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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