How to sing Musical Theater Singing Techniques
Today we are going to be talking about myfavorite genre and that is musical theater! Hi everyone this is Kerri Ho from thesongbirdtree Thank you so much for writing to me andrequesting some more tips on musical theater because I am such a musical theater freak,I'd be more than happy to do this for you. And I'm going to have so much fun making thistutorial, so thank you! Today I'm going to contrast 2 different stylesof musical theater and give you some tools so that you can apply it to your own musicaltheater performance. 1. The Contemporary Music Theater Sound Thisis characteristic of musicals such as Wicked
and Hairspray. The singers that sing withinthis musical usually will use more of a chest dominant mix. I'll talk a little bit moreabout that in a second. 2. More legit musical theater sound Thisis characteristic of musicals like Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music and inthese musicals the singers will usually sing with a much more head dominant sound. So letme show you practically how different they sound. With the Contemporary music theater genre,for example in the song Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked, this is the chest dominantmix that is used (Kerri singing)
And in the legit musical theater style, thisis more the sound that is used, and it's more of a head dominant mix, for example inthe song My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music (Kerri singing) How do we actually develop these differentcontrasting sounds for our own musical theatre performanceé I'm going to show you right now.Here's an exercise for you to practice to develop your chest dominant mix. When we talkabout a chest dominant mix, we're talking about a mixed voice that has more chest voicein it. Which gives it that powerful, loud, in your face sound. That most contemporarymusical theater songs are characteristic of.
Now here's an exercise I'm going to do, nowI need to say to you that before you begin to do any chest dominant mix exercises, youmust already have a very strong developed head voice. Because doing this prematurelybefore you've developed your head voice, it can result in you pulling your chest voiceup because you will not have had a strong enough head voice to mix your chest voicewith. So do make sure you do that, so if you haven't got a strong head voice yet, pleasego along to my tutorials on developing head voice and work on those first and when you havea strong head voice, then come back and do these exercises. Here we go, this is a reallygood one to develop your chest dominant mix
and it's about incorporating the call. Youknow when you call out to someone and you go hey! Hey you, stop! That kind of feeling,that's what I want you to think about when you are singing this exercises, don't thinkof it too much as being overly sung but more just called out. As if you're callingout to a person across the street. So like this, this exercise is heya (Kerri doingit) Okay with the chest dominant mix, you should be able toget up to about Eb 5 but feeling very very comfortable, if you're feeling yourselfstraining, then you really need to go and
work on your head voice strengthening, justkeeping your throat open and the soft palate. Go and check out my tutorials on how to beltand also my tutorial on how to belt without straining. Now the 2nd style was the legit musical theaterstyle. Here's an exercise where you can develop a head dominant mix sound that is still groundedin your chest voice, so it got more head voice in it, that is why it's called a head dominantmix but there is still chest voice under guarded it is not completely head voice. We are notdoing like (Kerri singing) That is completely head voice and that isnot what we are going for. We're going for a head voice dominant sound that is underguarded in your chest tone (Kerri singing).
Singing Success Review Lauren Mayberry CHVRCHES Singing Lessons
Hi, my name is Lauren Mayberry and I play in the band called Chvrches. I first met Brett in autumn time 2014 andI went for one in person lesson in Nashville and since then I've been doing Skype lessons and using the program at home. I find it really useful, it's really changed,not the style of my voice but its changed the way that I sing, the way I'm able tosing. When I tried previous lessons with peopleor previous programs I'd listen to at home I feel like they were trying to change thekind of singing that I did. Like sounding like you're good a musical theatre wouldn't work in what we're doing. And I didn't want
someone to change how my voice works. I just wanted to be able to use it better. I think in those other situations the exerciseswere just warming up the voice within the limits I already had. Whereas I feel like since I started using the Singing Success Program and working with Brett I really learned so muchmore about my voice and what it can do and its really opened up all kinds of avenuesfor us in terms of writing and live performances it's taken away some anxiety from that.I think it's just made me feel more confident and maybe I would actually call myself a quot;singerquot; whereas I would never have done that previously. I think it's just really interesting tojust push yourself and stretch your voice
in that way but know that it's safe andyou're not going to damage the instrument and I have to thank Brett and Singing Success for that. I would recommend it a lot.