How do musical genres such as Hip Hop, Pop, Rock or Jazz intertwine with your personality, vocal skill and ultimately your personal style? Since each of these qualities will vary from singer to singer, there is no one answer, but you can use what we have covered in this and earlier blog tips to guide your journey to your own unique vocal style.
Sing What You Believe
Ultimately, you’ve got to sing what you believe in. If you don’t believe in your choices, can’t relate to the message or don’t like the musical style, there will be no passion. The legendary Classical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven said it best – “To play without passion is inexcusable!” So first and foremost sing genres that you like and which resonate emotionally with you; and that applies to the lyrics and song message as well.
Pronunciation and Style
Stylistically speaking, regional pronunciation or an accent will influence your singing voice. Similarly to how languages have accents or different pronunciations, musical genres tend to involve vocal inflections that effect how you use your tongue, palette and throat muscles to articulate vowels and consonants.
Some musical styles have been defined, in part, by regional pronunciation. For instance, the elongation of certain vowel sounds from the American South has helped define both Blues as well as the Country music styles. Accents while singing can be either more or less intense than during conversation. Many British Rock performers have more of an accent when they speak than when they sing. Perhaps this is the influence of the music. However, their accent still contributes to their individual vocal style.
The point is that the interaction of your own accent and that of the musical genre will influence how you sound singing that style. Sometimes it just doesn’t work and sometimes a unique new sound results. When choosing genres in which to sing, stay mindful of how your natural speaking and singing voice either clashes or blends with the musical style.
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