Varying musical dynamics whilst singing
Musical Dynamics: Tips on how a songwriter can use musical dynamics to enhance their performance. Musical dynamics are a tool that all singers can use to prevent their performance being static.
There are many ways to incorporate musical dynamics into your vocal performance, from simple things such as increasing volume to varied harmonies. Below are just a few ways in which you can use musical dynamics to improve your performance.
Increase or Decrease Volume
This is a musical dynamic songwriters can use to help the emotion from the song come across during their performance. Many songwriters choose to increase the volume in their vocals when they hit the most emotional part of the song.
Articulate through Characterisation
For example, if you’re singing a happy part of the song, try to reflect that in your vocals. Although it may not necessarily fit with the song, it will give extra musical dynamics to your performance.
Change Vowel Shape
When writing your own songs it can often to be difficult to find ways to make your song stand out, changing vowel shape can help this. A good example is pronouncing ‘me’ as ‘may’, it adds something unique to the performance.
HOT TIP! It’s important to remember that not all musical dynamics will be suitable for every songwriter’s style of song. It’s wise to know which ones suit your songs and which ones don’t work for your songs.
Of course you need lyrics for your song to work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add in musical dynamics such as silences or rests. Often adding silences or rests to the performance makes the following vocals sound more impressive.
Extending a phrase rather than keeping it short and taking a breath, can often provide a new musical dynamic to the performance and can help to show off your vocals.
HOT TIP! Do not try to use all of the above in one performance. It’s encouraged to use musical dynamics throughout your performance, but if you try to use all of them you risk the performance sounding messy.
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