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 Style: Channelling Your Emotions Into Your Vocal Performance
We all know the importance of proper vocal technique and its role in the safety and protection of a singer's voice. But how important is it to attach a singer's style and emotion to that technique? And where should those feelings come from? The answer, obviously, is: They have to come from within.
I have a favourite saying, "Be it, Feel it, Love it, Live it". What I mean by that is that a performer has to identify not just with the style of the music, but also with the lyrics and message he or she wants to convey. This is easier for singers who write their own songs, but many mainstream top-40 artists do not, especially in Pop. Recently, I recorded a young artist who was covering Miley Cyrus's "Can't be Tamed" for a demo and that song requires a lot of staccato punch. The title of the song itself suggests strength, rebellion, power, self-esteem and self-worth. If that song is sung with softness instead of intensity, or without strong enough inflection, the message would be lost on an emotional level and infringe on the style of the accompanying music. It took a lot of mentoring and vocal consulting in the studio to help the artist identify herself with the intensity of the song and channel that energy into her performance, as in reality the artist is a very soft and gentle person ... not that intense at all. This reflects the notion that, in a manner of speaking, real performing artists have to walk into a different role with every song. Much like an actor learns their characters and acts their roles on stage and in film, the singer/performer is ultimately a story teller through music.
Let's take Lady Gaga for example. I went to one of her concerts this summer and watched her very intently. I tried to see who she was through her performance and came to the conclusion that she is none of the things she portrays on stage, but she is a great actress who plays her role with absolute excellence. Obviously she and her team created the image she bears and the spectacular show that looked, to me, almost like a Halloween play with monsters and angels; full of liberty, sex, dance and what have you. It was very cleverly set out, covering absolutely every aspect of entertainment and catering to an audience of wide ranging ages and interests. To pull off a performance like Gaga's, the performer does not necessarily have to be the character he or she is singing about, but they definitely have to channel the song's character, being, and emotions through their own intrinsic paths of artistic expression and overall performance.
Our recent international client Cedric H. (from Paris, France), 38 years old, had suffered from Sulcus Vocalis for 3 years, as nobody was able to rectify it. That definitely affected his business, as he lost confidence in presentations and never knew when his voice was going to cease. Here is his testimonial after he had undergone a 40-hour course and natural herbal treatment (conducted by Widely-Renowned Master Voice/Vocal Coach and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist Ms. Diana Yampolsky), which had been delivered to him over 10 consecutive days: “My name is Cedric and I come from France. I was diagnosed with Sulcus Vocalis about 3 years ago. Slowly but surely, my voice started to fade off and I called Diana in September because my voice went totally off. She found space in her busy schedule and I made my way to Canada. I went from pretty much 20% of a voice to around 90% of a voice, which makes me today very happy. I know that there is still some progress ahead of me, but I
“Just landed… I had a wonderful, encouraging time! I can not wait to come back. I will definitely be in contact soon!” - Aubrie M ___________________ For the first time, Aubrie arrived to us on Friday, November 1st, 2019 from the USA. Prior to her arrival, we have been in communication with her for a few months, as she had to pay off her 30-hour course and treatment in increments. We had already been very impressed with Aubrie throughout the process, as she told us that she was working (simultaneously) two jobs - totalling over 70 hours a week. That was her only way of being able to come to us to conquer her muscle tension dysphonia disorder Up until Aubrie had arrived to us, we had no idea that she was actually a young single mom with a young son on her hands. For the last three years, her dreams of becoming a professional singer had been, unfortunately, completely shattered. Apparently, nobody in her native city, (Pittsburgh) could help Aubrie to rectify her serious voice p
Lately, we are witnessing a lot of shows interrupted and tour cancellations from well-known artists. Who is going to be next?? Sometimes, artists, during their performances, actually cannot complete the act they have been performing or even often feel that they will have to stop their performance in the middle, if not the tour altogether... Every singer, intuitively feels whether or not they will be able to "lift" their performance(s) to achieve at least a reasonable merit, so to speak. All of that is because the majority of them do not have a solid ground of knowledge on how to power the voice and not kill it, or themselves in the process. Most Recently... We recently found out that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith had sustained a serious and extensive vocal injury, thus, needing to postpone Aerosmith's 50th Anniversary/Farewell Tour. He had been diagnosed by doctors with a fractured larynx and damaged vocal cords. The damaged vocal cords can be quite treatable (especially fr