Do you long to sing those big, powerful notes? In this episode, Mark explains three things you can do immediately to achieve more power in your singing.
In This Episode
Do you remember how your parents called you down for dinner when you were a kid? Mark explains why the culture you were born into has an enormous affect on your vocal power. Moving your beyond cultural influences starts by acknowledging and understanding them.
Your inner dialogue
Next, Mark gives you a tiny edit to your inner dialogue that is essential for overcoming vocal challenges. If you have ever used the words, “my voice,” then this part of the podcast is for you.
If singing with power is something you have struggled with, then your practice space matters more than you think. Based on who is in earshot of your practicing, you could be holding yourself back.
Classical technique doesn’t have all the answers
Despite the common belief that classical singing technique is the best vocal technique for any genre, it has certain limitations when singers apply it to modern genres. Mark explains that the Bel Canto style was designed to create a “peak” in the overtones of the voice that lines up with a “valley” in the formant of the orchestra. Classical singers have great vocal strength, to be sure, but they also exploit an acoustical opportunity that is unique to their genre.
Strengthen the muscles behind your vocal folds
The Thyroarytenoid muscles are behind your vocal folds, and they are also behind vocal power – no matter your genre. Mark demonstrates how to give these muscles a workout.
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Mark Baxter has worked as a coach with Aerosmith, Journey, Goo Goo Dolls — and many others. He is the author of The Rock-n-Roll Singer’s Survival, creator of The Singer’s Toolbox instructional DVD, Sing Like an Idol instructional CD. Mark operates vocal studios in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and online via Skype.
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