This is yet another post I want to do on eyes for the voice. Bare with me, but as a vocal coach for singers and speakers, I talk a lot about eyes. This is because the sound of your voice can be dramatically changed by what the 'windows of your soul' are focused on. Even a great blind singer speaks with eye language, moving tissue behind and around the orbs of the eyes. Like an athletic event, when the eye is unfocused, movement creating vocal sound is, too. Like a camera eye must choose its focus, you must learn to choose your message delivery point, zoom in like a laser and block out visual distraction!
To experience visual vocal technique, try the following experiment:
Choose some phrase, such as 'what are you doing?' Speak it in each of the following ways, every time at the same volume. Only change your eyes, and say it:
- with your eyes very still, not really focused on anything.
- with your eyes very active as if talking to a baby or puppy.
- with with your eyes frowning at a someone.
- with one eyebrow up.
- with eyes laser focused on someone else's eyes (a picture of someone maybe).
- with laughing eyes.
- with closed eyes, but imagining speaking to someone
- with closed eyes, not really focused on anyone in particular.
Next time you want to wake up a numb vocal performance, try REALLY looking at the object of the lyric. Yep, even if that person is not there. If it's to your own heart, put yourself outside your body. If it's a story song, look at the one composite heart of the audience.
And a big hint for vocal recording in the studio: Stop looking at the pop filter. Look through or past it TO the heart you're lyrics target. Could be represented by a little sticky on the far wall:) Let me know what changes! (More at www.SingingInTheStudio.com) Really. Your comments are most welcome...