How To Sing Legato
How To Sing Legato
Here's basic information on what singing legato is and how you can achieve this with some easy exercises. All these tips coming from a vocal coach!
In this video, I'm going to talk to you about how to sing legato. Legato is an Italian term that means smoothly, and singing legato is a key component of classical style. But it's actually much more than that, it's a really important technical skill to master.
Singing legato can help unlock lots of other aspects of singing technique, including how to produce good resonance, how to sing from the diaphragm and how to deliver good text. Once you get the hang of this, you can turn the exercise upside down and start taking it higher in your voice. Doing the same thing, making sure you have the same connection from the start to finish, etcetera, all the way up.
This sort of legato singing can really help unlock the sound, higher in your range. A common sign that the throat is getting involved and interrupting the legato sign is the glottal stop. That's the sort of hard edge that we often get on sounds.
What's actually causing that is the throat slightly gripping the vocal cords together. So, they have a small build-up of pressure behind them which then pops open and then they start vibrating again normally as a note. You want to try and relax that and take that hard edge out of the sound.
The other common sign is what is referred to as aspirations. They're like the little has that sometimes come in between when we change note. Once again, we want to relax the throat so we sing smoothly through those aspirations.
So, what I want you to do now is a pitched yawn, so you just ease yourself into the beginning of that note without any hint of a glottal stop and then just slide easily down to the bottom note. Now, gradually, I want you to start controlling that slide until they become notes. But do it very gradually, over repeated attempts, and eventually, it will become a scale.
But it's very even, it's very joined up and it's very resonant. And those are my tips on how to sing legato.