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How To Sing With Power

How To Sing With Power

Learning how to sing with power takes time and perseverance, but with the tips and technique I’m about to share with you, you’ll learn how to sing with power much sooner and with ease. Ultimately, singing is a simple process of pressure, vibration and resonance – or in more common terms, support, vocal fold closure and resonance. Learning how to do this effectively takes time and practice, but can be learned in a few simple steps – Foundation, Growth and Balance. Lets get started.

All great singing starts with foundation. Vocal foundation is akin to the foundation of a home, that rock solid base that your range and tone (or walls and roof) are built upon and keep your home/voice strong and healthy even in the harshest of storms/most powerful songs. Foundation in singing includes;

  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Balanced Onsets
  • Resonance
  • Shaping Vowels
  • Resonant Space
  • Support
  • All base elements of the voice

Building a strong foundation is the very first step to building a powerful singing voice. Without a strong foundation, learning to add the advanced elements of singing such as supraglottic and medial compression will be impossible. Singing with a powerful tone should be strain free, easy and consistent – and is always the result of a solid base of healthy vocal technique.

Supraglottic, Medial and Subglottic Vocal Compression

Compression is a tricky concept for many singers, in part due to the various instructions and conflicting instructions out there – compression is largely a broad concept that involves many levels in singing, so lets get down to the true meaning of vocal compression and how it relates to singing with power.

Compression itself refers to increasing pressure by limiting size or volume, or limiting size by increasing pressure. If we use a balloon filled with air as a reference and squeeze the balloon – the ‘amount’ of air held in the balloon doesn’t actually change, but the space that it occupies gets smaller and smaller, compressing the air into a pressurised ball. Now, in singing, if we build up compression solely from our breathing and support mechanism, this will create excess ‘subglottal’ pressure (ie: below the vocal folds). So, compression in singing actually happens in a three-stage process involving the subglottis (below the folds) the glottis (the area between the folds) and the supraglottis (above the folds) as well as twang in a stylistic sense.

So, vocal compression is actually the result of healthy vocal technique as a whole. To develop a powerful singing voice, you first must set up a rock solid foundation for your voice, and when, only when, you can sing vowels correctly through your full vocal range while navigating your resonant space, blend resonance between chest and head voice, balance your onset, maintain resonance and closure etc – each important element of the voice, you can then start adding glottal compression in the three stages below, between and above the vocal folds.

The best place to start is our Foundation 101 singing course which will show you how to;

  • Support your voice
  • Blend chest and head voice
  • Sing with mixed resonance
  • Shape vowels properly
  • Alter and manage your resonant space
  • Create and maintain vocal fold closure
  • Sing with placement and twang
  • Increase your range
  • Improve your tone
  • SO much more

This free Mixed Voice Singing Lesson will show you exactly how the Foundation 101 singing course is going to help you improve your singing voice. Remember, singing is a process of balance, and powerful singing is a result of multiple levels of balance, control and compression.

If you have any questions about learning how to sing with power, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below

Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.

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