#7 Voice Training Steps
These exercises work for anyone and everyone’s voice ~ whether you are going to sing, give a presentation to people or simply talking with your friends.
Yes, these may sound a little strange first of all but after you do them, you will realise how WELL they work and help make your voice clearer and much easier for people to listen to...
1) Lie on your back with your knees in the air and your eyes closed.
Pay attention to how your body feels as you breathe. Seek out and eliminate any tension by "breathing into" that location. The idea is to relax areas of your body that affect your voice.
The important areas to focus on are your jaw, neck, shoulders, chest, upper and lower back, and diaphragm. Breathe deeply to expand your lung capacity.
2) Prop your head back a bit and release your jaw so that it gapes open.
There should be no tension at all in your neck, chest, shoulders or jaw. Take in a deep breath, and as you breathe out, vocalise. It will sound like an open-mouthed moan. As you vocalise, pay close attention to your jaw, neck, shoulders, back and chest. Most likely, they will tense up when you vocalise.
Keep practising until you can vocalise without tensing your muscles.
Repeat step #2 This will perhaps create tension in your jaw or neck areas. Continue to practice until you can perform this without any tension.
Recite a poem or a section from a book or magazine.
Try to maintain your relaxation and resonance (the quality in a sound). Listen to how different your voice sounds. The longer you practice on the floor, the easier it is to maintain your good speaking habits.
4) Sit upright.
Chances are, there will be some tension in your key vocal areas. Pay special attention to your neck and your shoulders. Breathe into your tense areas to relax them.
Repeat steps #2 and #3 while sitting upright.
Extend these habits to everyday conversation.
It will be more difficult to maintain relaxation when you have to think of what to say, but with practice it will come.
(1) Good posture is essential to a good voice.
(2) Your jaw and lips are the most important parts to relax because they form your resonating chamber, like the sound-hole in a guitar. If your mouth is too closed, you must exert more effort to achieve the same volume. Having your jaw and lips relaxed and free-moving will make your voice sound more natural and less strained or muffled.
(3) If possible, perform these exercises in a closed room without carpet so that you can hear yourself better.
(4) When your vocal chords create sound, you should feel vibration in your chest, back, neck and head. This vibration will create resonance and give your voice a full, delicious sound. This is what you are trying to achieve, so spend a lot of time on relaxing these areas.
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