Acting in Plays, Singing/Please help me!
am a freshman in high school and need some advice on how to make my voice broader, vibrato better, and my tone sharper. I am pursuing big dreams and have tried vibrato for weeks and still have not gotten the hang of it. Do you have any advice on how to make that beautiful vibrato as I do on my flute? Also, I have a pretty small range of notes before I go into my falsetto voice, how to I make my overall range broader? As for my final question, my tone. I have recorded myself a few times and have noticed my voice often cracking or straining. This must be fixed, and I need your help. I hope that I haven't taken up too much of your time or thought. Thank you for all tht you do and stand for!
Hi, Bethany —
Thank you for the question and for your support.
Day One of our first and private Master Class will be about me identifying where and how you are straining and to demonstrate the solutions.
I believe what you mean by "making the voice broader" is to expand your current vocal range. Most singers are capable of two octaves. On what note does your voice crack?
Vibrato is totally natural. It does not work like your flute. The reason you have no vibrato is because you are holding onto tension. Once you let go of that tension, the vibrato is free to work. My job is to show you how to free that tension throughout your vocal range.
You've been singing a certain way for a long time. Now you've accumulated a long list of bad habits in your vocal technique and you can name them. When you play back what you have just recorded, you can hear the strain.
Signs of strain can be evidenced in the pitch, volume, and duration of a note or phrase. Perhaps you can also hear hesitation, such as the lack of volume and support behind a climactic note—the "money note", especially when it happens more than once in the song. And the one after that.
If your dream is to sustain a living as a singer, then you have to be able to deliver a certain product in a reasonably predictable way — day after day, month after month and, hopefully, year after year. My job is to teach you how to exercise your voice in order to develop and maintain your performance-ready vocal chops.
Again, the core of the problem in all of your stated concerns is about tension.
The process of releasing tension and, thus, acquiring a wider range and control over your vibrato—includes learning how to sing basic scales throughout your vocal range. The ultimate goal is to demonstrate a completely balanced range, i.e., no breaks no cracks—over the stretch of two octaves and according to your vocal category, i.e., soprano, mezzo soprano, etc.
That takes time and a commitment to daily practice.
If you are interested in doing a lesson on Skype, let me know.
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