Well done to Ava's first recording/vocal feedback session on Saturday!
Her beautiful soulful voice shone through with little adjustments. She was cool and calm, and it showed through her voice!
I like to keep vocal journals of students singing and allow the student to listen back to gain an insight of what sounds good and what needs improving...
Her are 5 top tips before recording : )
1. Have a Grip on General Vocal Technique.
Your vocal technique should be good enough for you to expressively sing your songs on-pitch with good tone and stamina without straining or blowing out. If you can’t do that, you’ll waste time in the recording with endless takes and lots of auto-tuning. Before recording, establish the right key, know the melody and lyrics, smooth out pitch and range difficulties and lock in the rhythm.
2. Focus on the Message and Emotion.
Once the technical details are covered, focus on the message and emotion(s) of the song. Your phrasing decisions relate to emotion and message and should be believable within the feel and style of the music. Your own unique style comes from making the lyrics your communication. Mean what you say when you sing.
3. Imagine an Audience.
Your voice must reach through this electronic recording to emotionally affect the eventual listener. Sing in the studio with the same energy and believability of a live performance. Even though you may be in a small vocal booth, don’t sing to yourself or to mental pictures of past audiences. Imagine someone or an audience out in front of your microphone in the here and now and sing to them with vitality and feeling.
4. Be Well Rested.
If your vocal session is scheduled when you’re tired and you’re pushing past fatigue, you risk strain, blow-out and a general poor result. Some studios offer reduced rates for recording late at night. If you’re trying to save money that way, take a nap and arrive once the rhythm section is recorded. You need to be at your physical best for your voice to respond well.
5. Focus on Vowels vs. Consonants.
Pops and hisses on a track created by overemphasis of consonants can spoil the recording. Think of the consonant as using the same amount of air a vowel. Focus your energy on vowel sounds and let the consonants take a secondary role. Vowels are the sounds of your voice, not consonants.
Here is a little snippit of Ava singing Geroge Ezra's, 'Blame it on me'
Rebecca is a professional vocal coach and singer in her own right with many years of performing and coaching experience. She is passionate with all things singing related!