Voice Skills #1: Is it possible to increase my vocal range?
Yes. Our vocal folds are like an elastic band. They are stretchable. Vocal Pitch is determined by the tightness and size of your vocal folds.
During oscillation, the tighter the vocal folds, the higher the vocal pitch. Hence, by doing Vocal Siren Exercises, you will be able to increase your range over time
Voice Skills #2: What if I’m tone-deaf? Can I learn to sing?
Although it can be challenging for a person with tone-deaf to achieve a perfect pitch, it is not impossible. Do visit my article on “Sing with Tone-Deaf. 100% Yes! This is absolutely possible!” for more insights on how you can train to listen and process a sound before executing it. And before you know it, you will be on your way to delivering a perfect pitch.
Voice Skills #3: Why do I run out of air when I sing?
No doubt, our lungs are the primary organ for respiration; but they perform little help in voice projection.
Many singers and speakers use their lungs to speak, especially when they need to vocalize and sustain a long sound. The vacuum of air in our chest cavity is insufficient to sustain a long sound without grasping another breath. And every time a singer or a speaker trying to catch another breath, it is audible, especially when they have a microphone with them. To make things worse, voice tension and nervousness can result in a rapid heartbeat and make it even harder to breathe.
Hence, we need to extend the air vacuums from the chest cavity downwards to the diaphragm. Once the chest and the lower abdominal cavity expand, more air will be deposited while releasing it when singing or speaking.
Question #4: How do I get rid of the break or crack in my voice?
The vocal break occurs when we need to sing high notes or speak with a higher resonance. The higher the frequency, the higher the pressure we need, to expel the air out of the vocal folds. If you are able to record the position that the vocal break is likely to occur, try reducing the outbound air pressure. Too much pressure will cause the voice to crack or break.
Voice Skills #5: Can I take my chest voice up into my high range?
We all have six voice resonances: chest, larynx, pharynx, mouth, nasal, and upper skull. These six resonances have their unique characteristics. Of course, you can take chest voice into the high range, but it will sound terrible. Do visit my article on “Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance” for more reading.
Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.
Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.
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