Singing while playing an instrument can be challenging, especially when the accompaniment is very different from the melody. Here is a piano/vocal cover of Joni Mitchell’s Barangrill from her “For the Roses” Album demonstrating the solution.
If you stutter, then sing. Smooth singing is very theraputic and somewhat of a a remedy for stutterers, as explained by singer/songwriter (and stutterer) Megan Washington in her Sydney 2014 Ted Talk.
Music critic Neil McCormick, of The Daily Telegraph, has praised Lewis’s technical skills, writing, “Her mezzo-soprano range allows her to take melodies from luxurious low notes to high-flying falsetto, gliding with elegant power and impressive control through all kinds of fluctuations and modulations.”Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic adds, “Lewis can hit what seems like high belted notes.”
Leona Lewis uses her head register on the high notes and never belts even tho’ it sounds like she is belting because of the sheer power behind it. She actually extremely classically trained and has no need to strain. The secret to her vocal prowess is that she still practises operatic scales on a daily basis.
April 25th 2017 marked the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song”, also known as the “Queen of Jazz”. Her first performance experience was as a young girl in a tap dance contest. She was overcome with stage fright that she couldn’t move and not knowing what else to do, she started to sing. Much to her surprise, the audience was delighted and applauded wildly.
Ella Fitzgerald was noted for her purity of tone, perfect diction and phrasing and her flawlessly improvised scat singing, with her pure horn-like vocal quality. She had a naturally flawless technique in true Bel Canto form.
Many of the songs written in the Classic Rock music style have melodies that span a few octaves. Very good way to exercise pure falsetto tones combined with pure chest tones to keep the voice healthy and vibrant. It all makes for a smoother passagio (bridge) between the two as well….like a well-oiled machine.