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Singers Key Notes--Relax and Speak on Pitch

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The mere thought of singing sends most brains into panic mode. Many people perform great feats of physical effort and mental gymnastics to do what they call singing. A grip of the throat, raising the chin, locking the jaw, holding breath, praying to the voice gods and all of that occurs within a split second inhale! For some unknown reason a universal concept prevails that singing has to be something other than natural; that one has to do something extraordinary to sing. This manipulation puts you into what I call the sing spot controlled and totally unnatural.

The truth is that you do not use one voice to speak and carry around a case containing another voice marked: Use Only for Singing. You use the same instrument whether you are singing or speaking. Same body, same mind, same everything unless you create a difference.

The perceived difference between the two voices originates in the thought process, which precedes sound production. Consider the split second of panic before you sing vs. the no-thought-no-judgment moment preceding speech. Each mental pattern triggers dissimilar muscular responses in the body. The respective muscular responses become habits that prepare your instrument to sing or speak.

The unadulterated thought process that produces speech, when practiced as the approach to singing, bypasses the urge to manipulate the instrument to produce singing and becomes a healthy habit of vocal production. Speaking on pitch, i.e. using speech as the initial impulse for matching musical pitch is supported by current research on speech, singing and brain function.

Speaking on pitch also solves a dilemma for Contemporary Music singers. You are lyric driven; you communicate with the lyrics. Yes, you sing on the vowels, but you get paid for the consonants. Consonants define vocal communication. The staccato (short and clipped) or legato (smooth and connected) of words created by consonants communicates mood, humor and a host of other emotions. And Morganix Method is the only method that trains consonants as a tool for forward release of breath and sound. Not even Speech Level Singing really teaches speaking on pitch using speech as the initial impulse to create sound.

Practicing Random Pitch Exercises exclusive to the Morganix Method, can be very helpful to engrain the habit of using speech to begin each sound. Just as the name implies, the singer is responds by speaking on pitch to random pitches. You can play the pitches yourself, or use pre-recorded random pitches. Practicing speaking on random pitches does away with pitch fear and habituates a consistent response from the instrument. Open and speak, open and speak regardless of the pitch. This way we eliminate the moment of panic and the manipulation of the larynx. Combine this with consonant release training by using a beginning consonant for the forward release of breath and sound.

Without interference, the vocal folds adjust to pitch by responding to a signal from the brain. Your brain hears the pitch, sends a signal to the vocal folds; the vocal folds adjust their size to the correct pitch. The tendency is to help the process by micromanaging the larynx. However, physically altering the vocal production system causes inaccuracy of pitch.

Random Pitch Exercises strip away the propping up of the larynx or bracing of muscles that can occur prior to creating sound. They eliminate the preconceived notion that you must physically adjust the instrument for each pitch by using unpredictable, random pitches. The result is simplicity of thought process and consistency of vocal response to pitch. Simply open on inhale and speak through the space!

Try it! You can't loose!

Morganix Method will help you sing as simply and naturally as you speak and achieve:

  • An open, clear, communicative instrument flexible enough to sing any style and play any character without vocal strain
  • A seamless voice with no breaks or need to shift gears from one vocal range to another
  • Freedom of expression realized through consonant release
  • A consistent and trustworthy response from your instrument
  • Musical singing
  • An intimate connection with your audience

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