Singing Lessons & Voice Training : How to Open Your Voice for Optimum Singing


JAMES MENY: We’re going to give some examples
of, starting with a close sound and then opening it up a little bit. Because we don’t always
want to stay close. Remember, the idea of closing the sound or the vowel down is to
give yourself less chance of making mistakes and making it easier to find the center of
that pitch on that particular vowel. So this exercise, we’re going to use uh to oh on the
scale. So the scale goes: nu, nu, nu, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. So I’m
starting with the most closed uh and opening it up to oh. And we’re going to do that here.
Ready, go. MAN: Nu, nu, nu, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Nu, nu, nu, no, no,
no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Nu, nu, nu, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Nu,
nu, nu, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Nu, nu, nu, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,
no, no, no. JAMES MENY: Okay. Now, notice when we do that scale, first I started on
a G above the traditional, legit voice area where he was supposed to flip. There was no
indication of the flip or any kind of change in vocal quality. Yes, you could say that
that’s not the finished sound because it doesn’t sound like Pavarotti, but we’re not looking
to make him Pavarotti. We’re looking for his voice to be the best it can be. And that’s
where it’s at today. Tomorrow, it might be different, and ten years from it’ll definitely
be different. But remember, we’re just looking for a nice, easy vocal production.

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Again, I know that it is an arpeggio. If you are a teacher, i'm wondering if you get people to listen to you by criticizing them and making comments like, "take some lessons," Trust me, i've been around the block. I think as voice teachers we are all on the same side but some take voice like it is a religion., ie., I'm right, you're wrong and you'll go to hell for doing the wrong thing. This is just not my style. Thanks for your comments, though.

First : You cannot tell your student "take a lesson" because he IS taking a lesson and you are the teacher.

Second : Call "scale" an arpeggio its like if you go to cooking lessons, and call the "SUGAR" by the name of "SALT".Even if both are white and comes in little grains, its two different things, and if you keep with that mistake, one of your students will put salt on his coffee.

Third : Singing is not a religion, but involves the physical part of someone and you cannot play with it.

I was replying to SopSarah's comments for me to take some lessons on how to teach. I recognize that I call the arpeggio a scale. Though it does not conform to the traditional definition of a scale, it does have a formal name from prominant music schools that refer to it as a scale and understand that most commercial singers understand the term "scale" better than "arpeggio." As for religion, I don't advocate religious following of any vocal technique. What works, works. Thanks for your comments.

Well…I doubt a music school can be prominant if they call scale an arpeggio.What else they do? They call a square "circle"? and dont use dinamics because common people doesnt know what is that?
And by pure logic a "scale" is something that moves "step by step", therefore cannot define an arpeggiated chord, because there are notes in between.

Also, I dont see this working, because I cannot listen what your student is singing, and not because Im deaf.
His voice has NO projection at all.

I agree with you to an extent; however, there are SO many internet videos out there claiming to teach people to sing when the author hasn't got a clue what they're talking about – which can lead to viewers employing bad habits and poor technique. In the same breath, there are also good videos out there too.

what is "loud" about this? This is speech level singing technique to get over the passagio and into "the mix".

This isn't falsetto, its a very light chest and head resonance to help bridge from the chest to the head registers.

when your aim is all about volume you much likely get a wobble in your voice because you will probebly unless your extremly gifted push to much air through the vocalcords making them suffer severly. But I admit there are blanks in the SLS teaching and breathing is definitely one of them. I prefer Vendera and arceneaux over Riggs and these SLS guy.

well of course breathing matters. BUt if your voice is focussed and open then breathing becomes much less of an issue. And if you concentrate too much on breathing, you can actually restrict or damage your voice.

for me it feels crucial to keep my diaphraim in a low position when I sing all through my range but aspecially high in full voice. I´m not saing that you should overly concentrate on breathing exercises but to say like riggs that he knows many great singers who are poor breathers and many great breathers that sing like shit is to say that breathing means nothing and for me it does even if poor cordclosure and tension in the jaw or in the swalling muscles are just as or even more important.

i think the best form of breathing is the 'natural breath' which is something iv been working on.

I think a lot of good breathing is keeping the body as relaxed and open as possible.

I think that the inhalation should feel natural and deep but the exhalation has very little to do with the way we exhail when we speak. For us to be able to hold a consistent airlow that we need when we sing the diaphraim must be kept low and the ribs expanded without collapsing otherwise we run out of breath very early and the tonal quality when we sing long phrases in fullvoice is impossible to maintain.

oh sure. You need to get the sound in the right 'place'–eg, saying 'nyeh' or 'ee' very nasally. But once the sound is focussed, I've found that the body self-regulates the outward air-flow

Singing with the right frequency with an open throat means you have to support the sound with your abdominal muscles. I'm just saying why not achieve good breath support indirectly?

there is nothing you can do about your vocal, if you have a bad singing, be thankful atleast you can talk.

@helmetBETTY Wrong, anyone can learn to sing to a certain degree, there are limits, but with proper vocal training you can improve the quality of your singing dramatically.

@hamberg42 No.. the limit is set by your physical make up, doesn't matter how much or how hard you practice, if your vocals aren't able to stretch to certain limits, you'll never reach them

@Mynameisaw

Really? You really though you might be about to say something worth while after that? Why are you still posting.

1) I told you to tell me where you are dumb fuck. I'd like to pay you a visit.
2) Wow really? Do you want a prize? No one cares

i wud like to have a clip of the piano… too too too too tut tut tut… gradually going higher is there any here on youtube? thanks

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