Voice tension is probably about confidencePosted: June 20, 2011
I don’t want a blog, so here goes…
In doing ‘Dangers’ and then the first version of ‘Hole In The Pavement’ you found you kept tensing up in the throat and becoming unable to sing.
I think this is about your confidence level in the moment. It is about confidence phrase to phrase.
When you are inside the singing and you start to believe that bits are coming up which you may not be able to handle you seem to get into a panic mode which affects your voice.
This could be a signal that the piece you are trying to sing is written unsingably (for you).
One solution is to rewrite. Make phrases which flow better. Come down from too many high notes. Use high notes yes but limit their number and make them more easily singable.
You know about flowing phrases. Watch out for too many big jumps (put these in places where they will be possible).
You did that with Hole and it makes all the difference. Your voice believes it can sing the new version so you don’t slip into tension.
THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE if you DO find yourself in tension is to go to the following tools:
B: PULSING EVERY SYLLABLE YOU CAN
B: Stridents only here and there.
C: Ramps-up here and there
SO: QUIETNESS + PULSING ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN AN EMERGENCY.
ALSO: Don’t re-do old songs.
ALSO: Stop writing a blog.