Vocal agility is the ability to quickly and accurately switch between vocal registers, tones, and pitches. It requires the singer to be able to move around their vocal range with ease, control and accuracy. It is an important skill to have for singers of all genres, as it enables them to move around their range with confidence, control, and accuracy. Here are the 20 tips to improve vocal agility. You can use the Riyaz app to track your progress as you improve.
1. Tongue Twisters –
Tongue twisters are short sentences or phrases that are designed to be difficult to pronounce. They are often used to practice speech sounds, as a form of wordplay, or for comedic effect.
2. Vocal Runs –
Vocal runs are a type of vocal technique used to create a smooth, melodious, and expressive sound. It involves singing a series of notes in quick succession, often in a single breath and can be used to embellish a vocal line or phrase. Vocal runs can be used in all styles of music, from classical to pop, and are a great way to add an extra layer of emotion to a performance.
3. Scales –
Scales are a fundamental part of singing that is used to practice pitch, range, and intonation. Scales consist of a series of notes that ascend and descend in a predetermined pattern. Singers use scales to train their vocal range and technique and to develop their ears for musical intervals and pitch. The Riyaz app has 1000s of scales / alankars to practice and learn.
4. Arpeggios –
Arpeggios are a type of vocal technique where notes of a chord are sung in succession, usually on one syllable. The notes are usually sung in the order of the chord, starting with the root note and ascending or descending in pitch. Arpeggios are often used to create a smooth and flowing vocal line that enhances the overall sound of the song.
5. Sirens –
Sirens in singing refer to a type of vocal technique that emphasizes the use of vibrato to create an airy, ethereal sound. This technique is often used in classical and choral music, and can also be heard in some pop genres.
6. Intervals –
Intervals in singing refer to the distance between two notes. The notes can be either sung or played on a musical instrument. Intervals are measured in semitones (the smallest interval of Western music) and can be classified as either major, minor, perfect, augmented, diminished, or chromatic. Intervals help to create melodies and harmonies, which are the building blocks of music.
7. Vibrato Exercises –
Vibrato exercises in singing help singers develop the ability to use vibrato in their singing. Vibrato is a technique used in singing to add expression and emotion to a note, creating a fuller, more vibrant sound. Vibrato exercises involve practising singing a note while gradually increasing and decreasing the pitch, and then holding the note at a variety of different lengths to increase the flexibility of the vibrato.
8. Lip Rolls –
Lip rolls are a vocal technique used to create a smooth, continuous sound. They involve rolling the lips in and out while singing a sustained note. This technique is used to create a vibrato effect and can be used to add emotion and texture to a performance.
9. Vowel Modification –
Vowel modification in singing is a technique used to enhance the sound of a vocal performance. It involves modifying the vowels of a song to make them sound fuller, richer, and more powerful. This technique is used to create a more distinctive or emotive vocal performance. It is often used in musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz music.
10. Vocal Trills –
Vocal trills are a type of vocal ornamentation made up of a rapid alternation between two notes. They are often used to add emphasis or expressiveness to a song and can be used to create a sense of excitement or tension. Vocal trills are an important part of both classical and popular singing styles and can be used to great effect to bring out emotion in a performance.
11. Vocal Slurs –
Vocal Slurs are a vocal technique used to connect two or more notes in a legato style, without any break or interruption. This technique is often used in singing to create a smooth, flowing sound. It is also used to add subtle nuances and expression to a vocal performance.
12. Pitch Exercises –
Pitch exercises in singing are exercises designed to help singers improve their pitch accuracy and intonation. These exercises include ear training, singing scales, and various vocal exercises that help to develop the singer’s sense of pitch. The goal of these exercises is to help singers become more accurate and consistent in their pitch, tone and overall performance. The Riyaz app can be used to track and improve your pitching while singing.
13. Pitch Matching –
Pitch matching is the ability to adjust one’s singing to match the pitch of another vocalist or instrument. It is a skill that is essential for singers to master if they want to perform with others harmoniously. Pitch matching requires a good sense of relative pitch, a keen ear for music, and the ability to adjust one’s own vocal range quickly and accurately. The Riyaz app has 1M+ songs across genres and languages to practice and learn by matching the pitch of the original singers.
14. Singing Over Riffs –
Singing over riffs is a technique used in singing where a vocalist sings a melody or vocal line over guitar riffs or other instrumental accompaniment. This technique is often used in genres such as jazz and blues, and it can add a unique flavour to a song and make it stand out.
15. Mixing Chest and Head Voice –
Mixing chest and head voices in singing refer to the technique of blending the two vocal registers together. The chest voice is produced in the lower part of the voice in the chest region, while the head voice is produced in the upper part of the voice in the head region. Mixing the two registers helps to create a fuller, richer sound that can be used to convey emotion and expression in the singer’s performance.
16. Improvising –
Improvising in singing is the act of creating music spontaneously at the moment. It is usually done without any prior preparation and involves creating a melody, lyrics, and accompaniment on the spot. Improvising in singing is a skill that allows singers to express themselves in a creative and spontaneous way.
17. Vocal Flicks –
Vocal Flicks are a technique used in singing to add additional expression, dynamics, and articulation to the notes. They involve quickly transitioning between notes in a melodic line, often using a vocal glissando. The effect is similar to that of a guitar pick sliding across the strings.
18. Vocal Licks –
Vocal licks are short, melodic phrases used to add flavour and ornamentation to singing. They are typically used in jazz, blues, and other improvisational styles of music, but can be used in any genre. Licks can be used to create interesting transitions between phrases, to emphasise certain notes or words, or to add interest to a vocal line.
19. Singing Over a Groove –
Singing over a groove is a term used to refer to a style of singing in which the vocalist improvises over a repeating rhythmic pattern. This style of singing is often associated with the soul, R&B, and hip-hop music, and involves the vocalist weaving their melody and lyrics into the groove of the rhythm.
20. Singing Through a Scale –
Singing through a scale in singing is a vocal technique and practice that involves singing each note of a scale in succession, from the lowest note to the highest. It is also called alankars in Indian Classical music such as Hindustani and Carnatic. It is often used to warm up the vocal muscles, refine vocal technique, and increase vocal range.