In this 3-step guide you’ll discover everything a beginner needs to sing pop, within weeks instead of years.

Including:

  • Why it’s important to know what you want your singing voice to sound like, before you start.
  • What sound characteristics make a good pop voice?
  • How to sing pop for beginners: 3-steps to finding your pop voice and get good at singing with it, fast.

Why it’s important to know what you want your singing voice to sound like, before you start.

As a beginner who wants to sing pop it’s very easy to get side tracked before you even find your pop voice.

The main reason being that much of the singing world promotes practices preventing singers from finding their pop voice.

Maybe you’re familiar with:

  • lip trills
  • tongue trills
  • singing scales
  • singing through the diaphragm
  • and the chest, head, mix and belt -voice framework

The problem with the first 4 of these practices is that they only focus on the singing part of singing, not the sound part of it.

As a result singers only learn to sing better with the sound they currently have.

Which is great if you already sound like the pop singer you want to be and you only need to learn to sing better.

In contrast, the last one on the list is about sounds; the chest, head, mix and belt -voice framework.

However, singers who get taught this framework run the risk to end up with a classical or musical theater kind of singing voice.

Which as an aspiring pop singer is the last thing you want!

If you want to more about why that happens you can read this article.

Sadly, it’s hard (but not impossible) to find singing practices that actually help you bring out your pop voice.

That why you need to be clear on what sound characteristics you want as a pop singer, from the get-go.

This way you can keep your eyes on the price and ditch everything that doesn’t bring you closer to the pop voice you want.

What sound characteristics make a good pop voice?

So, let’s get clear on what sound characteristics todays pop singers sing with to get you clear on singing voice goals as well as give you the language to describe them.

In this part you’ll discover an overview of these sound characteristics, but if you want more detail you can read this article.

I’ve identified the following 4 building blocks making up a pop voice.

  1. The sounds
  2. The flavors
  3. The Sparkle
  4. The sound-signature

Let’s dive in.

The Sounds

Even though we hear todays pop singers sing with many different kinds of pop voices, I believe that these voices are produced with only 2 sounds.

Sound One is a sound that has much weight/density to it on low, middle and high notes.

And Sound Two is whispery.

Both these 2 sounds function in similar ways on low, middle and high notes and can be mixed together to create different sound intensities.

Every pop singer has their own preferences.

Some want to lean more to the whispery side.

Some go for an overall sound that has much weight/density to it.

Others somewhere in the middle.

That concludes the foundation of a pop voice.

Let’s move on to the next building block.

The Sparkle

The Sparkle not only adds a sparkle to the sound of the singing voice, it also functions as an intensifier of both sounds.

Every pop singer is different and prefers different amounts of sparkle to their singing voice.

As with all of these building blocks it’s a season to taste kind of thing.

The Flavors

Now, to keep the weight/density of Sound One intact pop singers bend their open vowels towards closed ones.

Now depending on which closed vowels you chose, you’ll produce one of the following 5 flavors.

Some singers use one flavor, some multiple.

It’s totally up to you and what you want your pop voice to sound like.

The Sound Signature

This last building block is this finishing touch of your pop voice and it’s how pop singers make themselves stand out.

A Unique Sound Signature consist out of 3 elements.

The first is our small genetic differences making us already sound unique.

The second one is special effects, like vibrato and riffs and runs.

And third, a singing-accent that further shapes the sound the singing voice.

3-steps to finding your pop voice and get good at singing with it, fast.

Let’s focus on the ‘fast’ part first.

There’s this persistent myth going around that it takes at least 3 years for a beginner to get good a singing.

Lucky for us, that’s not true all thanks to sounds 1 and 2.

These are the sounds todays pop singers sing with and they are way easier to sing with than most other sounds.

That’s why I love the 3 steps of the Sound-First Approach to singing.

3 steps of the Sound-First Approach to singing.

This approach to singing is incredibly simple and straightforward.

You first activate the sounds todays pop singers sing with.

Next, you learn to sing with these sounds.

Lastly, you create your own unique sound-signature.

When I teach beginners this approach to singing they typically find their pop voice and start singing pop within weeks, instead of years.

Just make sure you find a coach, method or course that teaches you the actual sounds todays pop singers use.

They’re out there, you just need to look a bit harder.

That’s it.

Now you know how beginners learn to sing pop, fast.

I hope this post has helped you define what you want as an aspiring pop singer as well as give you a plan.

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