How to sing contemporary songs with your middle voice
Many classically trained singers find it difficult to sing contemporary music such as pop, rock, or country.
These singers have trouble mastering modern music because they have been trained to use their lead voice but not their middle voice. They can get the voice in their head to resonate in their head loud enough to sing classical material, but they can’t get their middle voice, which alternates between the chest and the head, loud enough to play the notes in many of the songs of today.
The reason that classically trained singers do not have the middle voice necessary for contemporary voices is that they have not strengthened the set of muscles that work their vocal cords. This means that they cannot physically use their middle vocal cords.
A classically trained singer can train himself to use the middle voice by staying in the lower register when doing his vocal exercises. This develops the middle voice, but can lead to some problems, including vocal cord cysts due to stress. Improper voice training will lead to health problems and can ruin your voice.
The best advice any singer should follow when trying to develop the middle voice is to avoid tension in the voice. Stop singing the moment you feel a kind of tension in your voice and rest your voice. When you feel tension, it means that you are pulling on your chest, which is a bad habit that will damage your voice. You should be able to reach your middle voice effortlessly.
Leaning forward while doing your vocal exercises is really bad for you because it puts too much pressure on your vocal cords. A great way to avoid doing this while working on your waist is to stand up straight against a wall during practice. This keeps your body straight and leaves your chest and throat open. Do not hunch over or lean against the wall, stand up straight when doing this.
It can be helpful to adjust your head, body, and breath during vocal practice. Don’t try to sing everything in the same way because that will cause vocal tension. Singing in the same tone you use to speak will also help because you use your chest when speaking.
One of your main goals when developing this voice is to undo some of that classical singing training. Classical singers are taught to sing in a methodical and highly artificial way that emphasizes the high notes. Many of them are trained to pull on the chest and tighten the vocal cords to reach the highest possible note.
Contemporary singers try to sing with a natural voice that sounds more like their spoken voice and resonates from their chest. Actually using this natural voice is better for you because it puts less stress on your vocal cords. A properly trained chest voice can allow a singer to easily play a wide variety of notes in a relaxed manner.
Remember that relaxation is one of the keys to contemporary music because modern music is supposed to be fun. If the singer is not relaxed and having fun, the public will not do it and they will have no reason to listen to him. Developing the middle voice is the key to mastering the pop sound that sells songs in our modern world.