A few variables

Your head would explode if you had to think about all the variables when singing (see a few below).  So instead we get playful with applying these variables and your voice learns how to quickly respond to being in the moment of the song.  The voice learns to be flexible and free.  So play with the variables.  Listen.  Notice how one great singer will use a variable totally differently to another great singer (that’s where any one method will come unstuck!)  Also listen to great interpretations of the same track and note the differences (check out Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, KD Lang).   Give it a go!

This stuff can quickly become an instinctive response:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pykeVbKgMxo

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BIAl5q04FM

You don’t HAVE to have a teacher to play with these things.  Barbra Streisand didn’t have one.  The little girl above didn’t have one (& you should hear her now!)  It’s your choice.

Just a few vocal and musical variables (there are numerous others).

Voice quality; falsetto, head/cry, whinge, speech (subtle changes)
Compressed or breathy voice
Vocal volume
Sound colour (light/dark)
Twang
Tongue position
Larynx height (if helpful)
Articulation
Phrasing/applying natural speech patterns/which words need to be accented
Big/small consonants
Onsets; smooth, breathy, glottal
Offsets; ends of notes
Legato/staccato
Amount of resonance
Modifying vowels
Active support required
Posture
Open throat
soft palate up/down/mid
Where you think you’re placing or projecting the sound; forwards, upwards, inside, in the mask.
Volume and crescendo/diminuendo
Ornamentaion
Rhyhm; infront/behind/on beat
Energy (throughout phrase?)
Vocal effects; creak, distortion
Emotional connection, do you need to think about what the songs about?
Pitchiness
Vibrato; depth, width, speed, type
Effort levels
Improvisation
Mouth shape
Variety or monotony
Story
Groove
Song key

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