Sing Gospel Songs with
If you've enjoyed any of the legends of gospel music,
you've likely been inspired by the power with which they deliver their vocals. If you've viewed them in
concert, you may also be impressed by the way they communicate their feelings as they sing gospel
You might wonder why choirs often struggle when they
try to sing gospel songs. The truth is that you have to employ some unique vocal techniques when you sing
gospel songs, which are much different than the techniques you use when you're performing typical choir
Gospel music is often thought of as a descendant of
the slave songs of the Americas. The slaves in the Americas kept their spirits up as they worked by singing
songs of deliverance, often with a double meaning.
A common gospel variation is the call-and-response
gospel song. Typically this is a two part song, with one part calling out a question or challenge and the
other group calling out a re-phrasal or answer. Then the main chorus is sung by both groups. The lyrics will
tend to repeat several times. The song is always sung with emotional tones.
Gospel music is not similar to hymns. Gospel music
consists of repetitive lyric about the personal deliverance received or hoped for in the future. Hymns are
typically multi-verse praises of the attributes of God. Being so personalized, gospel music is delivered in
the emotion of the personal experience of the individual singing, while hymns, being praises, are sung in the
reverence to the greatness of God. So it is just as inappropriate to sing gospel songs without emotion as it
is to sing hymns without awe and reverence. When someone used to singing with reverence tries to sing gospel
songs, it often comes off as an uninspiring personal testimony.
When you sing gospel songs, you have to reach into
your own past personal delivery experience or your own hope for the future. While you must stay true to
proper singing form and technique, you do so with the concept of giving a joyful personal testimony. If
you're used to singing with reverence, it can be very difficult to learn to sing gospel songs
Technically, singing gospel songs requires well
developed supporting muscles for voice and breath. You don't just have to feel it emotionally, but you have
to have the power to deliver it physically. You must have total control over your breath.
The Fontanelli is a form of posture and breath control
practice that may be helpful for those who want to sing gospel songs. You simply stand well postured in front
of a tall mirror as you take in air for 4 seconds and then exhale for 4 more seconds until your lungs are
empty. If you're doing it correctly, your midsection will fully expand as you inhale and remain expanded as
you exhale. As you become more advanced, you can increase your breath time by one second. Over time you
should be able to get up to 8 seconds on each inhale and exhale. Once you're there, insert an 8 second hold
on your air after inhaling before exhaling whenever you do this exercise.
The messa di voce is a form of dynamics practice that
may be helpful for those who want to sing gospel songs. You simply take a deep breath and sing out a single
note as an easy pitch as you slowly get louder and then quieter.
It may also be helpful to study how professionals
express themselves while they sing gospel songs. But, don't become such a mimic that you lose your own
testimonial expression. Sing gospel songs clearly and with everything you feel. If you're not sure how you
feel, study the songs over for how they relate to your life before you sing the gospel