How to Sing “Silent Night” – Pop Singing vs. Musical Theater – Felicia Ricci


(silent night music plays) (silent night) (holy night) (all is calm) (all is bright) Hate to interrupt here but I’m gonna comment on my own singing because the point of this video is to instruct. not just for me to kind of sweetly, tentatively sing Silent Night for you. I want you to pay attention to the vowels when we go through the first one which is more musical theatre, classical-ish sounding versus the second pass through which is more pop. Now, admittedly I am not a particularly skilled pop singer. but I want you to notice the kinds of manipulations you can do through both versions. (demonstrates) So when I sing through this I was really focused on an open feeling in the back. A round kind of yawn-y tone. So, that’s why I’m writing the alternate lyrics on the screen for you is to see how ‘Silent night, holy night’ when you sing it. (silent night, holy night) and you want to get a richer, fuller tone you really have to create open space in the back. So check out the alternate vowels throughout the first pass so you could sort of see how you can sculpt the sound with your mouth. (demonsrates) And you’ll notice I’m also minimizing consonants. That happens through both versions, (round yon virgin=ruhw – nyuhn – vuhji(n) ) not Round yon virgin You don’t have to really worry as much about any closures, okay? (demonstrates) Ok, now it’s time for a ‘pop’ version. Now, this isn’t the best version of Silent Night as a pop singer might do like a legit pop singer. But what I did is like played around with pronunciation and I gave you a taste of sort of what kinds of changes you can make even if you just change a little bit which is in this case How you shape your mouth How you kind of sort of ease into the notes. You’ll see what I mean. (demonstrates) So anyway, it’s a bit more whiny Right? and I’m encouraging you to with pop singing you have to create that tall, consistent sound the entire time. Normally when you do a ‘dipthong’ like ‘night’ which combines two vowels. You want to hang out on the first vowel for a while. (demonstrates) Right? it’s more classical versus (demonstrates) where you kind of roll into it. ‘night’ and you don’t worry so much about keeping that vowel pure when you’re singing on a pop beat. (demonstrates) I just wanted you to note the difference in rhythm here. When I was singing the first time it was much straighter. ‘silent night’ right? but for pop beat you’re singing you can play around with how you choose to interpret those phrases and these goes for any genre, okay? What are your favorite singers doing to manipulate the song that can take it from something pretty straight to something a little bit more genre-ish (demonstrates) Little vocal fry there it’s tender it’s, you know its is, what it is. That pronunciation there (Hea-Vuhn-Lee) Like, what was I even doing? I mean you may think it’s stupid you may not. But the point is play around with how you pronounce though. ‘He-vuhn-lee’ allow me to somehow kind of pop my way through that versus a little more straight. became ’cause I kind of arc over it on my face. See how singing is a lot of the time just pronunciation? (sings) Bit more of a breathy tone there? You can hear it? that’s definitely pop-y versus let that breathiness come through.

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