Back in the day when I was doing regular(ish) Tuesday at Ten Terrific Teaching Tips & Tricks, I made this video about how confusing and kind of not-useful the term “breath support” can be … and, because I don’t like to point out a problem without giving a solution, I also talked about what you might be noticing about a sound when you’re thinking, “hmmm … needs more breath support”, and ways to NOT use the term.
As it turns out? This little video is one of my MOST WATCHED videos to date. (Who knew?) So here’s a little summary of it FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE.
(If you’d rather do AUDIO-VISUAL, go on over here and watch that thing in all of its 26-minute glory!)
0:00 Who Am I? Where Am I? What Day Is it? WHY ARE THERE MEXICAN THINGS HERE? AND HOW COME THERE IS MAKEUP ON MY FACE?!?
1:00 Here’s what I want to talk about today.
2:00 THE VOCAL INSTRUMENT 101 ONLINE COURSE #celebrityshoutout
2:07 Two main reasons I’m not SUPER-FOND of the term “breath support”
- REASON THE FIRST (AKA: what does it even mean?)
- #voicepedcelebrityshoutouts (bet no one’s used THAT hashtag before, right?)
- head explosion actions
- ACTUALLY, THIS IS REASON THE FIRST
- REASON THE SECOND
6:15 Skip to here for the SUMMARY of why I’m not super-fond of the term “breath support”.
6:30 CAVEAT O RAMA
7:26 Steps to take to NOT use “breath support”
- WHAT IS IT IN THE SOUND THAT MAKES ME WANT TO ASK THE SINGER TO WORK ON “BREATH SUPPORT”
- examples include being “off the voice” or “wonky” vibrato or tuning issues
- WHOLE LOTTA’ VOICEPED SHENANIGANS
12:20 RECAP PLUS MORE VOICEPED SHENANIGANS
- one way to work on increasing pressure & vocal fold closure
- (my personal trainer doesn’t sound like that. #justsayin)
- FINGER GUNS ALERT
- feelin’ SUPER FANCY so I used SOVTs #justcasual
- I used a “don’t” and I’m not proud.
- one way to find more breath energy
21:00 BREATH, FOLDS, and RESONATOR ALL WORK TOGETHER AND INFLUENCE EACH OTHER
23:30 If you’re one of those people who only read the abstract and conclusions of a study? THIS IS THE CONCLUSION AND YOU CAN START HERE.
Now go on and examine your use of the term “breath support” and see what you’re REALLY hearing in that voice.