Let’s talk about bridging

By October 19, 2011How To Sing, KTVA Blog

Hi Guys, I’d like to address vocal coach Rob Lunte’s comments on my views regarding bridging.

I most definitely do espouse a later connection in fact, when you “favor” any part of the voice it becomes atrophies and becomes weak. However, you must be careful to make sure you are doing this correctly. I am well aware of Maestro Kyle’s (Robert’s) approach to early bridging, this works well for lighter pop, jazz and operatic singing in my opinion. For bad ass belting wailing in the upper mid voice, I have not found this to work at all. I use both actually depending on what I am singing (Journey for example).

However, the later you can connect, (again when doing this correctly) the stronger you make the upper mid voice and the more robust it becomes and the longer it will sustain over time.

I will be 48 years old in a couple of months. Here is a recent link I have put together of real examples of my belting wailing where I demonstrate this.

Again guys, we can all talk shop, but the proof is in the singing. I would like to add one more important thing before you check out this new video. When I was in my early 20’s, my highest note was an F# / G# (on a good day) below middle C. It’s because I “stretched” my chest voice that I was able to accomplish this. The last 3 songs on this reel (Fooled Around & Fell In Love, Never Been To Spain and I’ve Got The Music In Me) I do bridge somewhat early. But I must point out: I have been “road testing” these various methods (for the past 25+ years) and people who do not work out their upper mid voice properly and “pamper” it by bridging early, the voice “drops” over time and many lose their upper mid voice altogether.

Here is my proof…it’s in my singing… again this isn’t pop, this is belting wailing…