Desperate to be the next Will Young or Kate Nash? Vauxhall Motors has conducted a series of scientific studies to reveal that the best place to hone your vocal chords and improve your singing voice is in the car.
Vauxhall Motors teamed up with Dr Stuart Colam of Arup Acoustics, designers of The Bridgewater Hall and Wales Millennium Centre and discovered that the interior of a car is acoustically one of the best places for budding singers. Stuart assessed the acoustics in a range of Vauxhall cars to find out how certain variables such as size could affect the sound of a voice.Croon While You Cruise
It’s not just the musically minded who croon while they cruise along. A survey conducted by Vauxhall Motors to support the acoustics research found that a mighty 87% of Brits admit to warbling behind the wheel. However, it’s not always a harmonious process - over half of us (58%) admit we can’t carry a tune!
Despite nearly two-thirds of the nation enjoying a good singalong, the research also revealed we are suffering a confidence crisis, with 41% of us refusing to burst into song when others are in earshot.
Together with Stuart Colam and vocal coach Clive Brown, Vauxhall Motors has created top tips for car singing success.
How to get the best acoustics from your car from acoustician, Stuart Colam:
On singing in your car, Stuart Colam concludes, "The combination of sound absorbing surfaces (for clarity) and sound reflecting surfaces (for support), together with good sound insulation from the windows enables songsters to sing with confidence whilst also truly hearing intonation imperfections often masked in other favourite singing haunts such as the shower."
Singing advice to turn your voice from terrible to tuneful by vocalist Clive Brown:
Simon Ewart of Vauxhall says, "When it comes to enjoying a good singing session in your car, confidence is key. The fact that the research shows 29% less people sing when others are in earshot is what prompted us to join up with Stuart Colam and Clive Brown to tackle this confidence crisis and get more Vauxhall motorists singing!"
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