#VocalTipsTuesday – Do you warm up everyday? It is essential to building a strong voice that is prepared for the everyday wear and tear on the voice. By warming up regularly you are training to body to connect with the voice as well as building an understanding of where your voice is at, by knowing your voice and how it reacts will help you to take notice when it stops responding how it normally would, allowing you to keep a better handle on your vocal health.
#VocalTipsTuesday – So many singers rush their practice – they find the basics boring and always rush ahead to more complicated and therefore ‘interesting’ techniques. You need to build a foundation when learning to sing, take simple exercises and perfect them, if its a more complex exercise and your struggling to get it right, break it down. The body needs time to process these techniques to make it muscle memory, only when you can sing and perform without having to focus on making something happen – is when you really get the best from your voice.
#VocalTipsTuesday – Its easy to get carried away with raising your voice in loud environments, whether its singing with bad monitoring or talking over music on a night out. The problem comes when we feel the need to push to be heard, this is when we don’t always feel how much pressure we are putting on our voice, Always make sure you put the effort into relaxing the throat and supporting the breath well to prevent too much subglottic pressure which can effectively damage the voice!
#VocalTipsTuesday – A lot of my singers when they start training comment on how much there is to learn when singing. They worry about getting it right on stage – the truth is we shouldnt practice until we get it right – we should practice until we dont get it wrong! The more you get the body working and understand what is needed from your voice the more secure you will be in your technique – which will then mean you really dont have to worry about forgetting it all once you get on stage, it should all be second nature!
#VocalTipsTuesday A common problem in singers is an unsteady, inconsistent voice, The voice sounds ‘wobbly’ usually down to breath pressure, either there is too much breath in the way (making the voice sound breathy) or too much breath pressure pushing up underneath the cords – (making the voice sound tight / shrill / pitchy) Each note you sing on each different word for each different length of time needs a different effort level, are you working the way your body needs you too?
#VocalTipsTuesday Today is all about how we perceive our voice and development when learning to sing, so many people get hung up on the sounds they are making now and don’t allow themselves to explore their voices, learning to sing is all about experimenting and seeing what works for the individual, there will be times when your not happy with the sound your making – be logical and think more about how do we get there and not get lost in the negatives!!