How To Sing Better For Guys Part 1
Is Everybody Readyé Well, Alright, then! Let'sGO!!!! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! How to Sing Better for Guys. Welcome to KenTamplin Vocal Academy, where we're going to be discussing How To Sing Better for Guys. Hi, Guys. Ken Tamplin from Ken Tamplin VocalAcademy, and I'm going to teach you a little bit about the voice and voice lessons today. This is Part One in a ThreePart series onHow to Sing Better for Guys. Now, there's a lot of different styles anda lot of different approaches to singing,
so that one subject isn't just how to singbetter for all guys, because it's how to sing better in whatever style you're looking tosing. Well, there are some very basic, nonnegotiables to singing, and I want to point out that mostof the time, not all of the time, but most of the time, guys want to sing harder thangirls. They want to get out there and just belt and wail. .and there's the other side, of R'n'B or Pop guys that are just looking to have somesoul, and some good licks, and some good tone, and good resonance, and stamina, andso forth, AND range, which we all want.
But I want to cover both aspects fairly briefly.I'm going to discuss Rock Singing first, and then I'm going to break into more Pop andR'n'B. So the very first thing is, is that we wantto have awesome posture. You want to sit up straight, or stand up straight, and by theway, when you sit, you lose up to 30% of your strength in your abdomen when you're singing,so I recommend you stand, if you can, but anyway, so you're going to want to stand,and you're going to want to take a breath from your belly, from your abdomen. Insteadof breathing like we do like this, from our chest, we want to breathe from our abdomen,from our belly, and our diaphragm. So you've
heard a lot about diaphragmatic support, soI'm not going to cover that here, I have some tutorials on my website regarding diaphragmaticsupport, and I have an amazing course called quot;How to Sing Better Than Anyone Elsequot;.So anyway, I want to talk about how to sing better for guys, so we're going to start firstwith this bright quot;PINGquot; in an quot;AHquot;vowel. quot;AH. AH.quot; I coined a phrase, it's called quot;IT'sthe LAH!!! AHHH!!quot; and it's that nice, Open Throat, Bright Ping Sound that keeps us fromsort of choking on our vowel sounds or pinching and squeezing as we go up.Now there's a lot to this but I'm going to just go through the basic elements of thisfirst, and then if you're interested, check out
my course, or check out my channel and I covera good amount of this stuff. So, we're going to start with the mean averageof singers, and that would be a baritone. And so we're going to start down in like amidbari or upper midbari range, and we're just going to go through a simple triad scalelike this: Lah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah.And try to keep the jaw as stable as possible. Try not to move the mandible, or the jaw,keep it in the marble or static or stable position, we're going to continue up a triadscale, like this: Lah, ah, ah, AH, ah, ah, ahhh.Don't forget your breath. Take your breath,
and use your breath, bring in the breath,kind of like you're doing a situp, the feeling of how much strength is required when you'redoing a situp. So let's continue. , Lah, ah, ah, AH, ah, ah, ahhh.Take your breath. Relax the shoulders, relax the arms, relax the neck. let's continue:Nice, bright, Open AH. I don't mean quot;loh, oh, oh, ohhh. or luh, uh, uh, uhh. I meanquot;AHquot;. Lah, ah, ah, AH, ah, ah, ahhh. Do yourselfa favor. Even get out a handheld mirror and look at the back of your throat, and see ifyour throat is nice and wide open, and that your tongue is placed to the base of the jaw,so it's not causing any stricture, or any
Tim Minchin UWA Address 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome Mr Tim Minchin (applause) In darker days I did a corporate gig at aconference for this big company who made and sold accounting software in a bid, I presumed,to inspire their salespeople to greater heights. They'd forked out 12 grand for an inspirationalspeaker who was this extreme sports guy who had had a couple of his limbs frozen off whenhe got stuck on a ledge on some mountain. It was weird. Software salespeople I think need to hearfrom someone who has had a long successful
career in software sales not from an overlyoptimistic exmountaineer. Some poor guy who had arrived in the morning hoping to learn about sales techniques ended up going home worried about the blood flowto his extremities. It's not inspirational, it's confusing. And if the mountain was meantto be a symbol of life's challenges and the loss of limbs a metaphor for sacrifice, thesoftware guy is not going to get it, is heé Because he didn't do an Arts degree, didheé He should have. Arts degrees are awesome and they help youfind meaning where there is none. And let me assure you there is none. Don't go lookingfor it. Searching for meaning is like searching
for a rhymes scheme in a cookbook. You won't find it and it will bugger up your soufflé. If you didn't like that metaphor you won'tlike the rest of it. Point being I'm not an inspirational speaker.IÃve never ever lost a limb on a mountainside metaphorically or otherwise and I'm certainlynot going to give career advice because, well I've never really had what most would consider a job. However I have had large groups of people listening to what I say for quite afew years now and itÃs given me an inflated sense of self importance. So I will now, at the ripe old age of 37pointnine, bestow upon you nine life lessons to echo
of course the nine lessons of carols of thetraditional Christmas service, which is also pretty obscure. You might find some of this stuff inspiring.You will definitely find some of it boring and you will definitely forget all of it withina week. And be warned there will be lots of similes and obscure aphorisms which startwell but end up making no sense. So listen up or you'll get lost like a blind man clappingin a pharmacy trying to echolocate the contact lens fluid. (audience laughs) Looking for my old poetryteacher.
Here we go, readyé One: You don't have to have a dream. Americans on talent shows always talk about their dreams. Fine if you have something you've alwayswanted to do, dreamed of, like in your heart, go for it. After all it's something to dowith your time, chasing a dream. And if it's a big enough one it'll take you most of yourlife to achieve so by the time you get to it and are staring into the abyss of the meaningless of your achievement you'll be almost dead so it won't matter. I never really had one of these dreams andso I advocate passionate, dedication to the
pursuit of shortterm goals. Be microambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you. You never knowwhere you might end up. Just be aware the next worthy pursuit will probably appear inyour periphery, which is why you should be careful of longterm dreams. If you focustoo far in front of you you won't see the shiny thing out the corner of your eye. RightéGood! Advice metaphor look at me go. Two: Don't seek happiness. Happiness is likean orgasm. If you think about it too much it goes away. (audience laughs) Keep busyand aim to make someone else happy and you might find you get some as a side effect.We didn't evolve to be constantly content.