4 Vocal Skills That Need Each Other

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Some things just go together. Like baseball and hotdogs, bread and butter, baloney and peanut butter (Oh, that was when I was in college with no food budget) and of course, certain Vocal Coach CD’s. Seriously, there are some aspects of your singing that will never be quite right until other areas get a bit of training. Here are some examples:

Complete Breathing & Complete Tone

Breathing (breath management) is obviously a key element of singing. It is also a key component to your tone (the sound quality of your voice). Too much breath over powers the vocal folds, distorts the sound and tires the voice. It also limits smooth transition into the higher notes as well as coming back down. In the same way, spending some time systematically experimenting with different sounds (tone) lets you know your expressive options. Put the two together, Breathing and Tone, and you are on your way to discovering your best sounds and controlling them. The goal is for you to take the message in your mind and heart and make it come alive for your audience. As that begins to happen over and over, muscle memory kicks in and it becomes one more skill set you own. Using Complete Breathing & Complete Tone together will help you convey your message clearly and naturally.

Complete Performance & Complete Diction

There is nothing better than seeing and hearing a singer who fully communicates the message with the voice and the body. A sound quality that fits the song, clear words that you don’t have to strain to understand and facial expressions to match the message. These are the elements that make a good singer better, and an excellent singer just plain fabulous. Just as with athletics, if you don’t skip any of the foundational steps of learning you will continue to get better, and better and better. Working with Complete Performance and Complete Diction together can help make your performance the best it can be.

Are you paying attention to the big picture when you sing. Knowing how all the things that go into singing well and how those skills complement each other is the key to mastering your voice. Can you think of any other skills that need each other? Share them in your comment below.

6 comments

  1. cristian felipe says:

    HOLA SOY CRISTIAN DESDE COLOMBIA..
    MI COMENTARIO VA REFERIDO A LA TÉCNICA , YO SOY UN JOVEN DE 21 AÑOS TOCO EL PIANO Y LA GUITARRA CANTO MÚSICA CRISTIANA, PERO SOY TOTALMENTE EMPÍRICO VOCALMENTE Y AVECES SIENTO QUE LE HAGO DAÑO A MI GARGANTA, ME CANSO CANTANDO MUCHO ,Y DESPUÉS DE CANTAR TERMINO HABLANDO ALGO RONCO , ADEMAS DE Q NO HE TENIDO EJERCICIOS NI TENGO METODOS, DICEN QUE CANTO BONITO TENGO BUENA APERTURA VOCAL PERO NO ME SIENTO BIEN CON MI MANERA DE CANTAR …. QUE PODRIA HACER…

    • Chris Beatty says:

      Probablemente necesites trabajar en los fundamentos de la postura, respiración, tono, dicción y calentamientos. Esto le permitirá cantar con más libertad y consistencia. Actualmente estamos trabajando en nuestro primer producto de la formación española. Si usted está en nuestra lista de correo electrónico le avisaremos cuando esté terminado. Por el momento utilizar un programa de traducción para leer Blogs. Gracias.
      (English version)
      You probably need to work on the foundations of posture, breathing, tone, diction & warmups. This will let you sing with more freedom and consistency. We are currently working on our first Spanish training product. If you are on our email list you will be notified when it is done. In the mean time use a translation program to read out Blogs. Thank you .

  2. Mayra Alejandra Quiñones Mosquera says:

    Hola, soy Mayra desde Colombia tengo 22 años sé que tengo una voz bonita y potente, pero no tengo técnicas para cantar, me gustaría poder cantar con excelencia, me sentiría muy agradecida si me envían la correo las instrucciones de lo que debo hacer para mejorar y explotar todo el potencial, por el momento no tengo maestros de música ni instructores.

  3. Mayra Alejandra Quiñones Mosquera says:

    soy muy desafinada y desentonada, amo la técnica americana, pero no se como llegar a cantar así, pues en mi país no se canta música americana, ni jazz, ni bluess, quiero llegar a cantar de esa manera Gracias.

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