By Anthony Velasquez
As I put in all and any of my bios, I have four years of classical training under my belt. Today I want to talk about my experience with One Voice: my new vocal training program.
One Voice has changed the way I view singing. In traditional voice training, I was taught to understand that there are three registers (where you resonate while singing) in the voice: chest, mix and head.
One Voice verges from this teaching because it’s broken the voice into coordinations, which do not define the voice based on resonance. These coordinations are called rumble, chest, middle, head and whistle.
Another difference is understanding that you can sing in different weights within each coordination. The series of weights go from light to heavy. An example of light weight would be falsetto or soft singing. An example of heavy weight would be belting or full voice.
While understanding weight is important to me, understanding awareness of resonance is key. Once you can be aware of where you are resonating while in a coordination, you can become more familiar with that area of resonance and build weight.
This concept was and sometimes is hard to wrap my brain around but like my certified One Voice Coach Alex Zeto, says, “you’re going to need to break your brain to get your voice to do what you want it to do.”
So, what exactly is breaking your brain? Well, what it means to me is that I’m going to have to be aware of where I resonate in a coordination and push past any existing habits that my body has created.
For instance, when I try to go past G#4 in a heavy weight in my middle coordination, my voice suddenly goes into a light weight. Breaking my brain is telling myself and my body that I can sing in a heavy weight past G#4 all while being aware of my resonance so my brain won’t try to “fix” it.
When I started One Voice, I could only sing in a heavy weight up to C#4. After a few lessons I began to understand weight and “resonancial awareness,” and now I’m singing G#4 in a heavy weight.
In practice, I use my classical drilling mentality and vocal exercises from One Voice. As of now, I feel I have the best of both worlds to approach my singing.
Overall my experience with One Voice has been great and I feel that I have made the right decision. I feel like my lesson is tailored to my voice rather than being put in the classical baritone box; I have a lot more confidence and I am more familiar with my singing voice than I was years ago.
If I had one regret in my vocal training, it would be not taking lessons with One Voice sooner.
Featured image by Piper Blake.