Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vocal Science™ Technique: Challenges and Tips for Rock Singers

Evidently, Rock style singing requires more precise vocal technique than any other style.

The fact is, that Rock singers are using much more aggressive sounds and, in the majority of cases, they are almost forcing their voices to perform the high level of what I call, "Vocabatics".
I compare it to the "Snowbirds" airplane show here in Toronto at the CNE, where they do all kinds of aerobatics which indeed, are very fascinating to watch.
No doubt, that the pilots have to be very experienced and have a lot of flown hours under their belts, to perform a high intensity and synchronized show like that, in the air.

The Rock singing style is a very honest genre in my opinion.
You either can sing and put your voice almost through the ringer, or you can't.
You can not fake it.

Like figure skating, you can either jump a triple axel or acquire a serious injury if you don't know how.
It takes a lot of hours of training and proper technique to be able to survive five minutes for a long-program performing 3 or 4 triples and quads.

Similarly, to survive a rock show of at least four sets of 45 minutes each, you have to be mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocally fit.
Some of the Rock genres require high and raspy screams.
 If the singer is just experimenting and trying to do it by ear, he also can acquire a serious voice injury.

In my book, Vocal Science - Flight to the Universe, I have two related chapters, one of which is called "Born Free, Vocally Yours, Within the Structure".
The other one is called, "Born Free, Vocally Yours, Playing it by Ear".
The latter describes a danger which the singer could be exposed to if he does not really comply with standards of professional singing, thus not utilizing the wholesome mechanism which allows the human voice to work in its fullest capacity possible and with no pain or strain on the vocal anatomy.

Attempting to sing the Rock style, it's very easy to strain the vocal cords, or even damage them.
It's also not too difficult to acquire what's called "Muscle Tension Dysphonia".
In the latter instance, the neck becomes so strained and tight that it holds the vocal cords within its muscles, and thus the voice becomes "trapped".
The vocal performer just built for him/herself, their own "vocal prison".

The key for him/her to come out, is to learn how to bypass his/her vocal anatomy, eliminating the use of it almost altogether, and then instead, employ the different muscles of his/her body, which are not only safe to use, but also very efficient to use.
The facial muscles will play the role of a natural amplifier or resonator, and will amplify the singing voice at least quadruple times over.
In this instance, the voice will be soaring up and over the vocal anatomy and will be supported by the abdominal muscles which will secure the structure, placement, and projection of the singing voice to its aimed destination.
The moral of this blog is: do not attempt to do something which you love, but evidently have no idea how to approach safely.

Learn the proper tips and techniques, and employ them as designed, and thereby ensure a safe and successful arrival to your Rock vocal destination.

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