Selecting the best songs for your voice

Selecting the best songs for your voice

When you have an upcoming recital or audition, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is what song you’ll sing for this performance opportunity. The song you select will make a big impact on how you prepare and how you’ll maximize showing off your voice within the particular setting. Here are a few things to consider when you’re making your choice:

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Simple ways to create magnetic stage presence

Simple ways to create magnetic stage presence

You’ve learned your song, memorized it, planned your breath marks, and refined your vocal tone quality. When you sing it, your song sounds just amazing. Does that mean you are you ready to perform it? NO! Live vocal performances aren’t complete until you’ve added the visual element - how you look while you’re singing. Most audiences get just as much out of watching a singer as they do listening, which is why live concerts continue to be popular even though we’ve had the technology to record music for a very long time. The visual elements of a performance, known as stage presence, are a critical part of what takes a singer from good to great.

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Singer's stance: the basics of performance posture

Singer's stance: the basics of performance posture

As an actor or singer, your instrument lives within you, inside the container of your body; therefore how you align your body while performing will substantially affect how well your vocal instrument is able to function. For maximum power, stamina and support, adopt a posture called Singer’s Stance (or Actor’s Stance), which is based largely off of yoga and effective ready-position posture for most sports. If you are familiar with mountain pose in yoga, you’ll recognize a lot of the elements of this stance.

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Breathing for singing: solutions to common breathing problems

Breathing for singing: solutions to common breathing problems

While breathing for non-performers is a simple and involuntary process, singers and actors must take many variables into account while breathing in the context of a song or dialogue, including timing, length, and depth of breath. As musical and theatre artists explore more advanced breathing techniques, including sustaining air and breath planning, they are bound to run into a few challenges. This article explores a few of the most common breathing problems and what you can do to fix them.

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When to breathe during a song

When to breathe during a song

In a recent post we discussed breathing exercises for singers and actors that will help you breathe properly and powerfully to maximize your singing and speaking potential. As a follow up to learning how to breathe, it’s also important to know when to breathe during a song. If you’re breathing properly but at the wrong times, you still won’t see the results you’re hoping for in your performances.

Breath planning

Breath planning is the process of planning out and writing in all of the breaths you are going to take during your entire song. Although untrained singers are usually unaware of this practice....

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Breathing exercises for singing and acting

Breathing exercises for singing and acting

Breathing, for most people, is a completely involuntary process that doesn’t require thinking or action. However, as singers and actors we have to manipulate our breathing to fit around the structure of a song or dialogue. We have to take an uncontrolled process and learn to control it, while still allowing the mechanism to work fully and properly on its own. This is a tall order!

 

Below are a few exercises to help new performers get started with feeling, understanding and controlling their breathing.

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Vocal warm ups: the technical benefits

Vocal warm ups: the technical benefits

This article is a follow up to the recent post, "Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits." Here we will describe the technical reasons that vocal warm up exercises are so critical to any singer or actor’s routine. Between these two blog posts, you’ll gain a broader understanding of why you’re warming up, why instructors and directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process.  

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Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits

Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits

The importance of vocal warm ups tends to be assumed and glossed over, as though we all know why these exercises are so critical to any singer or actors routine. This article breaks down the non-technical reasons for warming up, while the technical details can be found in a second article, The Technical Benefits of Vocal Warm Ups. Between these two blog posts, youll gain a broader understanding of why youre warming up, why instructors an directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process. 

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