You might ask, “What does vocal technique have to do with my style?” Well, I believe that the purpose of vocal technique is to give you the skill to sing what you want in the way you want, without hurting your voice. As long as your vocal instrument can function properly and freely you will have vocal consistency, control, increased range, and yes, a wealth of different sounds such as rasp, belt and wails. You would also be able to sing in full voice throughout your range.
The converse is also true, that if you have poor or incomplete voice technique, your range and “vocal vocabulary” will be limited. In some styles of music a large range and versatility are not as crucial, but most singers I’ve met or coached would prefer singing by choice not restriction. Ideally you should be able to sing whatever you can imagine or at least any sound that you would like to use to express your musical ideas while not trashing your voice in the process.
Personally, I would prefer to be able to sing any style and then choose the one or ones that suite my personality and individual tastes instead of being barred from a style I really like because I didn’t have the vocal prowess to sing it. It is for this reason that I researched how the voice naturally works and developed a method to achieve a healthy, expressive, spontaneous voice in any style of music.
In the next blog post we’ll discuss the vocal qualities needed for some of the more popular genres of music and tie it all together with your personality and singing skill into a recipe for your uniquely identifiable vocal style.