A recent trip to the Complete Vocal Institute, in Denmark , gave me a whole new set of teachings tools for worship and gospel vocals.
Have you ever heard this saying: There's the 'money note'? Maybe you have watched one of those singing competition TV shows and seen the judges faces light up when the contestant sings that last long power note on an high sounding pitch?
If yes, then you will be familiar with the 'belt' sound. Listen to Worship Leaders Belt
Many popular worship singers use varying degrees of 'belt': Kim Walker-Smith, David Phelps, Matt Redman. In gospel singing belting is a normal standard technique of the genre. Think Vickie Winans, Tasha Cobbs, Yolanda, Kim Burrell, Keisha Clarke, Tye Tribbett, Donnie, Marvin Winans, Israel Houghton, Micah Stampley. It really is a long list.
3 John 1:2 “My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health—as I know you are well in spirit.”
Vocal damage can creep up on you unawares, especially if you are not in tune with your voice and it's natural abilities. In all the belting, runs, riffs, distortion and high notes, you may not have noticed that your vocals are subtly changing, ie tone has changed or range has dropped.
We are inspired by the Bible where it says:
There are a number of reasons why you might, as a worship leader, decide to take vocal lessons. If you are thinking about taking lessons but not sure if it is worth the investment of your time and money, here are 16 benefits of singing lessons. In no particular order lessons....
The singing - and preaching- voice is often taken for granted. In all my years training worship teams, I have found the voice to be the least regarded instrument in the worship team.
A Musician will take care of his or her's guitar or keyboard, making sure it is lovingly packed away in the case and put carefully in the boot or back seat of the car. God forbid you reach out to touch it, in case the owner cuts you down with a withering glare that says: "I dare you?"
Only another musician can touch or help carry the heavy burden. LOOL ( The Ark, anyone?)
Dionne is a professional Vocal Coach and Worship Leader and has been tutoring
Voice In Ministry - Lift Your Voice!