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Ep. 31「スタイルの変え方」【VLTTW翻訳】

Ep. 31 "Changing Your Style" - Voice Lessons To The World





Hi everybody. My name is Justin Stoney and I'm the founder of New York Vocal Coaching here in New York City.




Welcome to Episode 31 of Voice Lessons To The World, the show where we want to help you guys as singers by answering your questions from all over the world.




And I'll give you a chance to ask questions later, but our question for this week comes from Mayra C. in Sao Paolo, Brazil.




And Mayra says, "Dear Justin, I really like your videos. They've expanded my thinking on vocal technique. I've been singing for a long time, but everything I sing sounds the same. I'd really like to change my style, but I don't know how to do it. Can you help?"




Now Mayra that's an awesome question. And I really appreciate your kind words, as well as that question about changing style.




I think so many of us want to do more than one style, and you guys know that I'm very big on us all being able to do a multitude of styles.




But for your question, “How do we change our style if we've been locked into one thing? How can we get out of that one style that we've been doing?" It's a great question.




But the first thing we're going to talk about is being open to other artists. So you need to be able to get lots of sounds in your ears to be able to change your style.




It's great to have a few artists that you always listen to that you're inspired by. But one thing that if you want to stretch past your comfort zone and really change your style, is you're going to have to get those other artists in your ear.




Maybe you always listen to R&B. That's great. But can you expand your listening to some things that you wouldn't maybe think that you would like. Maybe some opera, maybe some jazz, maybe some gospel, maybe some rock.




No matter what you listen to a lot, go ahead and challenge yourself to listen to something that you think that you don't like.




Maybe some people think that they hate country, and actually when they start listening to it they say, "Hey, maybe that's not so bad after all, and maybe there's some ways I can use those sounds in my style, even though it's very, very different."




So get other artists in your ear. Part of the reason why that's true, is that there are no original artists. Now that's kind of facetious. But truly there is no such thing as an original artist.




The only real original artists were the person that was in the woods one day and found a big rock and a couple of sticks and started hitting that rock and said, "Oh that's rhythm! Well that sounds pretty good." That's an original artist.




Maybe another person picked up a stick in the woods and hollowed it out and blew in it and it made a couple notes and they said, "Oh! Music!" Now those are original artists.




But everybody else since then has been somewhat inspired by the past. Every generation builds on itself. Every generation inspires the next. Nobody can actually do something truly unique. Nor should they really try. Because everybody is really influenced by the past and that's not a bad thing.




What you want to do, is not try to create something that's truly different, but to take artists and take sounds and expand on them in your own way, and that will truly change your style and make you a unique artist.




But you don't want to try to reinvent the wheel. Everybody's inspired by the past. So go ahead and quote/unquote "steal from the best." Make sure you've got lots of artists in your ear so that you can be influenced and inspired by those artists and take that and make something new.




Now the next thing I want to do is be open to other styles. And the reason why is because styles are now becoming very cross pollinated.




If you hear an R&B song it might have some rock sounds in it, some pop, maybe some jazz. There's a lot of crossover. Musical theater, a lot of the Broadway shows are using pop and rock sounds. It's a little bit less of the traditional, it's a little bit more of the contemporary although they're not losing the traditional either.




Classical singers are known to do a lot of crossover work. It could be an opera singer that releases a pop or musical theater or jazz album. There's a lot of ways that styles merge.




So if you're open-minded to a lot of different styles then you're really going to be able to incorporate that into your sound.




Now next, I want to talk about being open to the larynx. Because those things I mentioned so far, are a little bit more of practical tasks for you guys in order to be able to expand your style.




But there's some technical things as well. And as we've talked about in the past, the larynx is a style changer. It could be many other things. But mostly, if you're going to be adjusting the larynx position purposefully, that's going to be one of your key technical skills for changing your style.




Now again, the neutral larynx is our ultimate larynx. That does the freest, healthiest, best things. But, it's not bad or wrong or unhealthy to do other kinds of things.




Again we don't want to slam the larynx up or jam it down. But there's different gradations of larynx height that determine your style.




Pop rock contemporary music is going to be a little bit of a higher larynx than say a classical singer who's going to use a little bit of a lower, deeper larynx and a more open pharynx. These are just differences. They're not good or bad.




But you guys need to be able to mess with your laryngeal position, if you're going to do a multitude of styles. Now by just singing lots of songs you're probably going to get that down.




But I just want to inspire you guys to do a little bit of that in your practicing. Let me give you an example of what I mean by that.




Let's say I have an e vowel. I could just say, "E," but I could also perhaps do an, "E," or maybe, "E," or perhaps "E" or "E." There's a ton of "Es" that I could do. None of them are right or wrong. They're just different.




So depending on what I'm working on in my practice, I might choose a different thing to focus on from trying to change my style.


練習の中で何を鍛えているのかによって - スタイルを変えようとして - 集中することが異なるかもしれません。


So if I just had any old exercise, the simplest possible thing I could do, and I did, "me me me me me..." I'm going for a plain sound. Plain, "me me me me me me me me me me..." It's fine. It's just a plain old sound.




But what if I am working on a little bit of a lower larynx? Then I might try, "me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me..." I'm experimenting with some depth.




Or what if I'm trying to work on a little bit of my breathiness? And a little bit of a higher larynx position, "me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me..." I can manipulate not only the larynx height, but kind of the style of my exercises.




So don't just do your exercises in one way. Figure out some different sounds that you're working on. Maybe you need a teacher to help you, or maybe these videos help you. But you need to be able to do your exercises in more than one way. 




So be conscious of what you're going for when you're doing your exercises and know that there's adjustments that you can make that will facilitate that style.




And then finally, I want you guys to be open to yourself. Changing your style is great. I definitely want you to be experimenting with lots of listening, with lots of trying of different song styles and variations of your technique. But don't be afraid to be yourself. 




A lot of times people say I got to change my style because I just don't sound right. But really sometimes that's just because we're judging our own voice too much.




I do tell you to steal from the best. I did tell you to be inspired by other artists. But what I don't want you guys trying to do is sound like other people. You should be inspired by them but don't try to change your style so that you can sound different from yourself.




Your voice will always be the best voice. Maybe it's not as big as somebody else's voice. Maybe it's not as high and flexible as somebody else's voice. That's fine.




You don't need to change your voice to be somebody else. You just need to open up your stylistic possibilities. But never lose sight of being yourself when you sing. A sound that sounds like you will always be better than a sound that sounds like somebody else.




Be inspired by the style, but make sure that whatever you do (whatever larynx position, whatever style that you're working on), it still is a version of yourself. That's always going to serve you the best.


スタイルからヒントを得てください。でも、何をしているにしても - どの喉頭のポジションでも、どんなスタイルを練習しているとしても - それは自分自身のあり方の一つです。いつでもこういう捉え方すれば、きっとそれが役に立つでしょう。


So Myra and all, I hope that's been helpful for you guys as singers today. If you have questions that you'd like to see us answer on the show you can send an email to: Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com


というわけで、マイラさん、みなさん。今回の内容がシンガーのみなさんの役に立っていればと思います。このショーで答えてほしい質問がある場合は、 Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com にメールしてください。


And we just encourage you not to lose that joy, don't lose that passion... Keep messing with different styles. Keep messing with different kinds of technique for your voice. It's going to open up a lot of possibilities for you.




Get with a great voice teacher in your area to help you. Or if you guys are in New York City you can check us out: www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com.


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And if you like these videos you can visit: www.VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com.


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I'm Justin Stoney. We'll see you next time.












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