I hope you like vocal harmonies. Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles has always been a favorite of mine. It’s short and to the point and filled with great a capella harmonies.
I wanted to challenge my vocal range. So, I sang and recorded all the vocal harmonies from bass to soprano. It was fun and challenging at the same time. For those of you who know the original, you probably noticed I changed up some parts to put my own stamp on the song. I stayed true to her version in the beginning and modified it towards the end.
For those interested in hearing all the vocal parts, watch the video with ear buds or play through a stereo. If you’re listening on a laptop, tablet,or phone you won’t get the full audio spectrum.
Hello Singers. Just a couple of small changes in how you approach vowels can make a HUGE difference in projection, brightness, and reduce vocal strain. I show you how in this video. Remember this, you should never sing like you speak and you should never speak like you sing.
Consonants: They bring a percussive element to singing. You want to use them as ‘push-offs’ into the vowels you sing and sustain. Imagine being in a pool and kicking off the side wall to propel yourself further and faster as you swim through the water. This is how you should approach and use consonants.
Vowels: This is where you want to live as a singer. A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y, should always be your target letters in every word of every song, especially when the note is held out. Why? Because, you can’t sing a consonant. It either sounds percussive or you are actually singing a vowel. If you try to sing a ‘B’ you are actually singing an ‘E.’ If you try to sing a ‘J’ you are actually singing an ‘A.’ Letters like ‘M’, ‘S’, and ‘H’ are percussive letters that make short quick sounds.
Vowel Modification: Changing the sound of a vowel into another vowel to help form a brighter sound that carries further. You can do this in so many different ways. The most basic, but not easy way to do this is with the ‘I’ vowel. Experienced singers will approach a word like ‘blind’ and sing it like this ‘blah-eeind.’ If you change the ‘i’ to an ‘ah’ sound it will sound so much brighter and cause less strain. At the very last moment, the singer will then reshape the vowel fluidly to an ‘i’ sound before hitting the ‘nd’ in ‘blind.’
Of course, this is very hard to write out. That is why I made the video. If after watching the video, you still have more questions, please ask them below.
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Aside from my horrible Photoshop skills, I wanted to share my excitement and hope you enjoy this video. Musicians, actors, performers – this is a beautiful thing you don’t want to miss! Thank you Bones Rodriguez. Enjoy!
Warning: by watching this video, it may take the mystery and fun out of why you like some singers. I demonstrate this by singing some popular songs that use this method.
Have you ever heard about the “break” or “bridge” in your voice? No? You’re not alone. There is so much to be said about using this to your advantage, but not many teachers are talking about it.
In this video, I explain, what the break is, how to get it, and why it is such a powerful technique to use to connect with your fans.
There’s the subtle break and the not-so-subtle break. The subtle break almost everyone loves and they are not even aware it’s being used. The not-so-subtle break is obvious to all listeners, but listeners either love or hate it. The choice of which to use is up to you.
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Preparing for a performance has never been easier! Instead of always bringing your “A” game seven days a week, you can focus on only 2 days. I explain in this video.
Action Item: When is your next live performance or recording session? Focus on two days prior. If your gig is Friday evening, then Wednesday morning is the day you want to be really good about hydration. Drink 80 to 100 ounces of water (that’s about 6 standard bottles of water as most are 16.9 ounces) and track it. A lot of times I will keep refilling one bottle of water and put a mark on the label with a pen every time I finish it. This is a great way to keep track. Limit your caffeine intake this day to only one or two cups of coffee or tea. This is a sure-fire method to make your performance top notch!
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How do you extend your range? How do you hit the high notes in a particular song? As singers,we can all increase our range with consistent practice and training the correct way. If you have been singing a particular note with strain or cracking, try using less air as described in my video.
If you’ve taken lessons before, this might sound backwards. I was originally taught to push more, use more air, the diaphram, and energy when I was first taking lessons. While this method works for some people, other people wind up hurting themselves.
A good way to practice hitting high notes using less force, is to either start in your falsetto or your head voice and gently give it more energy. The reverse works too if you want to try it that way. I show you the latter method in the video. You will teach your voice to stay ‘connected’ in your full voice/head voice transitions and eventually will become very natural.
I hope this video helped you. Please feel free to comment or ask any additional questions you may have below.
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