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How to Use Different Textures in Your Voice

Learn how to use different textures in your voice in this Howcast online singing lesson featuring singer Anya Singleton.


Hi. I'm Anya Singleton. We're going to talk about how to use different textures in your voice.

When you talk about textures in your voice, what does that mean? I think the best way to describe that is textures are if you think of a canvas and you have 5 different colors of paint, and you really love yellow. Yellow is very bright and it's eye-catching so you put that on the canvas first. Maybe you're in a little bit more of a reflective mood and you want to make it green, so you bring in some blue. Where the blue and the yellow meet, you have green, and that's the tranquil part of the painting. Where the yellow is, it's bright and exciting and where the blue is, it's calming and flowy, let's say.

When you're thinking about using textures in your voice, we talk about the toolbox; that's exactly the same idea. If I want to sing a certain song, and the song is 'Goodnight, My Someone' from 'The Music Man', there are different parts of that that I might wish to illustrate, and I'm going to want to sing them a little differently, depending on what the song means.

For the first part of the song, I might want to make it a little brighter, a little more, 'Here's how I feel about you. I love you. I feel strongly'. Then it's a lullaby, so I'm going to want to bring it down a little bit and make it a little softer and a little more tranquil, just like the green in the painting. Then I'm going to end on a very soothing note because this is me longing for love.

You want to think about how are you going to use parts of your voice to illustrate what the song is about? I think that is the most important thing about using textures in your voice.

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