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Now, make yourself comfortable because this is a genuine, thorough, and valuable training for you. It's laid out in 3 Lessons.
A quick heads-up:
The way the Vocal Synergy singing method works is actually rather simple. It's based on 3 Pillars of Power:
1. Aligning your singing habits very precisely with the natural design of your vocal instrument. This means the absolute best possible range of sounds will be freely available to you.
2. Using a good balance of Right-Brain and Left-Brain (artistic and scientific) techniques to guide you through each step. This makes it easy to learn.
3. Synergising (i.e. integrating, co-ordinating in a way that gives a higher result) every part of the voice, - including your mindset and who you are. This makes your singing effortless, unique and joyful.
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In a moment I’m going to give you some specific steps to take, to unlock the compelling richness of your voice. But first I want to give you the bigger picture of how you become a powerful vocalist.
The first thing is that you need to activate your vocal instrument properly so you can sing how you want EASILY.
Imagine trying to zoom down the motorway in a car at 70 mph in first gear? Crazy, hey?
The fact is, we know the car is easily capable of 70mph; but it will seriously struggle to do that, if it can do it at all, in first gear, right?
Likewise, because many singers sing unconsciously or spontaneously, without proper knowledge or technique, they are effectively trying to do what the car in this example is trying to do. So it’s no surprise that they can’t achieve the sounds they want, don’t you think?
I want you to know that all of your singing problems- whether that’s gasping for, or running out of breath, lack of power or strength, inconsistency, cracks or breaks in your voice, limited range, squeezing on the high notes, poor tone, lack of confidence, going flat and more – are just symptoms of a deeper underlying cause, which is, not using your voice in harmony with its innate design, and not knowing how to properly optimise the use of your voice as a musical instrument.And that’s what Vocal Synergy is designed to shift.
The second thing, after activating your instrument properly, is knowing how to bring a song to life – musically. The third thing, is delivery – your presence and communication energy. We’ll come to these things later.
So why am I sharing this with you, and why now?
Well, it’s because I have experienced a huge blooming of confidence and self-expression, through actioning this system. I used to have an overly nasal vocal tone, which put people off, and a breathy voice, which meant I couldn’t project and I ran out of breath too soon. So I felt embarrassed to sing with others, and frustrated that I couldn’t keep a song going properly.
I have transformed those things, I have ‘found my voice’ and skyrocketed my singing ability in a way I never could have dreamed of. To the point where I get showers of compliments every time I sing!
And I know how many other people are still frustrated by their singing limitations, and are yearning to unlock their full potential, to find a voice within themselves that they can fall in love with, and are burning to perform with confidence and enthrall a crowd.
And I want to help!
Also because I am utterly dismayed seeing so many so-called ‘experts’ out there presenting information or guidance that is confusing, hard to follow, out-of-date, or even downright factually and anatomically incorrect! ( Some is even harmful )
(For example, I was shocked to hear 2 famous online vocal coaches, who teach a lot on youtube, both telling viewers that the vocal cords get shorter as you sing higher. In fact the opposite is true ).
( an article on the British Voice Association website says: ‘High notes are produced by stretching and thinning our vocal folds and low notes by shortening and thickening them’)
…And finally, because I get a buzz out of teaching in a way that is super-clear and easy for you to use.
Remember, that you DON’T have to be ‘born’ with ‘a gift for singing’. It’s a physical thing, it’s something you can learn and train to do. Just like you can learn to knit, or to play the guitar, or to swim.
For example, one of my current students, John, came to me saying:
‘ I’ve always thought I had a weak voice, and I’ve been told that all my life. But I love singing and I just want to find out if there’s any chance of improving it.’
It was true, when I first heard him sing, he had a very thin reedy quality to his tone. He was so shy with it that he ‘threw away’ the second half of every line by going softer and softer. But he followed the Vocal Synergy methods that I taught him, implemented them fully, and now you wouldn’t recognise his singing…it is so powerful, so rich, so expressive!
He has had such good feedback from friends that he is looking for places to start performing.
So how do you touch hearts and souls with your singing… through Vocal Synergy?
To start with, you need to understand how your voice works. Modern scientific study tells us this:
When we sing we are combining all these parts together unconsciously,
so that singing is ‘one thing’. But if we want to sing better, or we run into any kind of trouble, we can get in there and figure out which bit isn’t behaving properly, and fix it!To optimise and fine-tune your instrument, to put it in great condition and unlock the full potential of your voice and singing, Vocal Synergy follows this 5- Step Process:1. Release Your 7 Inhibitors2. Establish Your 3 Power Bases and then Synergise them3. Awaken Your Articulators 4. Unlock Your Sonic Spectrum5. Turn On the SongShine – How to deliver every song with musically artistic panache.(I’ll explain these fully in a minute.)This covers the technique side of it, AND including YOU in the process –your passions, your message, what you want to express, your unique inner strengths and qualities.So that you ‘Give Voice’ to yourself in an authentic way.So, onto the training.
Step 1. Release Your 7 Inhibitors
A big reason why your singing may not be as rich and strong as you wish it to be, is that you are inhibiting your voice in one or several ways.
So all we have to do is release those to let your voice function freely ! Again, its about working with nature to help your instrument work well.
1. Tight throat
2. Tense tongue
3. Stiff jaw
4. Held-in tummy
5. Tense neck
6. Locked-back knees
No's 1-6 can be released much more easily than you think, using the Spacious Posture routine which is part of the Vocal Synergy Process.
No. 7, your mindset or attitude towards singing, has a major influence on how easily you let yourself sing strong. There are 2 things that shift this:
1. As your singing skill grows, you naturally feel more confident.
2. Many mental - emotional hindrances can be transformed. There are so many different ways to do this. I do have a simple and powerful process to break through mindset issues, called the Mindset Elevator.
Step 2. Establish Your 3 PowerBases.The 3 PowerBases are the 3 core parts of your voice that I showed in the infographic earlier:🔸 Your Breathing ( Power) ,
🔸 The Source of Your Sound (Pitch) and
🔸 Your Resonators (Enhance Tone)So, what needs to happen here?1st PowerBase: The Breathing.This is the Power of Your Voice. Your Breathing may not yet be calibrated to Singers Mode. It is different to breathing for speaking.Once you re-program your breathing pattern, you won’t even notice your breathing but you will be able to simply trust it to do its job for you!You need to be able to allow a quick, easy, free, full in-breath;And a sustained, controlled outbreath - to power your sound.And yes, this involves the diaphragm.But so many voice coaches talk about the diaphragm as if it were the ultimate key to breathing. What they fail to mention ( and don't even seem to know) is that it works as a TEAM with your RIBS. See:
It’s crucial to re-awaken the whole breathing system. That means enabling your diaphragm and ribs to do their job properly.It’s affected by what is happening in your sides, your stomach, your abdomen, your spine, and even your tongue! You’ll get some pointers on that in a moment…All too often I hear singers, both my students, and even professionals that you hear on TV or radio, using poor breathing habits. They run out of breath too early, or breathe too shallowly, or they suck air in too noisily, impacting the beauty of the song by punctuating it with ‘gasps’. ( This is what I used to do too.) It’s such a shame because it can be so easily put right with the Vocal Synergy Dynamic Flow Breathing Process.You can achieve your quick free in-breath by allowing a passive, deep inhalation, through releasing certain tensions in your body. Notice I have said ‘allow’ the breath – not ‘take’ a breath. That is deliberate. Never TAKE a breath. ALLOW the inbreath. We want to avoid interfering, and let the body do the job it was designed to do. Here’s how:· ✔️ Make sure your knees aren't locked back- just release them.· ✔️ Relax your tummy and tailbone.· ✔️ Let yourself feel tall, spacious and expansive· ✔️ Let your tongue relax· ✔️ Think of smiling in your throat Well done! You’re Re-Activating the Natural Inbreath. When you’ve got the knack of this, you will find you breathe in between phrases, quickly, effortlessly, and noiselessly - topping up with all the air you need to continue singing with.The Outbreath in singing is not so natural – we have to slow down the outflow of air so we can sustain the tone.If you want to easily sing great big long phrases and long notes, and keep them full of energy and expressive power, and so your audience will be hanging off your every note … you need Sustain. Warm-up exercises are vital to help with this. Do lots of movement that stretches the arms, ribs, sides, waist, chest, neck, shoulders, and twists and lengthens the spine. (it’s fun!)Think of ‘expansion’ for your torso. And use your arms to create great big expansive gestures (like breast-stroke)To get awesome Sustain:- your ribs need to swing down slowly- and your diaphragm needs to release upwards slowlyWhen you think, and subtly feel, ‘expand’ then you are encouraging exactly that to happen.A good way to train this steady outflow is to sing a long ‘zzz’. As you get it steadier and longer, you will you know you are ‘baking in’ the right muscular habits to be in Singers Breathing Mode. After a while you’ll do it naturally, without thinking.And you will be able to easily sing super-long notes and phrases! Great Stuff!Vocal Synergy has a unique approach to get your breathing pattern set up just right. It’s NOT all about the diaphragm; and it’s NOT about so-called ‘support’. (Which is what the majority of other coaches teach.) It is much more effective than that. What I’ve shared with you just now is one, accessible, core piece of it.See what my students have said:
'It was a wonderful Eureka moment'
'I found the breathing exercise extremely helpful because it enabled me to get in touch with what was going on in my abdomen as I breathed. It was a wonderful Eureka moment when I suddenly 'got it'! I now feel more confident that I won't run out of puff'.
' I immediately noticed an improvement'
'I tried Selena's method as an amateur singer looking to improve my breathing technique. I immediately noticed an improvement in my ability to sing through to the end of phrases with more control and power'.
Amateur performing singer
Before I go on to the 2nd PowerBase, I want to explain something I mentioned earlier…that Vocal Synergy can transform your singing without conventional practice.
‘Practice’ is a word that conjures boring, repetitive exercises that get you nowhere. It fails to spark excitement and engagement with the journey.
But with Vocal Synergy, the process that builds the voice is ‘Growth’. Every moment of implementation, is a moment of change and growth and advancement. Vocal Synergy works on your instrument like a sculptor whittling a piece of wood into a beautiful shape. There is a subtly new form with every stroke.
2nd PowerBase: Source Tone.
The actual place where you make the initial sound, the pitch, of your voice is at the Vocal Folds.
These are 2 flaps of tissue that are stretched across your throat, in your larynx. They open and close, or vibrate, together hundreds of times per second. If your voice tends to sound gravelly, hoarse, rough, hard-edged, squeezed or breathy / too soft, then this is the component to work with to transform that. There are 3 distinct modes your vocal folds work in. (although it is a continuum): 1. Breathy – an airy sound where air flows out aswell as tone. It sounds nice and soft but can be problematic.
2. Clear – your ideal, rich full tone quality that lends itself to great power, and projection.3. Glottal or Pressed- it has a harsh, emphatic, sometimes rough sound. Now, each of these types of tone can be used as ingredients for different expressive qualities but you definitely don’t want to be stuck in a rut with either 1 or 3; and you do want to master no.2.
No.2 is your ideal middle way: A tone that is Clear, Smooth and Rich.
Depending on what your habit is, different exercises will be needed give you access to strong Clear Tone. Lip trills and lip buzzes will help you get that lovely clear focused sound, whichever your tendency is.
I hear many professional singers not mastering this aspect of their voice. Some use only breathy tone as a ‘signature’ sound which can be quite sexy or vulnerable-sounding. (eg Marilyn Monroe, Enya, Jasmine Sokko)
But it means they will always be dependent on amplification; they will always run out of breath too quickly; and will lack power.
Others who are stuck in pressed voice are just ongoingly damaging their voice and probably feeling a lot of strain. Billy Bragg sings with a lot of glottal attack.
When you can access all 3 types of Source Tone, and master Clear Tone, then you have true control; full power; and the ability to choose different qualities at will, for artistic purposes.
That is a great feeling!
Many singers, whether beginner, amateur or professional, unconsciously use their voices as if the throat and larynx are the ‘engine’ of their voice – which they’re not.
In this scenario, a singer will tend to push and strain at the throat in the hope of getting more power and volume, but it is futile. They need to get a balanced use of the 3 PowerBases which is what happens when we establish each one properly and then Synergise them.
When that is done you get to kick back and rely on your ‘Fountain’. More about that in a few minutes.
( Also, when you get your Source Tone fine-tuned, this is the groundwork for extending your range, and overcoming breaks.)
In fact you may be asking, can Vocal Synergy extend my range? And the answer of course is yes! It uses a rare approach called the Parachute to set up your instrument so that high notes fly out easily. And going lower has its own special recipe too.
3rd Power Base: Your Resonators.
If you hear someone’s singing described as ‘rich’, ‘ringing’ ‘full’ ‘warm’ ‘bright’ ‘vibrant’ ‘powerful’ or ‘colourful’ …then they’re probably ( even if unconsciously) referring to the Resonance aspect of the voice.
Every instrument needs a resonating chamber to enrich and amplify the source tone. For example in an acoustic guitar, it’s the wooden body, the soundbox.
In your voice, it’s all the spaces above your vocal folds – your throat, mouth, pharynx, soft palate, nasal cavity and sinuses. This is your internal graphic equaliser!
This is one of the most exciting parts of the voice because there are so many different qualities you can discover by playing with it!
It’s also the place where, in a matter of minutes, you can take action to sound dramatically more powerful.
TO DISCOVER HOW TO DO THIS GO ON TO LESSON 2