VOCAL HEALTH & TECHNIQUE

Projection & Power (Vocals)

The fastest way to instantly improve your singing is concentrate on your breathing.

It seems a question I am always asked by vocalists is “How do I obtain more power, sustain, and volume?”

 

So you can sing, you can hold a tune, you even can give it some style like all your favourite dark princes of rock or divas of pop. However you’re constantly thinking how can I come across more professional. Although I can sing with a mic I want more power. I want to be able to sing one note for longer.

Don’t worry you’re not alone, this is one of the main first hurdles a vocalist comes across when making the conscious decision to explore vocal health and technique. This ain’t singing along to the radio anymore!

The process of singing like a pro seems daunting but doesn’t need to be. The exercises are simple and truly effective, if practiced daily.

 

The first challenge is increasing your breath capacity.

 

The fastest way to improve your vocal tone, performance and vocal health is to put more focus on to your breathing frequency and depth.

Start by practicing deep inward breath and exhaling with a lip roll. Increasing the number of beats you breath out (lip rolling or singing a note) for, and decrease the time spent inhaling.

 

Know exactly when:

 

In the context of a song you should mark on your lyric sheet or score exactly when you’re going to breath, as memorising these moments is as important as learning the lyrics themselves.

It’s easy remembering to breathe when you’re out of breath but be very careful, it is important to never breathe mid way through a word, and ideally only at the end of a sentence or end of a musical phrase.

 

Before following the exercise: you should set yourself up with a metronome. Yes I said it, even singers have to use a metronome!

 

Set your metronome to 130BPM.

 

The Exercise:

 

in this first instance exhale on a lip roll with just air escaping. Ensuring that all of the outward counts are consistent in intensity.

 

1- Breath in for 4 counts, then Exhale for 8 counts

2- Breath in for 3 counts, then Exhale for 10 counts

3- Breath in for 2 counts, then Exhale for 12 counts

4- Breath in for 1 counts, then Exhale for 14 counts

 

in the second round exhale on a lip roll with a single note sounding simultaneously

 

1- Breath in for 4 counts, then Exhale for 10 counts

2- Breath in for 3 counts, then Exhale for 12 counts

3- Breath in for 2 counts, then Exhale for 14 counts

4- Breath in for 1 counts, then Exhale for 16 counts

 

in the third round round exhale on a single note (aim for somewhere around the middle of your range) sing out a vowel sound.

 

1- Breath in for 4 counts, then Exhale for 10 counts

2- Breath in for 3 counts, then Exhale for 12 counts

3- Breath in for 2 counts, then Exhale for 14 counts

4- Breath in for 1 counts, then Exhale for 16 counts

 

At first all the step 4’s may seem impossible however over a short period of 10 mins a day daily practice they will become easier. if you instigate this level of depth each time you breath within a song you will instantly hear an improvement in volume, power, and sustain.

BY Doe Mehmet
Bmus, senior Vocal, Violin, Carrer & Music Production coach

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