This week, I went through exercises in Lesson 5 of Singing Success called “Discovering Vocal Freedom”. The objective of this lesson is to teach how to sing with more freedom using 1) vibrato 2)disengaging outer muscles of larynx 3)relaxation.
I admit that in the previous lessons, I skipped the parts where Brett explains the objectives. I should really go back and listen again.
Here is recording of last night’s practice. As a pianist who prides herself on perfect pitch on piano and many other instruments, it pains me to hear myself sing out of tune (middle f in “wretch” and “I once”- yuck!) because of lack of control and inability to hear myself properly while singing. Well, I guess division of half steps on the piano Keys can give a false sense of confidence. A lot can go wrong in between!
I think the beginning shows some progress. Yes, I realize that I come in too loudly on “I once”. It’s like a jack in the box surprise. I’m experimenting and trying to match sensations in my body to sounds that come out. I think once I got the louder sound out, tension crept in and I was unable to control sustained notes.
I admit that in the previous posts, I sped up the Noteworthy recording to make it easier on myself. I think I also need to work on lower notes and just basics of sustaining sound from other online lessons I had subscribed to in the past like- “Singing Transformation 360”. What I really like about “Singing Success” is that it teaches you how to focus your sound.
I have been thinking about people who are natural singers. I think they are people who are really naturally in tune with using different parts of the body with sounds that they produce. This definitely does not come naturally to me and I realize that I need to think and focus more during practice rather than just blindly going through the exercises. I have a lot of work to do but I feel like I have a better idea of what I need to do to improve.