Archive for May, 2014


Singing consistency

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Singing consistency is a skill that I promote in my studio. With consistency comes confidence, derived from knowing that when you step on stage, your voice will respond that way it did in rehearsal, and the riffs and range that you were able to execute the day before will still be there. I suppose confidence in singing comes from many different places and it may be different for each individual. For me, however, I can relax and feel confident when my voice is functioning consistently and my singing is reliable.

I did these exercises to help us work on that, and I hope you’ll enjoy them. They’re full range, so stop if they get too high, or work them with the lip trill after that point in the recording. I find it helpful to learn them with the lip trill first, then transition into the vowel sounds so that you’re confident with the pattern.

If any questions come up, or you’d like me to elaborate on the exercises, feel free to get in touch!

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Breathing and Coordination

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Most singing instructors use exercises for a variety of different skills, and focus on each skill individually until ultimately they are all working together. This makes learning to sing a manageable task that we can all enjoy filled with exercises that are beneficial wherever you happen to be in your development.

The exercise that I wrote for these videos is an adaptation of several that I’ve known over the years, and helps to work on several different skills, each of which can be focused on in turn until they’re all comfortable and on their way to becoming second nature. Ultimately, when we’re singing or performing, we want to focus on the performance rather than the skills that make it possible, which is why it’s so important to make time for regular focused practice.

In this exercise, one of the main skills I wanted to convey was the idea of suspension on short notes. The short notes at the beginning of each phrase of the exercise are there to challenge you to keep the rib cage open and abdominal muscles engaged in the process of singing. Additionally, the short tones help to allow the vocal fold to adapt more easily to narrower vowel sounds.

The descending scale challenges us to stay lifted and engaged (again abdominally) throughout the singing process, avoiding the common habit of going slightly flat when singing descending scales.

The exercise begins with just one vowel sound, and eventually goes on to incorporate the five main vowel sounds that are used in English language singing. The challenge here is to remain focused and narrow in resonance throughout the exercises getting good transitions and keep the timbre (sound) of your voice consistent.

On top of it all, though the range of the first couple of exercises is comfortably in our chest voice, the video quickly moves on challenge us to navigate through the passaggio.

All in all, quite a bit of content for such a short video, the idea being that repeated practice sessions with the video allow one to shift focus from one topic to another until the practice in each becomes fluid and they work together to open and deliver a natural singing voice.

Enjoy! If any questions or comments come up, feel free to get in touch!

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