Introduction to Vocal Resonance

by Admin on March 24, 2013

All of the singers who produce so much sound without using microphones make use of resonance – the vibrations that create tone. Vocal resonance enables a singer to fill a pretty big hall with sound without using electric amplification. Producing tone is only the first step in the singing process. The next thing is to perfect your tone according to the style of music you would like to sing. Different types of resonance are more suitable for different styles of music, like classical, pop-rock, country and jazz. Discovering how to gain access to all of that resonance will allow you to fill an entire concert hall, rather than just your car, with great tone.

Resonance is vibrations that create tone through and within your mouth, throat and nasal passages. While you sing, you will need to open the room in your throat and mouth to produce sound in all your resonators. Opening the space allows the tone to resonate. Tone needs to move forward when you sing for everyone to hear you. Moving the sound forward means allowing the sound to ring in each resonating space during the time you purposefully force the sound forward and into the room.

Exploring Vocal Resonance Vibrations

In order to explore vibrations of resonance, you partition your head into three segments. To experience the vibrations of resonance in the front of your face, you have to discover the vibrations within the back, middle, and front of your head and face.

  • Back. Imagine that you’re very proper and pompous, and say, “Oh, darling!” While you say it, aim to feel the vibrations of sound only in the backside of your head or mouth. You possibly could imitate the speaking of a queen or royalty. Realizing exactly what the vibrations feel like when they are far back allows you to recognize them moving forward. To be certain that you fully grasp the feeling, you should open the back of the mouth and throat and maintain the sound back there. It is like if your mouth is in the rear of your head and you are pushing the sound out of the back of your head.
  • Middle. Discovering resonating feelings in the centre of your head lets you feel where the vibrations are when they’re midway to the front. You can imagine that you’re out with your friends at the local bar and say, “Fights like that are not for me.” Perhaps it will feel like the sound is moving directly from the middle of your head. The space in the back of the mouth or throat is just like the space you make use of when you speak, in contrast to the space you open to produce full resonant tone for classical music. Imitating this speaking voice can assist you in finding the sensations in the centre of the head.
  • Front. For this part, you will need to experience the sound in your face and by no means in the back of the head. Mimic the sounds of a lively and overbearing relative, like people who generate a lot of noise every time they speak. They have a tendency to shout even though you’re standing close to them. You want that same type of resonance for this exercise. Pick one of the earlier examples and pronounce, “Yeah, that’s what I want.”

Try all of these three exercises once more – back, middle and front – to make certain that you feel the vibrations progressively moving forward as you explore all three sections of your head.

Vocal Resonance Exercises

Once you have experienced each of the vibrations, it’s time for you to do some singing exercises to enhance your vocal resonance as follows. First of all try humming a specific note in your preferred pitch, then start changing your pitch to just a little lower tone. Concentrate on how you are able to bring out chest voice. Maintain your note and proceed humming until you can experience the vibrations taking place in your chest.

Then shift your pitch higher to a couple of octaves. Now concentrate on how you feel in your head. Once you get the sense of vibration existing both in your head and chest, try raising intensity in your humming vibration.

At this point open your mouth and keep on humming right until you can feel your lips and tongue are both vibrating. After that it’s time again to raise intensity of your vibration.

And finally, refocus your attention to the vibrations that are taking place in your chest.

Continue doing this exercise up to five times in a row and remember to finish them focusing on your chest. In the end you will hopefully build up a kind of sound that is vibrant and full.


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