Discovering diverse ways to deliver a lyric is like opening up your own galaxy to navigate –says Janine Le Clair
Have you ever stopped to think how often you actually listen to an ENTIRE album of one artist? Or how few artists we enjoy enough to listen to ALL of their twelve songs in a row?
The average listener may not know why they’ve become bored, but it’s easily done – even if you are a great vocalist singing your best.
Too Much Sameness
Too much of the same can be the very reason they didn’t line up to buy your album.
Of course, continuity in vocal resonance is an important indication of expertise and ease on the listener, but I think of Stanlislavski’s remark: “Generality is the enemy of all art.”
Within each verse, sentence, thought, moment, word, lyric, there are opportunities for what I call “texturizing”.
If you truly want to captivate and mesmerize, lend different descriptions to the thought, deliver varied resonance and chose a myriad of colors in your vocals.
There are dozens of ways we could say a sentence to a friend, foe or family member; each of those revealing more information about the situation, the mood, the opinion, the desire, the intent or the essence of your motivation.
Adding texture is a way to stay true to the truth in a delivery.
Furthermore, figuring out which choice of textures is your favorite, or the one that ideally resonates with you, is the key to a seasoned vocalist.
At the end of the day, believability cannot be faked.
Tips for Acquiring Textures
There are many ways you can diversify your texture. It can come out through consonants, breath, tone choice, dynamics and many other techniques.
One of my favorite moments is when an artist makes this particular discovery during our lessons because it’s like opening up their own galaxy to navigate.
Their options become endless.
Here are some of my favorite beginning tips on how to acquire a variety of textures:
Janine Le Clair is a soulful Country recording artist, an international award winning vocalist and renowned vocal coach. A published writer with SSM Nashville since 2009, she has had many cuts with American Country Artists and several Top 15 hits in Australia including Natalie Howard’s ‘The Girlfriend’, 3rd Wheel’s ‘Gettin’ Hitched’ and her own single, ‘Bulletproof’. Le Clair is a dual citizen of Canada and Australia.
You can find more of Janine’s writing here.