Tips and advice for learning how to speak, sing, perform and live the dream of being a professional entertainer (speaker or singer) and performing artist, along with common sense commentary and rants on the state of today's music industry. Written by international master vocal coach, Diana Yampolsky, creator of Vocal Science (TM).
Vocal Talent (or not) Vs Adequate (or inadequate) Vocal Anatomy… How do they interact with each other and what would be greater if you had a choice of one?
to 40 years of experience of teaching and repairing voices, I accessed minimum
to say over 20,000 people; some with talent, others without, some with good
structure of the vocal anatomy and some did not actually have a physical
structure suitable for any kind of singing, let alone professionally. Ultimately,
the big mouth, the full lips, the good vocal box opening, would be desirable
for anybody to become a singer of whichever calibre.
like a classical ballet.
who would want to embark on a classical ballet scene, would have to have
certain lengths of the arms and legs, certain flexibility, slender physique,
and a high instep.
requirements for that particular field are very strict. However,
outside of the classical ballet, there are some other forms of dance where
those particular requirements for the physical structure are not as important.
A lot of
components though, could be somewhat improved such as flexibility, body turnout
and even the “bad” feet. So if the
person has a real inclination, talent and musicality, she/he could still in
spite of some body imperfections, could become a dancer and with the perfect
technique could actually compensate for some of the physical body limitations.
the person who is striving to become a singer may also have a musical talent,
good ears, good pitch, excellent musicality, and beautiful expression of their
soul. However, the
physical anatomy might not be adequate enough to make it as a singer on a big
It could be
simply that the size of the mouth is not large enough, the vocal chords are
shorter and thinner than they should be, and that, anatomically, might also be not
corresponding with the actual size of the person. There is
another variable, structurally speaking, which is very important.
It is the
actual height (arc) of the vocal box itself.
fixable? Yes, but certainly, with great difficulty.
is that, once I help the student (with the above described shortcoming) place
the sound into the facial cavities, the sound often is not locking in, as the vocal
box is flat and thus unable to hold the weight of the sound. Therefore, a
lot of times the student and I could hear a crackling sound due to the voice
slipping down to the vocal chords uncontrollably. However,
with the great effort and dedication from both sides (mine and the student’s) the
mission gets to be accomplished and the musically talented person is not
missing on their dream to become a singer, in spite of their defaulted
anatomical structure. The vocal science technique, one more time again, prevailed. What about
the person with the small mouth, skinny lips, smaller inside and outside opening,
not to mention smaller and thinner vocal chords, you my reader may ask?
become a singer?
is yes, but a lot of technical work will be required to compensate for all of
those imperfections. The
technique has to become absolutely and totally precise, as they do not have
much room for “slack.” The sound
has to have a precise height, a perfect width (body), and it has to be placed
and totally locked in the set of the facial cavities. Any imprecision
of the facial cavities working in conjunction and coordination with the
abdominal and upper back muscles for the support of the sound, will cause the
sound to be narrow, closed in a “pear” shape and to fall down in a lower
position hitting the throat, vocal chords, larynx, and even the chest.
the sound will never be able to fly over and above the physical body and thus
will not be delivered to its aimed destination. So the
question is; what would you chose, to possess a better and more suitable vocal anatomy or, the actual musical talent,
the perfect heart and soul desire to express yourself via your feelings and
to have all of the above, would be ultimate.
But if any
of the components are missed, you can still attempt to work on them to be able at
the final stage to account for its totality, and then judge whether or not it
is enough substance to achieve your goal and to which degree it will become