What’s the Deal with Those Bratty Sounds? | Octave Higher TV E5

Hey guys, this week’s question comes to us from Dr. Paula Starche.

Paula is amazing in her analysis of our lessons and progress.

One time, she asked me “So what is the difference between the bratty sound and the attitude sound you have me do?”

I hope this answers it for you Paula!

Episode Recap:

-Both the “bratty” and “attitude” sounds have some similarities

-First, they both tend to approximate the vocal folds which means it brings them closer together

-Second, as a result of more vocal fold approximation or “closure” (even though they’re not ALL the way closed), you will probably find a little more volume than before

-The “bratty” sound is great at getting that cord closure we love, but it also stretches the cords out so that it’s easier to find a blend or “Mix” between the bottom and top of your voice

-The “attitude” sound is good at finding a bit more volume with the cord closure, but it’s not as much of a blending tool as the bratty sound. It’s more of a strengthening tool

-For example in a lesson, if I notice we’re not getting your vocal folds closing correctly, I might have you do that bratty sound to help those muscles learn to close better. Then we can move up through the range using the same tool which stretches the cords to allow for higher pitches.

Once we get to the point where you are well connected from the bottom to the top, then we can use the attitude sound to help you find an appropriate volume for your whole range.

Any questions? Email me at matt@octavehighereast.com

All About Breathing | Octave Higher TV E4

Hey guys, what an amazing question we have this week!

Alys Nixon asks: Why do I project better when I am sitting up straight?

I have done my best to dispense with all the useless myths around breath and singing and just give you what you need to know to actually sing!

Episode 4 Recap: Why do I project better when I’m sitting up straight?

-Many vocal techniques place an excessive emphasis on breathing right

-Most singers already intuitively understand how much breath to take

-However, most problems in singing happen at the vocal fold level

-There are 3 huge myths that most classical techniques continue to teach

-Myth 1: The Diaphragm is the only muscle you use to sing

-Myth 1 Busted: The Diaphragm is in fact a muscle of inhalation. Since singing happens on the exhale, we know this myth is false.

-Myth 2: You use the same amount of breath when singing as when speaking

-Myth 2 Busted: Having too little breath and too much breath pressure (as when we speak forcefully) will not result in a supported tone. Try it!

-Myth 3: You need to take a huge breath and increase breath pressure to sing well.

-Myth 3 Busted: You actually want less breath pressure so the vocal folds can resist the breath and create a supported tone

How to actually breathe when you sing:

-The Ribs and Diaphragm expand away from each other when you inhale to create room for air in your lungs.

-When you exhale, the Ribs and Diaphragm come closer together

-To sing a sustained tone, you need to have a relaxed release of air as the diaphragm and ribs slowly come together

No amount of breath work is a substitute for the problems that can happen with the vocal folds

-However, good breath work can make a good instrument work even better!