Did you know your voice can listen? Think about it - your vocal cords, larynx, pharynx, mouth, tongue and lips act to create sound that communicates messages, right? So how do they learn what to do? Your brain connects your ear to your voice and enables it to listen for directions. It may further surprise you that you can magnify or numb out this connection.
...to listen or not to listen; that is the question.
To enable more active listening, I've actually used bone on bone to conduct sound from my voice to a student's ears. I put my forearm firmly against my student's forearm, then I make a vocal sound and ask them to 'listen with their larynx'. It can be amazingly and quickly effective in helping them hear more closely and do something new.
What the ear can hear
- tone quality
- phrasing and rhythm
How the ear directs the voice
Practical advice for the listening and learning voice:
- Remember it's Ear to Brain to Vocal Cords!
- Practice miming what you hear
- Don't listen to what you don't want your voice to do!