Having worked with thousands of singers over the years, I have found that many are confused about technique and what they should be doing when singing. They are uncertain whether the directions they have been given are correct because they are usually based on opinion or personal taste rather than on fact.
So how do you know if a vocal technique is right or wrong? Unlike a guitar where you can see the frets and strings, you can’t see your vocal folds or vocal muscles to see if they are in the correct position or if they are too tense. Often you can feel the tension, but still may not know what to do about it. So how do you know if what you are doing is right?
The short answer is that a right or correct technique aligns with how the body naturally produces sound. This means you need to have some understanding of vocal anatomy to be sure that you are working with and not against your body. It doesn’t take a degree in biology, but you do need to be free of some of the common misconceptions about the diaphragm’s location and how its function during singing is different than ordinary breathing.
Full details about this can be found in my Contemporary Vocalist Vol. 1 course. Post your comments to let me know your thoughts about vocal technique. Do you have a specific question you’d like answered?