Q&A

Charmaine answers questions from Worship Vocalist subscribers.
When should I move onto the next vocal workout?

When should I move onto the next vocal workout?

“When is the right time to move on to the next round of vocal workouts after months of doing them? Does a person ever plateau and need something more difficult to improve their ability? At what point will I notice that a workout or exercise, after months of doing it, isn’t giving me the results I’m wanting anymore?”

How do I get my voice back after I’ve been sick?

How do I get my voice back after I’ve been sick?

“How do you recover after being sick?”

What should I drink on Sunday morning?

What should I drink on Sunday morning?

“What should you drink in the morning before church to wake you up? I know we shouldn’t drink dairy so I’ve been avoiding coffee on Sundays but it is a struggle in the morning!”

How long will my voice stay warmed up?

How long will my voice stay warmed up?

“How long does the voice stay ‘warm’ after you've warmed up? For example… if you did a vocal warm up, sang for a while, then sat out for an hour or so before having to sing again… is the voice still 'warm' or is another warm up required?”

How do I sing in my head mix?

How do I sing in my head mix?

“How do you sing in a head mix without it sounding like your head voice?”

How can I sing high with power?

How can I sing high with power?

“I don’t have a problem keeping a deeper tone when I’m in my lower chest voice (E below middle C —> G above middle C), but once I get up above a G (or A/B/somewhere in there), my voice becomes nasally & tin-y, and I lose that “BUH” sound that was present in my lower range. How do you keep that low, full tone even as you add pharyngeal resonance as you go higher?”

How do I stay on pitch?

How do I stay on pitch?

“Are there exercises that specifically address pitch in the lower range? Songs like Reckless Love and Who You Say I Am are what get me. I feel like they should be easy, but they can be difficult – not because of the range, but because I am off-pitch in the verses. What do you recommend to help stay on pitch and not go flat or sharp in certain parts of your range?”

How should I breathe in double scales?

How should I breathe in double scales?

“Just wondering how we should breathe when we do double scales? I get out of breath when doing these scales.”

Discover Your Voice

A 7-lesson foundational course that teaches you how to strengthen your voice, increase your range, improve your tone, and get rid of vocal tension… including downloadable workouts you can put on your phone or in your car!

Master Your Voice

Take the foundational principles of “Discover Your Voice” and dive even deeper into how to truly be an artist with your voice—by learning to explore and master vocal tone, texture, dynamics, vibrato, phrasing and more.

Harmony Essentials for Worship

An 11-part series to help you master the art of finding your harmony part and know when to sing it!

Taking Care of Your Voice

Charmaine’s top 7 tips for how to keep your voice healthy, including her favourite, tried-and-true natural remedies for getting rid of sickness!