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Extend Your Vocal Range

It’s time to sing more comfortably on all the notes in your range -says Lisa Popeil

Your vocal range is determined primarily by the size of your vocal folds. The longer their length, the lower your range.

So, it’s preset. Yet, what you can achieve is to sing more comfortably on all the notes in your range – that’s what I want to look at today.

Vocal folds can also be likened to coins; the larger the coin, the lower the voice.

The average adult human size is only that of a U.S. penny- surprisingly small!

You need to find your lowest note and highest possible note – watch the video to see how.

Most singers have a range of 3 1/3 octaves, more or less.

Now your job is to vocalize regularly on ALL the notes of your range.

That’ll result in your ability to add more of those ‘at the edges’ notes comfortably into your performances.

So, let’s discover your range – and harness its potential.

– Lisa Popeil

Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids by Gina Latimerlo

Richie & Piper – Nobody’s Home (Cover)

Richie and Piper, you guys are a great duo. Piper, you have a sound that immediately makes me what to listen. Your high notes just need to be strengthened. Here’s how you do it: When you breathe, breathe low and only into your belly (so that your belly expands, but your chest stays totally still). So now use your hand to create resistance by pushing IN against your belly so that your belly has to push OUT against your hand. Work it hard on the high notes so that you have more support and a stronger sound up there.

Samuel Schertz – Awake My Soul (Cover)

Samuel, your tone is clear and sweet, and your singing seems to come from your soul. Your eyes are your window to that soul, so let the audience see where your voice is coming from. It’s actually distracting from your message to keep your eyes closed the whole time. There were a couple of tougher high notes in there that needed a little more precise placement, so send them a little more strongly through your nose (maybe even wrinkle it a little, too, to help), and you’ll get a stronger, clearer tone on them.

John Kirk – Soul Searchin’ (Original)

John, this is a cool, catchy tune and the instrumentation works well. You have good beginnings in your vocal technique, and I would suggest following that up with some singing lessons to help you find the exact placement of your voice. There is a balance in the body that helps it sing with relative ease, and right now you are working a little too hard. I would also suggest lowering the song a half-step or two, so that it sits in a more consistent place in your voice. Try a few keys and find the one that your voice is happiest in!

Lisa Popeil, MFA in Voice, is a top LA voice coach, voice scientist and researcher, contributor to the ‘Oxford Handbook of Singing’, is a voting member of NARAS (Grammys®), creator of the Voiceworks® Method, the ‘Total Singer’ DVD and a new book ‘Sing Anything-Mastering Vocal Styles’ and has taught voice professionally for over 35 years. www.popeil.com

Co-author with Lisa Popeil of Sing Anything: Mastering Vocal Styles is Gina Latimerlo. Gina will be commenting on our Peer Review Videos for the next 8 weeks.

Gina Latimerlo is a polished performer of over 20 years. Teaching and directing since 1995, she opened The Latimerlo Studio in 1998. Her students have performed on Broadway, in touring companies, and have signed with talent agents and record labels. In addition to the main studio, The Latimerlo Studio oversees private voice teachers in over a dozen cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.latimerlo.com