Singing Explained In Fewer Than 280 Characters
I’ve wanted to do a singing tutorial like this ever since Twitter upped their character limit from 140 to 280. If you’ve ever read a oldschool Bel Canto singing manual from the 1800’s, two particular words will no doubt come to mind – bloated and outdated. Sorry to all you diehard classical singing fanatics who love archaic terms like Appoggio, I’m here to explain EVERYTHING about singing to all of you who are present here in the 21st centure in less than 280 characters for each technique. Reckon it can’t be done in so few words? Read on and improve your voice in less than a tweet for each technique you’re about to learn!
Appoggio means “support” in Italian and refers to the process in which you moderate your airflow while singing – via expansion of your diaphragm instead of contraction of the ribs. (180 characters – nailed it!)
Vibrato is a natural oscillation of your vocal folds that occurs as a result of healthy singing technique, in essence allowing a wider vibration of frequencies around a central tone that we perceive as the pleasant waves of vibrato (231 characters – it’s almost like I’ve done this before!)
Vowel Modification is an intentional change in the character of your vowel sound to make better use of your resonant space as you ascend through difficult passages in your voice. As an example, the AH vowel often becomes UH through the first vocal break, just as EE becomes AY (276 – oooooh, got close with this one!)
Vocal fold adduction is a fancy term for vocal chord closure. Adduction simply means to ‘centre’ any part of your body, like bringing your hands together in a clap, or bringing your vocal folds together for vibration (216 characters – that’s more like it!)
Placement is the concept of singing with more efficient frequencies. Some refer to placement as forward placement or masque, but for a baritone especially, placement is often better thought of as subtractive EQing your voice instead of adding extra frequencies (260 characters!)
Foundation in singing is the same as the foundation or base of a house in building, and refers to posture, breathing and placement as the building blocks of a great voice (170 characters)
Inhalare la voce
Literally meaning “Inhale the voice”, inhalare la voce is a figurative instruction referring to management of your airflow vs air pressure. Basically, you should sing without unnecessary aspiration of air and instead allow air pressure to vibrate your vocal folds (260 characters)
Vowel shaping is a literal shaping of the tongue and alteration of the vocal tract and resonant space to form the illusion of each of your main sung vowel sounds. An example is the concave tongue and wide vocal tract associated with the classical AH vowel
As you can see, it IS possible to explain singing technique in a succinct and modern way without the need for archaic and confusing classical terms that really don’t serve to improve your voice in any manner. If you like your answers and singing techniques explained in a little more depth than the length of a tweet allows, I recommend checking out the troubleshooting guide in the navigation bar to your right where I explain and demonstrate these techniques in full with videos, along with the free foundations short courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio too – then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional voice coaching you can book a Skype Session and we’ll start building your vocal range!
Do you have any other singing techniques you’d like me to explain in LESS than 260 characters? Feel free to leave any questions or feedback below!