Vocal Ease Method Voice Lessons

Placement Of the Voice

Vocal placement and resonance through voice lessonsHave you ever heard these kinds of instructions? “Bring your voice forward into the mask,” OR “Place it back,” OR “Put it in the pocket.” Let me give you an excellent alternative to this approach. Rather than thinking or talking about placement of the voice, the alternative is to use a more closed vowel as you ascend into your mixes. (See the posts on mix for more.)

I began to study this balanced, scientific method five years ago, and my voice is balanced and coordinated as never before. This approach will help you achieve more balance, coordination, and vocal ease in your chest registers and head registers. In the process, your larynx will remain stable.

Finally!  I  found just how unnecessary the placement messages were. In fact, they created an imbalance in my voice–it was much less coordinated. The previous teachers did not encourage me to sing in chest resonance in my low notes, so I did not develop a chest resonance at all.

The way to experience vocal control is not through such an emphasis on placement, but by producing vowel adjustments. This is a less forced approach. Since I made this transition, my students have been benefitting as well. When they arrive, I can hear the imbalances in their voices. After some training, they have balance and much easier vocal control.

The way to experience vocal control is not through talking Placement, but by experiencing vowel adjustments.  Wider vowels such as “Ou” or “Ai” should be sung more narrowly or closed as you go up into in the head voice. Narrow vowels  like “Eh” or “Oo” will help you sing in the head voice with vocal ease.

So rather than talk placement, I demonstrate vowel adjustments.  The student experiences the necessary subtle shades of vowels. This gives the singer more control, vocal power, and beautiful resonance. Control the vowels, and you produce placement and resonance. This is a much more effortless method that is best for the long-term health of your voice.

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