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
Re Leap Years 2012 The Mayan Calendar
Hello, Internet. A lot of you sent me thisimage making the rounds which concerns the Mayan prediction that the world will end onDecember 21, 2012. The claim is that the Mayan calendar short counted the years because theyforgot about leap days so the world should have already ended. This is followed by Mind= Blown, which I'm not sure how to take. Do people think that the world forgot to haveits apocalypse or that were it not for leap days that we'd already be living in the futureéEither way, it's spawned many an argument that people ask me to explain, which I'm happyto do, because my next big tutorial was delayed by pestilence, which struck me down into thedepths of unproductive misery for the last
few weeks. So, if you haven't already, pleasewatch the related tutorials now as otherwise this won't make a whole lot of sense and thereare a few corrections I'd like to make. The first of these is that I shouldn't have calledthe Mayans quot;Mayansquot;. Maya is the correct singular and plural noun to use in the same way thatsheep is both singular and plural. Mayan is the name of the language and the adjectiveform of the word as in the Mayan civilization. Secondly, I showed a picture of the Azteccalendar stone, rather than a Mayan calendar in my 2012 tutorial, which at the time I thoughtwas okay because the Aztec calendar is the same as the Mayan, just with different names,sort of like the Greek and Roman Gods. And,
frankly, the Aztec one is much cooler looking.But I was still wrong to show it because despite naming it the Aztec calendar stone, archeologistsdon't actually think it's a calendar. And, speaking of stone, I used the term Stone Ageto describe the Maya which made many people very angry. For clarity, Stone Age does notmean stupid, it's the technological classification of a civilization limited to stone tools.Advanced though their astronomy and mathematics were, the Maya never discovered metallurgyand thus couldn't move on to the Bronze Age then the Iron Age then the Diamond Age. Right.Enough corrections. It's explanation time for this image which raised three questions:1) Does the Mayan calendar have leap daysé
2) Did the Maya miscount the years, 3) Shouldthe world have already endedé The answer to all of these is, no. To briefly recap, leapyears exist to stop seasons from drifting out of sync with the calendar, a problem thatvexed Pope Gregory because every year Easter and spring were getting further apart. Tofix this, he introduced the modestly named Gregorian calendar with its fancy leap yearrules to keep the seasons and thus the holidays together. But, while Pope Gregory cared aboutthe seasons, the ancient Maya did not. Presumably because where they lived the weather comesin only one season, too hot and too humid. So the Mayan calendar ignores seasons in favorof accurately tracking the days since the
creation of the Mayan religion. This rendersleaps years an unnecessary complication. Though the Mayan calendar is no stranger to complicationwith its cycles within cycles within cycles within cycles within cycles that, if you'reinterested, Hank Green can tell you much more about. But back to the miscounting claimswhich comes from our idea that leap days are extra days which, of course, they really aren't.The Gregorian calendar doesn't give people extra days any more than daylight saving timegives people extra sunlight. If you transported Pope Gregory 1,000 years back in time to meetthe Mayan Lady Xoc and then made them count the days until this year's winter solstice,they'd agree on that number because they're
just counting sunrises. It's not like PopeGregory with his clever modern calendar would notice 500+ days that the Lady Xoc somehowmissed, perhaps while distracted by the pain from her thorns through the tongue routine.The only thing that they would disagree on is what to call that day with Pope Gregoryinsisting on December 21, 2012 and Lady Xoc preferring the 13th Baktun. So, this imageis wrong because it's an apples to oranges comparison. The Mayan calendar doesn't haveleap days because it doesn't need them. It counts days just fine and its long cycle willfinish on December 21, 2012, but the world will still go on.