Voice Production Skills
ARTICLE # 1
Start Speaking Well Before You Decide to Sing
Good and effective speaking is the first and foremost step towards developing efficient singing techniques. Before venturing into professional signing, it is therefore preferable to understand various aspects of effective speaking skills. However, one’s voice has much to do with one’s personal history. This takes us to the emotional state in which we remain as it forms the bedrock of good voice, be it for speaking or singing.
Although the sound of a voice is influenced largely by one’s geographic roots, an individual’s emotional state is also of paramount importance. It is amply clear that during times of low self-esteem, hesitancy creeps in one’s voice. A robust voice of an extrovert individual stands in sharp contrast with a shy person.
Therefore, it is always advised to have a good command over one’s emotional state before striving for developing singing techniques.
Migration Accents may prove to be Accidental
Let’s have a look at the effects of migration on the way we speak. With the world getting more and more globalized, we witness enhanced exposure to all channels of media that casts an impact on the accents used. Nevertheless, it is not good for effective speaking as it runs the risk of adding an unwanted dimension and distinctiveness to one’s voice jeopardizing one’s individuality.
Therefore, it is always vital to get acquainted with the sound of your own voice. As you stay more comfortable particularly at home with no social pressures to conform, it impacts your voice in positive sense. You could try recording your own voice at home and compare it at other avenues to get the sense of what we are talking here. There is always a huge difference always.
It may be possible that you might not like your voice however envisage the better voice that you wish to incorporate and try to get over there. Relaxation is the keyword as you sound better when confident and in total control. However, remember that you cannot hear your own voice exactly as others listen as most of it travels through the vibration of your bones. Having said this, understanding the physical nature of your voice renders you more control over your voice and the way you put it to use.
Unreasonable Self-Consciousness is Damaging
Using language in an informal way is good, however even a slightest dose of formality may prove damaging. The situation worsens when we have to speak in front of public. Reading aloud may help you to get acquainted with more fluency in your voice.
A Suggested Exercise for Improvement
Read your favourite text, first silently and then aloud. Use your normal speaking voice. Remember that this voice should not be forced or held back i.e. soft or gentle. It has to natural as it should be. You don’t have to worry if you falter or stumble at the first instance.
Slowing down is the key here. The moment you slow down, it becomes natural on its own. It, in fact, it prevents you to stumble over the words. Speed must be controlled to its natural rhythm. It is advisable to prevent unnecessary nervousness as it discards control over one’s speech.
The other way is keep one’s head up so as to make sure that the voice flows freely. Pauses should be occasional and marks of punctuation must be respected. They provide you with an opportunity to take rest. Regular practice also makes it possible for you to gain greater control and command over your voice.
The Significant Role of Breath
The voice is sensitive and accommodates in accordance with emotions. It may suffer blocks with reference to a range of feelings. Good news is that one can prevent this problem with the help of physical exercise that assists to gain greater flexibility to one’s voice.
The patterns of breath undergo significant changes especially under stress. Stress brings unwanted changes in individual’s breathing patterns and causes tension in muscles thus prevents one’s lungs to optimally work. A frightful or nervous situation manifests in tension especially in the neck and shoulder region. It is the over breathing that proves to be troubling. Though plenty of air is inhaled, the time to relax isn’t there, which causes and aggravates the trouble.
Benefits of Good Breathing
Optimally using one’s lung capacity supports the voice in the best possible manner. The voice becomes eventually fuller, richer and stronger. This technique is always useful for an individual who has a thinner voice worries about speaking in public and reaching to the last bench. The other point to remember is that the volume is controlled in the abdomen and not in the throat.
It is rhythmic breathing that casts a calming and therapeutic effect on one’s body. It releases tension and promotes relaxation. Those individuals who stay calm and relaxed tend to be balanced and bear a good voice as a result. What’s more, even most of the religious practices depend upon the rhythmic breathing techniques involving meditation, yoga and silent contemplation.
First and foremost is to stand in an easy position while keeping your spine erect, head balanced and face muscles utterly relaxed. Inhale to a slow count of three followed by exhalation to a slow count of three again.
Watch your shoulders as they should not get perturbed by the exercise. Breathing through your nose and releasing through your mouth proves beneficial. Be conscious of your breath that falls down to the bottom of your lungs. You may put your hand against your belly and feel the inside outside movement. Repeating the same for a few times is good, more the better.
Remember the following pertinent points:
- Adequate volume that can be heard is always good for voice training
- Clarity in terms of pronunciation is always targeted
- Variety of maneuvering through the notes should be incorporated
- Volume control is also recommended for that perfect voice training
It is always better to follow your intuition in recognizing your best voice. This way you could always gain command over your voice and build a strong and steady vocal repertoire to enjoy.