When I first heard that Adele was coming out with a new album I was so excited. After she has been gone for so long due to her past vocal damage and a pregnancy I was hoping that she had found a teacher to retrain her vocal technique and rid herself of ever damaging her voice again. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Our beautiful Adele is like so many other singers I meet. Like a moth to a flame she went right back to what got her in trouble in the first place.
I recently watched her first live performance of her new hit song HELLO and my heart broke for her, both as a teacher and performer. What could be one of the best voices in the world will probably be lost yet again. Adele is right back to her old habits that got her vocal damage the first time around. For those of you who don't know, Adele had a vocal polyp which burst and caused a vocal fold hemorrhage. For a singer this is a very serious problem not to be taken lightly.
The key for her to prevent this from happening again is to be trained to sing correctly with Mix Technique instead of pulling her chest voice too high. If you pay attention to her words starting at the bridge of the song at 1:13 of her live performance that I attached you can hear how she has to splat her vowels widely because she is trying to hold onto her chest voice and not release into a mix. Instead of singing hEllo she is singing hAGHllo. She is also forced to slam all her hight notes with way too much air blow and glottal attacks instead of singing with an even airflow on a legato(smooth) phrase. Sadly she is already having to lower the key to the song and even lower, her voice is sounding taxed and pushed. At times she is not totally in tune either.
This is such a challenge as a teacher today because students come in , idolize these singers and want to sound like them. Too often I hear I want to sing just like Adele ( or blah blah ) and I am like noooooooo you don't. Let me help you learn Mix and free your voice so you can sing better. We have to look like the bad guy when we attempt to show them that what that person is doing will cause them damage. I hope each and everyday that I can enlighten and educate our students that there is a better way and what you hear on the radio today is so manufactured. Most of the time the real singer can't even sing what we are hearing.
I am sad to say that I foresee us saying good bye to our dear Adele yet again if she continues down this destructive path.
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