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One of the worst things a singer can ever experience is to start a song and be filled with worry all the way through if he or she’s gonna make it to the end safely.

“Will I be able to hit the note?”

“Will my voice crack before I get there?”

“Am I gonna make it?”

It’s impossible for a singer to perform with confidence, what more focus on expressing themselves or in delivering the message of the song with any of these questions at the back of their minds!

Most singers who struggle with these concerns are singers who have “gaps” in their voices or singing. In other words, they have parts in their voice or vocal range where it suddenly diminishes in tone quality or power, resulting in a voice that sounds like it’s cracking in some parts. This can make singing feel incredibly daunting and dreadful.

While I’ve dropped many tips on vocal connection and developing the vocal mix previously, here is yet another vocal exercise that you can try to quickly bridge the gaps in your voice!

To bridge the gaps in your voice simply means to iron out the transitions between the vocal registers so that you can go from your low to high notes seamlessly. If you ever felt like you’re constantly switching from your ‘real’ voice to a ‘fake’ one, this exercise is gonna help too. If you’re wondering why you’ve got a ‘real’ and ‘fake’ voice, remember to check out my previous Vlog here.

Let the bridging begin!

This vocal exercise will be focused on vowels. I call this the Vowelising™.

We’ll be paying attention to all the vowels (A, E, I, O & U’s) in the words that we’ll be singing, and every syllable that is ‘vowel-sounding/pronounced’, though not spelled with a vowel.

The song example we’ll use is “All I Ask” by Adele.

HOW TO QUICKLY BRIDGE THE GAPS IN YOUR VOICE/SINGING VIA VOWELISING™

Step 1: Determine The Vowels 

In “All I Ask”, most singers would start noticing the gaps in their voices when they hit the chorus, particularly if they don’t have a strong vocal mix or vocal connection just yet.

We’re gonna use the chorus of this song as an example on how to vowelise ourselves to better singing 🙂

If this is my last night with you
Hold me like I‘m more than just a friend
Give me a memory I can use
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends
‘Cause what if I never love again?

The vowels in every line should be noted (as above), as they will be our focus!

Step 2: Sing Without The Consonants (Focus on connecting the vowels)

Next, we’ll single out the vowels and sing through the chorus without the consonants. Focus on vocalising the vowels while maintaining a connected sound. You’ll find it much easier to stay connected without the consonants in the way. Remember to allow your voice to switch from your low and high registers as necessary. If you’re new to vocal registers, read my post about it here.

Ehhh  iiiih ih aiiii aehhh aiii ihhh ouuuuu
Ohh eee aii aiii oh aaa uh a eeh
Eh ee a e-oh-ay I eh ooo
A e ai eh eh ai ee oo aa uh uh oo
Eh eh-er ow ih eh
Au at ib ai eh-er uh a-ain?

Step 3: Sing With Consonants & Vowels (While maintaining “connected” vowels)

After you’ve pretty much connected all the vowels successfully in the chorus (you’re not cracking anywhere and no gaps are longer audible in your singing), we’ll fit the consonants back.

It’ll be best to check out my video above to get a clear idea on how to do this.

The important part to note here is to first memorise how it feels like when you were singing with all the vowels connected in Step 2. Then, as we bring the consonants back (sing with the consonants), we wanna make sure we don’t change how we’re pronuncing the vowels as we did when we were connected. Fit the consonants around the “connected” vowels – it’ll take some time to master this 🙂

And that’s it! A quick and easy way to bridge the gaps in your voice and/or singing!

Remember to like the video if you’ve found it helpful and share it with your friends.

Also, if you’ve got questions, just post them in the comments section below – I’d be happy to help.

Happy bridging!

 

 

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How To Quickly Bridge The Gaps In Your Voice/Singing