I've been observing and singing on worship teams for over 20 years and I've noticed that there are some consistent mistakes that can adversely impact a worship set.
Here are 7 common vocal problems that I've seen kill a worship set stone dead.
I always have constant chatter going on in my head about my singing and my coaching abilities
Am I good enough?
I can't sing like that person?
I'm not a strong keyboard player.
Am I letting my students down?
I don't have a Degree in Voice Pedagogy.
Did I demonstrate that note correctly,
No one really believes I can teach voice!
Can I actually sing??
Do I know enough?
On and on and on. An irritating monologue that I've grown all too used to.
Its called my Inner Critique...and we all have it!
Flat notes can indicate a limited singing range. If you feel like you can't hit a high pitch (even though you can hear it) then you may need to open up the top of your singing range.
Here are 3 clever tricks you can practice at home to help open up your vocal range.
Meow - Placed behind the nose, meow like a little kitten. Elongate the vowels each time. Once you've got a hang of it, practice sliding down pitch, into a lower voice.
Wheeee- Like when you're a child, being pushed on the swing. Wheeeeeeeee. Feel it resonate in your forehead and behind your noise.
'Witchy' Nasal Laugh - He, he, he, he heeee. With the back of your tongue sitting high, touching your velum (soft part in the roof of your mouth), start to mix- or bridge- between your speaking voice and upper head voice.
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Worship Leaders: 51 Vocal Exercises You Can Do Without a KeyBoard
Imagine you buy the latest album from your favourite Worship Leader? You're settled down in a quiet place to soak and meditate, you're praying and you press play to start the track. What you hear are terrible, incoherent pitchy noises playing back in your ears. What you expected to hear was a sweet, dulcet and melodious voice, singing worship that you can easily listen to and sing along with, but instead its mumbling, incoherent, discordant and distracting.
Now imagine that the worship leader is Matt Redman? Kari Jobe? Dante Bowe? Chandler Moore? CeCe Winans?
Let's be honest. A mumbly, pitchy and incoherent voice is not what you really want to hear from your worship leaders, especially when you've spent money.
So why do we allow it on Sunday Mornings?
Check out this article from Trustworthy Word which breaks down why we sing as an act of worship.
Voice In Ministry - Lift Your Voice!