How To Sing Louder And More Powerfully – 1 Critical Skill is All You Need
If you want to know how to sing louder and more powerfully, this is an important video for you. I’m going to give you the one critical skill you need to sing louder and more powerfully. Ready?
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If you want to know how to sing louder and more powerfully, here is the one critical skill you must have. It is this: A
I repeat, the one critical skill you must have is a balanced voice.
What is a balanced voice and how does it help you sing louder and more powerfully?
A balanced voice means:
- You have no tension in your voice. This means that when you sing, your larynx rests where it is when you’re speaking comfortably with a friend. It means there’s no muscles squeezing the larynx and vocal cords. Your vocal cords function freely and unencumbered by added muscle tension.
- The air flow from the lungs, interacts with your vocal cords in an efficient, comfortable, and balanced way. The airflow is easy for your cords to handle. The vocal cords play nicely with the air flow, vibrating freely and easily.
- The vocal cords have just the right compression when they adduct, producing optimal tone. They’re not too lax which leaks too much air causing a breathy, airy tone. Nor are they too tight and overcompressed, which causes a squeezed and pinched tone.
If you eliminate tension, get a balance between the airflow and vocal cords and have ideal vocal cord adduction, you get a relaxed, connected, and even tone throughout your range.
Now your voice is in a condition to build power and strength so you can sing louder and more powerfully.
One of the most severe problems singers have when they try to build powerful voices is they lose their voices. They lose their upper range and can’t get into head voice without straining.
They lose the middle and can’t sing through the bridge without cracking, breaking or pulling chest voice.
They lose their bottom notes because there’s too much tension in the voice and the low notes are fuzzy.
They lose their vibrato because the tension and strain slows the vibrato into a wobble.
Because they’re losing their voices they sing louder which creates more tension and vocal damage. Or they sing light and airy which triggers the larynx to rise in an effort to get more sound.
Recently I received this question on Youtube from Tanya. She asked: “do you recommend singing with max power for a certain amount of time everyday? I had a voice teacher recommend singing loud and proud for 20 minutes every day to help strengthen my voice”.
After I answered her question she said, “Thank you. I was concerned that just singing hard and loud wouldn’t help because essentially that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life, until I get to that A/B4 area [which is her first bridge] and then my voice just didn’t know what to do”.
She continues, “I’m finding it very difficult to ‘pull back’ on the power and practice singing correctly through my bridge because I’m used to powering through it really loudly. At the moment it feels weak, sad, and very falsetto-y above the C5. BUT I’m working on it…”
Tanya has practiced “loud and proud” and now she can’t sing through her bridge at the A/B4. By C5 her voice is no longer loud and proud but “weak, sad, and very falsetto-y”.
As she tries to reduce the loudness, she’s finding it very difficult to pull back when she wants to transition into her head voice.
Why is this happening?
- Her teacher had her sing loud and proud every day and that caused her to lose vocal balance. Now the larynx is high and there’s too much muscle tension around the vocal cords
- The air blasts have caused excess tension around her vocal cords
- The vocal cords are closing too hard with too much muscle contraction.
Have you ever experienced something like this in your own voice? Let me know “yes” or “no” in the comments section below this Youtube video.
In the coming video next week, we’ll learn what Micheal Jackson’s vocal coach, Seth Riggs, recommends in order to sing louder and more powerfully.
I’m going to give you ten exercises to begin balancing your voice. These exercises are unique for your vocal type.
Your vocal type is not whether you’re soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type describes what your voice tends to do as you sing higher. For example, do you tend to pull chest, sing light and breathy, crack or break, and so forth.
To discover your vocal type, download this free PDF entitled “Get Your Vocal Type”. You can get it here, or in the description area below this YouTube video.
This PDF contains links to a vocal test. Take the test and get your vocal type. Then watch the videos about your vocal type and download the exercises for your vocal type. On this PDF, you’ll receive links to ten exercises that will balance your voice quickly.
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I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power to Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power. I’ll see you inside the next video.