By Sally Morgan
I recently taught a singing lesson to a student, we’ll call him E, with whom I’ve been working for about 3 years now. We’ve gotten him to the point where he’s now doing musical theater auditions for Broadway shows here in New York City. He’s getting call back after call back after call back – but not getting the show.
So my job as a voice teacher is to help him figure out why he is getting so close, yet not landing the role. My one-on-one session with E came back to some of the same principles I teach in my class Sing as You Speak: Simply and Naturally at the Open Center. E needed to ground his voice deeper in his body, connect with genuine emotion and release the tension that was causing strain so he could bring gravity and presence to his singing.
Here is what I mean — Three ways you can transform your voice and delivery:
Grounding: Make sure the voice is really grounded in the body. The sound of your voice should really come from your gut. When we disconnect, the lines of communication between performer and audience is broken.
Connecting with genuine emotion: Connect with the emotional inflection you’d inject into the sentence as if you were speaking the words. This makes getting the pitch effortless.
Relax: Releasing tension lets the voice emerge so you can claim presence in the room or theater. Let the tension from your jaw, your shoulders, your chest melt away so all that’s left is the sound.
Whether you are a singer-songwriter, a musical theater singer, a pop singer, or a shower singer, the Sing Like You Speak method is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free.
Sally Morgan will be presenting a five-session weekly course at the Open Center starting September 19. Register by September 9 to receive an early bird discount.
Check out this video of her session with E.