Now Rodrigo that's a spectacular question. Because we work very hard on our vibrato. We've talked about it in lessons in the past and I know we're gonna talk about it more in the future. Vibrato is very important.
A vibrato note, however, does. Take a listen... ♪ Ah ♪ Those are small little pitch bends. Not... ♪ Ah ♪ Not enough to move the pitch away from its fundamental note. ♪ Ah ♪ But, little baby pitch movements within that note.
And we want to be able to control our voices like that. To say I'm choosing to do straight tone or I'm choosing to do vibrato. This gives us a lot of control not just technically but also stylistically.
It's very interesting to me that in the world of voice somehow people started getting the notion that vibrato is the natural way to sing and straight tone is not natural and sometimes people even think that it's unhealthy for the voice, that it's damaging for the voice, and it's simply not true.
But this is not to suggest that vibrato is a kind of thing of the past and straight tone is something of the present and contemporary styles. In fact straight tone dates back hundreds if not thousands of years.
You hear it in a lot of world music and folks music, emerging from different cultures. You hear it in things like Gregorian chants. And even in the classical world, things like baroque and the choral tradition. They all have straight tone present in the sound.
Now, modern examples would be things like pop, rock, R&B, musical theatre, bluegrass, and Rodrigo, you mentioned jazz! Which is definitely a style that uses a lot of straight tone. In fact, jazz would be a style where sometimes singers sing exclusively with straight tone.
So what I'm gonna do here with this song is try my very best to sing with all straight tone, no vibrato at all for the entire piece. Just to give us a sense of what that would sound like to sing with literally zero vibrato. Now jazz is a good style to do that with.
So next I'm going to give you some tips on how to sing with straight tone. And then we're gonna look at an exercise.
There's gonna be two kinds of singers watching this video. Those like you, Rodrigo, who've been doing vibrato for so long that straight tone has actually become difficult to do. And then there's also going to be those who find straight tone rather easy but would like to improve their control over that straight tone.
Try changing the circumstances so that you're not in the same place where vibrato is present in your voice. Learn it in the foreign circumstance and then bring it back to where you're used to singing. That's for those who find straight tone difficult.
For those who'd like to improve their straight tone- sameness is actually going to be the answer.
We need to have sameness of breath. With straight tone breath support becomes even more important. Taking that low breath, and then letting it out slowly but also steadily. Blasts of air, changes of air, will affect the pitch. We really have to master that small steady breath even more for straight tone.
Other elements of sameness are going to be- larynx postion. Doesn't matter which larynx you pick, but you're going to have to keep it relatively the same or else straight tone becomes quite difficult to do.
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