nyc mixcon <strong>2018</strong> - MIXING Tips from sonicscoop.com Tip #3 3 Studio Techniques to Get Better Vocal Performances from Any Singer by Sally Morgan <strong>The</strong>re are many small ways a producer or engineer can inadvertently yet deeply undermine a singer’s ability to perform in the studio. Let’s take a look at some specific practical techniques a producer can use to help a singer through a recording session. 1. Mindful Breathing. Breathing can keep singers in the present moment, keep them in the music, and keep them from freaking out about the end result. Mindful breathing lowers the heart rate and blood pressure while increasing brain function. To give your your singer a nearly instant mental and physical “reset”, guide him or her through this simple mindful breathing exercise that can be taught in a moment, with benefits that will show after just 3 repetitions. [A] Inhale by opening down into the body to the count of 4. [B] Suspend the breath by suspending the open body to the count of 5. [C] Actively blow the breath out to the count of 6. [D] Repeat a minimum of 3 times. 3. Help <strong>The</strong> Singer Catch <strong>The</strong>ir Breath. When a singer is running out of breath way too fast, it’s usually due to nerves that interfere with getting a deep inhale. I have 2 very simple exercises to unlock a singer’s breathing. Pant like a dog. This forces the singers breath down into the abs that are meant to propel breath and sound through the body. Be Santa! Say, “ho, ho, ho!” imitating a good belly laugh. Even better yet, real laughter will always do the trick. Just be sure not to make a joke at the singers’ expense or you too could find yourself with one less vocal client coming back for deeply productive and supportive sessions with you. Read the full arfticle here: http://bit.ly/TipsForVocals 2. Help <strong>The</strong> Singer to “Sing to Someone <strong>The</strong>y Know.” A singer who isn’t really in the song, who is just phoning it in, instead of really getting down and dirty with the song, is a singer who isn’t communicating. And if music is about anything, isn’t is about communicating an authentic emotion or perspective to an end listener? Here are 2 simple instructions to get a singer communicating through the song, and singing like they are talking to their BFF. Ask the singer to decide who she or he is talking to and what is his or her relationship to that person. If the person they choose does not bring out the best for the song, ask the singer to use someone else just for giggles and listen to how their tone of voice changes. Ask the singer to “say” the lyrics very clearly, and with meaning. This does not mean over-enunciating by working the jaw too much. It means focusing on getting the simple, clear meaning of the words across. Ask the singer “What makes you begin singing this song? What happened the moment before singing this song that you are responding to?” This helps them get into the “story” behind the song and focus on what the performs really means. 34 the deli Summer <strong>2018</strong>
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