11 Mar Delivering A Song
Many singers often lament of being unable to make an emotional connection when they sing; that despite a good vocal performance, their audience didn’t feel…something.
There is a common misconception that some singers naturally have it in them to deliver an engaging performance and communicate the message of a song effectively, while others do not possess the same capacity, and so fail to do more than provide tuneful music.
This article seeks to debunk that myth.
Beyond personal engagement with the songs you sing, every vocalist needs to understand the intricacies within a song by applying techniques that can aid in their interpretation of, and thereafter their delivery of a song.
Here is a couple of tips.
1. Developing Phrasing
Learning to vary your phrasing, how you perform and interpret the various phrases in a song, not only demonstrates your finesse as a vocalist, but more importantly, it gives a song its vibrancy and helps the listener engage with its message in the process. Tools that are used to develop phrasing include: lyrical emphasis, time value improvisation, legato, rhythmic & melodic nuance and tonal variations.
2. Applying Volume Dynamic Markings
Volume Dynamic Markings refers to the volume level in a piece of music, in the context of the song as a whole or within its individual phrases. As you think through the overall message and tone of the song, and how the meaning of each phrase contributes to that, plan where you sing loud or soft, as you will not need to keep the same volume level throughout the song.
When performing a rendition of a song, we sing a particular phrase loudly and another softly and often incorporate gradual changes in volume over the course of a few notes. Varying your volume as you sing a song brings out its nuances and would certainly leave your audience with more than a good audio experience.