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.
Hi, I'm Lisa Hugo. I am passionate about helping singers and speakers understand, discover and develop their instrument within. Their Voice.