In my earlier blog, I talk about the differences between vocal training for speech and for singing. Let’s dive in a little further to talk about how to improve your presentation with voice resonance.
What is Voice Resonance?
“Resonant voice is described as a pattern of voice use with oral vibratory sensations during easy voicing.”
Source: Verdolini K, Druker DG, Palmer PM, Samawi H. Laryngeal Adduction in Resonant Voice. Journal of Voice 1998, 12(3): 315-327.
Vocal resonance occurs when two vocal folds oscillate (or vibrate). The buzzing sound will travel from your vocal cords either down to the chest or out to your mouth, or up to your head.
Various Parts of Vocal Resonance
There are 6 resonance altogether that will help you be more expressive when presenting:
|Resonance Type||Description and Behavior|
|Larynx||When the vocal cords vibrate, the air passes over the folds and travels through the larynx, causing a wave response chain.|
It travels to other parts of the resonating points, changing the sound’s intensity depending on the diaphragm, throat, and mouth muscles.
It is important to keep your larynx relaxed so that the air can travel without straining it.
|Pharynx||The next resonating point after the Larynx is the Pharynx.|
It is located between the nasal cavity and the Larynx. It forms a little passageway for the air to pass through.
By lifting the soft palate in the mouth, it will heighten the resonance.
Hence, raising your soft palate when speaking or singing is crucial to avoid the nasal sound.
|Mouth||As the air pass through the Larynx and Pharynx, it will execute out from the mouth and produce a sound.|
The speech organs, namely lips, jaws, tongue, teeth, soft and hard palettes, and uvula, will form sounds of vowels and consonants.
Thus, to articulate clearly, speakers and singers have to focus on shaping the speech organs to enhance enunciation.
|In English Pronunciation, there will be a need to allow the air to pass through your nose via the Nasal Cavity.|
Such as the consonant sounds “n,” “ng,” and the “m” in English Pronunciation.
Speakers and singers will only use this resonance when they have to executive the above-mentioned consonant sounds.
|Upper Skull||The Upper Skull resonance is also commonly known as “head voice.”|
The chain wave travels up to the top of your head to produce a high pitch.
This resonance is commonly used by opera singers, where they need to sing their repertoire with the highest pitch they can find.
However, in speech, we will hardly use it, other than when you tell a story to engage the younger kids where you need to raise your voice to the top
For female speakers, you must avoid engaging the upper skills for a long period as it can be perceived as noise and can have an irritating effect on your audience.
|Chest||The chest voice is the lowest resonance among all. It gives the speaker a rich and low tonality.|
Some females have low chest resonance. However, as a speaker, low resonance can be perceived as low energy or being lethargic.
Voice resonators form the uniqueness of each individuals’ voice quality. No two persons’ vocal is the same.
Sometimes, speakers might need to wake up the resonators before utilizing them.
In my next blogs, I will teach you how to wake up your voice resonance before a presentation.
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