Now you might be asking, how can these exercises help my speaking voice?
Firsly, these warms ups are not dissimilar to warming up for any physical activity. A warm up is designed to improve the blood flow to the muscles you will be using and stretch them out, which ultimately will assist in avoiding injury. And yes your vocal cords are highly susceptible to injury if not used correctly.
What I love about these warm ups though is that they help to connect the mind, the voice and the ears all together to create an awareness of what your voice is capable of. People start listening to the sounds they are creating in a completely new way. They hear differently. My clients are usually amazed when they discover the potential of their instrument once they start to tune it.
These voice exercises also improve your breathing technique which is the foundation of your voice.
50% of good speaking and singing comes down to effective breathing!
If your breath is shallow, or not supportive to your voice, you will try to compensate by using other muscles to increase volume or sustain sound. This will result in a feeling of exhaustion when you are speaking, fatigue, hoarseness or croakiness in the voice.
We are also expanding the vocal range with these exercises. Most people speak in a limited range of 3 or 4 notes. We call this monotone voice. These exercises open up the chest, middle and head voices which ultimately add more vocal variety to the speaking voice.
Lastly, vocal exercises enhance resonance and improve diction. Resonance is when the sound you create starts to amplify in the spaces above the larynx, in the mouth and in the mask. When you understand how to use these spaces to your advantage, you can enhance your vocal quality, making fuller, richer and more pleasing sounds.
Diction exercises will also help with resonance, clarity and pace.
If your still not convinced!
DID YOU KNOW THAT SINGING PUTS YOU IN A GOOD MOOD!
Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin. Both are hormones which give you feelings of euphoria and pleasure.
Whether I am working with a singing or speaking client, I always will do a vocal warm up at the start of session to stretch out the vocal cords, improve blood flow, reinforce good breathing and tune the instrument and ears. It’s incredible how these simple exercises can make you feel so good! It’s not a secret that singing reduces stress, improves your mood and makes you happier in your day. However, there are lots of physical, emotional, social and psychological benefits linked with singing that maybe you didn’t know about. Here are 10 of the best!
1. SINGING GIVES YOU FEELINGS OF EUPHORIA AND PLEASURE!
Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin. Endorphins are hormones that increase feelings of euphoria and pleasure. Oxytocin is also known as the “cuddle hormone” because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially. It is known to decrease stress and anxiety. Both of these hormones can make you feel better in general and even decrease any pain you might be feeling!
2. SINGING IMPROVES COGNITION
Studies have shown that singers and musicians have higher cognitive processing. Those who learn or have learned an instrument have enhanced memory skills, higher attention spans and better communication skills than those who have not. It can even help to prevent the onset Alzheimer’s disease.
3. SINGING CAN LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Several studies have shown that due to the calming and relaxing effects of singing,it can lower your blood pressure.
4. SINGING STRENGTHENS YOUR MUSCLES
When you sing with good vocal technique, you engage your core, your back, your intercostal muscles and even your pelvic floor. Your facial muscles will also get a work out when you sing as you open your mouth in different ways to produce clear, resonant tones and enunciate.
5. SINGING DEVELOPS YOUR BREATH CAPACITY AND IMPROVES YOUR POSTURE
When you sing, your naturally sit or stand up straight to create a good sound. Singing also improves your breath capacity and can assist Asmtha suffers by slowing down the cycle of panic which worsens asthma symptoms and by helping to get more oxygen to the lungs.
6. SINGING CONNECTS ACROSS CULTURES
Singing and music crosses all boundaries and cultures. It can help you feel connected to all of humanity. Those who sing or play an instrument have a better connection to other people’s thoughts and feelings.
7. SINGING STRENGTHENS SOCIAL BONDS
Singing with a band or in a choir or any sort of group with other people can be fun and bonding. Even just attending a concert, gives you an opportunity to share an experience with a group of people. There are many studies that have shown that singing in a choir can decrease depression.
8. SINGING BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Stage fright is a common feeling for any singer or anyone for that matter. However, when you perform well and receive praise from your friends, family or colleagues, you can eventually overcome your fear and improve your self-confidence. With time you might even find it easier to present anything in front of a group with good presentation skills.
9. SINGING INCREASES YOUR ABILITY TO APPRECIATE OTHER SINGERS
Sometimes you don’t know how hard something is until you try it yourself. Once you start to sing, you will have a great appreciation for other singers and their talents. You may also start to listen to a wider variety of music as your own musical capabilities grow and you try new songs.
10. SINGING CAN HELP FIGHT DISEASE
Singing can boost your immune system as it decreases your stress and anxiety levels. It has also been proven to be helpful in the treatment of Parkinson’s Diseaseand can assist in improving memory function to prevent Alzheimer’s.
Hi, I'm Lisa Hugo. I am passionate about helping singers and speakers understand, discover and develop their instrument within. Their Voice.