In this webinar, brought to you by The Modern Vocalist Forum, maestro Lunte partners up with singing coach Draven Grey to spark discussions and tackle some questions on singing techniques. Draven Grey is a moderator for The Modern Vocalist World, has been coaching signed and unsigned bands for 20 years, and has also transition into coaching vocalists for the past 3-4 years specializing in rock singing and screaming. Draven sought after help from mastro Lunte after a vocal incident that left him without a voice past his passaggio for roughly three months. The incident, as Draven explains, was a result of yelling high notes and pushing his heavier mechanism instead of shifting to a lighter mass gradually. Nevertheless, after training with The Four Pillars of Singing, Draven notes that he realized how to achieve high notes without putting such strain on his voice.
A significant section on this webinar revolved around the singing onsets. Part of the reason for this might have been Draven’s story about how the onsets (highlighting the contract and release onset) helped him recover and surpass his vocal form prior to his vocal incident. This section included practical explanations on the anatomy of the singing onsets as well as how these different onsets help develop a singer’s technique depending on said singer’s desired sound. For example, Both coaches explained how plosive onsets such as the attack and release help develop strength a fullness above the passaggio for belting. In contrast, onsets such as the pulse and release help a singer lighten up the mass if what they want is a softer sound. Another use for the onsets that was discussed, brought up by Draven, was coaches using onsets as a diagnosing tool to identify specific problems for students.
Anatomy of Singing
With regards to anatomy, both coaches answer some questions and give explanations on what the TA and CT muscles are and how they affect singing. Furthermore, they also answer questions regarding the larynx position and how this positioning affects the coloring of the voice. These practical explanations help singers understand how their voices work at a physical level.
Use of Lyrics
Another topic that was touched upon on this webinar was the use of lyrics not only to understand the poetic and emotional component of a song, but also to consider them as a roadmap for the types of onsets, singing vowels, and consonants that are to be used for said song. Lyrics tell you the speech phonetics of the song. As such, they serve as a guide for the singer to translate these into singing phonetics in order to convey the song in the most efficient manner.
Aside from the topics above, in this nearly hour long webinar there were questions and discussions revolving around Vibrato, Vowels, and alternative exercises to develop a powerful, full sounding voice above the passaggio.