~Vocal Blending Tips

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I’ve always been attracted to musicians who could really sing together, blending their voices until you couldn’t distinguish between them as they sang as one before the Lord. Musicians like Shane and Shane for instance.

Have you ever listened to a worship team and wondered who the lead vocalist was because they were all “leading” and all the singers stood out in the crowd? How about this, have you heard a team and couldn’t figure out which one was singing which part because they all sang “together” so well? Which would you rather listen to? Which one do you think represents worshippers who worship as one voice? (II Chronicles 5)

When we sing lead we use all our expression or all our tone to express the song in a way that others will “feel” the song. For back-up vocalist it’s a different story. If we are all trying to sing with our “lead voice” we’ll crash and the impression we give of the song will be lost in the personal expression of the singers doing their own thing.

Singing as one or blending is probably one of the most important aspects of singing as a group. Without blending everything just gets noisy. So how do we effectively teach our worship team to blend? What tools can we give them to start blending right away? Check out this teaching video by Paul Baloche, over at the ccli website, on Blending and learn some good techniques you can put to practice right away.

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7 responses to “~Vocal Blending Tips

  1. I very much agree with the blending within large chorus groups. Hearing one voice above the others can really detriment the integrity of the entire group. Good post.

  2. Tola daniel

    I love your post because it has exposed the main problem of church Choristers. I would really appreciate you post more tips on how one can blend the voice and also how the larynx can be tilt, because i believe this inability to blend when singing is caused by improper cordination of the voice.

    • You make some good points, Tola. Coordination of the vocal cords takes a sense of awareness of how your voice works, vocal mechanics, and an ability to identify, isolate and control vocal function. Most singers have no idea what their voices are doing apart from training and would benefit from a few good lessons to help them on their way.

      Blending in with other vocalists is a balance of lyric, tonal quality, timing, dynamic and sensitivity. Not only does a vocalist need to be flexible vocally but they must be flexible when it comes to following and mimicking genre and stylistics. Each group or band has their own style that is developed through the preferences and style of the leader or type of group such as a classical choir, barbershop singers or rock band as well as all that the individuals bring to the group as a whole. Learning to sing in a number of styles makes the backup vocalist a valuable part of the team. Any backup vocalist should know it’s important to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and be willing to devote themselves to always be improving their talent so they can be the best fit in any situation. Good luck, God bless and Sing On!

  3. Reblogged this on WorshipOne.org and commented:

    Having trouble blending vocals? Here’s a reblog from 2008.. Sing On!

  4. Irsia

    It’s “Blend” a technique for a chorus o for a singer?

    • I hope I understand your question, Irsia. Blending is for any singer that sings with other voices. It can be 2 voices or 100 voices. Blending is voices working together to sound as one voice no matter how many.

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