carrying voice

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by pianoman86, Jan 21, 2006.

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  1. pianoman86

    pianoman86 Guest

    How do you carry your voice like you hear from many of the top performers. Is there special exercises you do to get your voice to carry better. A lot of times I am in a setting where there are a lot of people around, so I don't get the practice of singing all out and so that might make me not get that strength in it. I am not talking about loud (since that can be taken care of by a mic, but letting your voice stand above the music. It is hard to really describe, but I hope you get the general idea.
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    One of my specialties is the human voice.

    Most people do not breathe properly to begin with. Breathing through your nose is the best thing you can do as it humidifies your breath better than using your mouth. Too many people just use the available air in their Lungs. You won't get far that way. You must take in a full deep breath of air.

    Your lips are akin to the bell of a trumpet. You must open your mouth and make sure your upper and lower lip are protruding. Almost like imitating a fish breathing.

    There is no such thing as support from your diaphragm. It is from your tushy. You need to tighten your ass when you sing. Like you're trying to keep from going to the bathroom. That's where you get your support from.

    You need to also learn how to open your throat, like you're getting ready to yawn but not quite. This allows a greater passage of air. With a little practice you'll be able to open your throat without yawning but when you first try, you will probably yawn. Make sure you do not hyperventilate.

    Just remember, if it hurts, it's wrong and don't do it. Excess abuse, will cause nodes on your vocal cords. But then again some people like that raspy rock-and-roll sound, I don't.

    Singing is a whole body experience and actually requires great physical effort when done properly. Watch Luciano Pavaroti when he sings and imitate what he does to the best of your ability. You won't sound like him but you will learn something by him. Get the video of the 3 tenors. It's fabulous and you will see what I'm talking about with 3 different body types.

    All of my suggestions hold true even if you're not singing opera but rather other pop oriented music. My mother is a former Metropolitan opera star and vocal professor at numerous universities so I know what I'm talking about.

    Play it again Sam
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. pianoman86

    pianoman86 Guest

    Thank you for the info!
  4. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    I agree with RemyRAD.

    If you somehow find it difficult to apply the info from above consider seeing a vocal coach.

    Also, keep in shape and get adequate sleeping hours. When I'm tired, I usually find it difficult to perform well. I just don't get that extra thing in.
  5. sibleypeck

    sibleypeck Guest

    Some advise against tracking voice with EQ applied. But if you work regularly with a particular vocalist and know from experience the EQ settings that flatter that voice, aren't you better off applying it going in?

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