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1: Basic Vocal Technique: Male

Kiley Hill

14:48 · Vocals

Kiley Hill discusses understanding your vocal chords and introduces exercises for male vocalists.

1: Basic Vocal Technique: Male

Kiley Hill

Goals of this class:
  • Practical knowledge
  • Exercises
  • Get to know your voice, it’s strengths, bad habits, what to look for
  • Increase your musicianship
  • Strengthen the voice you were made with
  • Build a sense of longevity, stamina and passion

You should be able to sing 2–2 and ½ octaves freely.

Question: I want to improve my voice, why?
Question: If my voice were as strong as I wanted it to be, I would…?

Practice even as little as 15 minutes a day.

Use a voice recorder, to record yourself to look back and see your progress. It’s also useful to hear how your voice sounds outside of your head.

Anatomy:
  • Your instrument is internal.
  • The vocal chords are in your voicebox.
  • You have 2 air pathways, one in the front and one in the back. One goes to your stomach (back) and the other to your lungs (front). The voice is the combination of a wind instrument and a string instrument.
  • When you sing, air comes up through your lungs and hits your vocal chords, and depending on the amount of pressure it will cause your chords to vibrate at different frequencies and therefore pitches. You want the right amount of air, meeting the right amount of vocal chords.
Nasal tone:

Sometimes your voice can have nasal traits, Kiley gives an exercise to determine how much.

Gravel Tone:

Kiley gives and exercise to determine if you have gravel tone going on

Breathy Tone:

Too much breath can create “windburn” on your vocal chords.

Brassy Tone:

Kiley demonstrates the lack of warmth, and air to the tone.

Use your voice recorder and record yourself reading a paragraph from a book and listen back to start determining what type of tone you are using.

Kiley shows how to find, and use, your larynx.

Speaking voice:
  • find the lowest note you can comfortably speak at and draw out a “hello”
  • fist at the abdomen, and pump so the pitch fluctuates
  • catch the high end of the fluctuation and hold that
  • that higher note should be your normal speaking voice pitch

Use a voice recorder to the “ah” exercise Kiley plays. When you play it back listen for straining, tightness, did you get louder or thinner in spots, did you notice any cracks, was it airy, were there big jumps?