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Vocal tip for this week: How To Sing With Better Vocal Connection or Vocal Mix!

If you’re experiencing any of these:

  • Your voice cracks all over the place as you sing (disconnects or sounds disjointed)
  • You don’t seem to have much vocal flexibility when singing notes that fluctuate in pitch (your voice feels stuck at some point and is not consistent in tone quality as you switch notes)
  • You lose vocal control or you can’t seem to find your vocal mix

This Vlog is for you!

First, we need to understand why those vocal cracks/breaks happen.

They usually happen when we switch from the chest register (or chest voice) to the head register (or head voice), without going through the mix (or middle voice). This can happen vice versa (when switching from head to chest voice) as well.

Sometimes singers do this to perform an intentional vocal break.

Here are some examples:

  • When Beyonce she sings Halo with her “Halo (chest voice)…..wooooh (head voice)”
  • When Dolores O’riordan from The Cranberries sings Zombie with her “Zom…beeeei (chest)….ehhhh (head voice)”.
  • When singers yodel 

But other times, or most of the time, it’d be nice to be able to sing through your vocal range without cracking/breaking. After all, the vocal break usually sounds good only if it sounds intentional or of it fits the genre or music or style of singing, as in yodelling.

Now there are many ways to strengthen your vocal mix or improve your vocal connection. I’ve only dropped 3 quick tips in this Vlog to keep it short 😉

So here we go….

How To Strengthen Your Vocal Mix / Improve Your Vocal Connection

Tip 1: Check Your Breath Support

Make sure you are practising good breath support.

Breath support and breath control are 2 different things. We’ll talk about breath control another day, but for now, to keep it simple, to practice good breath support while singing simply means to keep your rib cage open and supported while singing, instead of allowing it to collapse as you sing.

Check out the Vlog for the example on how to do this.

You can put both your hands on fists and put them on both sides of your waist and do the exercise I’ve shown you, which helps you engage in your intercostal muscles, muscles that line your ribcage, of which you can use to keep your ribcage expanded.

Tip 2: Think Pressing Down 

When singing through your vocal break areas (parts of the voice where you feel like your voice wants to crack), especially if you’re singing higher and higher in pitch, remember not to literally “reach” for those high notes.

Very often, when singers approach those notes or their higher vocal range this way, they start to drag their chest voices up their vocal range, instead of allowing the voice to go through their mix (or middle voice) and blend their chest voices into their head voices. This results in a lot of strain, it can usually be seen on the sides of the neck (watch the video for a better idea), and it does not help any singer reach those notes with better pitch, power or tone quality.

Instead of “reaching”, we should be “pressing downwards” on those notes. What usually happens when we change our concept of singing those higher notes this way is we allow the voice to switch from our chest voice into the mix and then into the head voice. And, it can be done pretty effortlessly this way. Again, check out the video to get a better idea.

It takes some practice (especially if you’re used to dragging your chest voice up), but over time, this can really help iron out the mix and prevent any further vocal strain.

Tip 3: Shape Your Vowels Towards “Uh”

How you shape the vowels of what you’re singing, as you sing through your vocal break areas is vital in helping you stay connected.

Shaping the vowels towards “Uh” while adding a sob, usually does the trick.

In the video, I played a fraction of Beyonce’s Listen, and also illustrated what problems singers might have with that part of the song if they haven’t actually gotten a good vocal mix yet. I then demonstrated how by changing the shape of the vowel in that word, you can get a better vocal connection.

Watch the video and see what difference it makes when you sing it like this:

Li… sehh………n

(Vocal breaks become even more obvious)

Li….suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhn

(Voice Mixes into Head Voice from Chest Voice easily)

Out of these 3 tips, there may be one or two that’ll work better for you. Only way to find out is to give them all a shot. However, as I’ve said, there are other ways to work on your vocal mix and get a better vocal connection through out your full vocal range. If you’re still experiencing any problems, or have questions, just post them below.

On the other hand, if you’re wondering how you can sing through your mix with a more powerful sound, or in other words, belt through your vocal mix, join me in August!

I’ll be conducting a live masterclass session then. It’s…

 

“Singing & Belting Like The Stars!” 

Date: 23rd August 2016, 7 – 9pm

Venue: JYCC, South Tower, Gardens, Midvalley City

 

Click here to find out what Belting’s like and what you can expect from that masterclass.

Book your seats now! 

 

 

 

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How To Sing With Better Vocal Connection / Vocal Mix (Vlog)