Rock Singing Lessons
When I first started learning how to sing, there really wasn’t such a thing as “Rock Singing Lessons”, and where I lived there was only one local teacher who taught classical singing and baulked at the idea of helping me develop an approach to singing like Chris Cornell or my other favourite rock singers. Fortunately, the times have changed, and Rock Singing Lessons are now available no matter where you are in the world. Since launching in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has steadily grown into the premier rock singing studio in the world, helping singers of all walks and levels of experience reach their singing goals sooner.
Singing itself is actually pretty easy, but learning HOW to do it, especially when you want to sing rock, can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating task – until now.
How to sing rock
Rock singers are often known for their extensive vocal ranges and intense delivery. If you want to sing Rock, then you first must learn how to connect chest and head voice so that you have access to your full range of resonance. Connecting chest and head is an easy task and can be achieved with a little bit of practice using semi-occluded sounds like Lip Trills and smaller resonant sounds like N and M. Over time, your vocal mechanism will recall this connected coordination and you will be able to approach wider and more open sounds like AY and AH with full connection in your registers.
Many Rock singers are also known for the belting ability, which is essentially a drag of weight from the lower register up into the high range. To achieve a healthy belt sound without straining your voice, the first step is connection between chest and head, and secondly to develop your vowel sounds properly.
In singing, your vowel sounds are formed by the shape of your tongue and matching resonant space within the pharynx. A great way to illustrate vowel shaping is for you to alternate between an EE vowel and a wide AH vowel. You’ll notice that the EE sound features your tongue raised at the back, and the AH vowel has a lowered, concave tongue – this is the essence of vowel shaping. Now, every time you sing a word with EE in it, like SEE, you must form this tongue shape, and the same with AH sounds like Love, you must lower your tongue to a concave. Each vowel sound has it’s own unique shape, but these are the two main shapes that all over vowels except for OO are built from.
Foundation is key
A strong foundation results in a strong voice. Foundation in singing involves posture, breathing, placement and shaping your vowels. These basic setup steps will carry through with you all throughout your life as a singer, so it’s important you set up the most efficient foundation so that your voice stays strong, consistent, powerful and grows over time. The first step in a healthy singing posture is to set up your posture and breathing. Good posture in singing starts with holding your head high, keeping your chin parallel with the floor (facing straight forward), shoulders back and a proud chest. This final step of keeping a proud chest ties in directly with diaphragmatic breathing and enables you to achieve ‘support’ when you sing high notes. Once you’ve set up a healthy, strong posture, you can then engage the diaphragm for the most efficient management of your airflow and air pressure.
Support occurs when you alter the pressure to flow rating with the air held in via an extended diaphragm. This allows you to vibrate your vocal folds more efficiently with less air, but more pressure. This in turn allows you to create frequencies which resonate in a full and powerful manner with very little effort and absolutely zero vocal strain.
The best place to start is the free foundations course available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio which will show you how to set up a bulletproof foundation that will ensure a powerful and consistent voice every time you sing. When you’re ready to take your voice to the next level with professional rock singing lessons, you can book a Skype Lesson with me and we’ll start working towards extension of your range and connecting chest and head voice for an incredibly powerful and effortless high range so you can sing ROCK with ease.
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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.