Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I use two reverse Psychology techniques. I drop in the high notes, almost like putting a little basketball through a little hoop. For low notes I aim them to the balcony. Normally people tend to drop their chin or pull back or go down for low notes, and this can cut off the air. Same for high notes, air can be cut off by reaching, lifting the neck and straining. Try dropping the high notes in! Ideally we want to send our notes straight out, these techniques will counteract the natural tendencies.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I believe that the number one rule in singing or band or theatre is listening. A singer has to listen to themselves as they are putting out sound, listen to the other singers and blend, listen to the musicians or track and blend with them. Listen for harmonies, harmonics, listen for conversation type interchange....listen to the birds, your heartbeat, your breathing, other people’s breathing, the sounds around you, the car motors, your loved ones words, other people...you get the idea...practice listening
Saturday, October 23, 2010
#1 Baby Cries
When a baby cries, notice the action in their belly. It is deep and strong and passionate! That intensity is in all of us, to cry out and be heard and not hurt our voices doing it!
Try crying your song. Put that little 'uh huh' cry in it. For an exercise, try crying the whole song, whine it, wail it , sniffle it, and you may find a strong, over the top gut feeling coming out. Then rein it in and just put enough cry in to make your song interesting and passionate. The Baby’s feeling is: “I want my milk, I want it now”... It is so important that they feel that their survival is at stake.
You can use that same passion! Cry it!