It can be harder to go from classical to contemporary singing than vice versa. However, I can tell you from personal experience that some classical singing can strengthen a voice in many ways, and even contribute to vocal healing especially for singers who sing mostly in the chest register. To make the switch successfully, a classical singer does need to do a few things differently for authentic performance of contemporary or 'popular' genre material.
Here are 5 tips to help with the transition from classical to contemporary voice:
For contemporary singers:If you don't know how to sing classical songs correctly (or don't want to), don't worry. You can achieve vocal cord stretching, flexing, relaxation and register mixing by doing lots of head voice exercises instead.
Here is a video vocal lesson I did to help a more formally trained singer transition to contemporary style.
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