Vocal techniques - Part 2
Vocal Techniques - Part 2
- Head Voice
Finding your head voice requires vocal exploration. The first three ideas we list are sequential: learn to speak in head voice, create a sing-song head voice quality, and finally sing in it. Once you do these three things, you can focus on strengthening the head voice, so you can eventually sing repertoire using it.
2. Full Voice
It refers to the whole range of your voice in which you can sing loud without creating an imbalance between your vocal cord tension and airflow. It also refers to a tone that features the quality of balanced resonance.
3. Singing from the Diaphragm
The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that hugs onto the bottom of your lungs. Singing requires breath support from the diaphragm, using the muscle to force air from the lungs and through to the voice. It is imperative to strengthen and understand this muscle to be a better singer!
4. Musical Phrase
A phrase in music is like a sentence when you read. It's a part that belongs together, that expresses a musical idea, thought, question or answer. In between each part we «breathe». For a singer this means literally to breathe.
The trill is a valuable functional tool for inducing freedom in a voice. It is a wonderful study in total vocal freedom, and even imperfect attempts at the trill can be beneficial in showing the singer a pathway to ‘letting go’.