Resonance adjustments and playtime

Once registration is working reasonably well, one can start trying to maximize one’s vowels, also called “optimizing resonance”, among other things. I’m defining “maximized” as: a vowel that has a strong fundamental plus strong overtones, which is subjectively called things like “full”, “rich”, “complete”,  “chiaroscuro”, “resonant”, and other positive terms that imply there is a […]

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Outsmarting the Smart Student

The way to get to free, un-self-conscious, non-manufactured singing is to elicit spontaneous responses that move toward easier ability. In functional teaching, it is my goal to get a spontaneous vocal response through exercises, in teamwork with the singer. [Sidebar: “teamwork” is crucial. I’m not imposing “good singing” on a singer.] When something “works better” […]

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Potential in Every Note

The messa di voce is the act of beginning a single pitch softly, making a crescendo, then a diminuendo. It was considered important both as an expressive device and as a training tool in many Old School singing methods. It is found in the method books of Garcia (Hints on Singing #29), Marchesi (exercise #174), […]

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Exercises that morph

Sometimes a singer will start an exercise as instructed, and then change something in the middle. I wait until the end of the exercise, and decide then whether to correct them. Sometimes no correction is needed, and sometimes they come up with something equally as effective or better. If they simplify what I asked for, […]

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