Learn How to Sing! Michelle Nipko walks you through the components required to be a good singer, and bring out Your Inner Vibe!
Hey, everybody. This is Michelle Nipko with YourInnerVibe.com where we learn how to sing, play guitar, and just have a darn good time. So, when you hear someone sing, within seconds you think, “Oh, man. She’s a good singer.” Or you think, “Oh, man. That dude is terrible. Why is that person singing? Are they singing to hear themselves sing because, you know what, they’re not entertaining me.” And how many times are you singing and you think, “Am I good? Am I not good? Where do fall on this spectrum and why?”
And so today, we’re going to talk about what makes a singer good. What’s the difference between that person that sounds fantastic and that person that shouldn’t be singing, please stop. What makes a singer good? Well, basic things like, you got to be on pitch, number one, but a very key element is something called resonance. Now, what is that? It’s like a resonance chamber but it’s in your head. You need to use your mouth and your head to create the space that creates a good sound.
So, let me give you an example. Here’s me without resonance. “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Or, okay, here’s me with resonance. “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Now, did you see how big, how darn big, my mouth got? That is resonance. That’s creating this nice space in my head to create this sound that sounds good to the listener. So, how do you create resonance? Well, we’ll talk about that today.
First, a number one, you’re going to hear this a million times is breath. Really boring but you’re always going to hear this because it is key. You need to have some good breath. You need to breathe in. You need to fill in this thing called your diaphragm which is down here. This part that you’re always sucking in? Guess what? You’ve got to push it out, you’ve got to fill it up. This is your support. I think of it as kind of like bagpipes. I don’t know if you’ve seen a bagpipe player but they have this thing of air sitting here. It’s filled with air and they’re pushing it in while all the stuff they’re playing up here. That is exactly what’s going on when you’re singing, right? You fill this up, fill up your diaphragm, fill up your bagpipe, and then as it goes in, you have all the stuff going on up here to create this nice sound that sounds good coming out here. If this isn’t full, if you’re not putting wind through your instrument, it’s not going to sound good.
Alright. Number two, sound production. So, sound production is made by the larynx which is made up of cartilage, ligaments, muscle, nerve, mucus membrane, and then the vocal folds are situated in the larynx and made up of cartilage and vocalis muscle, ligaments, and membranes. That’s a lot. So these are activated by the brain. When you think of speaking or singing, it just works. The nerves control the muscles that close the cartilage, bringing the vocal folds together. This closure creates air flow resistance which results in this buzz tone which is your singing. So there is a lot of stuff going on here that we don’t even think about, right? It’s amazing, right? Your body just does it. And that’s what kind of makes singing tough. I can’t say, “Well, you know what? You need to straighten out that vocalis a little bit more,” because you can’t see it, alright? I mean, if there was a YouTube video of Adele’s mucus membrane, I would be the first to watch it because I want to see what’s going on there. But there’s not, and so we have to figure out by listening, by how it feels, right, when we’re singing and then the sound that’s produced.
So, one thing you can do is feel your vocal folds vibrating by taking your fingers, put it on your throat, put it right here, right on your Adam’s apple and say “who” at kind of a high pitch, right, and you feel a buzzing at your fingers and that’s where your vocal folds are. So we’ve gotten the breath, we’ve created this buzz tone, now we need to create resonance. That’s the key here. Now resonance is created through your throat, your mouth, your nasal cavity, all part of the vocal tract. You need to make that nice and big and that creates this nice tone to make the resonance, right? The resonance colours and amplifies the tone, melds it, shapes it, and this is what makes a singer sound good. So, once again, with example of I, oh, look how big my mouth got. So, if you’ve been having a hard time singing, it might just be that. Go to the mirror. Go look in the mirror. See how big your mouth gets when you’re singing.
So number four are the words, the articulation. Once you’ve made this sound, what are you going to say? What are you going to communicate? Use your tongue, your jaw, your cheeks, your teeth, your lips, your palette. They coordinate to produce these sounds just naturally. So, it’s basically taking your tone and shaping it to produce words and we use this in our everyday speech, right? It’s just part of what we do.
So, this is Michelle Nipko with Inner Vibe. Our goal is to get you to play guitar, learn how to sing. We’re going to bring out your inner vibe. Have a great day!
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