As promised, here is an example of a modern (non-operatic) singer who I feel has excellent vocal technique: P!nk.
Not only is this one of my favorite dramatic performances of all time, but you can also watch as she sings and notice some of the very things we have been working on in our singing classes.
* Her vocal placement is excellent. For someone who has a breathy, almost raspy, sound she can still be easily heard … you can see “the snarl” or “smile” in her cheeks as she places her voice in “the mask” so that her voice carries.
* In order to pull off such a naked performance vocally she HAS to have her voice supported in an “on the breath” technique that keeps her sound free of tension. If she (or anyone else) tried to “belt” this song it would sound pushed and strained … and it wouldn’t sound good at all for this particular song. Belting has it’s place, sometimes, but this song is not one of them.
See if there are any other lessons from our classes that you can notice as you watch. If you haven’t taken lessons with me, or been in our class, then feel free to chime in anyway … and perhaps you’d like to come and see what you can learn about having an easy,”on the breath” vocal technique. If so, give me a call: (949) 613-0143.
Christopher Anderson-West is a conservatory trained operatic tenor and voice teacher currently living in Southern Orange County, California. Christopher is pleased to be working with Raise The Barre dance studio as a Vocal Instructor and teacher of a weekly class on Musicianship For Singers for students in the Southern Orange County area (Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Talega and San Clemente).
Christopher studied both voice and composition for five years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has had the honor of performing in England, France, Italy, China, and around the United States.
As a voice teacher, Christopher’s method is primarily based on the operatic bel canto technique; meaning “beautiful singing”. This technique is currently employed in not only opera, but virtually every form of singing from Pop, to R&B, to Broadway and more … the principles can be carried over as a basis for just about any style of singing.
Christopher’s goal is to impart a healthy vocal technique that will allow you or your child to progress confidently into whatever field of music you or they enjoy.