Welcome to Bohemian Vocal Studio’s Support Booster Course. In this premium course I will show you a practical step-by-step process for developing breath support in your voice. This booster course will share some of the most powerful support and breathing techniques and concepts along with specially tailored support exercises that with practice over time will allow you to sing with a powerfully supported voice that is as resonant as it is relaxed.
Booster warmups are intended as an addition to the Foundation and Growth 101 singing courses or personal coaching with Kegan here at Bohemian Vocal Studio. You can also join as a basic member to use these booster warmups and tools like the vowel translator – but do keep in mind all the ‘meat and potatoes’ information and tutorials are contained within the Foundation 101 singing course, which I recommend you start with.
Support is simply a fancy term to describe the balance between air flow and air pressure when you sing – achieving support in singing results in powerful resonance and a very comfortable and relaxed voice. Are you ready to support your voice? Lets get started. If you’re a premium member, you can log in below – otherwise, you can join us to access the premium booster courses here.
Lesson 1. What is Support
Support refers to controlled inhalation and exhalation when you sing. With a very focused and controlled release of pressurised air, you will achieve a very consistent and sustainable vocal tone that is rich, powerful and comfortable. Support really starts in your posture and approach to diaphragmatic breathing, so lets get started with the foundation elements of support and diaphragmatic breathing first before we get down to business with a powerfully supported voice.
Conclusion and Support Examples
Support occurs in your voice when you learn to balance air flow and air pressure in a controlled way. With practice and perseverance you can build a powerfully resonant voice that connects fully from your lowest note and up higher than you could have ever dreamed of. In closing, I’d like to share two important key points that have personally helped me along my own journey of learning how to sing. The first is that lung capacity has very little to do with diaphragmatic support – you don’t actually need very much air when you sing, you simply need to control the air that you retain in a consistent and balanced fashion. The best way to achieve balanced support is actually to top up your breathing incrementally as you sing using “micro-inhalations” like I showed you in the earlier lessons in this course. Secondly, release is key to almost every aspect of singing – remember the final exercises I showed you earlier in this course? Being able to release fully into a supported head tone from your mix is paramount to a healthy and powerful voice. If you’re hitting a “ceiling” in your voice, you’re actually suffering from an imbalance either in your registers or in your ability to support.
I’ll leave you with an example of supported singing in the following clip. Can you identify which BVS support techniques and tools I’m using to access a balanced and supported high range without necessarily belting? Let me know in the comments below or in the video comments which ones you can hear!
If you haven’t already signed up for our Foundation 101 singing course, it really is a best place to start building a powerful and rock solid foundation for your singing voice. Foundation for singing really is like the foundation of a house, the rock solid slab that your range and tone are built upon. When you’re ready to take your mixed voice singing to the next level, you’re welcome to book a Skype Session with me and we’ll work towards extending your range and developing a blend of resonance in your middle voice.
If you have any questions about the middle voice booster or how to sing in mixed voice, you’re welcome 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.