The Nature of Your Vocal Instrument

Long, unbroken phrases. Clear tone

You voice works best with long, unbroken phrases. There should be no crackling or breaks in the sound as it moves up and down the vocal range.

Consistent air pressure feeds a constant, unbroken flow of tone. If the tone is uneven, the vocal instrument, the resonating spaces close down and we tend to resort to the unhealthy habit of constricting the larynx.  

Pressure Constant - Even Flow or rate of exhale

Breaks in the air stream will produce a cracking tone and/or an uneven vibrating tone.

The resonating spaces of the body are sustained open with even breath pressure. A clear, ringing core tone requires a steady rate of air movement. If the air pressure is not constant, the resonating spaces will collapse and there will be no spaces in which to amplify the sound
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Tones always seek their own resonating spaces. When your body is free of tension and properly aligned, high pitches easily move higher inside your vocal body and lower tones will vibrate lower. You don’t push them into place with larynx or tummy tension, they simply land in their perfectly sized pocket.

Support

Once free of tension in the larynx and vocal core, your entire body structure aligns to support a clear, center core voice.

There is much confusion about the commonly used word, "Support" because there are actually TWO kinds of support: Structural and Breath.

Two kinds of Support

1. Structural Support refers to properly aligned, grounded stance and posture that provide the necessary structure to contain and direct a great amount of breath pressure. 


2. Breath Support

The voice requires a steady volume and flow of air pressure. Air is converted to sound in the upper body, and the lower body provides a cushion of air pressure. We call this air pressure, “Breath Support”.

All actions, movements, vowels, consonants, expressions support the core tone.

International voice language

Special vowels and consonants shape and direct the clear tone into the body's resonating spaces. Once able to consistently produce a clear, up and down voice pitch line on a single tuning vowel, we learn specific vowels and consonants that direct the sound into the resonating spaces. These vowels and consonants are parallel to the vowels used in all languages; but slightly different as we modify them to direct tone into the resonating spaces AND articulate language.

Posture, presence and gesture coordination

With grounded stance, open posture, increased breath capacity, relaxed facial muscles and relaxed vocal core, everything is coordinated to convey a more open and powerful voice and presence.  
You will tend to choose fewer words, vary your delivery speed, pitch and volume in order to support and sustain your clean, core tone.

The speaker/singer speaks at optimum tempo and volume; as loud or fast as one can produce a clear center tone.  Your gestures and speed of delivery adjust as well. As you work with the clear tone, the voice swells, grows more powerful, and you depend upon the stable posture and stance for support.

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