How do I apply vocal techniques I learn from my singing lessons?
Our Office Manager who use to do performing arts in threatre has been having private singing lessons here at Vox Singing Academy as she wants to get back into singing again. So l thought I’d ask her a sneaky question! We’ll hand the mic over to you Sarah!
So, you’ve been taking vocal lessons and rehearsing your song choices. The question now is, “How do I apply vocal techniques I learn from singing lessons?” The techniques that we teach our students during a vocal coaching session here at Vox Singing Academy will improve your voice only if you are willing to practice both during and outside of singing lessons. Your vocal range, breathing ability, and mouth placement will begin to improve by correctly applying the techniques you learn in singing lessons every time you sing! Simply knowing what or how to do something won’t enable you to actually do it. You have to be patient with your voice and keep in mind that it is a muscle that needs continual training and strengthening.
The key to being able to apply techniques to your songs is to keep your voice healthy and strong. Before doing any of your vocal exercises, be sure to warm up your voice. We do this by gently humming or buzzing some simple scales so that the vocal chords gently vibrate together in preparation for rehearsal.
Most people when singing continually aim to improve their vocal range. This needs to happen at a gradual pace so that you avoid damaging your vocal chords. By increasing your vocal range, you will not only be able to sing a wider variety of songs, you will be able to do so, on pitch, in the correct key and seamlessly moving through different vocal registers. Allowing your voice to develop a wider range at a pace that is safe and comfortable is the key to avoiding sounding breathy, squeaky, or thin when you sing in a higher or lower range.
Learning to breathe in from your diaphragm and allocating the correct expulsion of air through and around your vocal chords is also a key to keeping your vocal chords in good shape. If you are taking short breaths in through your chest, or expelling too much air at one time, you will cause the vocal chords to vibrate together much faster than they should. This will not only strain your throat but you will not be getting the even sound that you would get by gently expelling the correct amount of air as you sing.
Finally, we use a number of different scales to improve our mouth and tongue placement when singing certain vowels and words. Something we always tell our students during singing lessons is that the majority of your songs consist of vowel sounds. Knowing how to correctly form and sing our vowels allows every word of a song to sound as it should. Once you have practiced these “vowel” scales, your mouth will start remembering the correct placement and naturally form words and sounds correctly.
So, if you are wondering how to apply technique to your songs remember to warm up, practice regularly and have patience. If you are taking care of your voice, practicing your techniques correctly and giving your voice the time it needs to improve and strengthen, you will soon see your techniques consciously and subconsciously being applied to your songs. Your vocal chords, diaphragm, and mouth will begin to know exactly how to perform correctly whenever you sing because they will have practiced doing it over and over again safely and correctly.
Above all, don’t forget to have fun singing!