I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in my vocal training over the years. At first, I couldn’t explain why some strategies worked and some didn’t.
When I began to suspect that a focus on exercising vowels and consonants was less effective than other exercises, I actually felt some shame.
Weren’t these the best exercises to solve all problems? Weren’t the other exercises, such as lip trills and humms only for “warm ups”.
In my second time around as a beginning singer, I’m studying classical technique and applying it to contemporary singing.
I’m improving much faster now.
I’ve also added new exercises that I learned about from my independent studies and through experimentation.
I can now articulate the difference between what works so well now and what didn’t work earlier on.
The slower and less effective approach takes a top-down approach, focusing mostly on articulation in the mouth.
The better, faster and deeper improvements come from a bottom-up approach, focusing at first on breathing and phonation, then core sound qualities, and then vowels and consonants.
This is a short list of how I would best summarize a top-down approach to voice building:
What I have found most characteristic of the learning and development curve of this approach is:
Be well and enjoy your day,