How to train your voice and improve vocal health for singers includes finding a great vocal technique. It is a must for singers who are serious. Holistic vocal technique can offer even more tools and methods to greatly enhance performance and delivery.
What is a holistic vocal technique?
A holistic vocal technique addresses your voice as a “whole”, using approaches and methodologies to develop the “whole” singer. A holistic vocal technique not only improves your singing voice but also addresses you the singer as a “whole”. Holistic vocal techniques approach the mind, body and emotional, mental aspects of the vocalist.
For instance, a singer could have a good voice, but lack confidence which will affect their performance. So working on strengthening their emotional connection and mindset will in return strengthen their performance. Or they could already have confidence but be lacking in a solid vocal technique so their voice won’t really hold up in performance consistently.
There is a big difference between vocal technique, coaching and arranging.
- Vocal technique is the study of improving the sound of your voice.
- Vocal coaching is working on your performance.
- Vocal arranging is improving your sound and style on your recordings.
I started off as a vocal technique teacher first, and later developed as a coach and vocal arranger over the years. But without a true vocal technique, coaching and arranging in most cases are just attempts at fixing what vocal technique can actually achieve for a singer.
With an avid interest in natural health and remedies, yoga, alternative methodologies, and psychology, I have incorporated many of these aspects into a comprehensive approach that addresses you and your voice as interconnected.
These 3 holistic vocal technique essential elements help singers to reach their full potential more effectively and with faster results.
The 3 Essentials of Holistic Vocal Technique:
- Physical: Getting control of your voice. Building the strength, agility, health, the ultimate control of the vocal instrument.
- Emotional: Singing with more emotion. Developing a natural and authentic emotional connection + delivery in performance.
- Mindset + Mental Health: Building authentic confidence with a positive individual perspective and outlook.
All 3 essential elements are important to help the singer reach their full potential. All elements work together, are interrelated, and improve the other.
Here’s the breakdown.
1. The Physical Voice – Getting Control of Your Vocal Instrument.
Your voice is an instrument housed inside of your body. The physical voice is the foundation. Without a strong instrument, you won’t be able to express as much. Without a strong foundation, the voice can’t fly.
I was super lucky to have found a vocal technique that honestly kicked all other techniques to the curb. When I was training as a young aspiring singer, I went to many teachers in search of a technique that got actual results. And finally, I found it. Just like all art forms, you want to study a technique that is founded in a true art form. If you study dance, you need to study ballet. If you want to be a great writer, you want to study writing. If you want to be a great singer, you need a great foundational technique.
Look, anyone can teach voice. Matter of fact, several of my voice students started teaching voice on the side. But they weren’t trained to teach and there is a huge difference. It is one thing to study voice and to develop your own voice, but it is a whole ‘nother thing to train other singer’s voices.
But one thing is certain. Without fully training one’s voice, you won’t be able to access your full potential as a singer. It’s the same for any athlete. Without training and running drills, they can’t perform at their best.
Also part of getting control of your voice is also learning about holistic vocal health, diet, nutrition and how to take care of your instrument. This is all covered in this section. One of the most important elements and one of my favorite things to help singers with.
To note: Building a professional voice with the right training should not take away your style. On the contrary, it should give you more options and choices in your expression, not less. Keep in mind that a “professional voice” does not mean a generic or a stock-sounding one. The way we train voices, is to strengthen the instrument leaving the unique sound and style of the singer intact. That’s why all of our singers have their own unique sound. It’s important in the world of commercial music to have style, to stand out and to have a voice strong enough to withstand the demands of a professional career. Your voice needs to be there for you when you need it most. That’s what a real professional training, like ours, will do for you.
2. The Emotional Voice: Singing with More Emotion.
The next element is the emotions and the process of developing a stronger connection to them. It’s one thing to sing with a good technical voice, it’s another to sing with great emotion!
Professional singers, like a juggler, are efficient and skilled at keeping two balls in the air at all times. It is harder than it looks!
Ball 1 is “Technique”, Ball 2 is “Emotion”.
1. Ball 1: Technique
- As we learned above, your voice is an instrument inside your body. The mechanics of the physical instrument and breath make up the physical instrument. Singers are athletes of the small muscles of the voice and breathing. Strengthening your instrument and how you make sound will enable you to sing with more emotion. Failing to do so, will compromise or constrict your performance.
- However, when you are over-focused on technique, your emotion can fall flat.
2. Ball 2: Emotion
- Emotion is your passionate and heartfelt delivery. It is the deeper connection to your material and ultimately to your audience.
- However, when you over-focus on emotion and don’t have enough technique to back up your voice (pitch, tone, rhythm, range, etc), your delivery will suffer.
Improving your vocal performance requires that you learn to juggle both balls in the air at once. The best way to do that is to practice holistic vocal technique by developing a consistent daily practice with a great technique (like ours), so that you are able to execute the “technique” of singing in the backdrop of your mind instead of the forefront. When you can achieve that (from a lot of technical practice), you will be freer to concentrate on your performance and your emotional delivery.
You can work on your connection to a more emotional delivery by speaking your lyrics out loud, like a poem (as an actor would). Practice in front of a mirror as if you were a poet or actor reciting the lyrics with passion and authenticity (think Amanda Gorman :)). You can also work on using dynamics and emphasis (mostly on the downbeats) while you keep your mouth open more when holding vowels to deliver more sound improving all helping to make your performance more emotional.
3. Mindset – Building Authentic Confidence as a Singer and Performer.
The third element that intertwines with the physical and emotional voice, is the mindset of the singer. It is important to develop an internal confidence and learn to focus on one’s performance and career from a positive perspective as you grow. Here we build tools that help you create a healthier internal world where you learn to trust your instincts and build an inner confidence.
But remember, it all relies upon a great vocal technique. Without technique, confidence won’t cover for a lack of vocal control.
There is no better time than the present to get started on building your vocal technique (no matter how long you’ve been singing).
Practicing vocal technique on a daily basis with the right methodology will help you reach your goals more effectively without hurting your voice. We have a great vocal warmup that can help strengthen your voice, eliminate tension and improve your range.
Check out our Singers Gift Vocal Warmups. Rated the best vocal warmups on the planet! Free your voice and improve your high notes before your next performance or recording.