Becoming a better Singer
I know it is really random, but I figured I would share some of the stuff I learned in college with you. Why? because I can and it was on my mind.
It’s all about Breath support.
Learning how to support your voice is probably one of the hardest things that I ever learned. Some of the exercises for that include lying down on the floor and practicing holding a tone just using your stomach. You really have to learn how to breathe right.
When I started singing I had a very tight core. I was a gymnast and so I remember my vocal coach working with me just to poke up my stomach. I didn’t know how. All of the muscles were just so tight that I literally couldn’t do it.
Overtime I learned how to relax my abdominal muscles at least enough to engage my diaphragm.
Learning how to do this took me a while for you you’ll probably learned very quickly. Essentially you have to think of your diaphragm as a muscle that’s pulling down in towards your butt. This is what draws the air in it when you properly support your voice then it’s much easier to speak.
It might sound funny at first because you’re not used to supporting your voice this way. Most people hunch over and allow the muscles in her throat to control their voice.
Once you get the hang of this almost immediately you’ll notice that your voice projects and your vocal chords relax. This is essential especially when trying to drive your range higher and higher.
One of the common misconceptions is that you’re stuck with the range that God gave you. This is not true because you can learn to overcome your Passagio’s which are the natural breaks in your voice and expand your range.
A famous singer who did this was actually Placido Domingo. He was a baritone who retrained his voice to sing tenor. It was not until he became a tenor that he became world renowned.
I liken vocal range to how people see muscle and joint flexibility. A lot of people believe that either you’re flexible or you’re not. However, we now know that people can increase their flexibility simply by working towards it. You simply have to take action towards your goal frequently enough for your body to adapt.
If you can work at getting your breath support right and spending enough time to increase your vocal flexibility, then you will find yourself having a lot more fun when it comes to singing in overall vocal performance.
You may have some fun taking local vocal lessons. You can usually find someone local in the yellow pages or go online. For example, a local vocal coach in my area would be: Ken Taylor: click on the map to see what I’m talking about.