Vocal Techniques to A Better Voice

Jan 21, 2018

If you ask the top vocal coaches in the music industry about the best vocal techniques to a better voice, the long list of tips and tricks up their sleeve from years and years of voice lessons and vocal training will take more than just a “singing tips” article.

If you are up for learning the vocal secrets of the singing elite from the same teaching methodology learned by Geoff Tate, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell, Ann Wilson and more importantly, how to apply them to your own voice, then you should give Vocal Athlete Intensive a try. It’s a 5 day conference where you will learn the best tools that will forever transform your singing career. In the meantime we’ll challenge ourselves to create a short list of the Top 5 singing techniques that will help you improve singing.

Practice

Do you notice that if you don’t practice often your voice gets tired, or sometimes even cracks or loses range? You know that practicing will improve your singing, but you...

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Singing With Diphthongs, Big Problem!

Oct 07, 2017

A Diphthong is a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another (as in coin, loud, and side ).

Often times the second vowel color is a narrowed language vowel such as “ee”, “oo”, or the R-Controlled vowels; “er”, “ur”, “ar”, “ir”. These narrowed language vowels found in diphthongs, are one of the PRIMARY reasons why singer’s voices break and weaken when singing in the head voice.

The solution? … Be aware of this issue and then train your articulators to learn how to shape diphthongs in the head voice with slow and controlled detail work. www.TheVocalistStudio.com. From the 2nd webinar with Draven Grey.

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What is Vocal Twang?

Aug 25, 2017

The Physical Vocal Mode "Twang"

Though it is important and useful for any singer to familiarize themselves with all the vocal modes. If we were hard pressed to mention one vocal mode that is the most crucial when improving the singing voice as a whole, that vocal mode would have to be vocal twang. No matter what genre of music you sing, twang is a vocal mode that every singer needs to understand and train to sing in a healthy manner. The reason for this is that, although twang is not the only vocal mode that every singer sings and trains in, vocal twang is arguably the most important vocal mode because of the fundamental benefits that singers get from mastering and singing regularly in this vocal mode.

What are the benefits of vocal twang?

To start, vocal twang amplifies the voice and makes the singer easier to hear to the audience over loud instruments. More specifically, twang compression can amplify the voice to frequencies above 2,000 Hz, where the human ear is more sensitive...

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Warm up Your Voice! Be Smart About It!

Aug 11, 2017

It can be difficult as a beginning vocalist to realize the value of a warm up. A beginner might not know which exercises to do for their warm ups and how long to do them for. As a result, many singers get in the habit of either not warming up enough or “warming up” for so long that their voices are already experiencing signs of tiredness by the time they actually want to start singing. What’s more, these habits tend to carry over as the singers become more advanced and they start dealing with more demanding music.

In the video above, Robert Lunte answers a question about a hypothetical professional singer experiencing “rawness” and discomfort in their voice after only a few gigs in a row. In his answer, Maestro Lunte ultimately determines that the source of the singer’s problem is partially vocal technique and stamina management during warm up routines.

One of the Most Common Sources of Singing Discomfort is doing the Wrong Exercises as Part of a...

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How To Sing With Distortion – Scream In a Healthy Way!

Jul 27, 2017

Distortion Done the Right Way

There’s different kinds of techniques singers use to create distortion. Some techniques grind tissue to create noise and as such are harmful to your voice. Other techniques focus on creating the illusion of the same noise without actually grinding tissue. thus, these latter techniques are completely benign when used properly. Here at TVS we make a point to only teach techniques from that second group. For this, keep in mind none of the following techniques will harm you if you perform them correctly.

Overlay Distortion

The types of distortion we’re going to talk about today are overlay distortion and inhale distortion. Overlay distortion receives its name because the distortion is performed on top of an already healthy phonation. This is the technique singers such as Chris Cornell use and it is one of the least harmful techniques for distortion. It is performed in a very heady position so as to prevent throatiness and by increasing the...

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Sing Through Your Vocal Break! - Musculature for Belting

Jul 17, 2017

Belting

The thyroid arytenoid (TA) is the muscle that is primarily responsible for chest voice sound color. Thus, for purposes of simplification we could say that chest voice is a TA dominant phonation. This applies to speech mode so when you speak, you could say you’re sound color comes from a very TA dominant phonation. In contrast, the Cricothyroid musculature (CA) is primarily responsible for the change in pitch. Thus, when you belt, you want to engage the CA for the increase in pitch while using the TA muscle to maintain the dark sound color of chest voice when singing high.

In the video, Robert Lunte explains how the engagement or disengagement of the TA muscle affects the sound color in your singing. If your TA musculature releases when you sing high (something that most of us intuitively do), your sound color will be falsetto-ish and you’ll get that break in the middle. In the video, Robert demonstrates with an animation what happens when the TA musculature...

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The Embouchure – How to Shape Your Mouth For Singing

Jul 13, 2017

The Embouchure

Oh that sweet exotic-sounding word that vocal coaches like to use so often. But what does it actually mean? In simple terms, this French word refers to the positioning of articulators such as the lips, the tongue, the jaw, the teeth, and all the visible facial components of the vocal tract (the extrinsic part of the vocal tract). Coaches will insist on the importance of the open mouth positioning because it directly affects things like the compression of the vocal folds, larynx dampening, the formation of vowels, and even pitch and intonation among other things.
Oh that sweet exotic-sounding word that vocal coaches like to use so often. But what does it actually mean? In simple terms, this French word refers to the positioning of articulators such as the lips, the tongue, the jaw, the teeth, and all the visible facial components of the vocal tract (the extrinsic part of the vocal tract). Coaches will insist on the importance of the open mouth positioning because it...

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Dampened Larynx - The Solution to Singing Stability

Jul 06, 2017

Because many of the desired notes for a contemporary singer are done with head voice, having stability throughout this higher range is imperative for a great performance. That being said, achieving head voice stability is similar to learning how to tune a guitar. It takes a slight bit of practice and technique to do it, but the benefits to one’s singing are considerable once stability throughout this range is achieved.

One of the best techniques to achieve stability in the head voice is to learn how to sing through a dampened larynx. Following the examples in the video above, start your onset in a neutral/relaxed laryngeal position and then push your tongue against the back of your bottom teeth. At the same time, maintain your twang compression and subtly lower your larynx slowly until you hear a rounded overtone. Although you might feel a physical movement (mainly your larynx going down), do your best to ignore your larynx at that moment. Instead, simply focus on the...

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Learn How To Stop Choking While Singing!

Jun 28, 2017

Lift Up/Pull Back

The Lift Up/Pull Back technique helps new students and beginners to learn how to bridge from chest voice to head voice without breaking, pushing, or constricting. Before the explanation though, it is worth noting that this is not necessarily how we’ll be bridging once we’ve developed our physiology and once we’ve learned more advanced training skills. Instead, this is an interim exercise to help singers with the first stride towards a healthy and seamless connection between registers. As such, this exercise is meant for beginners and people that are having trouble bridging seamlessly from chest to head.

In short, Lift Up/Pull Back serves as a learning tool to shut down the constrictors. It teaches the body to stop engaging the musculature that gets involved when a singer pushes and strains. This is important because as a singer, you need to first learn how to disengage those muscles that are causing that choking sensation before you’re...

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What are Vocal Modes?

Jun 21, 2017

Vocal mode pedagogic ideas are based on categorizing certain elements of the voice into groups so as to aid in the teaching and learning of singing ideas. Here at TVS we are a vocal mode methodology and the only program to distinguish between two kinds of vocal modes, physical vocal modes and acoustic vocal modes.

Physical Vocal Modes

These are eight unique physiological configurations in which the larynx, along with the muscles in and around the voice, can configure into to produce a particular sound color or a particular acoustic effect. Although useful for developing technique, vocal modes also serve as vehicles for singers to understand the vocal mechanism. This is because these classifications help singers understand the different configurations the larynx can adopt. Here at TVS we have 8 basic physical vocal modes that have distinct characteristics relative to each other. These are:

  • Speech mode
  • Sob
  • Falsetto
  • Belting
  • Twang
  • Distortion
  • Quack
  • Opera

 

Acoustic Modes

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