Judy Rodman - All Things Vocal Blog

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

11 Things You Don't Think Your Voice Can Do (It Can!)

I have the most wonderful job. I get to hear miracles take place with people's voices. These breakthroughs happen because of the team of teacher and student.  It takes both, as any good teacher knows. Just this week a happy Power, Path & Performance vocal student told me she wished everyone knew what was possible. So I told her I'd do a blogpost on it.

Here are 13 of the many surprising things your voice could do:

1. You can learn to sing without vocal strain. This blows some people away to realize.

2. You can learn to sing on pitch. Most of the time it's not even your ear that's the problem, but if it is, it's amazing what a little pitch practice can do.

3. You have more vocal range than you imagine. You can sing higher in chest voice, without strain, when you learn to use mixed or middle voice to do it. You can also sing lower than you think. You enable low notes just like you do high notes... by stretching, not crunching.

4. Your voice is capable of richer, more interesting tone than you think is natural to you. You find your full resonance by learning to open your 'voice cave' so that the vibrations from your larynx can reach all your resonators.

5. You can learn new vocal licks, and learn to use them appropriately to reach the heart of your audience instead of sounding fake. There are tricks good vocal teachers know to help you.

6. Even if you have breathing issues, you can have enough breath to sing. It doesn't take much when you do it right.You can sing long notes without running out of breath. The answer is to balance breath support and control.

7. Your voice can get better with age. As long as your physical health is good, you can find even more resonance and ability, not less, as you get older.

8. You can learn to sing in the studio with the magic you get in live performance. You can also learn to sing live as well as you record, if you are a veteran session singer. Performance coaches can do wonders!

9. You have all the voice you need to deliver a message in any style except classical, if you just know how to "play your instrument". (Don't you know a singer whose technique is lacking but whose voice moves you?)

10. You can sing "ee" and "oo" vowels (and all other ones, too) on high pitches without getting tight. You learn to modify the vowels more openly and vertically and no more squeaky highs!

10. You can get a handle on numbness and stage anxiety when you learn the psychological and body language secrets of making your performance about your audience, not you.

11. You can learn to speak more effectively...without vocal fatigue or strain. The lack of strain in the speaking voice can be life-changing for public speakers and teachers, but benefits your singing voice as well.

12. You can mend frustrating vocal breaks. I used to have the worst "break" I'd ever heard of. I conquered it and now I know how to help others do the same.

13. You can afford to train your voice. Even one Power, Path and Performance vocal lesson can help you. You can get PPP training materials online and have a vocal lesson every day if you want!

So... I'd like to hear from you. What do you think your voice can't do?

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4 Comments :

  • At February 11, 2010 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Leigh Ann, MyFamilyDoctor Mag said...

    I didn't know until relatively recently that people can improve their pitch. I thought it was something that was either there or not. It's encouraging to know you can work on it.

     
  • At February 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Yes, Leigh Ann, and almost everyone I work with gets more accurate with pitch- quickly- because most of the time pitch issues have more to do with tension than with ear problems.

    Even when it is an untrained ear, it's amazing how a few minutes of target practice can improve the aim.

    Thank you much- I appreciate your thoughts!

     
  • At April 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM , Anonymous Amanda said...

    Hello Judy, I grew up singing and trying to teach myself technique but haven't attained the comfortable free flowing voice I know I'm capable of even having dreams about how it feels to let go and sing. I'm now at a point where I have frustration singing because I can't afford to pay someone else to teach me. I'm a single parent in college and this goal of letting my voice go and be free to sing feels out of reach. I don't know what to do other than stop singing for periods of time because it is frustrating. I try to stay optimistic and think like Einstein that I haven't failed "x" number of times, that instead I've just found many ways my voice doesn't seem to work. Any information would be appreciated. I thank you for being the site I stumbled upon tonight. -Amanda garrowamanda@hotmail.com

     
  • At April 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Amanda... I will email you with some suggestions

     

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