The Basics of Bel Canto Singing – A Natural Approach
Bel Canto technique is a natural, organic open-throated approach to singing that unleashes the full power and potential of your voice. Because singing is basically an extension of talking, the principles of Bel Canto are fairly simple.
Bel canto technique implements relaxed deep breathing and proper posture, but nothing too extraneous that would cause more tension than necessary. The high notes require the most breath to make a full, open-throated sound to keep everything free-flowing without constriction. This gives them the breath pressure they need to make a full, open-throated sound. The lower notes, which are also used to speak, don’t require as much breath as the high notes, but still needs proper posture and relaxed, flowing breath.
In Bel Canto singing, the “Awe” and “Ooo” vowel sounds are fundamentally important. The yawning feeling created by the “awe” sound opens up the area around the larynx, which allows for more space for your naturally beautiful voice to vibrate and resonate. This takes the tension away from the vocal chords, allowing them to vibrate freely. setting up the proper foundation for truly great singing.
Some popular bel canto singers of today are: Aretha Franklin, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Sinead O’Connor, Myles Kennedy, Steven Tyler and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden to name a few.
Bel Canto Quotes:
“This technique carries most of the top artists that we have today. And no matter what style of music you are going to sing, this technique will work for you.” – Ron Anderson, Premier vocal coach for American Idol
“Genuine resonance can only be achieved when throat is open and free of interfering tension.” – Cornelius Reid, Author of 7 Books on Bel Canto technique
“Everything I have is just open. I don’t close down the consonant sounds. It’s very, very important.” “The proof is in the singing” – Ken Tamplin, Grammy award-winning singer and voice teacher.
„From the popularity of Andrea Bocelli and other Italian singing stars, one can see that Bel Canto will be around for quite a long time.” –
“Many critics praised her (Maria Callas”) bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini.”