What is Speech Level Singing?

“We don’t think about how to talk, so why should we think about how to sing?’ says Dave Stroud, at a recent master class on Speech Level Singing recently.

This is an anatomical approach to singing was originally developed by Seth Riggs, singing teacher to the stars, to explore what the vocal chords actually do in order to create the desired note.

So let’s get technical: of course, the bain of every singer’s life is how to create a smooth link from one register to another. These links are known as bridges, or to use the proper Italian term ‘Passaggio’. An experienced singer with the best technique can seemingly glide effortlessly across these bridges without us even hearing the join. But what is the secret?

The trick is to create a ‘mix’ of chest and head voice in order to give the illusion of volume/power. What you are really doing is projecting the voice.

The bottom line is controlling the air (blowing less air) and muscle (larynx) This is done by various exercises which trick the vocal chords into doing the right thing. If you practice for long enough, you’re soon to forget bad habits of a lifetime.

Some examples of exercises used are:

Using a hard consonant such as Gee to encourage the vocal chords to keep closed.

Never widen the vowel or your mouth as this creates the wrong shape, therefore not allowing the vocal chords to close/open.

Try singing ‘A’ with your tongue out – this stops air escaping

Place both hands either side of your cheeks and push together when singing a vowel

There are also various ‘distraction’ techniques such as bending your knees or leaning forward when you go for the high note, giving the illusion that it’s not so high after all!

The technique clearly works – as demonstrated by audience participants. Dave’s approachability and enthusiasm for his work adds to the fun.

In short, I thoroughly recommend it. For details about further master classes/lessons contact Line Hilton on 07769 908 076, linehilton@hotmail.com www.linehilton.com or visit www.davestroud.com

Happy singing!

Tamsin Pentreath
Tamsin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with many years live performance, publishing and recording experience. She is currently working with associates on a new act and teaches singing part-time to a childrens group in London.


Speech Level Singing ™ is the method created by America’s top voice teacher, Seth Riggs. SLS is used and endorsed by over 100 Grammy Award Winning singers including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Beyonce, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Nicole Kidman, Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Douglas Sills, Josh Groban, En Vogue, Rosie Gaines, Annie Lennox, Jeremy Irons, four Metropolitan Opera Award Winners, and many more. SLS allows a singer to sing through their entire range (3 octaves or more) with the same connected, even, strong, flexible sound at any pitch, at any volume, and in any style without strain or superfluous effort. SLS eliminates the breaks and allows a singer to sing through their bridges (also called passagi) with a relaxed larynx, all with the ease of speaking. SLS is a completely safe and healthy way to meet your vocal demands.

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Line Hilton is London’s only registered Speech Level Singing (SLS) teacher. Let me help you find your natural voice, expand your range, eliminate nasty breaks and yodels, and gain consistent strength and balance throughout your voice. Feel confident you will sing your best at all times. As I am also a Registered Nurse and a British Voice Association member, I can advise and refer you on if you have medical problems that affect your voice.

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