Combining Emotion and Technique Through Vocal Training

Author: Danni Da Ros
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Vocal training allows you to learn more than just singing technique. More importantly, it will also help you bring forth the beauty in your singing by mixing emotion with your vocals that are technically accurate. This emotion is expressed with the use of fine fluctuations which are also referred to as vibrato. This is then paired with the use of vocal registers.

A good singing voice is not limited to just letting out notes. You must take control of the notes so that they can be heard in a soft, pleasant quality. However, this is not an easy skill to learn as you must first know how proper vocal placement is done. This is where guidance of a vocal coach comes into play.

Vibrato Is Vibrancy

Vibrato is the term used to signify note fluctuations that add liveliness to the sound produced. Anyone can sing a flat, off-key melody, however, in order to know how to sing using vibrato, one must learn to produce a natural voice first with the absence of any trembling sound.

This technique may be hard to learn, but it is a very good one. The tenderness in one's voice is attained by breathing in order to produce a regular pitch change. It's not a tremble or vibration, but it is a fine distinction in pitch that nearly pulsates. Vibrato is commonly heard in the voice of older people, but not at all times.

Emotion is brought about by the changes in pitch every time vibrato is used. You will not always want vibrato and this is fine. Since it requires proper breathing techniques, you have an option to either use it or not use it. When done properly, vibrato can put in a fascinating feature to any song you sing.

Chest Voice and Head Voice

Have you ever heard of "chest voice" and "head voice"? These are called vocal registers and you can become skilled with using these when you enroll in singing lessons.  These register describe a certain portion of the vocal folds that is capable of making a good quality sound.

As mentioned above, there are two common types of registers, the chest voice and head voice. However, don't get confused with the word "chest voice".  It is actually a tone that echoes in the throat or breastbone; the sternum.  It is a deeper, broader sound which also vibrates slower than your head voice.

The head voice on the other hand, has a lighter tone that stems more from the head. There is no sound felt in the chest each time this is used. The head voice is a more pure sound than chest voice.

There is a type of voice in between the chest voice and head voice and this is called mix voice.  It is necessary to know how to combine registers to avoid voice straining when you try to stay in one register. You can learn how to have an effortless shift between registers by having regular singing lessons.

Smooth Transition

Vocal training lessons aim to develop the ability of doing smooth transition of sounds. Being an expert with vibrato, chest voice, and head voice is already hard. But, there are various techniques that can be learnt to be able to properly handle voice pulsations and to mix registers.

The finest singers do not have abrupt, harsh transitions in their sounds, but they display emotion, primarily by controlling their timbre and voice registers. These qualities are what fills a voice with fullness, warmth, and character.

Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach
Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach

As the former Head of Singing for Brent Street Studios, Danni knows how to get the best out of every student and truly nurtures their talent. 


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