Who can sing

A docu-tutorial to participate The documentary: Hallelujah - Everyone can sing

Anyone who has a voice can basically sing or learn to sing. First of all: There are no shortcuts on the way to correct singing - a good and healthy singing voice has to be trained. The path to perfection varies in length. But the nice thing about it: Singing is fun! Ekkehard Vogler can literally sing a song about that. As a former professional singer with 25 years of experience, he is happy to pass on his knowledge. In four tutorials, the MDR music educator summarizes what you should know and, above all, practice for correct singing. A cinematic how-to to participate.

This also benefits Chris Löwe, radio presenter at the children's and youth broadcaster MDR TWEENS and a gifted band guitarist. For him, the world of singing is mainly linked to famous songs and their singers. One of them: "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. With over 300 interpretations one of the most covered titles in the world. Chris ‘favorite version is Jeff Buckley's. So "Hallelujah" is both: a real classic and a best practice model. With this song in his luggage, our moderator goes in search of the most important singing techniques and meets both people who can already do it and those who want to learn. And for Chris, too, a journey to his very personal Hallelujah moment begins.

Episode 1: Breathing and posture

Episode 2: Feeling the Voice

Episode 3: The breathing support

As a radio host, Chris knows that staying power and a steady voice are important for speaking. But he has not yet heard of a "breathing aid". In order to sing (and speak) properly, it is important that you can consciously regulate your airflow. You can also use it to control the volume. So if you sing loudly without training, you usually scream. The breathing support is something like the supreme discipline in singing. A technique that separates the singer's voice from a singing voice. In order to differentiate between professional and layman, Chris goes in search of the "voice of the people" and gets to know some hobby singers who like to sing without support. For the professional league, however, the motto applies: Practice early. The nine-year-old Jaro, who has registered for a casting with Alexander Schmitt, the musical director of the MDR children's choir, also knows this. Pretty exciting for Jaro and pretty interesting for Chris. So that means: Singing means holding.

Episode 4: Sing right

So what do you get when I master classical singing techniques? What can I then do with my voice and what should I leave it alone? Training a vocal technique and applying it consistently is the be-all and end-all of professional singing. This is the only way to keep your voice healthy and to be able to play with it. This is what singer and singing teacher Calixta Fuchs preaches to her students. Both 15-year-old Clara and 16-year-old Helene receive classic training from Calixta. But that has nothing to do with dry theory or strict tradition. Singing has to be individual and lively. Only then will your very personal vocal talent unfold: the ability to give your voice a certain aesthetic. In this singing lesson, Chris also learns that rhythm is not entirely unimportant. Fun must be. If you know how. Because singing means grooming.

Episode 5: Sing hallelujah

If you had to describe what you like best about your favorite song, what would you say? On which it depends? Sure: A good singer who has mastered the craft of singing is one thing. But what do good singers, regardless of genre, have in common? Right: they touch us. Chris has already found out about this from Helene. So if you manage to put your emotions into your singing, then you will be able to touch others with your voice. And vice versa, the feeling for the mood of a song helps you when using the right vocal technique. "Something comes across" is what you then say. That didn't escape Chris either. Lots of experts shared their secret knowledge with him on his journey. One of them: MDR music mediator Ekkehard Vogler, whom Chris now meets live on his last stage. So Chris, you heard it: Singing means feeling (and daring).