Launch of mySLSworld!

Perhaps the most important thingamajig unveiled at this years summer program was the new networking site for singers, songwriters and industry professionals fittingly titled: mySLSworld. The site is a useful resource for vocal training, and international news of the industry with an expanding array … Read more about Launch of mySLSworld!

Should you sing differently in rehearsal than you do in performance?

Yes, especially when learning something new. In rehearsals, all wise singers save their voices - not in the sense that you only have just so much to give, but to keep your voice relaxed during a potentially stressful situation. Rehearsals by nature are very demanding on a voice. It's stop-and-go as … Read more about Should you sing differently in rehearsal than you do in performance?

When a singer first begins to study vocal technique, what type of material should he sing?

You should avoid any material that puts a great demand on your voice from a dynamics standpoint. Select songs that are more melodic, not those that need "punch" or require a "dramatic" dynamic level. As I've said already, singing songs is not vocal technique. Just because a teacher encourages you to … Read more about When a singer first begins to study vocal technique, what type of material should he sing?

Then what should they teach, if they can’t teach those things?

Vocal technique! Just vocal technique! Teachers shouldn't substitute the peripheral aspects of style interpretation for basic vocal technique. It's a totally different thing. Most pop singing has one thing in common: it's on a conversational level. Opera and other forms of traditional styles are not … Read more about Then what should they teach, if they can’t teach those things?

Why has the attitude toward popular music been so negative in school?

One reason for the furrowed brows when mentioning popular music in some institutions is that many singers who record and make these songs popular have had no training at all. But that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the music. A lot of it is marvelous. It's not all good, though, just like … Read more about Why has the attitude toward popular music been so negative in school?

Should your vocal technique be the same for choral (ensemble) singing as it is for solo singing?

Yes, you should always use the same vocal technique, whether you sing solo or in a group. However, choral directors sometimes want you to modify your tone (change the way you sing) in order to blend with the other singers in the group. This may be okay for those singers who have developed a solid … Read more about Should your vocal technique be the same for choral (ensemble) singing as it is for solo singing?

Do you have to change your tone production when you perform different moods and styles?

No! Most differences in singing styles are built into the music itself - the sequence of notes and certain conventions of singing that are popular during a particular place and time in history. When you adjust your voice to accomplish certain tonal "ideals," you run the risk of interfering with your … Read more about Do you have to change your tone production when you perform different moods and styles?

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