I now bring to you the more advanced version of an exercise I shared a couple months ago. It marries technical work (register balance, legato, resonance) with style elements, namely developing the flexibility and aural awareness needed to do runs, riffs, and licks successfully. I have added a jump of a perfect fifth to the beginning of the scale run which increases the difficulty level a bit. Make sure to spend some time with the previous version in the “Agility and Style 3” post before undertaking this exercise. Be careful of not locking the jaw muscles or the tongue as you execute the fifth jump. Start slowly then work up to a faster tempo.
This exercise is very effective and a lot of fun…so have a good ol’ time with it.
The topic of the position of the larynx in singing can get confusing with all the conflicting viewpoints shared by voice teachers and choir directors floating about. In this video, I share my take on the issue.
In my work as a voice teacher, I largely work with people on developing healthy and dependable vocal technique so they can sing their material without undue strain and fatigue. It’s hard to deliver a song at your best when you’re fighting with your own instrument. Good technique, though, is not where the work ends. Remember, it is supposed to help us communicate more freely but not be the sole focus. Our principal job as singers is to relay the message in our songs to our listeners. Whether we are singing a love song or belting out a jingle about the best fast food chain, we have got to make the audience believe the words coming out of our mouths. But are we doing the work that it takes to make that happen? Do we know what the lyrics mean to us? How will the audience buy in if we haven’t done so?
In this new video, I share ideas for getting into the words yourself and finding meaning in them. When you can do that, you can truly connect with the listener and have a shared experience. That’s really what music is supposed to be about, after all.
ENJOY!!! Keep singin’!!!