In a previous post, we talked about vocal fry or placing your voice incorrectly and getting that harsh sound. I have been checking out some great posts by a number of musical trainers and voice health people who have some super ideas for us.
If you have a husky voice when you get up in the morning, take heart. It is a fairly normal happening according to Dr. Anthony Jahn, an otolaryngologist, or specialist in ear, nose and throat health. Here he talks about how to manage our husky voice with some very simple everyday remedies like drinking water. Check it out. Help for a Raspy Voice.
In this article, 4 singers who belong to a Hip Hop group called Urban Method share their stories of how they kept both their voices and their singing goals moving in a healthy direction.
Judy Rodman a seasoned trainer and performer, has some great tips for the correct posture and mind set for singing and speaking. So much of our performances are dependent on our having that "heart" she mentions.
Finally, we all know that in order to have strength in our speaking and singing voices we must support our sound with correct breathing. I remember my very first vocal lesson with Mother Mary Doris. She put down tissue paper on the floor to protect my back from the cold while I lay down on said paper. Then, she put a book on my mid-section, now I know it was over my diaphragm. I was then directed to sing, Three Blind Mice. The book didn't move. M.M.D. as she became known affectionately, declared that I didn't know how to breathe.
Now, my 9 year old mind wondered how I had survived thus far but thankfully I never said that out loud. From there, I learned about the correct breathing and use of the muscle called the diaphragm as explained by Jeannie Deva in this article. However, I think M.M.D.'s lying down with a book on the diaphragm is unique as I have yet to see it mentioned anywhere. It lives in infamy.
We'll keep looking for more learning opportunities. What do you think of these ideas? Let us know when you find something wonderful to share.