We had an amazing response last week, to part 1 of our 5 part series, 10 Facts About the Voice. Here is part 2, I hope you get some valuable information out of it!
10 Facts About the Voice
- Most people think that pushing more air is how volume is achieved which is not correct. It is achieved through proper resonance.
- Throat sprays, Elixirs, Lozenges etc. can actually cause more harm than good. Most contain glycerin which is a substance that does coat the throat but it is a false sense of moisture and many times we “scrape” the chord with air to clear what feels like mucous on the chord because of this, which compounds the problem.
- Mask is a part of a technique that uses the nasal and sinus cavities to push “resonance” to the front of the face (like smiling when you sing) which makes singing high notes easier especially when singing a wordy phrase.
- The term diaphragm is actually not a correct term for proper air flow and pressure to be used when singing. Yes the breath is diaphragmatic, but the actual compression of air to sing and sustain high notes starts at the solar plexus all the way down to the lower abdominal muscles just above the groin (or pubic hairline). However, the name diaphragmatic support has stayed with us a term.
- The best way to compress air is to hold your breath when you sing. The key to this is to not “restrict the throat” when “holding back this air. It is important to learn open throat singing first before attempting this.
- There is a false idea that people are supposed to “sing without stress”. That would be like telling the athlete he is supposed to perform without stress. There will always be stress. It’s the management of stress and the overcoming of stress we condition for to keep us at our maximum.
- Both male and female vocalists can create such a strong bridge between their “chest register” and their “head register” that it can literally create on long powerful note without a “break”.
- Working the “passagio” or passage way (the break between chest and falsetto) can be built so strong that you can have a “mixed voice up to a full octave and greater depending on the size of the vocal folds (vocal chords)
- The over annunciation of consonant sounds actually inhibits range and causes throat tension.
- Less than 2% of the population is actually tone deaf. Most people can train their ear and their voice to stay on pitch. Even in cases of extreme hearing loss, this can be overcome
Transatlantic Singing Lesson Demonstration
Check out our amazing student Tony Moran, he’s 69 years young and has been taking Ken Tamplin’s singing lessons for just over 4 months now. Tony owns a high-end guitar shop in Liverpool, which he started in 1968. Think he’s met some people we all know?! It just goes to show that you’re never to old to create your dreams!