This week we’re looking at your top romantic duets for Valentines Day.
With Valentines Day upon us, we’ve come over all romantic here at Voice Council HQ. From Nancy Sinatra and Dean Martin’s seminal swing tune ‘Things’, to the timeless classic ‘Endless Love’ by Lionel Richie & Dianna Ross it seems we never tire of a sultry romantic duet. But which one is your favourite? This week at Voice Council we’d like to hear which duet gets you in the romantic mood.
So the question is: What’s your favourite romantic love song duet and why?
Great Comments from last week:
Last week Craig asked: I’m sure that many of us have often been advised to sing/breathe from the diaphragm. But what does this actually mean, and more importantly is it physically possible?
Susanna Klayman wrote…
“It’s a funny one that, cause your diaphragm in itself is not controlled – proper abdominal breath activates the diaphragm into supporting the breath effectively. If you shallow breath (into the chest cavity, rather than abdominally), this doesn’t allow the diaphragm to support the breath anywhere near as effectively, resulting in very limited breath control. I have found the best way to monitor abdominal breath is to have a yawn – you will feel air move into your abdomen, expanding your stomach area, and you will also retract and gently stretch your throat area, which is great for relieving tension before singing. Once you’ve done this, it’s a case of muscle memory – maintain the physical sensations without actively yawning (I refer to it in lessons as ‘a half-yawn’). Having said all that, shallow breath is needed to execute certain vocal techniques effectively, such as belting, so don’t rule it out completely”.
Victoria Klewin commented…
“The phrase ‘breathe from the diaphragm’ is essentially meaningless though because you are always using the diaphragm to breathe. Abdominal breathing simply maximizes your diaphragm’s range of motion and improves the quality of breath. I find it to be a misleading phrase, usually used without any further explanation of how breathing works”.
Emily Anne Brinjak responded…
“If you are engaging the muscles of exhalation (diaphragm) the synergy needed for that wall of sound will be there. The leaky tire exercise is a great one to just do as much as you can I find…and when that synergy is really there, your throat and neck muscles relax and you’re home free”!!
Some great comments & insights here guys, thank-you all for sharing your thoughts & opinions. Don’t forget to check out next week’s Valentine themed Q&A.