How to Be a Great Singer Using Musical Phrasing
May 02, 2017
In today's video we'll explore the question:
What separates a good singer from a GREAT singer?
The answer, in my opinion, is musical phrasing.
Good singers get the job done and not much more. They think about individual notes and whether or not they can hit them right, and then stop there.
Great singers think about how those notes relate to each other and how they can sculpt them into something memorable and moving.
This is musical phrasing. And it's tons of fun.
Phrasing can be altered by adjusting the following 4 components:
1. Dynamics (how loud or soft you get)
2. Rhythm (how fast or slow you sing the notes)
3. Onset (how you start the line)
4. Cut off (how you end the line)
(Admittedly, there are some more factors, but those are the broadest and most apparent.)
The easiest component for a singer to adjust and make their singing instantly better is the first one -- dynamics, or singing volume.
Watch in the video below as I explain how vocal dynamics have a huge effect on phrasing.
After that I'll demo a "good" version of "The Star Spangled Banner," followed by a "great" -- or at least better :-) -- version that has noticeable dynamic variation.
In this video I'll also teach you a simple vocal warmup that will help you rehearse dynamic range and learn to control your volume as you sing.
Please enjoy, and let me know your thoughts on phrasing in the comments below!
(And remember to share this with any singers you know hoping to take their voice to the next level!)