Applying Music Theory with Your Voice

vocal-group-5Using your voice as a musical instrument is just as challenging as playing one. 

It’s not only that every instrument has to deal with the laws of music theory so does your voice.

So if you sing and may want to compose songs, you should know the music theory associated with rhythm, notes, key signatures, scales, harmony, and the rest.

Your Voice and Applying Music Theory 

One of the musical concerns that the classical composers dealt with first was voices. 

Back in the day of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and the others, the great performances were often of song and drama.

For Bach the choral music was incredibly significant. Mixing voices and registers was a must to be able to create the wide breath of sound.

Using the soprano voices, with alto, tenor, and bass created great opportunities to create chords with voices. 

Bach was a master at combining the voices to create major, minor, diminished, and 7th voicings. This vocal music theory was applied constantly in his compositions.

Even today many consider Bach to be the instigator for jazz sounds by working with music theory and vocal music theory. 

Todays Vocal Soloists Today, many vocalists are solo performers, but the song writers use the music theory to give these melodies a foundation to work from. It’s the understanding of music theory that allows the big sound to support that soloist.

Writing songs requires some understanding of scale theory and chord structure in order to create the voice and sound support wanted.

For Bands with multiple vocalists it’s essential for the members to know their range and how support or combine to enhance the songs intent.

Learning Theory Provides a Great Jumping On Point

So learning the foundations of music theory and applying that with your specific intention for singing or vocal choir  is going to make your song worth listening to or preforming. 

Think about singing in the jazz genre. What if you really wanted to move into jazz and scat singing?  

You had better know the voice music theory down cold. I can tell you from experience, that you will not sound good unless you know what you can and can’t do effectively while improvising within the music framework.

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Whether you are reading notes or composing songs it’s all based on the fundamentals of voice music theory. e