There are singing exercises that can produce amazing results. Exercises that “trick” the voice into behaving how it’s supposed to.
What is the difference between a talented singer and an average one? Is the gap as large as it seems? This is a question I used to ask myself all the time! I began as a very very average singer, with seemingly no talent at all. My singing voice sounded something like a wounded animal about to pass into the afterlife!
The two things the average listener will judge a singer by are:
1.Vocal range. If you start singing out stunning high notes, people are bound to take notice!
2.Vocal tone. Which means, does the voice sound any good. Does it have a nice quality to it?
The interesting thing about singing is, there are certain muscle coordination’s that can be learned, that will improve the voice at an alarming rate of knots. It's like a sprinter finding a new muscle coordination in their legs, that takes many seconds off their best time!
Firstly, a great singer knows how to hit high notes with no strain.
What this really means, is they know how to pass through the difficult areas in their voices (the bridges), and hold their vocal chords together in their upper range.
When they pass through each bridge (the point in the voice where most singers 'break into falsetto'), they zip up their vocal chords. This 'zipping up' technique is what gives singers access to those amazing high notes, without straining.
And here's the encouraging thing...
With the right singing exercises, you too, can learn how to shorten or "zip up" your vocal chords, giving you access to those amazing high notes that your favorite singers use. This coordination is probably the biggest obstacle in singing, but once learned, can more than double your vocal range.
The second major factor that separates the average singer from the amazing superstar, is tone quality. When a person hears a voice and likes it, it's very possible that this singer has great tone quality!
A singer who has mastered tone quality knows two very important things. She knows how to balance her resonance, and also, how to keep her larynx (voice box) in a still position while she sings. With both these things occurring, great vocal tone is almost guaranteed.
Once again, a singer of average talent can be trained to develop great tone.
There are certain singing exercises that can allow a singer to hold the larynx in a still position, and understand how to balance the resonance. As an experiment, put your finger gently on your Adam's apple (the little notch on the surface of your throat). Now say Ahhhhhh in a really slow, dopey tone.
Feel how the larynx moves down slightly?
Doing certain singing exercises using this dopey undertone will actually help train the larynx to sit still. This small downwards offset will reduce the tendency to lift the larynx when you approach high notes.
The biggest difference between your singing superstar and your typical average Joe, is the vocal range, and the quality of tone they can produce. Both of these things are produced using certain muscle coordination’s that can actually be learned with the right singing exercises.
This is the reason why an average singer can actually improve to the point where they could be considered a great singer. Of course, there are other things that make a singer great. Things like style, interpretation, emotion and lyrics, all contribute. But without the initial foundation, the great vocal range and tone, a singer will always be left sounding a little below par.