Ep. 107 “Increase Your Vocal Stamina” – Voice Lessons To The World


Hey Singers! Does your voice get more
and more tired as you use it? Or is it like a New Yorker,
ready to burn the candle at both ends? Either way, today we’re going
to increase your vocal stamina. ♬ Hi Singers! I’m Justin Stoney the founder of
New York Vocal Coaching joining you for Episode 107
of Voice Lessons To The World. Today’s question
comes from Susan T. in Tacoma, Washington. Susan writes, “Dear Justin,
I sing in my church choir. And after rehearsals
I feel hoarse. What can I do to
increase my vocal stamina?” Oh, well, that is a
marvelous question Susan. We hear that all the
time here at NYVC. Not just from fans
of the show but from many of our
professional singers who are Pop, Rock, R&B
recording artists that perform and tour. Or, who are Broadway
performers who have to sing eight
shows a week. Whether you sing
professionally or you just sing for the soul. We want your voice
to stand the test of time. In fact, we want it
to be like a fine wine. Getting better with
each passing day. So today, we’re going
to take a ten step vocal stamina test,
to see how things are going for you. Here’s how it works, as we go along I’m
going to be asking you some questions. If you answer the
question “yes” you get one point. If you answer the
question “no” you get no points. At the end we’re going
to tally them up to find out if your stamina is a
vocal dud or a vocal stud. Okay? So, here we go with
Stamina Step #1, Conditioning and Vocal Athleticism. ♬ Conditioning is a term
we usually use for athletes. But, never forget the
voice is muscular. Nobody sees a marathon
coming by their house and just decides, “Hey that
looks fun! Maybe I’ll run 42,195 meters right now.” And why not? Because you’ve got
to train for that! You’ve got to make sure your
body is conditioned for that kind of athleticism. The voice is no different. Yet, singers sometimes expect
to do unrealistic things without working
their way up to it with vocal exercises,
practice, training, and time. One of the worst mistakes
is to pick a difficult song, try it for a few days
and then give up on yourself because you
couldn’t achieve it quickly. If you want greater stamina
make sure that you spend the time on conditioning. My general rule of thumb
is that your vocal exercises should eventually be
far more difficult than any repertoire
you work on. That way, you look at
the song and you say, “That’s nothin’!” So here comes
question #1 Am I exercising my
voice on a regular basis? If you answered “yes”
score one point! Step 2, Vocal Cross Training. ♬ The most gifted athletes
usually aren’t just one thing. They are many things. In other words,
they’re not just strong, they’re also fast. They’re not just fast,
they’re also flexible. They’re not just flexible,
they’re also coordinated. The same thing is
true of vocal athletes. The best singers are not
usually one-trick ponies. They are fully
facultied fillies and thorough throated
thoroughbreds. And trust me, ain’t none
of them gettin’ hoarse. [Hits piano] Cross training means giving
the voice lots of variety. Singing more than one style,
and working all the vocal registers. Not just singing high
notes all the time, but working on the middle. Practicing vibrato, straight tone,
riffs and runs, and sustains. I could go on and on. But, suffice to say, vocal variety
prospers vocal stamina in a major way. So, ask yourself: Do I practice a
wide variety of styles and techniques? If yes, add a point! Step 3, Warming Up. ♬ Know thyself and
know thy voice. Many singers find
that their voices feel warmed up just from
speaking throughout the day. They can just start singing! Others find that they
need a 5 or 10 minute warmup before performing. Experiment with how much time
your voice needs to warm up. Once you have a sense of that,
make a commitment to honor this before a performance,
rehearsal, recording session, or even a voice lesson. Just remember vocal
warmups are different from vocal technique exercises. You don’t want to be doing
a bunch of vocal technique exercises before you perform. That’s like doing a heavy work
out right before the big game. If you need a good
warm up routine, go back and revisit
episode 68 of our show. And now ask yourself a question:
Am I taking time to warm up before my biggest vocal tasks? If yes, add a point! Step 4, Daily Vocal Workload. ♬ Many times it’s not
our singing itself that ruins our
vocal stamina. It’s our daily
vocal workload. Aside from your singing,
how do you use your voice? Do you talk on the phone all day long? Do you have to speak loud
over crowds or in a classroom? Do you paint the town red
with your friends with all kinds of boisterous screaming? Nothing wrong with those things. But, we’ve gotta be aware
of all the other places that we use our voices. Some singers are vocally
exhausted because of their day-to-day life without
realizing it until it’s time to sing. The singing voice simply
can’t do as much and doesn’t last as long when it’s
running on fumes. So, be aware of your
Daily Vocal Workload. Identify non-singing related
changes that you can make to how you use your voice and
how much you use your voice. Question time: Am I conscious to
not exhaust my voice outside of my singing life? If yes, add a point! Step 5, Compensatory Habits. ♬ Some singers lose their voices
from flat-out poor technique. This usually means things
like jaw tension, tongue tension, neck tension, spreading the embouchure, raising the larynx, and pushing too much
vocal weight and volume. We’ve talked about these
things for years on the show. For a nice little summary, take
a look back at Episode 82. But, also – do some work in front
of the mirror when you practice. Make sure that you’re not
seeing lots of extrinsic tension. Extrinsic tension is
something that can wreck your vocal
stamina in a hurry. Thankfully, it can be solved with
awareness and thoughtfulness. You can use a combination
of movement, physical touch, and intention, to solve
these issues if you see them. Question for you: Are you identifying
and reducing vocal tension habits? If yes, add a point! Step 6, Repertoire Selection. ♬ Many times we
want to make a strong impression
on our audience. So, we pick songs that
we think are going to be flashy and impressive. But, if you’re going to
do this, you’ve got to have great certainty that the
song is in your technique. If you aren’t nailing the song
consistently in rehearsal, then I would wager it’s going to
be MUCH worse in performance. Your audience doesn’t
want to see you up there struggling and straining. They want to know that
they are in good hands. So, when it comes
time for performance, make sure that you
are only singing songs that are in
your comfort zone. Question: Am I performing songs
that I know I can handle? If yes, add another point! Step 7, Singing Sabbath. ♬ New York is, of course,
the city that never sleeps. When a New Yorker hears that
it’s good to get 8 hours of sleep we say, “What do you
mean, per WEEK?” [Hits piano] But, while we New Yorkers
like to push the limits, we must never underestimate
the power of rest. Rest is the body’s chance
for restoration and growth. If you’re not getting
enough sleep then your voice is not getting to heal, repair,
and remember what it’s learned. You’re also singing on vocal
folds that are probably swollen, and sluggish, and you’re
using a lot of bad habits because your body is
too tired to do it right. Get good sleep. And, also take
a day of rest. A Singing Sabbath. If you’re singing hard
seven days a week, your stamina is really
going to take a hit. Give yourself a
Singing Sabbath. That’s at least one day
per week where you either don’t sing or you don’t sing
your most athletic repertoire. Ask away: Do I honor the
Singing Sabbath each week? If yes, add a point! Step 8, Let The Microphone Work For You. ♬ Contemporary singing uses
a microphone for a reason. That reason? Loud singing does not
equal good singing. In fact, it’s usually
just the opposite. When a singer is pushing
volume, weight, breath, and force into the sound, it’s
not very pleasing to the listener. It’s not only not pleasing, it also
reduces your vocal stamina. Practice your singing at
comfortable volumes. And when it comes
time for the big show, let the mic work for you. The question: When I perform with a
microphone, do I let the mic work for me? If yes, add another point! Step 9, What’s It Gonna Cost Me? ♬ The voice is capable
of just about anything. Very few vocal decisions
are utterly “off limits”. So it’s not usually a
question of right or wrong. It’s more a question of
what’s it gonna cost me? Things like loud belting,
wider more “rock” embouchures, certain elements of compression,
all of these things are just fine. But, they may be a little more
“spendy” than other vocal choices. Examine your repertoire and mark down
areas that you feel are costly to you. See if there is a lighter or
easier option as a back up plan. You can still spend some vocal
cash on the money notes when you’re in the recording studio or when
the New York Times is in the audience. But, for most performances
it’s good for your voice to have the option of being a
little more fiscally conservative. Question: Am I aware of my vocal spending? If so, add a point! And the last step,
Flexibility As A Foundation. ♬ We’ve saved the best for last
because this is my personal favorite of all of the
stamina elements. For optimal stamina you
need to make sure that flexibility is the foundation
for everything that you do. What does this mean?
It means that every single note you sing needs to
have Falsetto, Head Voice, and Flageolet at its core. That’s right. Every note needs to
be able to get to its most cricothyroid dominant
nature at any moment. [Hits piano] at any moment. I love belt, mix, vocal power,
compression, rasp, distortion as much as anyone
that you can find. But, I’m also the first to
tell you that anyone who desires to be strong must first be
willing to make themselves weak. That means that every
single day that you sing, regardless of your
style or sound, you should be
checking in with the lighter registers of
your singing voice. If you can commit to this,
I can basically guarantee your stamina
will skyrocket. Final question: Do I make Falsetto, Head Voice,
and Flageolet a priority in my practicing? If yes, add 2 points! And now we’re ready for your
vocal stamina grading scale. If you scored a zero you’re
a Catastrophic Crooner. Which means you’ve really
got some work to do. Is anybody in here an ENT? If you scored a 1-3 you’re
a Troubling Troubadour. That means you’ve got
some stamina working but we really want
you to have more. If you scored a 4-6 that makes
you a Mediocre Minstrel. That’s saying that your stamina
is kind of hit or miss. And then the 7-9, you’re
a Dependable Diva. That means that your stamina
is really usually pretty good but there’s always some
room for improvement. And 10, or even 11, if you scored that
then you’re a Stamina Saint. And I know that your voice is
working for you really well each day. Tell us how you did by writing
to us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – all the usual suspects. And, remember to send
your questions to us at [email protected] Whether it’s day 1 or day
20,000 on your vocal journey I believe that your best days
are still out in front of you. Here are some more things to help
your voice stand the test of time. For voice lessons or Skype
lessons with the NYVC staff visit us at
NewYorkVocalCoaching.com. If you’d like a vocal course that you
can do at home check out the Voice Lessons To The World Vocal Course. This twelve part program takes you
on a singing journey from beginner to master level vocal exercises. You can find it at
VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com. Or, if you’d like free vocal
tips sent to you each day sign up at
DailyVocalTips.com. And now, here’s Justin with
this week’s vocal benediction. So many things in life
are a “flash in the pan”. They are hot for one second,
then, a few months later they fizzle away. People can scarcely even
remember they happened. Weird. Right? But, let me tell you my dear singer,
You are not a flash in the pan. And your life is not
a flash in the pan. Nope. You matter. And your singing matters. It’s what connects you to
the eternal, to the everlasting, and to everything that matters. So, don’t forget that when it feels
like everything is fading away. That’s the most important
vocal stamina lesson of all. No matter what you do, your singing
does not plan to leave you today. Or tomorrow. Or ever. ♬

76 Replies to “Ep. 107 “Increase Your Vocal Stamina” – Voice Lessons To The World”

  1. I’m a teacher and I need to speak to the crowds many times and my voice is tired not because of singing but speaking.
    This video was fun and helpful ❤️

  2. These are things I really need to work on . I spend so much time on trying to learn new things I forget the basic warm ups and conditioning

  3. I have alot of points but yes there is a but much work with my logopedie to inprove evry time I learn everyday I practice indeed is like the Olympics but I fight for it for a good speaking voice and singing voice

  4. WOW!! You answered my question on YouTube! Thank you Justin!!! Not only do I sing in my church choir but I also sing with a community group and we just had our big concert last weekend with 2 performances. We also sing at community events during the summer. After taking your test, I’m only a 4. ☹️ I really need work!

  5. I actually scored a 10. The only thing I'm currently ignoring is a wide variety of techniques when practicing, mainly because I'm focusing on my mixed voice at the moment.

  6. Thank you Justin. I am a Saint, because singing its my whole raison d'être… i really try to do it as my job, and im honestly im very shy and self critical and that take my energy away. But i belive… we all can be the one we've dream to be and this video gave me a lot of inspiration, so im grateful as always for your wonderful channel. Im moving to Usa soon, i hope to see you one day

  7. Hey justin , my friend sings high notes with ease while his larynx is up how is that possible? And how do u keep the larynx down when singing high?

  8. I was a 6….. working on my whistle register and my mix. My highest whistle note ( that i can sustain) is a D8, but i can only do it a few times, and then, i cant do it anymore. I
    Hope that i can build up my vocal stamina and sustain that D8, or even an E8 one day!

  9. Man this inspired me I actually got 11 points this will def build my singing confidence now , seeing I started training my voice almost 2 years ago an still haven’t sung in front of anyone .

  10. Hello brother . I'm very much happy to see you again . I practice vocal exercise twice a week . Is it proper work or I should do every day?

  11. Justin i had watched so many videos of yours and i love them all. But i am very confused where to start and what should i give yo priority first. Your have so many playlist. Which should i choose first as a begginer exactly.

  12. Yay! Ur back!! Love these vids, thank you for keeping me focused on singing:) ! It’s been a revelation on my life 🙂 ❤️

  13. Hey can Anyone help me out? i have a question…I'm an absolute beginner singer with no musical history.and i'm confused over the most basic things. Like how do singers know which notes to sing? if i just wanted to sing Mary had a little Lamb how do i know what note to start on? Also how do they remember after they sing song after song which are all different? Every one seems to get it but me.Thnx

  14. You were the best vocal coach compare to other vocal coaches. You always motivate us not to give up on dreaming to achieve our desirable dreams.

  15. Dear Justin, thank you for your videos… How do I sing my falsetto or head voice like Charlie Puth does… Please use the song Attention as example, I really like how his voice sounds on that song

  16. Hi justine, when I was a kid I'm dreaming of becoming star. I really want to be a singer.. anyway untill now I'm 40 I'm still wants to learn voice lesson. How can I learn voice lesson from you?

  17. Awesome 👏💜💖💙….some goooood reminders …thank you 💜💖💙💗❤💚. Another awesome video 👍🎹👏🎶👑👑👑

  18. I scored a 1-3 I'm horrible these days. At one time I was at least 6 pre-menopause but now it is a shame. I would video lessons. how could I make that happen?

  19. If you haven’t already, it would be great if you could create a video on overcoming the fear of singing in front of people and attaining confidence to sing. Please 🤗🌹

  20. Biggest problem I m facing right now is my screaming over high notes😅😅😅 I can t wait to get over it😹

  21. This was one of the best videos!! I scored 6 points. so i'm a mediocre minstrel haha! But its fine for now. i got questions 1, 6, 7, 8, 10 wrong!:O Now i know what to work on! Thank you guys also congrats on almost 200K!

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