Sing with Resonance Part 1 / Singing Lessons / Rock the Stage NYC

Sing with Resonance Part 1 / Singing Lessons / Rock the Stage NYC

In this episode, master vocal coach Kevin Richards shows you a way to discover and train resonance in your singing voice.

Lots of singers have problems with vocal resonance, because the notes they are singing either don’t have enough breath support, not enough resonance, too much vocal muscle strain or they have too much breath support. Resonance is the key to achieving balance in your vocal performance.

Proper resonance allows your vocals to sound clear and bright, allowing for less “push” to be heard over loud music. Properly tuned resonance also gives the singer the ability to sing into mixed voice and relieve a lot of the strain of “pulling chest”.


Tags: vocal resonance. pulling chest, how to sing, singing, singer, head voice, chest voice, vocal break, low notes, extend range, vocal lesson, free lesson, vocals, voice, breath support, high notes, vocal range, singing on pitch


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40 thoughts on “Sing with Resonance Part 1 / Singing Lessons / Rock the Stage NYC”

  1. MomoTheBellyDancer

    My vocal coach wants me to practice switching from nasal to oral twang. Is that a good method to learn it? Also, I get a properly sounding oral twang when I feel it deep in my throat, but it doesn’t feel very comfortable My throat gets dry and I get tired pretty fast. I gather that’s not quite right.

  2. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @MomoTheBellyDancer – if anything ever feels uncomfortable its not correct. Singing should feel as easy as speech – a little more intense but just as easy. You don’t really want to start out nasal. Find the resonance in your chest voice and work your way up. This will ensure you’re keeping a good tone to your voice.

  3. Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

    I think about Willie Nelson singing” YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND!!!” He’s doing mega full out “Twang” when he sings THAT lyric! LOL!!! It’s easier to recognize and hear that TWANG, with country, but can you give an example of an artist who does this is R& B? I think Lionnel Richie does it, and Sly Stone,, Can you name any contemporary artists who do this?

  4. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @TheSubwaysurfer – Oddly enough I was just in a store and heard Stevie Wonder singing “I just called to say (I love you)” – when he sings the line ” and I mean it from the bottom of my heart” he does a really obvious twang of his voice on the “mean it” to get the high note.

    I’ve heard Alicia Keys and Beyonce twang a bit as well.

  5. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @PsuedoSenator – Celine Dion is one of the most prolific singers of the last 20 years of course she sings with resonance. She wouldn’t have a career if she didn’t. She has an incredibly trained singing voice.

  6. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @banglinh222 – yeah mostly pharyngeal but also a lot of nasality. Its also part of his speaking voice. If you listen to it closely it has a “whiny” quality. He does have some vocal training from his school choir days.

  7. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @MatheusMendonca1 – Yes I have both “Zen” DVDs and they are not as advertised. The techniques are just fine – for singing – not for screaming. Nothing on her DVDs teaches you how to scream. So to me its false advertising. Her DVDs are mainly infomercials. The bulk of the DVDs (especially Zen Part 2) are students talking about how great she is.

    Besides that she has a bad reputation in the vocal teaching community. She backstabs other teachers.

  8. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @OKComputer134 – high notes come with knowing how to manipulate your voice without tension – as for raspiness that can be learned but it takes more experimentation than anything else. What would you need to have? 1. a natural singing ability and 2. a willingness to spend years practicing vocal techniques.

  9. Great advice in this vid, Its so simple yet so effective, that I think its too good to be true, or maybe it really is just this simple. I have a question, is there any way to increase the range of my chest voice. If I had about 4 or 5 more half steps I could really be good i think. I have to rely on my head voice for high notes, which is fine, until I hit a phrase where I have to go chest to head to chest to head, thats when I sound fraudulent. Any advise or videos you can recommend to me?

  10. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @delchavez – Singing with resonance and singing in general is actually a very simple process. The talent and skill comes in how much can you control and refine it. It also requires some degree of natural talent to reproduces pitches in key.

    Extending chest voice depends on where its stopping now. One can work really hard and push it 2, maybe 3 notes higher but its far easier to learn how to mix chest & head voice into a heavy mixed sound so it appears to be high chest voice.

  11. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @delchavez = continued… what I described above (heavy high mix) is NOT something a singer can learn with some words of advice or a couple of video tutorials. It’s a process involving many different elements. Elements that have to monitored by a professional vocal coach. Singing is simple but great singing takes time and personal instruction.

  12. The way you described how to get resonance, seems wrong to me. The “50s sci-fi robot” is a very nasal and front of the mouth sound, not at all in the back of the throught, where one achieves resonance.

  13. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @FolkMusicWins – The “sci-fi robot” illicits a high soft palate resonance which is VERY easy for beginner’s to achieve.

    What you describe is oropharynx resonance and is something different. Different placements in the vocal tract illicit different resonances; they are NOT all done in the throat. Some are low in the thoat, some in the back of the mouth and some are forward, “masky” pharyngeal sounds.

  14. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    @FolkMusicWins – its a combination of the oropharynx and the nasopharynx thats gives voice that “ring” that resonates the walls. People don’t realize this but your vocal sound comes out of your mouth and nose – not just your mouth.

  15. CrossBonesAlex

    Great explanations – your videos are very helpful for me cause I used to only sing Country Blues Style and now I am in a Cross Over Band on vocals and need a lot more pressure and volume to be able to get my vocals over the backing

  16. Oh… So u just do resonance one way like the way u did it and that’s it? There’s only one way to do that then…
    k thx for correcting me
    I’ll try practicing your way

  17. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    As a general rule you try not to raise the larynx for much of anything in singing except for very bright, nasal type sounds. I have to sing with a raised larynx to imitate Bon Scott of AC/DC.

    The soft palate is open/up to allow the tone to resonate into the back cavity of the nasal passage(nasopharynx).

  18. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    No, there are several ways to resonate your voice. It depends on what sound you are trying to make. Playing around with your resonance changes the color and texture of your tone. High larynx, low larynx, resonance off the soft palate, resonance off the hard palate, resonance behind the tongue etc. all change the sound to a degree.

  19. I don’t know if it’s because I’m quite nasal but I can’t seem to avoid raising my larynx for anything above a G4. By the time I get to my second passagio (around Bb4) Ι’m chocking myself and screaming. I don’t know why. Stupid physique. In some cases I managed to keep it stable and I’m trying through sense memory to keep it there. So hard.

  20. oh okay… so i’m kind of wondering about this but i tried singing like this but it never sounds like it
    an example of what it sounds is in the song Closer To The Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars
    its when the singer sings “life” in the verse “i will live my life” at around 3:10
    (check out the 4 min version since the 6 min mv is thrown off by 14 seconds)
    i do think it is resonance but it sounds different

  21. I use a lot of distortion in my voice when i sing. Not the screamo type with no tone underneath but the kind that overlays my singing voice. I can sing with a lot of resonance when I sing clean but when I use distortion my resonance is not as strong. Is this normal? Is it possible to have both strong resonance AND grit/distortion at the same time? THANKS!

  22. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    It all depends on how you are producing that grit/distortion. False folds or palate trilling. Each one has its own problems in terms of resonance.

  23. How do you tell if you are singing with resonance because the buzzing I feel is very little and my coach says I have to open my mouth wide on vowels like ah and oh to gain forward resonance but I can’t feel it with my fingers.

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