HOW TO CREATE A SMOOTH SOUND WHEN SINGING OR PLAY THE PIANO!

Updated: Aug 21

When a musician talks about singing through a phrase smoothly or playing a few measures smoothly, they are talking about connecting the notes and word as they are being sung or played. Do not let go of the note you are on until you’ve started to move the next note; there is smooth flowing sound without a break between the notes. There are no gaps in between the notes. The musical term is called “legato,” which is to be played or sung as smoothly as possible


In music performance (singing or playing on the piano) and notation (written music), legato indicates that the notes are to be played or sung smoothly and connected. It is a musical phrase, so a singer should take a breath after each phrase. For piano, legato can be denoted by a curved line above or underneath multiple notes; the symbol is called a slur.


For voice, you can use a coordinated onset, which is a balanced and smooth sound. This technique gives the singer a well-balanced, connection and natural sound. For most singers, the coordinated onset is encouraged. The coordinated onset creates well-supported and clear notes that are without tension.

Listen to this amazing vocal performance of Malia Corpuz singing “One and Only”. Her phrasing, legato (connecting the notes) and dynamics (loudness & softness) is on point. Malia also adding her own little flare though out the song.


JOKE FOR THE DAY:

Why did the pianist keep banging his head against the keys?

He was playing by ear!!



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