I think the title of this article pretty well nails how many “popular” or “contemporary” singers feel about “classical” vocal training. And the article gets right to the root of the problem: bel canto technique is great for singing Italian, but really poorly suited to Germanic languages and, in particular, English. And, in particular particular, rock and roll English style. If your warm-up consists of “mee may my moh moo”, you’re stuck in Italian mode. Time to push the reset button.
So, for all of you singing in the English language, in the current popular style, there’s some great technical advice out there. Alas, this “article” basically amounts to a sales pitch for the author’s voice training DVDs, but it got me started looking for other sources. If she found a great resource for consonant training, maybe I could, too.
- “The Singer’s Dilemma: Tone Versus Diction?”
- “Diction for Singers“.
- “Consonants” (specific to male voices, and also a teaser to sell DVDs, but still useful).