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Vocal tones and Techniques

  1. 1. Vocal Tones & Techniques<br />
  2. 2. Thin Fold<br />This is a light whispery vocal tone suited to your mid-high vocal range.<br />It is the voice you are more likely to use when casually singing along to a CD/radio<br />It is low volume and bright in timbre<br />The sound seems to come from the throat with no abdomen stress<br />It is more likely to be used in studio performance or intimate performance<br />
  3. 3. Thick Fold<br />Suited to mid/low vocal range<br />It has a richer tone with more resonance<br />You need to use abdomen and vocal muscles to produce sounds<br />It is closer in timbre to your full speaking voice<br />It is more likely to produce vibrato<br />
  4. 4. Twang<br />Imitate a child’s ‘nanana’ voice<br />Sing a song using this tone<br />There will be slight muscular stress around top lip/nostrils<br />The vocal sound will seem to resonate in the nasal passage<br />It especially emphasises singing in American accents or with an ‘attitude’<br />Listen to: Hank Williams /Bob Dylan Cyndi Lauper / Madonna<br />John Lennon / Liam Gallagher<br />
  5. 5. Aspirate<br />Expel breath slowly using ‘hah’ sound<br />Combine the breath with an “Ah” musical note.<br />Sing a song with your hand in front of your mouth. You should feel your breath on your hand.<br />There should be a slight sexy whisper quality to your vocal tones. <br />Listen to Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ or Norah Jones<br />
  6. 6. Belt Quality<br />Your full, most powerful voice <br />Imagine you are shouting ‘hey!’ across a noisy bar.<br />Now use this voice to sing the ‘Hey hey hey’ from ‘Satisfaction’ by The Rolling Stones<br />There will be muscular stress in your neck and abdomen<br />There may be a slight ‘growl’ to your vocal tone<br />Listen to:<br /> Aretha Franklin’s “Freedoms” in ‘Think’ <br /> Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’<br /> Bono ‘Beautiful Day’ (chorus) <br />Freddie Mercury ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ (2nd verse)<br />
  7. 7. Head Voice/Falsetto<br />Similar in tone to Thin Fold voice but used for your upper vocal range. <br />Naturally adds aspirate qualities to the tone.<br />The voice most likely to be lost when suffering with a cold!<br />Listen to Smokey Robinson / Bee Gees <br />More likely to be used sparingly by female singers to just emphasise key words:<br />Whitney Houston / Mariah Carey / Alanis Morissette<br />
  8. 8. Growl<br />The classic blues/rock voice actually constricts the vocal chords to create a ‘raspy’ quality.<br />Imitate a dog growling. Now try singing with some of the same vocal quality......<br />Or make the slight friction noise you use to clear your throat, sing using this noise....<br />There will be tension/pain at the back of your throat. <br />You are deliberately damaging your voice if over used. Keep well hydrated in the hours leading up to performance.<br />Tom Waits / Rod Stewart / Janis Joplin / Tina Turner<br />
  9. 9. Attack<br />There are a variety of tones you can use at the ‘onset’ of a vocal line:<br />Aspirate attack: breath sound first<br />Glottal attack: a vowel sound “oh…uh”<br />Creak attack: a slight crack/groan <br />Growl attack: an aggressive roar<br />
  10. 10. Release<br />There are several ways of releasing vocal tones:<br />Aspirate decay: the tone fades into breath<br />Glissando: a slight fall off / upward push<br />Compressed: no fade. An instant decay.<br />Creak: the tone cracks / falls apart <br />Burst release: an extra syllable of expelled air ‘uh’<br />
  11. 11. Source<br />‘Popular Singing’<br /> Donna Soto-Morettini<br /> Central School Speech & Drama<br /> LIPA<br />