The Case of the Mumbling Singer

Probe with Rachel Bennett
Rhyanna’s 121 sessions had gone very well and she was building a five-song set for showcase.

Her beautiful voice was a little lost in her band presentation at rehearsal and the lyric became an almost mumbled sound so the meaning of the song was unclear.

With two days to go before the showcase – fast work was needed.

Our clarity of speech – on a deeper level – is connected to our intention but over-articulation is uncomfortable for both the artist and the audience and isn’t necessary to make an impact with your audience.

We all know that when we hear someone mumble its usually because they’re unsure or afraid and at the opposite end of the ‘speech spectrum’ a very opinionated person is usually very clear.
None of this would help Rhyanna in the short term as deeper articulation training can take years

But none of this would help Rhyanna in the short term as deeper articulation training can take years.

I asked Rhyanna to imagine that the microphone morphed into the ear of the person to whom she addressed her lyric.

This creates an intimacy with the microphone – it has a responsive diaphragm inside and whatever sound waves and breath patterns we send, it will pick up all the nuances – I often call microphones ‘truth machines’.

After working a few songs like this, Rhyanna’s clarity developed well and she felt a lot more relaxed too.

Her showcase was wonderful and she received a lot of compliments on her lyric writing!

– Raie


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