What Famous Singers Know About Singing That You Don’t!
You feel like you’ve got it in you to be a great singer, and it’s your ultimate dream – but there’s just SOMETHING missing about singing which famous singers seem to know and you don’t. Is there such a thing as ‘talent’ or being a ‘gifted’ singer, or is there a secret trick or missing link that you’re not seeing? This tutorial is going to show you everything you need to know about singing, and even what famous singers know about singing that you don’t!
Singing is a simple process, but in reality, learning how to sing is often a drawn out and difficult task for many singers, and with good reason. With so much conflicting information out there and so many opinions and programs and expensive courses to choose from, where do you start?
Great singing starts with your foundation
We’re not reinventing the wheel here, foundation is key in any method and approach to singing. A great foundation for singing includes healthy posture, diaphragmatic breathing and frequency placement. Of course, a healthy foundation is only going to take you so far if you aren’t taking your voice to the next level like a Pro.
Along with a great foundation, it’s important that you understand the difference between your speaking voice and singing voice so that you can articulate your vowels in the right manner without pronouncing like we do in speech. Singing a vowel requires articulation of your frequencies using the shape of your tongue and altering your resonant space – speech simply requires pronunciation using your lips, teeth and tongue. A professional singer no doubt knows the many differences between singing and speech and develops their voice accordingly to ensure they’re always using their voice in the right manner when they sing.
The secret to connecting Chest and Head voice
You’ve probably wondered many times how your favourite singers manage to connect their head and chest register in a seamless way without a vocal break – and this truly is the #1 secret key to becoming a great singer. Your registers aren’t physically separately like you may thing, but they are created by an alternating balance between vocal fold weight and vocal fold tension, allowed by the TA and CT muscles respectively. Chest Voice is singing with full vocal fold weight, and pure head voice is singing with no vocal fold weight. The secret to connecting through your middle voice is to balance these muscles between weight and tension in JUST the right manner to allow connection between these two different register coordinations.
Singers like Aretha Franklin, Chris Cornell, Adele and Bono are all masters of connecting their chest and head register by balancing in the mix or middle register as it’s often called. This middle register is the true key of great singing!
What they know that you don’t
Nothing. That’s right, there is no magic pill for great singing, and no hidden meaning behind archaic terms and techniques like Appoggio or Bel Canto that you’re yet to discover. Your voice is a very simple instrument, yet you’re trying to treat it as an external mystery that is yet to be discovered – your voice is already capable of singing in a spectacular and professional manner, you just don’t know how to control it yet.
Rather than a feat of muscular strength, singing is largely just an act of balance and coordination, from your vocal onsets through to register release. If you learn how to balance every aspect of your voice in this manner you will learn how to sing like a Pro in no time – if you’re constantly chasing the secret that has been hidden from you, then you’ll chase your tail and continue to sing poorly over time with little improvement.
A tailored approach is key
A professional singer has developed an approach to absolutely everything that they can throw at their voices, from consonant sounds, to vowels, to registers, to grit and everything in between. A great singer leaves nothing up to chance and is in total control of their voice at any given moment with little chance of chaos and flubs due to the immense control they have developed. A great approach to singing should include:
- Placement (especially key for Baritones and lower voice types)
- Vowel shaping
- Resonance tuning
- Consonant grouping
- Register release
- Breath support
- Balanced onsets
While this is a simplified list, can you truly say you have control over every aspect of singing on this list? After all your singing voice is a unique instrument, and so should the approach you use be designed for your unique voice.
A great place to start is the free foundations courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, and then when you’re ready to take your voice to the next level and learn how to sing like a Pro with professional voice coaching, you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started unlocking your voice!
If you have any questions about learning how to sing better, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!