In my article A Quick Checklist to Resolving Vocal Problems, I took a closer look at how to quickly resolve your vocal problems by process of eliminating the usual suspects one by one, to get to the root of the problem. Today, I want to focus a bit more on individual vocal issues you would be experiencing and how to perfect the correction of these problems in training.
How you breathe is how you sing.
The same ‘yawn’ action to suck in the breath during your breathing exercise is the exact same way to breathe in time for each note. It takes perfecting though, if you want to get it absolutely right.
I would advise that you don’t put a time limit to learning this one. It’s an acquired skill. You’ll only get it right when you try to understand your own natural reflexes to breathing and to try and adapt that to this particular breathing technique, to get the desired results. In other words, a natural flow of breath sucked into your abdominal area and pumped out methodically to form and to hold those beautiful notes.
I love working with vowels, but here’s a word of caution. Don’t touch these until you have mastered lip rolls, humming, the single narrow vowels and the consonant and vowel combinations.
Because this approach will help you develop an evenly connected tone up and down your range. Once your voice is well developed, only then should you proceed with working with the vowels. And this doesn’t mean you stop the above all together. Certainly not! The vowels should only be an addition to your other exercises. It’ll help you hold in those notes and ensure that your vocals don’t fall apart.
Singing from the throat is the biggest menace of them all. Now, rebalancing the voice with the above exercises is the key to eliminating this problem. And here’s the thing. When you pick a song to sing, it is imperative that you allow your new voice to come through. The last thing you’ll want to do is to suppress your new, flexible voice by reverting to your old ways. And if it isn’t happening, here’s a quick fix: hum the song you want to sing several times—literally, and then return to the lyrics. Chances are you’ll sing like a bird! And if in doubt, browse this blog. I’ve written over a hundred articles on vocal training. They’ll likely trigger something you’d somewhat forgotten.
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