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Art of singing better-PART 1


Singing is basically one thing I love to do. Being someone born to a musically inclined momma who was a voice pedagogist at a time;becoming a music lover did not necessarily have to be a choice because it just came natural to me. Funny thing is that this was not just an effect on me alone but robbed off on all my siblings. I am the last of five,you can imagine the separation or hierarchal share of music love in the family.
So,I have had my own fair share of singing experiences,voice trainings and singing competitions in choirs and music groups. One thing I’ve come to understand from all that is that many people love to sing but they have not learnt/understood the best ways to singing better. I have decided to write this post not because I know any better;though I know my onions(besides there are far more better singers out there)but only to contribute my quota to a growing number of wonderful singers out there who probably would become better singers by virtue of this post. Albeit,some people will see this as taking too much risk or being overly forward but I say “what is life without little risk-taking here and there?”. I will try not to bore you with so much details and that is why I have divided the post into two parts for easier comprehension;the first part today and the second part another day.

Singing according to wikipedia is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. Singing is often done in a group of other musicians, such as in a choir of singers with different voice ranges, or in an ensemble with instrumentalists, also there’s the acapella groups who are strong vocalists without instruments or as a soloist.

For you to be an excellent singer, practice is essential,dedication and instruction. If practice is done on a regular basis then the sounds produced are said to be more clear and strong.Four physical processes are involved in producing vocal sound. You will have to Respire, Phonate,Resonate and articulate properly(First steps to singing better). To be able to do those things,here are the stepwise occurance:
• Breath is taken
• Sound is initiated in the larynx
• The vocal resonators receive the sound and. Influence it.
• The articulators shape the sound into recognizable units.

Now, when any one sings,they sound unique and this is based on sex,shape and size of the person singing. Vocal cords are most important in voicing sounds and the sound a male or female produces differs depending on the shape and size of individual vocal cords.

VOCAL CORDS
I want to show us why we sound the way we sound in regards to the vocal cord. This will help position one on how to better his/her singing without faulter because the knowledge of your vocal cord will instill your limits as regards voice registration or voice resonation.

What is Vocal Cord?
The vocal cords, are composed of twin infoldings of mucous membrane stretched horizontally across the larynx and they modulate the flow of air being expelled from the lungs during phonation by virtue of vibration.{Would have loved to put an image of a vocal cord here,but I don’t know how some people would see it.}

There’s a difference in vocal fold size between men and women and this means that they have differently pitched voices. Genetics also causes variance amongst the same sex, with men’s and women’s voices being categorised into types i.e even in the men or women folks,voice types varies too.

The pitch perceived by a person when he/she sings is partly attributed to the fundamental frequency of the larynx. The fundamental frequency is influenced by the length, size, and tension of the vocal folds. In an adult male, this frequency averages about 125 Hz, adult females around 210 Hz, in children the frequency is over 300 Hz.
Men and women have different vocal fold sizes. Adult male voices are usually lower pitched and have larger folds. The male vocal folds are between 17 mm and 25 mm (approx 0.75″ to 1.0″) in length.
The female vocal folds are between 12.5 mm and 17.5 mm (approx 0.5″ to 0.75″) in length.
This implies that women mostly sing higher pitches compared to the men folks,though some men sing high pitches too.
There are generally three factors that affect how high-pitched or low-pitched a singer sings. They include the energy factor, the space factor and the depth factors.

HOW TO SING BETTER
How does singing get better then? I have mentioned above that the shape and size of the vocal cord, the size and shape of the singer’s body are involved in voicing a great sound. But very important are the posture and breathingof the singer.

Posture

Features that aid right singing posture

Features that aid right singing posture

 

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Different singers take different stance when they want to sing,some are really very funny but nice while some are rather weird but these all aids the singers in singing better. The very important components of a singing posture that aids your singing better are:

• Head faces straight forward.
• Shoulders down and back.
• Chest comfortably forward
• Abdomen flat
• Spine aligned
• Hips facing straight forward
• Legs straight but knees slightly bent.
• Feet slightly apart.

Wrong and Right postures

Wrong and Right postures

Breathing

When you are not singing, your breathing takes only 3 stages: breathing-in period, breathing-out period and resting period. But in singing,four stages of breathing are involved.
Breathing-in period, setting up control period(suspension), controlled exhalation period(phonation) and Recovery period. These stages must be under conscious control by the singer until they become conditional reflexes.

 

 

 

 

More to come in the PART 2;anticipate!!

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you for your post!This tutorial is fabulous! Lots of great info including,In the music world, there are many great female singers, but only a few have risen to the level of greatness that these giants of American pop culture have. I believe in Famous Women Singer are the best singers in American history.

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  2. T

    Great definitive post about singing better!

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