How To Sing Better In 1 (One) Second With The Bass Puff

How To Sing Better In 1 (One) Second With The Bass Puff


A vocal technique that takes just one
second and it can change your voice. Stay tuned to see if it’s possible. Hi this is
Craig. We’ve seen those videos… five-minute videos.. four minute..is it
possible to change your voice with a 1 second video. If you can understand what
the problem is then you can see how it is very possible
to change your voice just by fixing one part of it. So of course it has to do
with onsets. There’s that word again that I always
talk about, the onset. The onset it’s just a split second of sound. So if you can
affect that split second of sound then you can help to change your whole voice. What’s the technique? There’s actually no
name for it as far as I know in the vocal instruction books. I made it up a
few years ago as we were studying onsets intensely. Ss you know there’s three
types of onsets there’s the breathy onset there’s the hard onset ah and
there’s the balanced ah. So as I was teaching my students intensely about the
onsets I thought I’d listen to some of the songs that they liked to sing and
hear what kind of onsets the singers were
using. And as I was doing that I heard a sound that didn’t fit the three onsets.
What’s that sound? I heard this huh prior to the onset.
It wasn’t breathy. It wasn’t an actual word. It wasn’t ha. It was (bass puff). And so I was
confused and intrigued about that sound. So then I nicknamed it a bass puff
because it was done with air but there was some depth to it. Also this technique is related to
another onset exercise, the H technique or some call it imaginary H or silent H
that you put in front of the vowel to take away some of that edge on it. So
instead of an AA you would have a ha. And this is common in pop music. Instead of I
you would say hi hi. But I haven’t used the H to fix vocal problems because at
times it doesn’t fix anything. It depends how you do it. This is an example of it not working. ah ha Didn’t fix anything. It’s the same
sound. And there’s a reason why the H doesn’t work. If you try to fix some of
the harshness in the voice and the tightness by using the H but it still
has that harshness after like a ah ha then it didn’t fix anything. And the
reason why it doesn’t fix anything is something else that you should know
about onsets and that’s what’s called a click. A click in the voice sounds like
ha ha So that sound that starts with air the H
but the ah comes in suddenly. That means it went
right back to the tight vocal fold that you’re trying to fix. So then the H
doesn’t help you at all. So I heard this sound at the start of not all the onsets but many of them. So I named it the bass puff you could say it’s an H that
has a good degree of bass in it or low frequencies. So instead of just
being air it has it has (bass puff). It has a bassy air to it. So what I said that onset
occurs in a split second. It’s how you initiate the vowel at the start of the
sentence. If there’s any tension from that explosive hard attack or
inefficiency because of the breath heinous and the vocal folds having to
work harder because they’re further apart then that’s gonna carry on until
you take another breath at the end of the phrase so what this bass puff does
it helps to understand how your body produces sound what happens if you’re
gonna talk or to sing you take some air in and then the vocal folds here shuts
fairly tight and then you initiate your tone so that’s why we talk like this so
most people have a nasal heavy voice nasal resonance not as an excessive
nasality but although some people do have that
kind of voice but they have that sound that comes from here and is caused
mainly from that hard onset from starting your voice from a closed vocal
fold position so then that’s why the H technique it was meant to fix that from
the clothes vocal fold position you open the vocal folds with the H and then
start to sing but as I demonstrated earlier that doesn’t work all the time
because of the click if your voice clicks it goes right back to the
problems of a heart onset so this base huff what it does to
address that problem of the vocal folds being tightly shut prior to making a
sound that’s why it’s a puff there is air coming out but we need the vocal
folds to start vibrating nicely so that’s where the base part of it comes
in it can’t be just a puff of air it’s got to be a deep of so that addresses
the problem of the vocal folds being shut prior to phonation whether you’re
talking or singing air plus that deep low frequency if you want to be more
technical about it I just call it base that base enos of it gets the vocal
folds vibrating comfortably and you can tell when you’re doing it because after
you start off with a nice bass puff huh ah this area feels very relaxed and it’s
a strange feeling initially you can’t tell because all your life you are
talking with this in a tight position but now as you relax it ah ah there’s
additional comfort and openness right in this area and it’s wonderful to sing
like that so this was kind of a long-winded lecture to talk about our
one second technique thanks not even a second it’s just uh-huh
so all you have to do is put that bass puff huh at the start of the vowel in
the beginning of every phrase the onset so it’s a foul it’s easy ah ah hee but
if it’s a consonant that bass puff of course has to follow a consonant it
wouldn’t make any sense to put it before the consonant and then the consonant
tightens the throat so you put it after but love hey I should do the wrong and
the right they they love-love boy boy each following example will be first
without the bass puff and then with the bass puff well I’ve heard there was a
secret chord well I’ve heard there was a sacred cor David played and it pleased
the Lord David played and it pleased the Lord but you don’t really care for music
do you but you don’t really care for music do you here we are here we are on
earth together on earth together it’s you and I it’s you and I God has made us
God has made us fall in love fall in love it’s true it’s true I think you get
the picture so you just need you put this base puff at the start of the
sentence if it’s a foul start and put it after that first consonant if there’s a
consonant start improve your voice in one second yeah some students are able
to do that once they can generate the correct base puff huh huh it has to be
the correct base off it’s just deep air huh if it sounds like a word huh oh oh
then you’re not doing it you still have tight vocal folds it’s
got to be so yeah it is a one second technique but for a lot of people it’s
not easy so I didn’t say it was a one second technique that’s easy to do but
if you can do it you will feel immediate change in lot of
areas of your voice like if you have pitch problems also the break in the
voices is better and high parts and it’s just the overall efficiency of the vocal
folds helps with a lot of vocal issues so some of you are going to hear that
well it’s just a breathy start well you can try it that way but if you just do
breathy starts that’s not going to be the same thing demonstration of just
breathy starts here we are on earth together it’s you and I so I put some
air into it to demonstrate breathy starts is it just a bass East are you we
are on earth together it’s you and I so that’s a basic start it has to have both
it’s that here we are on earth together so that’s my how to sing better in one
second if you do it works well whether you can do it or not might take a lot of
practice and and frustrations I know because I’ve been teaching this for
about four months now and as I said some people once they can do that huh they’re
able to just sing the song right away sometimes without me even explaining
about the consonants all it is is your vocal folds opening and relaxing prior
to the initiation of the vowel that’s how they’re able to get it instantly I
believe most people that are born with naturally beautiful voices they
instinctively know to have that relaxed start every time they sing but I welcome
your comment this is my invention of a technique if you folks have heard it
otherwise please let me know because I can’t think of a better name right now
to call it and so I just named it a bass puff I guess it could be a low frequency
a basse huh it’s been working pretty well
for everyone and so even though it takes some times to get it it fixes a lot of
local problems so if you’ve learned anything from this video and this one
second lesson works for you please give it a thumbs up subscribe if you haven’t
already and don’t forget to press that bell so that you’ll be notified of new
videos there’s some other follow-up videos to this and it’ll explain more
about why bass is so important in your voice so leave your comments below or
questions and I’ll be happy to answer them until I see you folks again
take care

42 thoughts on “How To Sing Better In 1 (One) Second With The Bass Puff

  1. Mmmmm in my humble opinion, I am not professional, I would say that the point of this exercise is not that initial sound. That initial sound is like inhaled, similar when you get scared suddently and produce a short and inhaled sound: " ah" .
    This way you sing with a nice air support from the first note, so that the onset is perfect. You do not even need to produce that initial sound.
    Maybe I am wrong, but it works for me.
    Thanks master 😘😘😘

  2. Another name for this video could’ve been “How To Sing Larger Not Louder Part 2”. If you don’t have a large attack it’s really hard to produce a large sound comfortably.

  3. Craig this is such a great explanation.Thank you. As other comments inferred, how would you recommend practicing/using this in combination with vocal fry? (obviously both can't be done together – so perhaps practice vocal fry onset and these onsets are to be practiced separately but achieve a common goal of "softer" onsets?)

  4. Wow! This is such an elegant and brilliant idea. Thanks so much for sharing. A quick question for you – does this apply all the way up the vocal range, including head voice? I think I've added it to my exercises across the range and it seems to work – even just as a 'mental picture' at the beginning of every vowel (including those voiced after consonants). Wonderful stuff.

  5. The next video will probably the falsetto or head voice version of the bass puff. It will feature more about the click problem.

  6. I was trying to do this bass puff and when I'm trying to do it my Adam's apple doesn't go down but yours does. I think I didn't find this bass puff. But I will try if it solves my problems

  7. Wow Craig! I have been experimenting with this since I saw this a few days ago. Started recording some and listening back. My swallowed sound and tension sounds gone and has made singing easier and I dont have to focus on the mask just kind of sneaks into the sound. I will continue with this but I am impressed. Hopefully you are able to put a few videos up showing students and their transformations as well :-). thanks again

  8. I love your videos but I’m a bit confused by the bass puff. Isn’t singing with a bit of breath at the beginning the same as not closing the vocal folds properly? I think I’ve missed the point somewhere and feel like I can’t progress until I understand the bass puff.

  9. Amazing! Thank you! Great Lesson! You remind me of a young Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R37pbIySnjg

  10. I have a question or an idea for a video. What are vocal coaches wanting when they say to thin the voice out? Thank you. This bass puff is helping me so much along with the kind and gentle voice. Is the kind and gentle voice thinning the voice out?

  11. Hello again, Graig, I've been trying this technique for a couple of days now, and I think I kind of get it. But it feels that my result with this onset is quite breathy. Could you think of (well, knowing your capabilities, of course you can!😁) some change or exercise to lead directly to more solid sound? And another thing: regarding to the name of this onset, my suggestion is 'voiced onset'. I'm not a linguist, but compared to, for example, an unvoiced 'H' in 'HAA' (the vocal chords don't vibrate), this is definitely voiced. Although, I'm not sure if there is, after all, a tiny, tiny 'H' in front of this onset, also, but 'voiced onset' is a logical name also when singing high when there's a puff but not a bass. 😊 Cheers, dear professor, have a great sunday!

  12. This technique is really great to do before you do anything else. However it's tempting to practice the sound on the end of a breath. I found that taking a big breath with the diaphragm (using your hand/bowl as a visual guide) and doing a bass puff after the big breath was important in training my muscles to automatically go into bass puff straight after breathing during singing. My warm up routine is now to take a big breath and do a bass puff about 10 times sliding up the alto range. It's the sound we make when we want to let out sound but our vocal cords are completely relaxed. During sex. For this reason, it's difficult to convince my housemates I'm doing singing practice in my bedroom.

    P.S. If she isn't making a bass puff – she's faking it.

  13. Hi Craig, i have two questions.
    1, Can i use the bass puff while i'm using the Adduction technique? Is it possible to do the Bass puff while zipping my vocal folds?
    2, Is the Bass puff related to breathy onset? Because as you taught, bass puff require using air before the vowels, and that's just the same with Breathy onset right?

  14. Great stuff Craig!! A question for you here. I feel like the Bass Puff is another way of approaching the gentle/kind voice thing in order to achieve a proper onset…What is your take on that? are the two techniques related?

  15. Thank you so much Craig for sharing this insight. I have watched so many videos on Youtube regarding singing but this is hands down the most helpful to me. Voice sounds much better with no strain and much less effort. The only issue I run into is I seem to run out of breath faster than singing without the bass puff. Is that expected because bass puff take quite some air out of my body? Is there a remedy for it? Appreciate the help in advance! You are the best Craig.

  16. I have a very hard click on my speaking voice. Every time I speak some itch occurs in my vocal cords. I can feel it. Now I figured out why. Thank you for sharing this amazing stuff. I really appreciate it.

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