Some things just go together. Like baseball and hotdogs, bread and butter, baloney and peanut butter (Oh, that was when I was in college with no food budget) and of course, certain Vocal Coach CD’s. Seriously, there are some aspects of your singing that will never be quite right until other areas get a bit of training. Here are some examples:
Complete Breathing & Complete Tone
Breathing (breath management) is obviously a key element of singing. It is also a key component to your tone (the sound quality of your voice). Too much breath over powers the vocal folds, distorts the sound and tires the voice. It also limits smooth transition into the higher notes as well as coming back down. In the same way, spending some time systematically experimenting with different sounds (tone) lets you know your expressive options. Put the two together, Breathing and Tone, and you are on your way to discovering your best sounds and controlling them. The goal is for you to take the message in your mind and heart and make it come alive for your audience. As that begins to happen over and over, muscle memory kicks in and it becomes one more skill set you own. Using Complete Breathing & Complete Tone together will help you convey your message clearly and naturally.
Complete Performance & Complete Diction
There is nothing better than seeing and hearing a singer who fully communicates the message with the voice and the body. A sound quality that fits the song, clear words that you don’t have to strain to understand and facial expressions to match the message. These are the elements that make a good singer better, and an excellent singer just plain fabulous. Just as with athletics, if you don’t skip any of the foundational steps of learning you will continue to get better, and better and better. Working with Complete Performance and Complete Diction together can help make your performance the best it can be.
Are you paying attention to the big picture when you sing. Knowing how all the things that go into singing well and how those skills complement each other is the key to mastering your voice. Can you think of any other skills that need each other? Share them in your comment below.