Our blog post today is from our acting coach, Kirsten Anderson.
I love what Kristen Bell has to say in this speech. She explains that you will always go a lot further when you are nice. In any field you decided to be apart of, the connections you make are some of the most important things you will gain. Being nice, choosing to be nice, will be the way to build those connections.
As you are auditioning, remember to always connect with those around you. Be nice and build the relationships that will help you build to the next job you will get. Many times you will get a job just because of who you are!
I wanted to apologize for the late blog post this week. I found this very interesting and it really spoke true to me. A lot of our goals require that we work really hard. We can't take the moment to celebrate before we have fully finished the race. Push through, always give it your all and run all the way through to finish strong.
What is Vocal Balance? Kathryn Kennedy, a member of IVA has a wonderful article on how to create vocal balance.
Let’s talk about how style affects vocal balance. First of all, what is "vocal balance"?
Vocal balance is an even, seamless ability to go from low to high—or from chest voice to head voice—negotiating easily through the passages of the voice with the larynx sitting in a relaxed posture. Vocal balance usually results in more "finished" qualities in the voice, including vibrato, a rounder tone vs. way too edgy or nasal, and a strong, solid sound vs. really breathy or too pressed.
Examples of a singer moving in the right direction could include a rock singer who uses mix rather than only chest, or a classical singer who has chest in their voice vs. none at all. Riffing, if appropriate, can also show flexibility and ease in singing.
Some singers have vocal balance early on, but they can lose it as they get further into their careers. Tough touring schedules, high demands from their producers, or just not knowing how to do what they used to do can cause singers to lose vocal balance. This can happen to singers who have a natural ability and are very gifted, yet they never learned the mechanics of how they achieved vocal balance or how to maintain it.
Various styles can pull a singer off of perfect balance. A pop singer might employ a more weighty sound (more chest dominance) while a classical singer will sing with a "head dominant" (less chesty) sound. These tendencies are OK for the style because singers need to be believable within the genre they are singing. They might be tilted a little more toward the chest side or the head side, and yet they must be able to retain some "balance."
The fact is we might find that perfect vocal balance gets boring after a while. We don't want everyone to sound alike! We also want to be able to use expressive qualities that let our emotions come through. But we have to know what vocal balance is so we don't stray so far from it that we lose our way and can’t find our way back to healthy singing!
Of course there are good singers of a particular style that can really 'sell' a song, and we might think: That sounds really cool! You can "sell" a song well without having perfect vocal balance. Here are some examples:
For this reason, singers who show some consistency and skill in terms of vocal balance will tend to have the longest careers.
Many people in the state had the lucky opportunity to hear Elton John perform! We had a friend who was able to attend and said he played for hours. Elton exemplified what he said in this quote "Music has healing power". You as a singer have the amazing ability to use your talents to help heal others. You are the reason they can step out of themselves for a few minuets or even an hour and enjoy the gift you are giving them. What a beautiful power you hold. Let us help you gain more confidence and skill in your voice to share it more often. Both Kirsten and Travis are influenced and healed by the work all of the students at Anderson Vocal Studio are doing. Thank you for sharing your gift with us! www.andersonvocal.com
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