Hi everyone welcome to the Rapid Vocal Results blog page. Here you will find great ideas and tips to both improve your understanding of how the voice really works and of course how to reduce the time it takes to develop your performing voice.
Now I have to warn you in advance this is a no BS zone. So i will be telling you like it really is in an effort to cut through all the myths and misunderstandings out there about what good singing is, and what you can do to reduce the time it takes to grow your singing voice.
As this is the very first blog. I thought we should start at the very beginning and address the first question that people have about singing. Which is …. can anyone really learn to sing.
The answer is yes everyone can learn to improve there vocal abilities but not every voice is capable of matching their favourite artists high notes or power notes.
Let me explain. Your maximum vocal potential is decided at birth through the combination of your Mum and Dads DNA I.E (the genetic traits that are responsible for deciding hair colour, body shape) etc.
Often singers are performing far below their own genetic potential but thats another blog.
How dose my families DNA affect my voice?
Famous singers, Beyonce, Whitney Houston , James Brown, Alex Rose, Steven Tyler etc all have one thing in common they have vocal chords that are naturally thicker and longer than the average person. This would have made their vocal progress and development a lot easier! In fact when you see your favourite star hitting their higher notes the reason they make it look so easy comes down to the enormous strength they have developed in their singing muscles.
Heres a quick lesson on vocal anatomy and the mechanics of how the voice works.
A singers range and the strength of there voice is determined by the vocal chords ability to stretch out and to thin down. Put simply the higher you want to sing the more the vocal chords need to be able stretch and thin down to make the desired pitch. Singers that are born with thicker vocal chords than the average person have an immediate advantage in been able to sing higher and stronger. Because the vocal chords have more to work with as they thin down and retain quality sound.
We will cover the mechanics of singing in more detail in latter posts and this will also include the role of the various tendons and ligaments and cartilages that work together to anchor the voice , which the vocal chords rely on to remain stable as they thin down to reach higher notes.
But back to the topic at hand. The first step in learning to sing is to have a vocal coach diagnose your voice and determine the size and the thickness, and the length of your vocal chords. They can do this with special singing exercises and immediately they should be able to tell you whether your vocal chords are smaller or larger than average and whether the chords them selves are thicker or thinner than average. The thinner your vocal chords are the more you will have to work to develop the muscular strength, conditioning and flexibility to sing higher or lower than your comfortable speaking voice.
The diagnostic session is invaluable to the student and the coach because every bodies voice is different there are no two vocal chords and vocal anatomies that are exactly the same. In this instance a coaches job is to understand and diagnose the voice of their students and design a custom made programme to help them balance the various areas of there voice and gradually condition and strengthen the vocal chords to be able to operate under greater levels of healthy exertion at the chords. Everyone can learn to sing and improve there vocal abilities, the coaches job is to help each singer understand their genetic vocal potential and design a customised programme to help each singer reach their full genetic potential. This programme should also include exercises to discover their own unique singing voice. After all it would be a boring world if everybody sounded the same as there favourite singer wouldn’t it?