Started in 2010, Bohemian Vocal Studio has been a labour of love for over 7 years so far – and developing my approach to healthy singing technique in a way that is simple, yet powerful and effective has been my mission statement and endgoal from day one. I try to limit jargon and use of the archaic classical terms that I was taught so many moons ago, as well as ‘not being too figurative’ in my approach, just simple and effective instructions that work every time and build a healthy voice more and more as you use them each time you sing.
With that said, here are the top singing techniques that my students and I have been working on together this year.
Vowel Positions – My approach to vowel modification is a little different to most in that I teach vowel positions and develop a ‘non-word/accent-based’ way of developing modified vowels into the higher range. <- Sound super confusing? Book a session with me now to learn how to modify your vowels, THE single most important technique to building your high range.
Mixed Voice – Hand in hand with Vowel positions, developing middle voice, or, mixed voice tonality is absolutely key to building your high range and keeping your voice healthy. Depending on your voice type, there is a number of different ways of building a ‘mix’ in your voice to transition chest and head voice. Check out the video below for a simple illustration of middle voice:
Placement – I find that vocal placement is an oft missed technique in modern singing coaching, and specifically avoided in most of the contemporary singing courses I’ve seen – placing your resonance is extremely important, in particular for baritone singers such as myself. I believe this is because most tenors or female voice types naturally ‘place’ their voices without effort due to tighter and smaller vocal cords resonating at a naturally higher frequency, whereas a baritone has to actually learn how to communicate with their vocal cords and singing mechanism the right frequencies for a sung tone rather than a floppy, bellowing speaking voice. Book a session with me now if you’re having trouble placing your voice!
Adduction – Chord Closure is key to so many things about your singing voice, I feel it’s important to at least discuss, if not perfect chord adduction in the first, or early sessions with a student. Adduction and Onset go hand in hand with each other – if your voice is either breathy, or you hear a harsh “slam” in your voice as you begin to sing, learning proper chord closure is key to fixing these issues.
Have you been focusing on any other techniques specifically this year? Leave any questions or some feedback 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.