Are You Singing with Incorrect Technique?
GATHER AROUND FOR A QUICK STORY
Once upon a time, there was a young singer who thought her technique was flawless. She had diligently been taking singing lessons since she was 11, kept getting offered lead roles in musicals all throughout high school, passed the vocal audition to get into university and left with a Bachelor of Music. So naturally she thought her technique was spot on.
This girl had some talent sure, but she was also very naïve.
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The young singer had a strong voice and didn't experience any pain but she did start to notice a few issues. Her voice would begin to tire after a handful of songs and she'd lose her breath at odd times.
She started to lose faith in her voice and worried about what would come out every time she performed which drained all the joy out of it for her.
That singer was me.
Even now I feel embarrassed and a little sorry for my past self, knowing how upsetting it was that the wheels kept falling off and I never knew what would come out of my mouth.
I liked to think that I could belt out an Aretha hit like a pro, but I couldn't sustain the strength and tone for very long and it was taking its toll on my voice and my confidence.
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
That story might have hit a nerve because you're experiencing some of the same frustrations that I used to OR there might be a couple of things that have been worrying you in the back of your mind.
I've put together a list of tell-tale signs that your technique isn't quite working for you below:
- Your voice constantly sounds breathy and you can't seem to get clarity in the tone.
- You find yourself pushing from your throat to "belt out" high notes or when attempting to navigate through your vocal break.
- You have a sore or swollen throat after a performance or practice session.
- Your jaw or shoulders start to ache when singing.
- You struggle to get any volume despite working your butt off.
- You find it hard to breathe or sustain notes while singing (especially when adding movement).
- You often have a sore abdomen from trying to push the sound out.
- You start to lose your voice after an hour or so of singing.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Note down which of the above you are struggling with and let your teacher know. If you don't currently have a teacher, research your vocal issue and start to gently experiment with focusing only on that one technique while going through a few basic exercises.
More often than not, it's about focusing more on the FEELING than the SOUND.
We tend to strain or push the voice when we want more power or a certain tone that we don't know how to get any other way. Trust me, there is ALWAYS an easier way.
Singing is about creating ease and balance.
We learn technique so that muscles can start to remember a new way of doing things, undoing our own bad habits.
As we begin to notice that our voice is becoming more reliable and our confidence grows, we can start to really let go. THAT'S where the flow, emotion and real joy of singing comes from. You want to have control without controlling.
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