Need To Sing Loud? 11 Tips For Doing It Safely

Judy Rodman

Judy Rodman

by Judy Rodman

Two facts:

    1. Unless one only wants to sing for a short while, the voice needs to be protected from strain.
    2. However, there are times when a singer wants or needs to sing loud.


Here are a 11 tips to do it safely:

  1. Understand that volume should come from resonation, not excessive air pressure. You need to add some pressure, but that pressure should be absolutely controlled so as not to over-blow the vocal cords. Think of playing a guitar (or ask a guitar player)… what happens when you strum the strings too hard?
  2. Open the back of your mouth with plenty of vertical space no matter what you are articulating. This will add richness to your resonation.
  3. Never use 100% of your air power. This will always tighten the throat, strain the cords and limit resonation.
  4. Learn how to pull instead of push your voice from the correct voice path.
  5. Squeeze from your pelvic floor while at the same time widening your ribs.
  6. Don’t lean forward… instead, put your weight into your heels and come from behind to power your voice. If you do bend forward for visual effect, bend from the waist to avoid crunching your ribcage.
  7. Learn how to use your hands in gestures, on the mic or on the instrument you’re playing in ways that can help stabilize and widen your ribcage.
  8. Don’t freeze your jaw and soft palate…a sure way to tighten your throat. A slight chewing movement can often help you with this.
  9. DO use extra energy. Just be sure you balance breath support with breath control, creating compression centered in the pelvic floor for the power.
  10. Make sure you have enough breath to carry your voice completely through and past the end of your phrases. If you run out of breath, your ribcage will start to come down and in and you will push your voice.
  11. Remember to use the magic formula: Back off the pressure + add passion!

About The Author

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the founder and CEO of Indie Connect, an artist management, consulting and training company. The company also hosts networking and educational events and has published an app that connects people to the Nashville Music Industry. During his 40+ year career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter, studio owner, producer and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He has also coached over 1000 artists and songwriters. He is a sought after speaker and has authored over 400 music industry articles. Vinny is also the CEO of Top 4M Entertainment, an independent film and television production company.