2: Sing With More Power – Singer Solutions

Singing Solution with Mark Baxter

Do you long to sing those big, powerful notes? In this episode, Mark explains three things you can do immediately to achieve more power in your singing.

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In This Episode

Your culture

Do you remember how your parents called you down for dinner when you were a kid? Mark explains why the culture you were born into has an enormous affect on your vocal power. Moving your beyond cultural influences starts by acknowledging and understanding them.

Your inner dialogue

Next, Mark gives you a tiny edit to your inner dialogue that is essential for overcoming vocal challenges. If you have ever used the words, “my voice,” then this part of the podcast is for you.

Your space

If singing with power is something you have struggled with, then your practice space matters more than you think. Based on who is in earshot of your practicing, you could be holding yourself back.

Classical technique doesn’t have all the answers

Despite the common belief that classical singing technique is the best vocal technique for any genre, it has certain limitations when singers apply it to modern genres. Mark explains that the Bel Canto style was designed to create a “peak” in the overtones of the voice that lines up with a “valley” in the formant of the orchestra. Classical singers have great vocal strength, to be sure, but they also exploit an acoustical opportunity that is unique to their genre.

Strengthen the muscles behind your vocal folds

The Thyroarytenoid muscles are behind your vocal folds, and they are also behind vocal power – no matter your genre. Mark demonstrates how to give these muscles a workout.

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Mark Baxter has worked as a coach with Aerosmith, Journey, Goo Goo Dolls — and many others. He is the author of The Rock-n-Roll Singer’s Survival, creator of The Singer’s Toolbox instructional DVD, Sing Like an Idol instructional CD. Mark operates vocal studios in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and online via Skype.
You can read more of Mark’s work here.


  • Michael Vaughn

    EXCELLENT podcast Mark! It makes perfect sense. I was one of those kids that was told to “quiet down.” As a result, I lacked volume and/or power when I first started singing. Once I started singing with bands as a teenager, my confidence grew and so did my volume, to a point. (As you said in your podcast…I “let it suck.” And I did! LOL!) As time went on and I progressed, improved, and eventually learned a thing or two about technique through proper vocal coaching (The great Don Lawrence.) my volume and/or power increased…as did my control and my range. I still do my exercises, I’m still learning, and my voice is better now than it’s ever been.
    These days sound guys love me because I can sing well, and I can project. Anyway, I’m rambling.
    Keep up the great work Mark. Looking forward to the next podcast. Thanks!

  • Kathy Coneys Alexander

    Mark’s promo video for this episode – gotta love it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWmFlYzotxY