Categories for Vocal Tips

Maintaining Vocal Resonance

In order to maintain vocal resonance, a number of processes must occur.

First, the head, neck, larynx and thoracic cavity must be in correct alignment and completely free and relaxed. Second, the connection of breath flow to the larynx must continually be present. Third, the resonant chambers of the head, neck and thoracic cavities must be the place where the free vibrations from the vocal folds themselves go for proper resonance. By using the nasal consonants (m,n,ng), one can establish optimal resonance.

July 23, 2015

Find a good doctor

Find a good otolaryngologist who specializes in working with professional voices. It is important for singers to have someone who knows their anatomy, to be able to recognize when it is healthy and when it is not. This information will enable the otolaryngologist to make the wisest decision as to the course of treatment. When touring, a clear, recent picture of the larynx and the vocal folds, taken when the voice is healthy, can be an invaluable aid. If the singer has to see a new otolaryngologist during a tour, the doctor can compare what he sees at the time with what the patient’s healthy vocal folds look like. Everyone has slightly different anatomy and this can affect the decision that a new doctor would make as to treatment and whether any scheduled performance can go on or must be cancelled.

March 11, 2014

Speech Warm-Up

In order to keep a healthy voice for singing and speaking, do a speech warm-up before you begin using your voice at all. This would include exercises to ensure a healthy neck, relieving jaw and abdominal tension, strengthening breathing muscles, mixing your high (loft voice) with your speaking (model voice) voice, and gradually through exercises get your proper speaking pitch with good resonance activated.

October 11, 2013

Vocal preservation

When speaking or singing, always feel like you could have done it longer, louder, or used a larger vocal range. Your larynx should never feel tired at the end of a performance, even if the rest of your body does. Avoid speaking in places with loud background noise. If you must, limit what you say and get as close to the person as possible. Also in these loud environments wear ear plugs to protect your hearing.

March 1, 2013

Speak on a singing tone

Since we speak much more than we sing, it requires us, for healthy voice usage, to pay attention to our speaking voice. When we center our speaking voice around the optimum pitch for our voice, we get the most energy out of it with the least amount of effort. This pitch should tell voice experts, what voice category we are (soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone, bass).

December 1, 2012

Use of the lip

The use of the lip trill is a very effective tool for creating better air connection in singing and speaking. It is also very helpful in establishing the correct vocal resonant placement. One can use the lip trill for singing the melody of your song before you use the text.

February 1, 2012

Use of the tongue

All vowels and many consonants, including D L N T Y K G can be produced by only using the tongue. This is very helpful in maintaining the correct vocal resonance. If the jaw is not involved, the chance for a free, resonance sound is increased.

July 1, 2011

Singing high notes

The importance of lowering the back of the tongue and lifting up the soft palate to create more space in your oral cavity and phyarnx, when one is singing high notes, cannot be stressed enough. This must be done in a relaxed, effortless manner. The amount of this created space will depend on how high a pitch you are at in your voice and at what volume you are singing at.

February 1, 2011

Note regarding healthy singing

When inhaling air to begin a vocal phrase, take the air in through both the nose and along the roof of the mouth. This will help to achieve a better oral cavity position and a better chance for proper vocal resonance.

September 1, 2010