Last week we discussed what London theatre schools like ours advise you to do to get more from your singing voice and we touched on vocal health and how you can improve it.
So, this week, we thought we’d do a full-on post on vocal health and how to exercise your voice to ensure you get the most from your abilities. So, here are 10 exercises to help with vocal health.
Singing Schools Advise that you Relax the Tongue
Most singing schools in London believe that a lot of problems with singing involve too much tension in the tongue and most people aren’t even aware that this is their issue. One of the best ways to figure out whether or not you tense up your tongue when singing is to look in the mirror. If your tongue doesn’t tend to site just behind or on the bottom teeth then it’s likely you may have an issue with relaxing your tongue and that’s effecting your singing.
Air and your Vocal Chords
More air may seem on the outset as a benefit when singing, however it causes a lot of issues for people. Too much air creates pressure under the folds and causes tension which prevents singing to the best of your ability. This is very much the case for high notes. We’ve suggested some exercises you can perform below to help, however being aware of the amount of air your intake is also beneficial.
Straws can Help with Theatrical Singing
By blowing air through a straw while phonating through your range, you create resistance on your vocal chords and prevent them from getting puffy or inflamed – one of the most common problems for vocals.
Making a creaking noise, like a badly oiled door and do a scale with this sound. Only allow a very limited supply or air in to get the best effect. This is a great exercise for those looking to maintain proper chord closure.
Moving your neck around too much too much when singing puts your whole vocal region off. If you raise and lower the front of your neck when singing, your larynx tends to move and this will cause problems for your whole vocal mechanism. The best way to prevent problems is to rest your hand on your larynx when singing and consciously try to keep it nice and steady.
The “ng” sound from the word hung creates backpressure on the vocal chords. This sound requires a soft palate and the tongue to make and helps make the transition between the lower and upper register easier for a singer.
This sound tends to work the upper register very well and you should ideally make the coo sound in a hooty manner like an owl. The reason being that it works the high notes very well.
Making an ‘aah’ sound can help people who are weak in the lower register. This can be made even more apparent by sticking your tongue out. Make the sound in your lower register and use a five tone scale. Be aware to use very little air to prevent breathiness when singing.
If you feel pressure on your neck when singing then you’re doing it wrong. Singing should feel like speaking and there should be no such pressure on your voice. Pressure tends to be caused by being forced. If it seems forced, speak it. This can help you reach without forcing.
Follow these tips to improve your singing voice and if you’re looking for singing schools in London or a theatre school in London – contact us about our courses.