The Ability To Regulate Loudness In Singing Is A Sign Of A Skilled Singer

Try to sing as soft as possible and then suddenly start to increase loudness evenly and gradually. Now do the same the other way around. How did it go?

In this article we will tell you why the ability to sing with different intensity levels in a large scale is a sign of a skillful singer and why everyone should practice it.

The Possibility To Regulate Vocal Loudness Is A Sign Of An Elastic Singer

Being vocally agile, mobile and elastic is a sign of advanced control of the vocal folds. Being vocally dynamic (meaning being able to sing softly or loudly and being able to alternate between them fluently) indeed shows that the vocal apparatus is adaptable in different situations as the style of singing requires. This is essential for example when the goal is to sing with different sounds and/or styles and when changing fluently between styles is needed.

A Vivid And Expressive Voice Is A Consequence Of A Dynamic Voice

A flexible voice brings out many benefits:

  • voice is full of different tones and shades of color
  • you can remain in wanted loudness and/or sound
  • you can change from loud to soft, or the other way around if you want to; this enables you to change your role fluently from a solo singer to chorister or background singer (or the other way around) if needed
  • you may change from breathy voice to non-breathy voice, or the other way around
  • you are able to interpret songs vividly

A Pliable And Vivid Singing Voice Brings Out Emotions With Authenticity

A strong scale of emotional expression can be brought out by a singer who knows how to use their instrument in a pliable and vivid way. This can for example mean that the singer is able to change loudness of the voice even in the middle of a single word, if emotional expression asks for it in an exact moment. Dynamic singing touches the listener – and feels freeing and empowering to the singer.

In order for the singing instrument to work in a pliable way it has to be able to work in a balanced way, subtly changing its internal points of balance. So that this can be realized, understanding what aspects truly have an affect on the changes within the dynamics of singing is crucial. Understanding this is also how pushing can be avoided.

Here are some examples of skillful control of vocal dynamics:

A Pliant Singing Voice Can Be Practiced And Learned

Having a pliant voice can be learned. There are lots of tools that help to learn and practice it, many of which are relatively easy to bring into use. It all comes down to practice motivation; developing one’s singing voice’s dynamics is all about trying out, realizing, understanding and becoming aware of – and the stability built with repetition. The essence of vocal training is to create conditions in which these aspects of learning can be realized.

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