With Singing, What Makes The Classical Sound Different From Pop?

What Is The Difference Between Singing Classical & Pop?

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The other day I was at a conference and someone made reference to an opera singer.
One of the students made the classic “Fake Classical” sound by lowering the larynx and adding a lot of vibrato.
Those listening laughed but actually, it wasn’t too bad. Yet it wasn’t correctly made either.

I don’t think the student had any idea what was happening to their throat and body which changed the sound.
The true difference is made from the resonant chambers and not the cords themselves.
When a classical sound is made, there is a different shape in the chambers or resonant cavities around the cords.
There is more muscular support needed from the rib cage and there are other muscles in several areas which need to be developed in order to produce this beautiful sound we call classical. There is more space, more consistency with vowels and
vibrato is predominant over a straight tone.

With Pop music, there is usually less cord girth involved, chest voice is used higher in the range, there is more of a balance between straight tone and vibrato, and words are manipulated causing exaggerated consonant sounds and more varied vowel sounds. You will hear slides, scoops, sometimes squeezed sounds created by extrinsic muscles(which can be dangerous) and a variety of elements creating the vast number of styles we hear.

Usually we end up singing later in life what we were raised with. If you spend years singing classical, your body over time takes on the shapes and production qualities which naturally keep you in that genre. The same happens if you’ve spent most of your life singing pop or other styles. It is fun however, to take some time and experiment with these different styles and see how different the production of each can be.

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