Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Quick Checklist to Resolving Vocal Problems

If you’re having issues with the delivery of your notes—assuming you’ve had some form of vocal training—there’s always a way to get to the bottom of what’s causing the problems you’re experiencing. It comes in really handy when you know how to eliminate all probabilities from a list of the usual suspects. This article takes a closer look at how to quickly resolve your vocal problems by process of elimination. So let’s get started.

The flat and unconnected notes are pretty commonplace. The way to fix this is to examine your breath intakes. Are you breathing well enough? Do you have enough breath to hold the note, or are you simply running on empty and expecting to fly? You’ll be amazed how inadequate breath can mess up your vocal.

The vowels are routinely ignored by many. Look at your face in the mirror as you sing and ask yourself this: are your AAs and EEs open enough. If your mouth is practically shut, don’t be surprised when your notes crack and fall apart. Are your IIs, OOs and UUs focused enough in the way your lips shape to articulate these vowels. If not, get focused and you’ll sound a whole lot better.

Are you sounding throaty? Well, simply put, are you putting all the weight on your throat when navigating your range, instead of working with the scales as per your training? This may come as a complete surprise to you, but I have pupils who, despite the training in speech level singing, they still forget to apply their training to singing a song. So in case you’re sounding crap, be sure to listen to yourself and—especially, pay attention to your throat. If it’s meddling with your sound production, go back to doing the scales to correct that. 

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