Varying dynamics whilst singing
Singing dynamics: Tips on how a singer can use performance dynamics to enhance their performance. Dynamics are a tool that all singers can use to prevent their performance being static.
There are many ways to incorporate dynamics into your vocal performance, from simple things such as increasing volume to varied harmonies. Below are just a few ways in which you can use dynamics to improve your performance.
Increase or decrease volume: This is a dynamic singers can use to help the emotion from the song come across during their performance. Many singers choose to increase the volume in their vocals when they hit the most emotional part of the song.
Articulate through characterisation: For example, if you’re singing a happy part of the song, try to reflect that in your vocals. Although it may not necessarily fit with the song, it will give an extra dynamic to your performance.
Change vowel shape: When writing your own songs it can often to be difficult to find ways to make your song stand out, changing vowel shape can help this. A good example is pronouncing ‘me’ as ‘may’, it adds something unique to the performance.
HOT TIP! : It’s important to remember that not all dynamics will be suitable for every singer’s style of vocal. It’s wise to know which ones suit your vocals and which ones don’t work for your vocal.
Add silence/rests: Of course you’re singing so you want to be singing for most of the performance time, but sometimes adding silence or rests to the performance makes the following vocals sound more impressive.
Phrasing: Extending a phrase rather than keeping it short and taking a breath, can often provide a new dynamic to the performance and can help to show off your vocals.
HOT TIP! : Do not try to use all of the above in one performance. It’s encouraged to use dynamics throughout your performance, but if you try to use all of them you risk the performance sounding messy.
One of the best examples of singing dynamics and a creative cover is Hannah Reid from the band London Grammar: