Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What good is an encore performance if your voice dies before you get there?

After all these years of bigger and bigger live music shows, everyone that’s
been to a concert, large or small, expects any great show to have an encore.
So after singing, playing and entertaining the crowd for two or two and a
half hours on average, the crowd expects the artist or band to come out and
sing with the same excellence, energy and conviction another song or two to
close the show.

The problem is that the majority of singers are not singing it by design.
And primarily they deliver their performance by what I call, ‘playing it by
ear.’ That means that they do not have an adequate vocal technique or at
least the knowledge about it, which would allow them to save and protect
their voices, and make it last for hours on end.

Ultimately, they’re using the wrong set of muscles while singing and thus
using and abusing their vocal apparatus sometimes to the bitter end. It’s a
known fact that even Celine Dion once lost her voice during her concert.
Luckily she found a very knowledgeable Doctor of ENT (Ear Nose and Throat)
who, not only fixed the acquired damaged cause by improper technique, but
also no doubt showed her how to re-structure her voice in a different set of
muscles, and thus save and protect her voice up until the present day. I’m
not sure what means he used, but on the final analysis she was able to
acquire something similar to what I am teaching to every client of mine by
applying what I call the “Vocal Science Technique”. The core of this
technique is to re-structure your voice in a set of the facial muscles and
then put them to work in full conjunction and coordination with the
abdominal muscles, which will allow the performer to work smart and not
hard, and with minimum efforts achieve the maximum result. The facial
muscles in this equation will also play the role of the natural resonator or
amplifier and thus the voice will sound well placed, structured and
projected while simultaneously being supported by the physical body. As a
result, the tone, the conviction of the sound and the body of the sound will
dramatically improve. Furthermore, the enunciation and pronunciation of the
words as well as overall clarity of the sound will be achieved.

If the vocalist is well aware of all these components, his or her voice will
never be in jeopardy. And therefore the songs in the encore will sound just
as good as the ones at the beginning of the first set.

Afterall, couldn’t you agree that this type of show would be desirable on
both ends, for the performer and for the audience…?

1 comment:

  1. very interesting, thanks for telling me about this! its so easy to fall into bad habits when you're constantly performing, but just as easy to fall out of good ones when you find yourself busy and having to spend less time on rehearsing. A great reminder!

    Best,
    Eric Leigh
    www.ericaleigh.com
    @ericaleighmusic

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