Voice Lesson on styles of singing.
People have been singing since the discovery of the voice and the beauty of melody. Of course, many things have changed over the hundreds of years people have been singing. Cultures across the globe have with their own scales and modes, and at the same time different type of singing styles emerged.
Music genres are diverse and varied as the cultures themselves. Different genres present unique challenges for singers. Here is a list of the most common singing styles and how to sing them.
Pop is short for Popular. The pop music of the 40's was Frank Sinatra and Jazz music. In the 50's it was Elvis and Bo Diddly. Each decade was a different style of music right up until the pop music of today. With dance and rhythm at its heart, this style has dominated the music industry.
Learn how to control your vibrato without getting stressed. Experiment with varied vocal sounds like short popping sounds. Focus on your stage movements and gestures and dance a little to set the right energy.
Rock is the grandchild of the blues. Rock and roll is heavier and a more danceable rhythm. It grew up t o become harsh, rougher and edgier.
Experiment with different vocal flairs like a growling sound at the end but make sure you don’t overdo it. Practice singing a huge range of dynamics from whispers to high notes.
This style is always considered as the most formal and restrictive of all genres of singing as it requires the greatest amount of discipline. It is sung with a terminal vibrato and emotional release. Lack of intimacy with the audience makes it the least conversational of all genres. It gives the audience the impression of admiring astonishing paintings from afar.
Listening to the style of the great vocalists will help you to understand the stylistic demands of this difficult style. Don’t force or try to create it. Get connected with classical voice instructor to become a legitimate classical vocalist.
Songs with clear speech level and distinct consonants come under jazz genre while blues singing has rough and rootsy edges with a unique accent.
Experiment with different vocal sounds like scatting and pitch slides. Listen to great jazz vocalists for understanding the stylistic differences and you can also learn a lot from singing along with great saxophone and horn jazz soloists.
The rhythmic rhyming singing accompanied with rapping and beat boxing is termed as hip hop style of singing. The genre has grown steadily and gained popularity over the years. The apparent origins are funk, disco, reggae, and blues.
Tips: Carefully listen to funk, disco, reggae, soul, gospel and old-school hip hop songs. Hip Hop is different than rapping. Never be afraid of experimenting or wordplay. Make your own unique signature singing styles.
Despite the different music genres, one thing connects them all that is love that the audience has for the voice and great vocalists no matter what style. Practice makes perfect. Listen carefully and learning some piano skills will also help you to develop faster because learning about scales and chords is important for your development.
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