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
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
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.Read More
Musical theatre performers with a strong musical or instrumental background tend to be guilty of this most often: you've mastered the fine details of every note, rhythm, lyric and breath mark, but you've forgotten that the people watching you don't really care about that stuff - they want to feel something while you sing. You're pleased with yourself for singing your piece so perfectly, but you're getting feedback that you're boring to watch.Read More