Hey, Guys! Ken Tamplin from Ken Tamplin Vocal
Academy and I’m here to talk about the Five Laws of Great Singing.
First: SUPPORT. What is that? Everyone talks about support. “Diaphragmatic Support”.
It’s actually your whole abdominal cavity, not just the diaphragm, and it’s when we
take a breath, we take a breath like this: Our stomach, when we take a breath in goes
(stomach comes out). When we breathe out, we push down, kind of like we’re going to
the bathroom. .. or doing a sit-up. Let’s do it again… in… out… and we push down.
And we use this as the engine that drives our “car”. It’s the most important part, which is Diaphragmatic Support, or Abdominal Support. Second: Vowel Placement. The ONLY sound that
Truly Grows the Voice is a Bright Ping, or a Bright Timbral Sound. It’s not “huuuuuh,
huuuuuh” or a froggy sound. It’s a real bright AH! It’s the LAH!! AH!!! Like the
Doctor wants to see your tonsils in the back of your throat. So the throat should be OPEN.
It’s called Open Throat Technique. And the tongue should be completely flat to the base
of the jaw, to keep any stricture away from the back of the throat, like this. “LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”
So that you can tell “LAAAAAAAH!” that it’s completely open, it’s very bright,
and that brightness, or that PING is truly the only real sound that grows the voice.
Third: Air Management or Breath Management, Breath Control. I’m not going: “HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”
and killing you with sound. I’m controlling my air, I’m using my diaphragm to do all
my work, it’s the engine that drives my car, and I’m holding back my air and letting
resonance take over because my well-placed vowel sound of “AH” the way I just did
it, “LAAAAAH!” is able to resonate and relax into the sound.
Fourth: Stress Management or Stress Relief. I didn’t go “LA-A-A-A-A-H!” I don’t
freak out and actually close down on my body and tense up. What I do is I relax to the
sound. “LAAAAAH!” I relax to the sound so that I can use my diaphragm to do all my
work for me. It’s my muscle, the engine that drives my car, that relaxes this open
throat technique. Finally, Fifth: The Psychology of Singing.
If you freak out, and you worry about the high note, because you don’t know how to
get there. It has to do with the way you relax and think about the notes themselves, in order
to be able to get into good vowel placement, and understanding how to build chest, head
voice, and a mixed voice in-between, to get you through the passagio, which is the passageway,
from “LAAAAAAAAAAH” to get through that passageway to provide you the ability to sing
seamlessly, end-to-end, with a lot of notes that you can control if you apply these factors.
Thank you for joining me.