Does your voice sound “OLD” and “Tired”
Are you experiencing a husky or crackly sounding voice?
Are you feeling really tired after you finish speaking or singing?
Do you have pain in your throat when you speak?
5 ways to re- energise and save your voice
1. Get excited about what you want to speak or sing about.
Make sure you are passionate about your message or your song. Your audience will see you as a believable speaker/performer only when you show passion with the meaning behind what your are doing in the first place. At SingOut singing and performance school I will help you become a powerful performer who will have an energetic and passionate sound.
2. Make sure you warm up your voice before you get on stage.
You can do sirens from the low part of your voice to middle and then head voice. You must access your low voice (chest resonance) and connect it (mix it ) to the middle and then through to the high voice (head voice resonance). This must be done evenly and if you bend right down to the floor you can create more flow in your vocal range. Sometimes standing will encourage reaching for high notes making your higher voice much more difficult to access and creating a sense of it feeling stuck. Taking singing or speaking lessons will help you learn more about vocal exercises that are tailored for your personal voice type.
3. Make sure you have steady breath flow
You can feel this by using a straw, blowing and using your vocal cords at the same time. Sing or Speak and notice if your breath is being held back. Are you tightening your diaphragm so much that your breaths stops flowing. When this happens you loose balance of air and music. At this point your vocal cords don’t get enough air flow they end up closing too much and you develop a constricted sound. This makes your voice sound crackly and old. Breathing exercises tailored for your specific breathing issue will help you overcome tightness and constricted vocal conditions.
4. Keep your larynx (voice box) stable and not raised.
You can locate your larynx by noticing the first bump on your throat. When you swallow your larynx raises and then goes back down. We don’t want his happening when you are singing or speaking. You should never reach for high notes to sound louder. When you reach your larynx (voice box) lifts and then closes off the space in your throat effecting the resonance. This is like your swallowing. Larynx should never lift like this when you are trying to make sound. Doing this is bad voice technique and over time this will cause swelling of vocal cords and it will make your voice sound aged. At SingOut singing and performance school we use a strange but great exercise called “Gug” on an arpeggio scale starting at specific pitches and when we do this exercise singers and speakers feel more space in their throat and higher notes become more accessible.
5. Don’t force your voice instead create resonance.
Shouting and yelling is not projection its distortion. If you want to project you need to release your sound by creating space in your throat and by learning to feel and create vibrations that are resonating. You should not tighten and squeeze your diaphragm forcefully. As you speak and sing breath flows and the diaphragm comes in naturally releasing the air to the cords. Air and muscle working together at the right amount of ratio is what makes you voice sound healthy. Also bending from waste down as you sing or speak will give you that feeling of vocal release. You will feel a loosening vibration. Once you stand upright you can then duplicate that feeling as your body has felt the sensation of the resonance. As a speaker and singer you are wanting to bounce your voice out of your mouth not yell it out and force it out. This is achieved by having a lower and stable larynx and by using vowels that are shaped a particular way that encourage resonance. Taking singing lessons or voice lessons will teach you how to increase your resonance and project your voice in a healthy way.
I have helped singers and speakers for the past 20 years have the best sounding voice and with tailored exercise for you voice type and issue I can help you fix most issues with your voice, helping you with projection and vocal dynamic.
If you want to want to know more don't hesitate to contact me on 0409 187061 or email me on [email protected] and have your speaking or singing voice diagnosed.
Posted on Mon, June 15, 2015
by Maria Pellicano filed under