What’s the definition of great singing?
What does great singing sound like and how do you do it?
Inside this video, I’ll give you my definition of great singing and what it sounds like and how to do it.
What is the definition of great singing? As a student I wondered about this. As a teacher I don’t think there’s just one answer.
Even if every voice was working perfectly to its physical capacity, I don’t believe you can standardize and categorize voices into a grade.
Rather than describing what great singing sounds like, I’ll describe physically what is working right.
One of my mentors put it like this: Function dictates aesthetic.
This means that the physical or muscular function
- of the vocal cords,
- the way we say vowels and the
- air blow from the lungs
create the quality of sound we produce as singers. Muscular function is the cause. Sound is the effect.
The sound we produce is the result of the muscular function of the vocal cords, vowels and air blow.
If these 3 things are functioning at their very best they’re in balance and the voice is balanced. This also means:
- there’s an absence of unwanted external muscle tension and
- the larynx is not rising, it’s at speech level
Balanced function produces a balanced sound which is our very best sound.
What is the Definition of Great Singing?
There are 4 things present when we make our very best sound. On all volumes, whether soft or loud,
- Pitch – is always exactly spot on
- Duration – Notes can be sustained from lowest to highest without difficulty
- Quality – Vibrato energizes the tone and is even and steady on all pitches
- Presence and Ease – Tone production is easy and effortless. It fills the room, hall, or stadium with a vibrant, stimulating and penetrating sound
If all of these things are present to perfection, it may produce the greatest singing in the world.
But it may not be a great performance. You can be technically perfect, but sing in a way that no one cares about.
For great singing to be a great performance there must be heart, emotion, feeling, meaning, story, connection and relationships. There must be a passion coming from the singer which connects with our own feelings that moves and inspires us.
Truth is, if this is missing, great singing is boring and lifeless. If it’s present and a real connection is created with the audience, the singing can be marginal to bad, but the performance life changing for the audience.
Our job as singers and performers is to do both. We work on technique so it’s second nature to us. Then we can emotionally invest in telling our story in our song. That’s when we change lives with our singing and performing.
In my opinion, here are some examples of great singing. (Watch the Video) Linda Ronstadt “Adios”, Steelheart “She’s Gone”, Kelli O’Hara “To Build a Home”, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Southern Cross”, Alfie Boe “Danny Boy”, Luciana Souza, “Morrer De Amor”, Barbra Streisand, “My Man”, Pavarotti, “Nessun Dorma”, Sissel, “Titanic Suite”.
Understanding your vocal type is a great way to begin balancing your singing voice. Do you know your vocal type? I’m not talking about whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass.
Your vocal type tells you what you tend to do when you sing. Visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type.
Visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises designed for your specific vocal type and start improving your voice immediately.
I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power.
I’ll see you inside the next video.