Sing what you really like in order to achieve great results!

Very often you think that  you perform one song better than another because there is a mindset “I like it more” , I prefer to say “ you like it more , also, your prefrontal cortex works 2-3 times more efficiently when you like something, hence , you motivate yourself and as a result the default system of your brain is activating much more of available resources .. plus trio “mind- muscle system- nervous system” is in a much better coordination ..Some people say “ it’s my vibe”… but there is obviously, more to the story. What is also astonishing, that emotionally wise, we are involved on a very different level and we start actually, to perform.

Please go through your songs.. and try to understand which indeed truly touches you..

There is a strong connection between “ I really like the song” and  your  great performance. Explore it!

GREAT VOCAL EXERCISES FOR CLASSICAL SINGERS.

For classical singers it’s really important to build up a good foundation of vocal technique, breathing, sound projection, vocal attack, coloratura, phrasing  and many other technical tools. Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to achieve this goal is to practice vocal exercises or so called, vocalises. Here below I have listed links to the vocal exercises/ vocalises which are most popular and efficient in the world of classical singing. Have patience and explore them. Some of them are written for low voices, some of them are written for high voices. Some can be applied to any voice. Don’t rush, take step-by-step, make yourself familiar with the melody, find vocal accompaniment online, nowadays it’s so easy, for example, on YouTube. Try to listen to other singers who are singing the same piece.

 After singing 4 to 6 exercises, for sure, you will start to gain confidence, sensation of security and good sound projection. Additionally, you will start to extend your musical horizons, because , normally, vocalises are written in different tempo, with different vocal range (normally, it’s becoming bigger, once you are progressing)etc

 

Franz Abt

https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Abt%2C_Franz

 

Panofka

https://imslp.org/wiki/24_Vocalises%2C_Op.81_(Panofka%2C_Heinrich)

Giuseppe Concone

https://imslp.org/wiki/15_Vocalises%2C_Op.12_(Concone%2C_Giuseppe)

 

More complicated

 

Girolamo Crescentini

https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Crescentini,_Girolamo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girolamo_Crescentini

Marco Bordogni

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Bordogni

https://imslp.org/wiki/Vocalizzi_secondo_il_gusto_moderno_(Bordogni%2C_Marco)

 

Mathilde Marchesi

My recent interview to HuffPost UK

  • HuffPost UK has recently interviewed me on the impact of singing on our life, you can read it below. Also, you can read the full article on huffingtonpost.co.uk :

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/singing-boosts-postnatal-depression_uk_5a535b83e4b01e1a4b176558?9wi

“Vasili Karpiak, a vocal coach and singing teacher in London (The Vocal Coach London), said he has witnessed the benefits singing can have on people’s mental health on numerous occasions.

“Whether it’s a banker who is seeking a form of mental relaxation, a teenager who feels uncertain about himself or a mum tired of daily obligations – after the first session, 99% of my pupils break all the psychological barriers and feel happy about themselves, uplifted, energised and focused,” he told HuffPost UK.

“In my opinion, even humming without any words with a closed mouth will uplift your energy. You can simply vocalise some easy scales or try to sing together with your favourite singer. Do not go for technically difficult songs.

“Good choices for new parents would be ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Mis. Many of Elton John’s songs are great to sing as well. If you like jazz, songs from Billie Holiday’s repertoire will also be great.

“The main idea behind is that you focus on the text and the melody. I assure you the magic of singing will bring the most joyful result.”

learn to sing, vocal coach London, UK

Simple tips on how to improve singing instantly

 

Hello everyone, all the advices below will help you to improve your voice today.

  1.  Please give attention to lower jaw when you sing, to the way you open it, remember, try to put two fingers on both sides between jaws, it does release all the tension of muscles in that area, do a little bit of tilting (left, right, back and forward), make sure there is not tension
  2. Please smile when you sing, it doesn’t matter if the song is sad or happy, it’s simply for the purpose of a good sound resonance, which will automatically go to the “ mask” area. This will give more richness, colour and power to your sound.
  3. Breath lower, try not to lift up shoulders, as it is not really efficient when you sing.
  4. Project your sound further, just imagine that the person who is listening to your voice is , is standing 20 metres away.. the result will be phenomenal, you will naturally open your throat and muscle system will work more accurate 
  5.  Try to explore more fast songs, where you could work on your articulation and details, your breathing will work differently while you are signing in a fast tempo, it will be an amazing training for your mind, voice and breathing
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Exercises for improving singing and useful tips on making your musical performance better

• Please breath between musical phrases

 Don’ try to sing whole song on one breath. Take your time. You are on the stage and there is no need to rush. Between musical phrases we need to take breath, in the same natural way, as we take breath when we speak, whether it is a singing lesson or real performance on a stage

For example 2-3, maximum 4 words you sing, then you  should breath, 2-3 words and again you breath.. etc. This gives natural fluency to the vocal breathing and to the performance, plus, in this way, it is so easy to be more expressive with different colours in your voice. Breathing in the right moment will make sure you don’t strangulate your voice and  don’t create unnecessary tension in the area of your throat. The way you inhale and exhale is described in my previous BLOG. “Chi sa respirare- sa cantare” , which means in Italian literally, “who knows how to breath- knows how to sing”..it has been said by old masters of Italian Belcanto school. Time and experience show me that this applies to all types of singing ( rock music, country music, pop music etc)

•It’s good  to deliver the message of the song not only through the voice , but through the following tools of expression: face, body language, arms, hands, eyes.

 I  suggest to experiment with each of the “ tools” I have mentioned above.

Remember, it’s very useful to experiment with facial expression during the performance. This will help you easily to reflect the way you feel in the very moment. 

For example, If it is a sad song, I suggest to create in your imagination a variety of different types of sadness: 

1.Sadness with element of  hope

2. Sadness with element of grief

3. Sadness , but no regret

4. Sadness with element of joy

Etc

It’s just an example..  There are dozens of other variations.  More clear vision you have in your head- better your face and body will respond during the performance.. The same kind of varieties you could give to other types of feelings. It’s important to be inventive and brave to experiment when you sing.. 

Seriously, if painter before he starts to paint, is mixing all his paints and then later he starts putting them on a paper, why can’t we then prepare our thoughts, different kind of emotions before we start singing?

Ultimately, audience wants to believe in your story, if it doesn’t happen, what’s the point of your singing on the stage?

These are the first steps in building truly a professional approach towards  a great musical performance.

Efficient exercises which will definitely  work and will help improve your singing

  • Experiments with tempos and mood will bring extraordinary result. I saw it many times. 
  •  EXERCISE “Close your eyes”

Singing with closed eyes will be a very unusual experience for you, but believe me, in this way, you will be able to concentrate on the sound like never before. As a result, you can improve significantly pitch of your voice and give more colours to your voice.

  • EXERCISE “” SEAT AND SING” 

Try to sing the song while you are seating: relax your legs and arms, concentrate on your vocal breathing, support of the diaphragm and  make sure there is no tension in the area of your throat.

  • EXERCISE “WALL” 

Stand with your back next to the wall, put both hands on the wall. Find the object to concentrate in front of  you, just on the level of your eyes and sing.

Sing your song  and make sure that the only  elements are involved:

Your mind

Your vocal cords

Support of your diaphragm 

Good space in the area of your throat and no tension neither in your neck, nor in your lower jaw and your tongue

In such way, you easily create a moment of vocal awareness, which you will remember. Very often artists  being on the stage, experience state of anxiety and totally lose themselves and don’t feel  being grounded.. It is good to be “ here and now” when you perform. The suggested exercise will help you to solve the problem. The level of control will be much much higher. 

  • MIRROR

It’s good to have a mirror in front of you, while you are standing with your back next to the wall ( preferably, which will show whole height) , so you can see all the changes happening at the very moment.

When you sing/speak in front of the mirror, it’s important to explore a big range of characters: fragile/strong, fearless/shy, suspicious/ naive, happy/sad etc..in this way, you will learn so much about your voice and will have so many new opportunities to express yourself as an artist. Look at your reflection, try to correct what you see- yes, you can DO IT AND  CAN IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE AS A RESULT,significantly 

In fact, whole body should become an instrument through which artist/performer is  delivering “ the thought(s)”

Try to do this exercises at least, few times. The difference will be obvious 

  • LYRICS 

Please  work on the lyrics of your song

Simply print it out, take deep breath and read through it .. slowly.. with quite voice.. try to get to the very essence of words.. if anything needs to be translated- do it.. each word, step by step ( only in this way, brain will have a clear image attached to the word and will create the strongest neuron connections related to the lyrics).  Yes, scientist found out  that we have billions and billions of neurones in our brain but what really matters is how strong is the connection between those neurones..More thorough work is done on the text- deeper you will get to  the essence of what the author was trying to say, deeper and stronger will be neurones connection which will lead you to the excellent performance. Slowly, in this way, you are building up your artistic ( public speaker, performer) confidence on subconscious level.

Try to explore: who was the author of the text, why did he write it, what have inspired him? More willingness to explore you have, more questions will appear in your head and more answers you will find out.

Have a mirror in front of yourself. Say the words of the songs and involve your arms and hands ( trying to deliver message of the song also through arms/hands). Imagine that you are just speaking  to someone, sharing your story.

This is what truly gives you more strength, not just multiple repetitions and attempts  to sing the song. I would even say, try to become a poet before you are a singer. Good knowledge of words ( prepared in the way I’ve just suggested) will inevitably bring you to a new level.