SMALL CHANGE TO IMPACT YOUR SINGING!

The human voice can be the most expressive instrument, but it can also be very boring! Distinct and unique musical phrasing is essential for a compelling performance. Musical phrasing creates a recognizable and unmistakable quality for a voice. It makes a singer sound better than just singing the words on a page.

Do you know what makes a voice distinctly different…phrasing; how a singer SHAPES each line of the song. The combination of tone, pitch, dynamics, diction and more contribute to the phrasing. A singer must be consistent in their singing for a good performance, but it’s the phrasing that will make a vocalist stand out from the rest.

Phrasing is a key part in making an impact when you sing. Phrasing is how we break down a song into musical ideas, which includes where to breathe and where to place emphasis. Here is an example, sing through “Happy Birthday”; the way you sing it at a birthday party and the way Marilyn Monroe sang it are two distinctly different was of phrasing the song.

One of the most important elements in phrasing is breath; breathing in places that make sense for both the music and the words. It helps to read the words aloud and mark the places where you naturally pause. To mark those places, use a little apostrophe above the staff or if you just have lyrics, then place it above the words. The little apostrophe is called a breath mark. For piano you will see the slur (a curved line above or below notes), which is also a phrase mark.

In pop music, phrases tend to be shorter and more conversational; in musical theater and classical styles are more concerned with the traditional sense of phrasing. Intentional & skillful phrasing in contemporary singing can really take a performance to the next level! You’ll sound more expressive and natural.

JOKE FOR THE DAY:
What do you get if Bach falls off his horse but has the courage to get back on and keep riding?
Bach in the saddle!

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