In my last blog post, I talked about how we should practice singing in order for us to improve both technically, and artistically. As I mentioned before that I think it is best to work on the techniques first until you start to have some control over it, then you can start working on the style, and then you can work on both of the aspects simultaneously, but separately. Once you feel comfortable enough with the techniques, your style will creep in and then you will start to think about the techniques less and less and it will eventually become your second nature.
In this blog, I am going to focus just on the technical part. So very basically, when we make sound, the vocal folds in our larynx come together to resist the stream of air flow that is coming up from our lungs and it opens and closes very fast that it creates the sound wave. So for me, I like to put things into the big 3 categories so that we can have a clear vision of how to practice.
The three categories are:
1. How to create vocal balance.
2.The position of the larynx and how it affects your singing.
3.The functioning of the vocal folds.
What is Vocal Balance? Vocal Balance is pretty much the foundation of good singing. It is very important for singers to learn how to achieve it. When we talk about vocal balance, we are talking about the balance of the airflow and the vocal fold closure that’s resisting the stream of air. If you blow too much air through, you will have a harder time trying to resist it with your vocal folds, in result, you will get a breathy and weak sound. And if you tense the muscle(vocal folds) too much, you will get a constrained and pushy sound.
How do we work on getting vocal balance?
The exercise that us, voice teachers like to use is lip roll and tongue trill. This exercise is very helpful and easy to do. I did a clip about it on GMM Music program. You can check it out here, it is in Thai, but you will get the picture and see how it is done. คลิปแนะนำวิธีการหายใจที่เหมาะสมสำหรับการร้องเพลง
As for the position of the larynx and how it affects your singing, and the functioning of the vocal folds, I will write about it in my next post.
See you again next time,
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