What's bright and dark? Well, there's the note that we're singing or speaking and then there's overtones above that note. And if we emphasize the higher overtones it sounds brighter. If we emphasize the lower overtones it sounds darker.
Lifting the tongue root like in an E vowel is another thing to make it sound brighter. And then lowering the soft palate using nasal resonance is another element related to brightness. It doesn't have to but it's a part of our brightness.
It's super important that you find twang in your speaking voice before you find it in your singing voice. Because if you can do it with your speech it becomes very easy to translate to your singing. However, if you can't do it in your speech it's rather difficult to apply to your singing.
Or you might try an auctioneer. Twenty five, twenty five do I hear twenty five, Twenty five to that man over there. Thirty, thirty, do I hear thirty, thirty to that woman in the back. Forty, forty, anybody forty, forty sold to Sergey M. in Murmans, Russia.
Or you might do a robot character. Hello my name is Justin Stoney and I'm the founder of New York Vocal Coaching here in New York City. Don't lose that joy, don't lose that passion, don't let people tell you that you can't sing you and I both know that's just not true.
Or maybe the best one would be a nerd character. Um, well, I just thought that maybe we would have a voice lesson and then after that we could go get our allergy shots or maybe see a movie, I mean whichever one you might think would be better to do. [hits piano]
So if I take "nan", for example, ♪ Nan ♪ I start to find that edge, that cord closure within the twang. Then I go back over into my song... ♪ I am titanium ♪ And then all of a sudden I can start to get that belt happening up on upper notes.
Then, brightness independent of other factors. I don't want to have to spread to be bright. I don't want to have to crank the larynx sky high to be bright. I don't even want to have to use nasal resonance to be bright. Nope, those things are different.
*訳注：先ほども出てきましたが "Apple" の "A" と同じ母音なので「ナーン」と「ネーン」の中間くらいの音ですね。ジャスティンの発音を真似してやってみてください。
With this one we're going to have guys and ladies on the same pitch. Not up and down the octave, but the same pitch. So we're going to be starting too low for most ladies, and going too high for most guys.
It's okay to flip to falsetto, it's okay to flip to head voice. But if you can, stay in a mix. It's not going to be too loud. We're just going to keep it really bad sounding, really twangy. That's really the purpose of this exercise.
Fantastic work with those twanged up sounds! So it's been a great day finding out what twang is, how it can be used in the speaking voice, the singing voice, the benefits of it, and then you guys did such a great job adding some of those qualities to your voice.
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