Sunday, April 9, 2017

How to Quickly Open Up Your Head to Free Your Voice

If you’ve been voice training for any length of time, you’ll know that sometimes you’ll get to a point where you don’t quite feel up to scratch. And it could be for any number of reasons, however, in this article I want to discuss the interference of gravitational pull in sound production—and thereby your speech level posture going wonky when you sing, and how to quickly get around that by opening up your head voice first.

The last thing you want is hindered connectivity between your chest and head voice. The reason we train is because we really want to free that voice so that our tone is evenly connected all the way up and down. Now, when gravitational pull gets in the way of you making that connection, then there is a quick-fix trick you can use to get around that little bottleneck in only a couple of minutes.

Leaning forward slightly to help you connect to your head voice as you do the scales is one handy tip I’ve dished out in previous articles, but today I want to push the envelope just a tad.

Standing upright on both feet, begin by bending forward at the waist to eventually have the top of your head facing the floor and your arms loosely hanging towards the floor. Once in this position, begin humming (like a siren) in circles inside your head. Make any sense? I’ll explain. Your goal is to have your voice moving around in circles inside your head with a simple hum, ensuring that you continue to breathe before each run. Mind you, do not do this exercise to piano scales. You don’t need them.

Once you’ve worked your head for about 3 minutes, return to an upright position... standing with your back straight. If you had a song you wanted to sing or scales you wanted to do, this is the time to get on with it. You should be feeling a lot better by now and your tone ought to be nice and even. You will have opened up.

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