Making sense of singing technique
3 PRACTICAL STEPS TO MASTER ANY VOCAL TECHNIQUE
When you think of your favourite singers riding around in a limo, drinking champagne before the show, waltzing on stage at showtime and magically wailing D5’s to mass applause – you probably don’t think of lip trills, classical exercises or vocal routines, right?
Let’s face it, vocal technique isn’t exactly glamourous.
Vocal terms definitely aren’t my favourite thing about being a singer either.
But what if I told you there was a simple 3 step process to mastering ANY vocal technique?
Three simple questions you need to ask before doing a vocal exercise.
If you’ve been practicing day after day, week after week trying to exercise your way to a better singing voice – I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it hasn’t been working, right?
And that’s because you’re making three mistakes that you can fix RIGHT now and see an immediate boost in your abilities as a singer.
#1 – What is the POINT of the technique/exercise?
This one seems obvious, but I’m absolutely serious. Do you know WHY lip trills are intended to help you sing better? You’ve been drilling them like crazy every day – but I bet you’re not aware of how the velar port is meant to sit on a correctly sun trill, how your pharyngeal space alters in the mixed register, where/when/how to bridge between chest and head on your trills. Lip trills are great for SO many things in your voice – but this isn’t always a good thing, because with so many variables, there is many opportunities for mistakes and time to be wasted. Without honing in on the ‘point’ of the trill you’re practicing, you simply won’t see the positive results you’re meant to be getting out of all that time and practice.
Whatever exercise or technique you’re currently working on – knowing WHY and WHY and HOW it works, and what it’s for in a practical sense is going to be a lifechanging experience for you as a singer. Sure, vowel modification helps you sing higher, but HOW do you go about it, and how do you apply it in real songs? <- the answer to much of your struggles as a singer.
#2 – How do you apply it in a practical sense in actual singing?
There’s no point singing an A4 in a vowel modification drill if you can’t sing an A4 in an actual song, period.
Do I need to elaborate on this one? For me, this was MASSIVE in the process of becoming a better singer. In fact, I’ve replaced most of the boring vocal exercises I used to do as a beginner through intermediate singer with favourite vocal lines that achieve the same thing because I know exactly how the techniques and exercises are meant to function and benefit the voice.
If you’re practicing an exercise or working on a vocal technique, it’s important that you start working on “the practical” as soon as possible or you’re simply wasting your time.
#3 – Variables
The voice has many variables – the soft palate, the epiglottis, the TA muscle, the cricothyroid, the diaphragm, airflow, resonance, tone, register.
And with each of these variables, it’s important you break down each exercise and technique you’re working on into each of the possible variables. Ie: when you are practicing vowel modification, how high should the soft palate be? Should there be airflow through the nose? Where does the tongue sit? How much compression and where should it be applied?
Learning which variables apply to each exercise and each technique is THE fastest way to become a better singer.
Well, the second fastest way.
The #1 fastest way to become a great singer is to watch this video: Big Dreams? You Need a Big Voice to match! [VIDEO]
In this video I’m going to take you through each of the variables in vowel modification and how it relates to singing REAL songs in a practical sense.
If you’re sick of the YouTube treadmill of video after video after video and being pulled in 20 different directions by coaches that say stuff like “the answer is in my course!” (spoiler: it’s not) and “the key to great singing is my open throat technique!” (La Gola Aperta/aka Open Throat Singing has actually been around for hundreds of years.) – then you absolutely must watch this video because it’s one of the very few actual training videos out there that SHOWS YOU how to sing better; not just talks about it.
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