Here’s Singing Advice to Adele Like Singers.
Adele just injured her vocal cords for the second time within 6 years and has cancelled the last two shows of her world tour.
Why did this happen? What could she have done differently to protect her voice?
If your goal is to sing like Adele, what can you do to prevent this from happening to your voice?
Inside this video, I’ll give you specific steps to protect your voice from injury.
First, I think Adele is a force of nature. She sings with passion and commitment. There’s a rawness to her singing that we immediately feel and which connects us to her.
Hence, she’s won 15 Grammys and been nominated or won 100’s of other awards. She completed 121 of 123 shows during her world tour this last year.
“I have changed my life drastically in every way to make sure I got through this tour that started at the beginning of last year,” she tweeted as she announced her cancellation.
She has a great team that’s been helping her.
I am sure she stopped smoking. She spread her performances out so her voice could rest. No doubt she got plenty of rest and stayed hydrated and well nourished.
So what went wrong? Adele pulls her chest voice too high when she sings. This causes tremendous stress on the vocal cords song after song.
Let’s say it’s only 2 times in the chorus. Often the chorus is sung 3-4 times per song. Then there’s the bridge of the song. Perhaps there’s only 2 times in the bridge where she pulls chest voice too high. So the total times she is abusing her voice in this one song is 8-10 times in a song.
Times 15-20 songs for the evening. That means vocal abuse for the evening would be about 150-200 times. That’s why she needed to spread out her performances so she could get vocal rest.
But multiply this 150-200 times the 120 performances over a year to a year and a half of touring. That’s 18,000 to 24,000 extravagant vocal moments where chest voice was pulled too high and vocal stress and abuse occurs.
No amount of life style adjustment can reduce the injuries. No amount of vocal rest can prevent the same thing from happening all over again each time she sings.
Singing Advice to Adele Like Singers
Here’s singing advice to Adele like singers that will help prevent similar injuries in your voices.
#1. Raise the key of the song so your top notes are in the first bridge and your highest notes just above the first bridge. Why? This enables you to sing in a mix in the first bridge. This eliminates the tension, stress and reaching which occurs while singing in the top of the chest voice. This eliminates a primary cause of vocal damage.
#2. Narrow the open vowels to reduce the pull on the vocal cords and help keep the larynx down. A vowel which is open and which widens as you sing higher, drives the larynx and chest voice upward. This is a primary contributor to vocal abuse and done repeatedly damages the vocal cords.
Seth Riggs tells of a time he was on Micheal Jackson’s “Bad” World Tour. He was getting after Micheal for being too “extravagant” vocally and abusing his voice. Michael got upset with him and told him to go to his hotel room and leave him alone.
Seth reports that he went to bed and cried himself to sleep not even hearing Michaels evening performance. Early the next morning he was awakened by a phone call. It was Micheal. He was hoarse and could barely be heard as he told Seth something was wrong with his voice.
Seth went to him immediately. Together they went through every song in the tour set lists and narrowed every offending vowel. By singing the narrowed vowels correctly Michael’s voice was preserved.
This is what will also protect your voice as well.
Listen to this video excerpt of the chorus of Micheal’s song, “Bad”. Listen carefully to how he pronounces the word “bad” at the first of the chorus.
For important vowel narrowing hacks please watch this video.
Raising the key and narrowing the vowels will help protect your voice from vocal abuse. It takes some training to apply it easily in your songs. But it means a lifetime of singing.
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Singing with excellent technique is also a way to protect your voice. A great start is to discover your vocal type.
Go to PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing through the first bridge of the voice.
After getting your vocal type, go to the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises and start practicing them. They’ll help you learn good technique which will help you sing extremely well while protecting your voice from damage.
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.