Do you need help singing better or speaking better?
Which one do you choose? What’s the difference?
Very often they are used as synonyms. If you need to sing better, you seek out a voice coachor a vocal coach. Think of the famous television singing competition, The Voice, where the judges can only assess the competitors based on their signing voice. It’s an ingenious way to make someone focus on the voice alone, and not just their looks. However, singing coaches are often called vocal coaches.
On the other hand, if you want to improve your voice for speaking in public, such as giving talks, presentations, training sessions, workshops, etc, you would normally look for a voice coach.
Some of the voice or vocal exercises are the same for both speaking and singing, and it’s a good idea for a singer to look after their voice when they are speaking in everyday life. Good speaking habits help protect the delicate singing apparatus.
And many people find that after voice coaching for public speaking they begin singing better as an added bonus. Just so you know!
Another bonus is that you can make your voice deeper, higher, or even sexier. You choose!
I specialise in voice coaching for speakers of English as a second language., I can help you improve your accent and find your perfect voice in English.
2. SOUND SCRIPTING – INTONATION, MELODY, RHYTHM – Sing in tune!
3. REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE
4. COACHING 2.
5. PERFORMANCE & Feedback
VOICE COACHING FOR SPEAKERS AND SINGERS has a lot of features in common. It’s important to improve the quality of the voice delivery in both cases, and both require sound scripting and a lot of rehearsal.
In this article, I’m going to deal specifically with how I help singers who are not native English speakerswith their singing. What this means is that it’s more than a normal singing class because the language of the song and the sounds are likely to be unknown or unfamiliar.
For the sake of this article, I’ll imagine that you are able to sing the song in tune!
Let’s look at the METHOD and TECHNIQUES I use to improve the way singers use English in their songs.
MEANING – STORY
There are singers who tell you that they sing songs they don’t understand. Great!! Well done! Very often we can tell what feeling the song is communicating by the key it’s written in, the way the original singer sings it, the instrument arrangement, and maybe you simply found the information on the internet.
Whatever, you really need to know what the story is behind the song, and the attitude or feeling that the composer aimed to get across. The first thing I do is ensure that the singer knows what the song is about. You can even watch the video if it’s any good!
READING: SAY AND TELL Technique
The technique I use with songs before singing them is to read them as if they were stories. You should be able to SAY the sentences with the correct meaning and feeling and then you can TELL what they really mean. This may sound strange, but if English is not your first language, it will really help you understand the song in more depth. At this stage we also look at the pronunciation of words and sounds the singer finds difficult.
Sound scripting means taking the song and marking different sections of the lines.
For example, we mark the stressed syllables in words and highlight important words in the lines such as nouns and adjectives (stress patterns) and link consonants with vowels (liaison). In a song, you have to follow a melody, although you can change the timing of some syllables, their duration and speed up to a certain point.