What is Speech Level Singing?
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Speech Level Singing (also called SLS) is a popular singing technique developed by Seth Riggs, a teacher based in California with arguably one of the most prestigious client lists!
It is a technique largely based on the old school Italian method “bel canto”, adapted for the rigours of contemporary singing. A great deal of emphasis is placed on helping singers navigate the passagio – also known as the bridge/break. Through careful training and well chosen exercises singers can learn to iron out those awkward transitions in the voice, to ultimately have a cohesive sound from bottom to top, without unhelpful manipulation or straining.
I was trained by Seth and his colleagues for 11 years. When I moved to Australia I was able to help grow awareness of this very useful technique and share this with other teachers and clients.
Since leaving the organisation I’ve trained in other methods and established my own style of teaching that is influenced by the great teachers and mentors I’ve been fortunate enough to study with. I still value the tools that I learnt with SLS to establish seamless and tension free transitions of the vocal bridges. Simply because they really do work!
Speech Level Singing is an absolute refusal on the part of the performer to help the pitches in any way.