Throughout history there are various examples of musical instruments being regarded as one of the pinnacle achievements of human aptitude towards perfecting their craft. Whether it might be Mozart, Kenny G, or DJ Marshmello, music has been regarded as something magical and musicians are revered for their abilities. For this, much research and time has been invested in the psychological and sociological analysis of the beneﬁt that music has on people.
We are going to take a look at the top 3 benefits of learning a musical instrument…
It is a well-documented fact that playing musical instrument helps improve your cognitive skills. But to what extent? According to this study conducted by Ernest Greene from University of Southern California, there is a direct correlation between activating dormant neural activity and learning to play a musical instrument. This enhanced interaction opens up new pathways and connections in our brain, along with positive...
It is important to start teaching your kids how to sing from an early age because it helps them develop their ears, vocals, and cognitive abilities. However, with the age comes the challenge of keeping them focused on the task. What’s more, the latest innovations in distractions and entertainment make attention span not only a challenge, but an inherent problem to keep our kids engaged for extended periods of time.
No matter the daily distractions though, we can keep our kids focused on their singing lessons by inspiring them and engaging them in the appropriate order. To help with this, We’ve put together 3 best ways you can keep your kids focused on singing lessons for long term benefits.
Professional singers are often gifted with an amazing creative talent that enables them to create beautiful music for the entire world to enjoy. However, harnessing that talent often means pushing their vocal folds to extremes. Eventually, this strain could precipitate damage that might require treatments such as voice surgery.
Professional singing demands the daily exercising of one’s vocal folds. However, there are certain health tips vocalists can employ to help them preserve their voices, no matter how often they’re called upon to sing. These include:
Remaining Hydrated: Keeping the throat moist ensures that the tissues of the larynx (voice box) remain hydrated, preventing dryness, a typical precipitator of vocal damage.
Be Aware Of The Surroundings: Ideally try to perform in environments that aren’t too harsh. Places that are particularly hot, cold, dry or humid can lead to a dry throat or expose a...
Ever wondered what is the x factor that makes your favorite singers sound so passionate when they sing?? How when they hit those high notes it almost sounds like they might not make it through the phrase… Yet somehow they manage to sing those notes every single time? Well, the secret is quite simple and easy to apply since all you need to do is get acquainted with cry vocal mode.
Cry vocal mode is part of the 8 different physical vocal modes available to us as singers. In short, physical vocal modes are the various unique configurations in which the larynx can position itself to create a particular result or a particular sound color.
Officially, cry mode is produced on a raised larynx and thinned vocal folds. Cry quality releases glottal hyper-adduction and medial compression, because of the raised larynx, it also has the benefits of releasing pharyngeal constriction.
Officially, cry mode is produced on a raised larynx and thinned vocal folds. Cry...
The Secret to a Strong Head Voice – HINT: IT’S NOT FALSETTO!
A lot of people hit the break in their voice, the passaggio, and they get discouraged. They think that they can only really sing powerfully in their chest voice, below the break. That is completely incorrect.
Head voice CAN be strengthened.
It’s difficult, but more than possible, with a little hard work.
The first thing that people need to get past is their idea that an airy, weak, “falsetto” sound is the same thing as a properly trained, powerful head voice. Let’s address that now.
What is the difference?
Head voice is just the register you use when you’re producing the sound — you can make more than one sound in your head voice. There are two vocal modes, (two different sounds, two different tools), that you can use when you are up in your head voice register: falsetto and twang.
Falsetto is what everyone...
Don’t say no. If you are a serious vocalist, then you are ALWAYS looking out for the latest and greatest microphones on the market. (And we already know that you’re a serious vocalist, because you’re here, reading the TVS blog, after all.)
Maybe you’re already a microphone aficionado, and reading this blog post will be like eating candy for you. Perhaps you aren’t yet an expert, and you’re wondering which are the best microphones for singers. Whatever brings you here, read on, because this post is for you.
If you are a dedicated vocalist studying the TVS method, then you’ll definitely want to start training with amplification. That much is a given. So let’s discuss some of the different types of microphones out there, talk about a few of Robert Lunte’s go-to recommendations, and then check out some of the newest, coolest mics from the recent 2018 NAMM show. Also learn more about some of...
Once in a while, a great teacher may come along who lifts you up. A mentor who changes your life in immeasurable ways — who leaves a gleaming handprint on your mind and your heart, and whose light then lives on with you forever. A voice coach who is worth their weight in gold.
The late Maestro David P. Kyle was precisely that kind of musical mentor for countless accomplished singers over the years. Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and Ann Wilson of Heart — these legendary rockers all trusted Maestro Kyle for their vocal coaching.
Not one to be pigeonholed into any one musical genre, “The Maestro” also trained many famous Metropolitan Opera singers — Marilyn Horne, Jesse Thomas, and Frederica Von Stade all studied under him.
Maestro Kyle’s Seattle vocal studio was practically wallpapered with framed and autographed photos of luminaries from his years...
Alan Rickman was 41 before he made his film debut. Van Gogh started teaching himself how to draw after moving back in with his parents at 27. And Lucille Ball was relatively unknown during her 30s, a struggling actress trying to get by before she launched I Love Lucy and turned herself into a legend in her 40s.
People often mistake exceptional talent in the arts for something that is innate — something that people are either born with or not. The reality is that the ability to create art — in any form — is something that is developed over time, with hard work. Great artists grow, and they never stop growing. That’s what makes them great.
Are some people naturally born more talented than others? Sure. Talent is a funny thing, though. Artistic ability can lie dormant for years before blooming forth. Watch Robert Lunte...
Are you a baritone who has heard all your life that you will NEVER be able to sing tenor notes? Because that is NOT TRUE.
The simple fact of the matter is that hitting high notes, just like anything else, is a skill. It will take some work to expand your range, but it is within your grasp with the right training and diligence.
Making an effort to strengthen your voice will be well worth the time and energy…once you show those past nay-sayers how you can knock those tenor notes straight out of the park!
Most voice teachers approach voice parts from the perspective of the German Fach system, simplified for modern use. The Fach system is an extensive index of over two dozen different voice types. However, we most commonly see the below, simplified categorization in typical choral settings:
It’s great that we have this system in place for choral music and opera.
After all, ensembles like these need clear systems, where every single vocalist knows what their...
The sheer power that flows through a well-trained belt voice is undeniable. You can’t ignore it. Those hairs standing up on your arms can’t ignore it. A strong chest voice in the upper register is a serious force to be reckoned with.
Many young singers want to jump straight into belting right away. It’s understandable. It can also be very dangerous.
Belting in your high chest voice is a fun, healthy way to use resistance training to strengthen your vocal instrument over time. Your whole body gets involved with a true belt. It does not come from the throat, it does not sound “pushy” or forced. It’s not a matter of just jumping in and imitating your favorite pop singer. The belt is a skill that comes with careful study, time, and dedicated practice.
Solid Attack and Release...