Singing is easy, when you know how!

​​​​Chuck Stewart

Vocal Coach

Professional Vocal Coach, Singer, Songwriter,​ Arranger, Musician,​  ​Singing Lessons, Singing Lessons Online

USA - Orlando, Florida 407-362-1662​​
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"I've never seen anybody get such huge

results with students, as fast as you have."

- Debra Bonner, Professional Vocal Coach in Hollywood, CA  

I took the time and effort to learn from ENTs - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors, top vocal coaches, and to study music from industry pros (I've written over 2000 songs), anatomy, acoustics and vocal technique to know what is on the test below:


Some vocal coaches might say, "You don't have to know any of that to be a vocal coach." The truth is that you don't have to know anything at all to  call yourself a vocal coach.  How effective you are, is proportionate to what you know and what you can do.  A vocal coach can choose to know nothing about anatomy, physics, musical style, or whatever else.  

I thought it was a good idea to consult with true experts, such as physicians.  I studied arranging with working professionals.  I drew the plans for the mixing room at NBC Burbank, where The Tonight Show was filmed.  I have been tested on my knowledge of acoustics and passed the test. 

If you are a vocal coach (or a singing teacher) and you are in it just for the money, maybe it's time to make a choice: learn what you need to know to do your best work or leave the profession and make room for those who truly care about singers and about singing as an art.  Some of the questions are "trick questions" ,  but they are based on outdated and/or incorrect "myths" regarding anatomy, muscle function, and physics.

1. Where is the hyoid bone?

2. Which muscles, connected to the larynx, contract when you yawn? How can you exercise them?
3. Which muscles pull the larynx up, when you swallow?

4. What is the function of the oblique arytenoid muscles? How can you exercise them?
5. When the diaphragm contracts, does it ascend or descend?

6. Name the muscles of "forced expiration".
7. Why are the vocal folds no longer called vocal cords?

8. Is it possible to "place your sound" and what muscles would be involved in that?
9. Define "falsetto". 

10. Is head voice a tone quality or vocal range ?

11. Why is chest voice called "chest voice"?

12. What causes a break, or crack, in the voice?
13. What do you do to sing from the diaphragm?

14. How do you feel where your diaphragm is?

15. What muscles are used to open the throat?
16. Draw the anterior view of the larynx, showing the thyroid cartilage, the hyoglossus muscle, the cricoid cartilage, the sterno-thyroid and sterno-hyoid muscles, and the hyoid bone.
17. Draw the top view of the larynx, showing the arytenoid cartilages, the thyroid and cricoid cartilages, and the oblique arytenoid muscles. 

18. Why does the lower abdomen expand slightly when you inhale? Does air go in there?

19. When does liquid, that you swallow, make contact with your vocal cords?
20. How can you prevent excessive muscle tension in the neck or the jaw when you sing?

21. How do you improve pitch problems in a singer?
22. What are the notes in a D major 9th chord

23. Name the seven modes of a major scale. Sing them.

24. Sing a Phrygian tetrachord up and down.
​25. Establish a starting note (Use A flat.) and, using a major scale, sing the scale steps 6-5-4-3-2-1. The 6 will be the A flat.

26. Sing a Dorian mode, starting on a C.
27. What is a bridge in a song?

28. What is a bridge in the voice?
29. How would you notate (as literally as possible) a swing rhythm for a musician or singer who is unfamiliar with a swing rhythm?

30. Sing a one octave chromatic scale.

31. Sing a pentatonic scale.

32. Sing a whole tone scale.

33. Sing an Aeolian mode.

34. Sing an ascending augmented 4th.

35. Sing an ascending minor 6th.

36. Sing an arpeggiated major seventh chord, ascending.

37. Sing a descending minor 6th.

38. Sing all the major scales in the circle of fifths.
39. Sing the notes of a sus4 chord.

40. Sing the notes of a sus2 chord.

41. What scales are used for embellishments in most R&B and pop music?

42. What is a fry tone?

43. What is the Bogart-Bacall Syndrome?

44. What are the ten most common problems of singers?

45. What is "middle voice"?

46. Should the jaw be opened the same on the "e" as in "bee" as on the "a", as in "bat"?

47. What is the difference between front vowels and back vowels?

48. Which back vowel has the highest tongue position?
​49. Which front vowel has the lowest tongue position?

50. How do you determine the cause of intonation problems?