Four contemporary singing voice types are revolutionizing the music industry! The world’s first Elemental Voice Classification System™ (E-VCS™) has been developed to offer contemporary voices a deeper sense of insight regarding the nature of their vocal strengths and weaknesses. These revolutionary singing voice types for contemporary singers are Earth Dominant Singers™, Air Dominant Singers™, Fire Dominant Singers™, and Water Dominant Singers™. Here are the descriptions of Vocodojo™ contemporary singing voice types.
Earth Dominant Singers™
Air Dominant Singers™
Fire Dominant Singers™
Water Dominant Singers™
Classical Voice Types
“An alternative voice classification system needed to be developed.”
The Nature of My Inspiration
The awesomeness of the natural world was my inspiration for the Elemental Voice Classification System™ (E-VCS™). And just as all the elements are found on our planet, I have come to realize that all of the elements are found in each singer’s voice. But some singers are more dominant in a particular element and some singers might demonstrate a balance between all of the vocal elements. Neither scenario is better than the other just as no element is superior than another. They are simply differences that I respect in all singers. My goal is to positively impact the music industry, by helping people understand the uniqueness of their singing voice and by creating a community of singers who embrace the differences of all the singing voice types.
Here is a description of how all the elements are exhibited, to some degree, in every voice type. Earth represents the spectrum of vocal textures, vocal distortions, and the lower vocal register of a singer. Air represents the breathiness, softness, and quietness of a singer’s approach to vocalizing. Fire represents a singer’s vocal power, how they resonate their singing voice, and the upper vocal register. Water represents a singers vocal agility, their coordination through their vocal registers, the purity of vocal tone, and the middle/conversational register of the singing voice.
As you may have already realized, the art of singing is an effect of dynamic systems like those on our planet. The Earth provides the structure for the air in our atmosphere, the air is fuel for fire, and water carves paths throughout the Earth. Comparatively, the physical body (symbolized by Earth) supports the structure for the other vocal elements! The breath (symbolized by Air) fuels the vibratory movements of the vocal folds. The sound energy (symbolized by Fire) produced by the vibratory movements of the vocal folds ignite the voice. The singer’s vocal agility (symbolized by Water) is a product of the coordination between the muscles within the voice box and the singer’s breath flow he human vocal tract. To me, the comparisons between the singing voice and the elements was easy. But I realize that this has been a lifetime in the making.
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People who know me might also chime in with something to the effect of, “Erik, admit it, you were actually inspired by Captain Planet, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and Avatar: The Last Airbender”! And I wouldn’t put up much of an argument to that statement. In fact, I’d also add to the list of inspiration! Astrology, specifically the elemental components of the zodiac, played a significant role in laying the foundation for what would become the Vocodojo Elemental Voice Classification System™ (E-VCS™). Except, instead of the day, time, and place of your birth being the determining factors for your dominant vocal element, your singing voice quality, the sensations you experience when you sing, the manner you perform (yes, even if you only sing in the car or in the shower), and your personality as a singer would be the determining factors. If elemental symbolism can be found throughout the world of the visual and performing arts, literature, martial arts, and spiritual practices, then the singing voice should be no different.
My Background. My Calling.
I’m a singer and Clinical Voice Pathologist. I feel incredibly fortunate to have a career as a medical Speech-Language Patholgist/Clinical Singing Voice Specialist! My privilege and responsibility to serve my patients has offered me opportunities to work with world renowned singers to people who just want to experience the joy of singing to their grandchildren. The voice is precious! It’s the instrument that is the most deeply connected to our emotions, which can make it the most powerful and the most sensitive of all the instruments. Throughout my singing endeavors, my research, and my clinical practice, I realized that I’m hypersensitive to the holistic voice. I feel undeniable sensations throughout my body that cue me into my client’s body while they’re singing. But my sensitivity also allows me a deeper insight into my clients’ personality and their perception of their singing voice. This ability, coupled with my love of singing, and love of teaching, has helped craft my unique approach to voice rehabilitation, voice training, and teaching people how to sing.
Music is in my blood and singing has been my calling since as early as I can remember. It’s very likely that this calling is genetic in origin, but I have to give a great deal of credit to the familial encouragement to pursue singing from both sides of my family. My vocal journey took me from my pre-school singing ensemble to musical theater stages, a cappella groups, jazz ensembles, gospel choirs, concert choirs, solo performances, singing from the rafters of historic churches, touring England with SCSU choir, touring around the country with the Yale Russian Chorus, and to getting hired to sing in the Yale Opera ensemble at the gorgeous Shubert Theater. From Rock and Roll to classical, I love to sing. It’s my favorite way to express myself and it gives me an immense sense of purpose. I hope that the Vocodojo philosophy will offer singers a deeper understanding of their own voice to improve freedom of expression while singing. When we sing with purpose, authenticity, and an open heart, we can create a community that not only accepts the differences between singers, we can create a community that celebrates the differences between singers.
Dynamic Vocal Elements
Based on my personal and professional experience, I believe that a comprehensive self-assessment in the form of the Vocodojo Test would be a great way for singers to gain insight on their singing voice classification, without anyone else giving them a specific label. This is empowering and potentially life-changing for a singer! And just as we change our opinions and personal tastes, there might be times throughout a singer’s life when they start adopting more characteristics of another vocal element. That is perfectly fine. It’s also fine if a singer determines that their dominant vocal element is constant throughout their entire life. Just as the elements in nature are dynamic, the vocal elements can be dynamic and nebulous with each individual singer. Elemental symbolism can be found throughout the world of the visual and performing arts, literature, martial arts, and spiritual practice. In my opinion, the singing voice is no different.
Take the Vocodojo Test to Discover YOUR Vocal Element!
I’m excited for you to dive into your vocal elements and for you to have a deeper appreciation for the awesomeness of YOUR voice! Please feel free to ask questions, share your thoughts, and communicate among yourselves about the Vocodojo™ Elemental Voice Classification System™ (E-VCS™) and the Vocodojo™ philosophy.
Creator & Founder of Vocodojo
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