• Michelle Ostrove


I’ve been asked many times how do you sing in a softer tone whether it’s higher or lower notes, and still have strength and control in your singing voice without sounding weak and thin. How does a singer keep the control in that upper range and have a full but soft tone?

To really have control, strength and a solid sound, it’s all in breath control and air pressure in your core. Controlling your voice, projecting power while still singing softly is all done through breath control. Make sure you keep an open throat (like a yawn) and try to place the sound toward the open throat. Natural tendency is to let it move toward the sinus cavity area, but if the sound is all in the sinus cavity you lose some volume along the way. If you really focus on letting the sound come from your core with an open throat (neck muscles pulling out, not constricting), that’s the right way to do it and you will project power (not loudness), and a solid but soft sound. Your core: lung, diaphragm and stomach area are the foundation, the roots for your voice, not the throat.

With every practice, really working on engaging your core when you are singing and especially in the areas that you feel your voice is not strong, controlled and your throat is trying to constrict (close up). Keep an open throat and use your core! Listen to Audrey Diaz sing “Stay” in her own unique way and keep a solid sound singing from her core.


What’s the most musical bone? The trom-bone

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