Singing high notes with accurate pitch and tone quality is a challenging skill for most vocalists. Singing well in the extremes of your natural range requires a careful approach and more energy and mechanics than singing in your comfortable middle range, but with a few simple tricks of the trade, you can approach and sustain high pitches with greater ease and confidence.Read More
As a vocal instructor I have the pleasure of working with many new students who have never studied voice before, and sometimes have never studied instrumental music either. One of the comments I consistently hear from them is, “wow! I never realized how many things singers are doing all at once, while they’re performing!” Indeed. Singing is a very complex art, but our job as performers is to make it look easy and natural. It appears we are succeeding, as most amateur singers are surprised by how much is demanded of them when they start taking their songs to the next level.
For those unaware of the nuances happening behind the scenes during a vocal performance, or for those of us who are aware and just want to be appreciated for our capacity to handle so many elements simultaneously, here is a list of what singers normally do during a performance:
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.Read More
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 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....Read More