This week at choir we looked at ‘tilt’ - in simplest term, allowing the vocal cords to lengthen to get
the high notes, by encouraging the larynx’s natural movement.
Tilt means a whole lots of strange sounds: from sobbing, to dopey yawny voices, and even
monkey sounds. But, after singing Super Trouper on Ooo ooo ah ah for a while the choir were
sounding dreamy! Resonant and crystal clear.
Resonance. Who thinks of singing in terms of feeling rather than listening?
Approaching singing this way can TRANSFORM a singer and remember: sound is a tangible thing!
If you can feel it then you’ve created it. If you’d like to dig deeper, we’re here to help you
understand how to use resonance in your singing practice and to demystify terms like
sympathetic resonance, nasal resonance, and head resonance and to feel the joy of
using your body as a resonator and vessel to produce sound!
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We love SOVT exercises here at the Sing Space. If you've been doing Rachel's Magic Six video, you'll notice she uses a lot of them!!
SOVT stands for Semi Occluded Vocal Tract. A fancy way to say - the mouth is partially closed.
When the mouth is partially closed, increased back pressure reflects at the lips back to the vocal folds to help the folds vibrate with more ease and less effort.
Check out this wonderful website that explains more about SOVT!
Meet the lovely Malin!
As a freelancing artist, Malin has a lot of experience of singing and performing herself. Born and raised in Sweden, she started off playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 8.
In London she has been working with an independent record label, collaborating with other songwriters/producers and played over a hundred shows at legendary venues. In Sweden, Malin has been awarded by the leading Swedish music industry representatives; SKAP with an award for emerging artists/songwriters. She was also a participant of Swedish The Voice on TV4.
What is the first thing you do to warm up?
Sirens and soft humming
What’s your favourite song to sing?
I love a lot of indie music, but to mention something that most singers knows of, I would pick Gravity by Sara Bareilles and also Abba songs (might be cause I’m Swedish haha)
Which song do you think is the hardest song to sing and why?
I find Chandelier by Sia really tricky. It’s doable but gosh she’s killing it.
Which singer do you admire the most and why?
Eva Cassidy - I think it’s the most wonderful, gentle voice to listen to. She’s got great balance, nerve/feeling and even though she often sings smooth and quietly, she also has this amazing power in her voice that takes you by surprise.
What was your favourite job as a singer?
Probably the shows I did with my band after my debut album release last summer, don’t think I’ll ever top that feeling of finishing a first album.
Where did you train as a singer and/or vocal coach?
I went to several schools, courses and university in Sweden, among those; Nordic Rock Music Vocal programme and Music & Sound production at uni. I’ve also done BAST Singing teacher training in London.
What’s your favourite thing about teaching singing?
I always get inspired by seeing and experience others passion for singing. There’s so much to discover in a voice such as sounds, expression, feelings.. It feels like I get an aha-experience every day and learn something new.
What is a common challenge you see in singers?
Straining when in the high register.
What’s the best tip you can give a singer?
Make time for your daily voice workout - it’s like going to the gym or yoga class. If you train your voice regularly, you will maintain and strengthen the muscles and flexibility which will help you to control your voice better! Also - find what works for you and your voice, such as; What’s the best warm up, what relaxes you and what can take you to higher/lower notes. This might take some time, it’s all a part of getting to know your own voice and all the possibilities it has.
How do you approach audition nerves?
Prepare as much as you can to know it all by heart. Practice as if you have the jury infront of you, visualize the situation and feed yourself with positive thoughts. Have a moment by yourself before entering the audition and remember to have fun, you do this cause you love it, right? :) Share that with the the jury too.
How would you save a tired voice?
Do gentle soothing things for the voice such as lip trills, humming and using a straw to sing through. Go back to basics; breathing low and use abdominal support. Lots of water and absolute voice rest if you can.
Who’s the best singing teacher you’ve ever had?
Sofi Kihlstrand (Ballet Academy Gothenburg)
Which is your favourite vowel to sing on and why?
Hard to pick one! A and I
What does ‘support’ mean to you?
It’s the belly! Without the abdominal support we have no engine for the voice, so remember to use it.
Do you think that anyone can learn to sing?
Definitely. Some people have it more ”for free” and some of us (like me!) have to work harder but it is all possible if you keep focused and enjoying yourself at the same time. I think everyone can benefit from singing, regardless what level you want to be at. Singing is healthy, reduces stress and they even say it can make you live longer(!)
Have you got a favourite sound to help a ‘breathy tone’?
Who's been doing their daily warm ups?
"Rachel, clearly loves helping her pupils find a way to enjoy their singing. She has a great relaxed manner that helps you really let go. I recommended her to a friend and he felt the same way. A fantastic teacher!"
We love this short article by Kenneth Bozeman- it provides a very brief summary of two critically important concepts from chapter two, which addresses the idea of an “open throat.” Many teachers use the concept of a yawn to teach open throat technique. Bozeman describes in detail why this approach can actually be counterproductive.
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