The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157317 Message #3712075
Posted By: Jim Carroll
27-May-15 - 03:52 AM
Thread Name: How To Sing With Power?
Subject: RE: How To Sing With Power?
MacColl, in his work with 'The Critics Group', developed a series of voice excercises designed to first enable a singer to find their 'natural' voice, then to expand that voice into any area required for any particular type of song, the end objective to be able to handle any type of song in the repertoire.
They started with simple relaxation exercises and vowel-like sounds, then moved on by taking short pieces from Wagner, Gilbert and Sullivan, Brecht/Weill, Scots mouth-music and various other places and using them to handle pitch, tone, breath-control, range, articulation and accuracy at speed....
He took Laben's theory of movement, originally developed for theatrical dance, and applied it to the basic component elements of voice production - speed, weight and direction.
Sounds complicated - in fact, relatively simple and can be run through in about twenty minutes in their entirety.
The basic idea was to work out how you produce your voice and to push the boundaries out in the directions you required for certain songs.
Worked fine for me when I was singing regularly thirty years ago and when I returned to singing after a two decades gap, helped my get my voice back into shape and won me back all the songs I found I could no longer handle due to voice deterioration.
Couldn't recommend his work highly enough