Babies Screaming and Singers Singing

We can tap into the power and technique of primal sounds at anytime of our lives –says Dane Chalfin

Leading industry vocal coach Dane Chalfin urges singers to tap into the postural and respiratory abilities that come with returning to our roots.

Dane further introduces the concept of “primal sound” here:

My Reaction to This Week's Singing Competition Entry

Matt Calhoun Matt Calhoun - With Or Without You

There’s no doubt that you can sing Matt, but the total lack of performance here is the big problem. This song is about mourning, longing, loss, despair, etc. Those are big emotions that you can’t really express effectively sat down on your sofa. They also require bigger voice settings as you go higher and the intensity increases. Bono would never give this less than 100% because it’s what the song demands. Have a look at my articles on Active Posture as a starting point.

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Dane Chalfin is a leading industry vocal coach and voice rehabilitation specialist. His clients include well-known artists and actors and his teacher training courses attract professional vocal coaches and singing teachers from around the world. He is also Principal Lecturer in Performance and Artistry at Leeds College of Music.

  • johnonthespot

    Bravo – over the last 5 years in watching my daughter grow up I have been swayed to teaching voice in a more primal way. By using the natural, primal sounds we already know how to make to teach proper vocal production.

    Children are “end result orientated” meaning there isn’t an intellectual discussion going on in their brains before they make sound. Their thought process is “I want to make that sound” and out it comes. No fear, no hesitation, no social filter. It’s primal.

    I have seen great success in steering singers back to making sounds they already know how to make and relating them to singing. But, as with anything technically coordinated, it’s still only a basic road map – a basic direction. Over time, we take that simple road map and make it more detailed with various ways to reach the same destination.

    Singers still need that basic road map to have an idea of the destination and how to get there. Primal based phonation is that key.

    Kevin Richards