Recently, I’ve been teaching a series of classes at our church for current and developing worship leaders. We have a congregation of over 7,500 with seven weekend services, plus weekly teen and children’s events and more. That adds up to a lot of very busy singers and instrumentalists.
One of the critical skills we focus on is being able to reproduce a good blendable, relaxed and resonant tone quality. Here’s how we get there:
- We go step-by-step through the process of checking posture and breathing using the same principles and exercises each time (see blog posts on breathing).
- We address diction, making sure the lips, tongue and teeth are engaged. No mumbling allowed.
- We speak the text, conversationally, to mentally connect with the message.
- Speaking the text in rhythm starts connecting the words to the music.
- We address resonance and the physical sensations of good tone. For more on that, see the “What Does YOUR Voice Sound Like To Others?” video on our Vocal Coach Free Resources page.
As the singers start getting on the same page, by thinking the same principles and using the same technique, the well-blended tone is there, and it’s amazing to hear. What began as a group of individual voices has become one voice, with many participants and multiple parts.
Remember: The key is in being able to reproduce that blendable tone by memorizing the process and physical sensations. Our singers now have a tone quality that they can more easily recall and reproduce. So can yours.
To learn more about achieving these skills with your singers check out the Tone, Blend and Group Warm-Ups CD’s. They are available individually or in the Singer and Groups sets and physical products or downloads at the Vocal Coach store.
What helps you find your best tone quality? Let me know in the “comments” section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.