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What does it mean to have good vocal control?

There are so many ways to gauge a singer’s vocal control – you could look at his/her vocal range, flexibility, power, dynamics, breath control and so much more. However, one of the quickest ways to see if your vocal control’s pretty solid or not is to simply look at these two things.

Your Access To Your Full Vocal Range

Are you able to access your full vocal range? Can you sing in all of your vocal registers – Chest, Mix, Head and Whistle? And are you able to sing every note comfortably and accurately in pitch? Are you also able to transition between all notes with a good mix (no vocal breaks heard) and also with intentional vocal breaks (with vocal breaks heard for the purpose of vocal effects)?

Your Ability To Control Vocal Dynamics On Every Note 

Are you able to control the vocal dynamics on every note in your full vocal range? Can you sing and sustain those notes both softly and loudly? More importantly, can you turn the volume up and down as you sing as if you’re turning a volume knob? Being able to make precise adjustments to the dynamics of your singing shows good vocal control 🙂

How To Improve Your Vocal Control

A Quick Vocal Tip:  

Practice your vocal dynamics for every note in your vocal range.

Sing every note in your vocal range one by one. With each note, start soft and then do a crescendo (sing from soft to loud). Once you’re reached the peak of your crescendo, do a diminuendo (sing from loud to soft).

Practice it a couple of times so you can do this without your voice breaking and the transition of volume is seamless. This helps you practice not only the breath but also muscle control needed to make precise and intentional changes in the voice while sustaining a single note – which is pretty much a LOT of vocal control 🙂

An Extra Vocal Tip:  

Try singing the notes with different vocal characters, by using different Vocal Gears (Anchor, Frost, Cry & Belt).

A singer should not only be able to hit all the notes in his/her vocal range, in different vocal dynamics, but also in different Vocal Gears, as this will provide a singer with more flexibility in expressing different vocal interpretations for any song.

Try sustaining the characters of every gear for each note sung – this again, will help strengthen the muscle memory needed to help a singer improve his/her vocal control.

We’ll talk about other ways to improve vocal control another day. Until then, you can post your comments or questions below!

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How To Improve Your Vocal Control (A Quick Tip)