WHAT WE CAN DO…
DEVELOP GOOD BREATHING
Having a good breathing technique has always been high on the list for singers. Many students come in for a lesson specifically to work on their breathing. The truth is that the voice needs very little breath to sing, even at high volumes. So often, developing a good relationship with the breath is about understanding that the role of breath for singing is not for volume, projection, or so we can sing long notes; its function is to vibrate the vocal folds to produce sound.
POSTURE & SUPPORT
Good posture is essential, especially for the higher louder notes. When going for these notes, it can be very easy to put too much strain on the vocal mechanism, resulting in a constricted sound and possible damage; to stop this from happening, we must have our neck and head as well as our torso in a supporting position.
FREEING UP THE VOICE
We use a lot of imagery and play sounds to free up the voice. Often we put too much pressure on sounding nice; so, working with play sounds like, yeah, woo and ay, can help us to separate vocal technique from emotion. Once we have developed the correct technique then we can bring back the emotion when working on a song.
EXTENDING VOCAL RANGE
Who doesn't want to sing higher? Or lower, for that matter. If you can master the three aspects above, you are sure to see an increase in your range. From then, it's a case of practise.
Just like our speaking voices, we can change our tone depending on the lyrical intent. Breaking down the lyrics for a song is an excellent way of exploring vocal tone. Often, we will read through lyrics and discuss meaning and how that meaning might be expressed in the singing voice.
EXPERIMENTING WITH STYLE
It's essential to understand that under no circumstances we will ever try to change your vocal style. Having lessons doesn't mean you'll have to compromise your uniqueness. However, we love to mix things up occasionally. It can be a great training tool for a pop singer to do a jazz song or an RnB singer to learn how to sing opera.
CONQUERING PITCH AND TONE ISSUES
This is quite a delicate subject as pitching and tonal issues can often be the result of damage to the vocal folds. We promise to be honest with you. We are not medical specialists and cannot diagnose a condition; however, we can recognise signs of any issues and will be able to put you in touch with a specialist.
Just because you're a natural performer doesn't mean that you feel confident all the time. When we get nervous, our body likes to tense up, shivering of fright is an example of how our emotions can manifest in the body. We have an expression in the voice world, 'all roads lead to the larynx', what this means is that any tension we have throughout our body or mind has an impact on how the larynx (voicebox) performs.
It can be embarrassing when the voice breaks, or you have to flip into head voice when the original singer belts the song in chest voice. Eliminating the break between chest voice and head voice is often at the top of everyone's list. Like extending your range, if you can master your breathing habit, your posture and making sure the voice is free of excess tension, you will begin to hear those pesky breaks disappear.
DEVELOPING MIX VOICE
This is not just a case of if you can do chest voice and head voice, you'll be able to combine them. It can sometimes be the other way round, where all you can do is mix. This is another great one for exploring those play sounds, we'll get you crying and sobbing, yeahing and sirening.
We often get asked about vocal health and can certainly talk you through the dos and don’ts and help you to look after your voice.