Archive for August, 2014

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How to Project

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Projecting your singing voice was a topic that I was frankly, quite terribly nervous about discussing. It came in as a request, and I felt that I needed to address it, so I spent some time reviewing information that I’d compiled over the years.

First of all, I was reminded of an article that appeared in January of 2008′s edition of Scientific American. Called, “The Human Instrument,” this is an excellent article that goes into elaborate detail on how the vocal fold functions and how resonance and airflow work together along with muscle engagement at the vocal fold to create more resonance and volume than what would seem to be possible. This is the danger that I felt in doing this video.

If we focus purely on volume and projection of the voice, I feel as if we’re looking at the end results of a process that can take some time. By focusing our attention on good airflow, good vowel focus, and an awareness of the resonators at play in our voices we can arrive at the volume and power we want naturally and healthily. My goal in these videos has always been to provide good information that can improve not only our singing voices, but our overall vocal health.

After some thought and reading, I put the information into a three part summation of vocal technique. As always, I hope it helps, and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Thanks for watching! ~Jeff

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Singing over the Break

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Singing over ‘the break’ in ones voice can be tricky initially, but with practice, patience, and a willingness to endure singing sensations that are not what you’re accustomed to it can be seamless and beautiful.

I’ve now done videos for tenor range and alto range vocalists on Youtube. The alto range practice video is below. In both cases, though I don’t mention this in the videos, it’s critical to be open minded about the sensations and sounds that will come out of your mouth as you smooth out this register transition in the voice. It pays to keep in mind that these exercises are largely designed to break old habits and install new ones in their place. The overall tonal quality that you sing with may not be balanced initially. It will take practice. As the tone evens out and resonances from chest through head begin to match, still more diligence and practice are required for consistency and reliability to increase.

Patience is key. Recording yourself for evaluation is key. A good coach, or a Skype session with me can assist in this process. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like more clarification. All the best!

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Singing With Chords

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Last week was a big week for taking on singing lesson video requests.

This video has two different chord progressions. Each one cycles through all twelve key signatures from low to high in a fairly easy pace. The patterns that I sing as demonstrations can certainly be used to sing along with the progressions, though the intention behind this video is much more open ended than that.

As singers, we’re often tasked with coming up with our own melodies to songs. We may be working with a musical partner, or perhaps singing along with tracks that have been produced but lack a melody. This video gives one the opportunity to experiment with different melodies in different keys with two very familiar and widely used chord progressions.

I would recommend using the melodies I sing as starting points, and then branching out from there experimenting and having fun with creating your own hooks. You may consider recording yourself while doing so in order to be sure to capture anything that you’re really fond of. If any questions or additional requests come up, feel free to get in touch!



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