Everyone knows when it comes to entertainment, practice and training is necessary to become a better and more versatile musician. But in the world of singing, so few singers seek good training, until things go wrong. Some examples of things that can go wrong with a singer are loss of range, loss of power, breathiness in your vocal tone and far worse nodules, hemorrhages and so on. They are not singing on the level of speech, meaning they are not using their voice properly.
The idea of speech level singing is that singing should be as easy as speaking. If you are straining your voice, you are not singing with proper technique. As you begin to train your voice, you train the muscles in your larynx and pharynx as well as the muscles you use to swallow, cough, yawn, etc. Singing on the level of speech shouldn’t be such a challenge. Using the technique of singing like speaking, you can create dynamic vocals without causing vocal strain and fatigue which can lead to vocal damage.
Luciano Poverati describes singing as sustained crying. He develops his vocal tone by engaging the muscles around his voice very sparingly. His speech and his singing are the same. He knows how to keep everything relaxed in order to develop his powerful singing voice. You can do this too. As you begin to train your voice using our technique or any speech level singing coach and the technique they teach you will begin to discover yourself.
You will notice how sounds you already know how to make can create a powerful chest, mix and head voice. These are the areas where your voice resonates. Just like when you speak, your speech level is relaxed and comfortable. You should be able to speak clearly for long periods of time. When you sing, you are just manipulating the pitch. The relaxation in the voice on a singing level should be the same as speech level, thus the term speech level singing.
With good training you should see things like, connection, more range, more power without fatigue, more flexibility, and more stamina. Although these improvements can’t happen over night, and you have to practice consistently, you should see, feel and hear differences after a few lessons and practice with a good teacher directing your training.
Notice, consistent practice is a key topic I keep bringing up. Most bad teachers teach the same bad teachings and techniques they learned themselves and now sit in a studio and teach, because they can’t do themselves, there are a few exceptions, but it is a vicious cycle. You need an outside set of ears to really train your voice, there are some great at home programs, but they all fall short. These at home programs can’t develop from what your current abilities are and where you need development.
Remember if you have been singing up to this point, you probably have developed some bad habits that need correcting with proper exercises and development, only a good teacher will hear this and point and train you in the right direction. Here is a simple list of things you need to hear a teacher telling you.
- Connect Your Range
- Develop Your Mix Voice
- Vocal Cord Closure
- Resonators (head and chest)
- Translating the exercises that will enable you to do the same
A good teacher should also be able to demonstrate a connected range in their own voice. If they can’t demonstrate what a proper singing voice singing on the level of speech sounds like, you will most likely never achieve your goal of speech level singing. There are many programs, videos and audio on the internet that will introduce the idea of speech level singing to you if you’re not ready to commit to taking dedicated lesson with an SLS voice coach. However, only training with a voice coach will give you the maximum benefit and unlock your true singing potential.
A voice coach can listen to you and guide you through the exercises to help you achieve the vocal tone and quality you are looking for. Training without a voice coach may only delay your vocal progress and create a long run of bad habits that will hurt your voice. If you are a professional singer, or aspire to be a singer, investing in your instrument is and investment that promises a great return.
At True Connected Voice we are always available for one on one training and lessons, weather via Skype/Facetime or if you are in Tampa FL, Orlando FL, or any of the surrounding Central Florida areas contact us today and unlock the true potential of your singing voice.
- Joe Genuardi
Joe Genuardi is a master vocal technician in Central Florida and performs voice lessons in and around Central Florida, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay area.