How to Sing With Resonance – Song Examples

— Free Beginner and Advanced Vocal Routines

Hi my name is Ian Castle and welcome to Episode 1 of my video series Ask Aussie where I answer questions sent in by my subscribers.

The first question comes from superhuman.

“How many resonance places do we have, and can you elaborate which resonator is being used for certain voice or note. It’ll be helpful as it will clear in my mind where the sound is going at the time of making high, mid or low notes.”

Great question superhuman!

Your voice can resonate in many parts of your body. The most obvious resonator is your throat. The initial sound that is created by the air vibrating your vocal cords needs a place to amplify and resonate. Your vocal tract is responsible for most of the resonance however the sound can also find its way into your nasal cavity. The bones in your face, head and chest can also act as resonators.

In terms of which resonator should You use for a certain note or part of your range the answer is , well, all of them. A high note will have a dominant bones and cavities of your head type of resonance and a low note will have a dominant bones of the chest and cavity of the throat type of resonance however there should always be an element of both through your entire range. That is what creates a seamless voice.

I like to use physical sensation when working on vocal range. You might find it helpful to put your hand on your chest, your throat, the top of your cheeks, and the top of your head and notice where the sound vibrations shift when singing throughout your range.

Perhaps a song example might help you get an idea of the different resonance sensations and how they apply to vocal range. Let’s take the song Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

That opening phrase sits in the middle of my range. From the first note there is a transfer of resonance from chest into the space behind my cheeks as I sing higher in my range. You might call this a low mix voice as there is an underlying dominance of chest voice with elements of nasal and head resonance to brighten and lighten the tone.

Listen to the chorus which sits in the higher part of my range.

When I hit that first high note I’m using a very dominant head resonance. As I descend lower in the phrase I blend more nasal, throat and chest resonance. You might call this a high mix voice as the dominant resonance is head voice.

I must stress that nothing is right or wrong when it comes to resonance. What I have demonstrated is an efficient use of resonance throughout my range however you may want to extend a chest voice tone higher to create emotion or impact. You might want to create a softness to your tone in the lower part of your range by blending a heady quality.

Experiment with your voice. Use physical touch to notice the shifts in resonance as you sing through your range. You will get a feel for what works best for you.

I hope that helps you superhuman. If anyone else would like me to record a video on a specific topic make sure you are subscribed to this channel as I will post a message asking for your ideas weekly. If you got some value out of this lesson please hit the like button and leave me a comment. Bye for now.


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