SINGING LESSONS – BALCONYTV (BalconyTV)

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BALCONYTV.COM 29/01/2007
PRESENTED BY TOM MILLETT
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. Air is expelled with the diaphragm as with ordinary breathing, and the pitch is altered with the vocal cords. With the lips closed, this is called humming. A piece of music with a singing part, either a cappella or accompanied, is called a song; someone who sings is called a singer.
Most singing involves shaping the voice to form words, but types of voice instrumental music which use open sounds or nonsense syllables (“vocables”) also exist, for instance, scat singing and yodeling. Solfege assigns certain syllables to notes in the scale.
Nearly anyone who can speak can sing, since in many respects singing is merely sustained speech. It can be informal and just for pleasure, for example, singing in the shower; or it can be very formal, such as singing done professionally as a performance or in a recording studio. Singing at a high amateur or professional level usually requires a great deal of regular practice, and/or instruction. Top-quality singers will have instruction and training from coaches throughout their career.
According to Alfred Alexander (formally an ENT consultant to the home office), “a singer is a person of adequate musicality, who is gifted with a voice of such power and beauty that competent judges can recommend singing as a career”. Alexander belives that 1 in 50,000 in the UK possess such gifts, which means in England (800,000 births a year average) 16 people are born with such a voice a year, making 500 “first class voices” active in any particular generation (taken as 30 years) at any one time.[1]
Singing is often done in a group, such as a choir, and may be accompanied by musical instruments, a full orchestra, or a band. Singing with no instrumental accompaniment is called a cappella.
At the highest professional level it is imperative that singers continuously practice with drills, voice exercises and strengthening activities and that without constant practice, a singer’s range can be significantly decreased, requiring extra rehearsal to regain the voice’s previous capability, much in the same way as any professional level musician must practice constantly with their instrument. However singing is a very natural activity and this kind of intensive practice is not usually nescessary for most singers especially outside the field of classical music and where amplification is available, or for semi-professional singers.

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23 thoughts on “SINGING LESSONS – BALCONYTV (BalconyTV)

  1. just think about this, how big is your diaphragm? now, how big are your vocal cords, think now all the air trap between them (between your lungs and your larynx) so, if you push harder with your diaphragm (big strong muscle), what is gonna to happen when that air goes against your tiny vocal cords? no something nice….., so to push harder won t be the solution, maybe you have to look at the other side and give more strenght to your vocal cords to be able to resist the air presure…..

  2. Not quite sure what she was saying about diaphram but i know the diaphram is a muscle you can’t control. You control the intercostal muscles around it though. Those exercises were good too. Thanks 🙂

  3. Hi Karma21,
    Try using more support from diaphragm (muscular partition between thorax and abdomen) and try to relax your throat. When we sing higher notes we often tighten up. Sometimes we need to use visual images to help like an egg in the back of your throat. Try half yawning too. If singing is hurting stop! Get advice from a singing coach. It is better to meet one face to face so they can hear you sing. Good luck.

  4. Hi SamMayham,
    Prepare well by taking deep breath. When you hold a long note continue to use support from your diaphragm until the end of the note. Repeat the vowel sound in the word- eg they-ey ey ey. Join vowels together but pump the air through the vowels. It will sound like one long note to listener and it helps to lift pitch of the note. Again a session with a good singing coach will really help. Good luck. Abigail

  5. Hi Wirecell,
    Make sure the backing track in your head phones is not too loud. Make sure you can hear your own voice really well so you don’t have to force it and it sounds more effortless. Try to use support from diaphragm to help with pitch. Use warm up exercises before you go into record. Don’t let the pressure get to you. Imagine the sound is coming from the ground up through your body. Keep relaxed stance with knees slightly bent. Think open free sound. Good luck,
    Abigail

  6. wtf diaphragm this and diaphragm that. i am having huge trouble i am just begining. very pissed and confused. should i go to a conservatory/school or private tutor dont care aboot the money just which one is better. any reconmandations or hints about wtf is the diaphragm used for.

  7. depends on how you end a sentence while singing. but carefull if you breath through your mouth and cold air goes in directly to your vocal chords. it would be like throwing hot water and then cold water to your a muscle(it contracts). so breath in slowly, gently and try to heat the air that goes in to your mouth. i hope this helps

  8. Hi,
    The new video for my song “Oh Sam” is on you tube. Just search Oh Sam Abigail Smith. Its directed by Adena Rice. I’m delighted the singing lesson I did with Balcony tv is still up and everyone is sharing their knowledge. It is great to see. Enjoy the video and music. All the best for 2009,
    Abigail

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