Essential Vocabulary

  • Optimum Tempo
  • Hold
  • Entanglement
  • Disentangle

Optimum Tempo

Optimum Tempo is the pace at which you can accurately perform a technique. Each movement has a unique pace at which it easily moves. It's fluid pace coordinates with all the other parts of your breathing and vocal body to create a clear, strong and expressive voice.

Optimum Tempo is one of your most important vocal principles. It will determine your vocal pace, volume and voice tone to effectively, (and painlessly) deliver your message. 

As you learn the small techniques of this vocal method, optimum tempo is slow and mindful of each step. You will naturally increase your rate of speed and accuracy as your body remembers each new movement.

At First, Slower is Faster

Optimum Tempo, as it applies to your voice means: Speak or sing only as loud or fast as you can be certain that your larynx is free of tension. 

EVERY SOUND you make should come ONLY when your larynx is relaxed. If you cannot make a sound without tension in the throat: PAUSE or STOP and rest. Do not begin another phrase until you are sure that all parts of your vocal core are in their rested, "Home" position. 

Slow movements and repetition build accurate body memory. As you are able to accurately perform a technique, you can easily increase the speed of your movements.

This vocal rule, above all others, will assure your ongoing vocal health and well-being.

Essential Vocal Health

Optimum Tempo means: Speak or sing only as loud or fast as you can be certain that your larynx is free of tension. 

EVERY SOUND you make should come ONLY when your larynx is relaxed. If you cannot make a sound without tension in the throat: PAUSE or STOP and rest.

Do not begin another phrase until you are sure that all parts of your vocal core are in their rested, "Home" position. 

This vocal rule, above all others, will assure your ongoing vocal health and well-being.

To "Hold"

To "Hold" is to use effort to sustain a movement. 

For instance, raise your hand and leave it in the air without added tension. Simply sustain the upheld hand position. There is no reason to use effort in your arm, or even the neck or head in order to leave the hand in the upheld position.

Entanglement

An Entanglement is an unnecessary connection between movements and points in the vocal core. For example, it is not necessary to tilt the head or squint your eyes when you smile. Your smile should be independent from movements of the head and smile. 

Disentangle

To disengage, or extricate unnecessary connections between parts of the vocal body. Disentanglement is most effectively accomplished with s.l.o.w, mindful movement. Once the connections are released, the vocal body moves easily and without tension.

Vocabulary

  • DISENTANGLE: To extricate, disengage unnecessary connections between movements.
  • ENTANGLEMENT: An unnecessary connection between parts of the vocal core.
  • To "HOLD": To use effort in order to sustain a position.
  • OPTIMUM TEMPO: The most efficient rate of speed at which you can accurately perform a skill.  
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