practice singing on pitches, but I will list one ( as it is a good foundation for a beginning vocalist. )

1. ( This will only work if you have basic theory knowledge by the way. ) Hopefully, you are familiar with the C major scale, and if you are then you can do this exercise.
It will involve singing on scale degrees within the C Major Scale.
Ex: You will play the 3rd fret of the A string on the guitar ( Which is a C ) and then slide your voice up to that pitch until it matches perfectly.

2. Now since you understand the basic design of this exercise, I can give you some patterns to practice.

Begin by singing scale degree 1=C, then go up the scale all the way until you reach the octave. It will look like this.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Then descend all the way back down until you reach Scale degree 1 again.

Once you master this, and if you are still interested in learning, I will post some more patterns you can practice.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

-Kyle Hicks ( Kole )
-Kole (Kyle Hicks)

Composer, Guitarist, Instructor.