Regular vocal exercises are important to our vocal health In order to maintain your vocal quality, you must practice correct voice production. Generating your voice in a proper way may minimize air intake during speaking or singing.
Vocal disorders over-stressing of your vocal folds, excessive rubbing of the cords against each other, and producing too loud and sharp voices.
By daily practicing correct voice production, you can minimize the rubbing of your vocal cords against each other. This shall keep them intact and make them more flexible.
In case of hoarseness, or chronic vocal disorders or discomforts, a 3 to 5 minutes of exercise, twice a day, is an essential part of the treatment. Daily exercises will eventually make your vocal folds move more moderately. This can help treating existing disorders, as well as preventing new ones.
Do not perform any vocal exercises in cases of sore throat.
In cases of vocal cords hemorrhages, or when you recover from a vocal cords nodule / polyp / cyst removal surgery, keep completely silent, if your doctor recommends it.
In case of ailments, edema, redness, or swelling of the cords, you better use TMRG Voice Powder or TMRG Classic Spray, to prevent overstraining of the cords. Otherwise, the exercises will just increase the cords rubbing against each other.
Preferably, one should regularly consult a vocal teacher or a speech therapist, in order to receive all necessary information and instructions for dealing with common disorders.
But, if such a consultation is impossible for you, you should perform these exercise, to help your vocal system. Naturally, our customers prefer using TMRG products, but daily exercise would enhance the products’ effects.
Your voice may sound either “thin” or “full”.
A thin voice is generated when only the outer edges of your vocal folds contact each other. By contrast, a “full” voice is generated when your vocal folds are tightly pressed against each other, only allowing a minimum airflow. In the latter case, your voice strongly resonates from your lower resonance cavities (rib cage, larynx, and oral cavities).
Whenever you speak loudly, you use a “full” voice”
Whenever you sing high notes lightly, with airy sound, you use a “thin” voice. (One can, of course, sing high pitches with a ‘full”, loud and thick voice.)
Words consist of consonants, produced by stopping the airflow, and vowels, when air is forced in the voice box. By performing easy airflow exercises, you could achieve an even and smooth airflow through your voice box as well as smooth movement from consonants to vowels. As a result, your vocal organs will grow smoother, upgrading your vocal performance.
6 Key Exercises
Nasal Air pressure vocal exercises.
When you channel the airflow towards your nose, either when speaking or singing, you enhance your vocal intensity while minimizing the stress of your larynx. To find this resonance spot, take an “n-g” sound.
When directing the sound towards your nose, carefully make sure to leave the passage slightly open. This way, you can prevent the tone from getting too nasal (unless you want it to sound this way).
Directing the air pressure towards your nose also makes it easier for you to move to higher pitchers.
In such exercises, it is important to feel the rib-cage resonance. When singing, you should also stress your frontal cavities and sinuses resonances.
The “sh” sound vocal exercise:
- Empty your lungs completely, breathing through your mouth and making a “sh” sound for eight seconds. Bring the tip of your tongue close to your front teeth, and draw your lips forward, to distance them from your gums.
- Breathe in through your nose, for 4 seconds, with your mouth closed.
- Hold your breath for eight seconds.
- Repeat the process, continuously, for about 10 times. When you first practice it, repeat it 5 times, and gradually increase the repetitions.
During this exercise, you should feel a slight pressure from the abdomen, and expose your lower teeth.
It serves to regulate airflow and respiratory and vocal organs coordination, for improving your vocal control and thickening a thin and weak voice. Making a “sh” sound repetitively, strengthens the lower abdominal vocal support muscles, and helps directing the airflow forward.
The “brrr” Exercise
Make a “brr” or a “prr” sound, rolling your lips, in rising and descending tones, within a range which feels comfortable. During the exercise, it is better to place 2 fingers on your cheeks, near your dimples, without moving your chin. You can put your hand on your chin occasionally, to mark the spot.
Intensify the sound gradually, and also fluctuate it, by shaking your diaphragm. Project the sound outwards. Perform this exercise between 2 and 3 minutes.
This exercise is meant to relax your lips and many other vocal organs. It also significantly improves the coordination between the voice box and vocal support muscles, namely the diaphragm, intercostal muscles, and muscles of the torso(back). It helps preventing lazy lips and intensifies the oral and vocal muscles sensation.
1. Make rising and descending tones, at a moderate intensity, with a drinking straw in your mouth.
This should help you control airflow and minimize air intake.
2. Blow through the straw into half a cupful of water, making rising and descending tones, so that you see bubbles. Try to make as small bubbles as possible. This should help you minimize air intake.
Then, blow at various range, while shaking your abdomen and diaphragm. This should help you practice diaphragm and vocal organs coordination, as well as diaphragm vibration.
3. Speak through a straw: this should help your muscle memory of the ways to speak properly and minimize air intake.
During all three exercise, you should increase your breathing range, in order to practice diaphragm support and the use of counter-force. This helps making your vocal cords and muscles healthier and stronger.
Nasal resonance exercise: making an “n” sound.
- Close your nostrils, but make sure to leave a small air passage, so that the sound does not get too nasal. Make sure to direct the airflow towards your nose. You should feel a buzz in your nose.
- Repeat the following sounds until you clearly feel the resonance spot. It should be in your nasal and frontal cavities:
- “nay” (“n” should sound nasal. When making it, the front of your tongue should close the air passage to your mouth, to make the air flow directly to your nose. Do not press your tongue too tightly.
“twang” (try imitate a duck call, to intensify it).
Perform the exercise for 2 to 3 minutes. You can repeat this sounds at rising and descending tones, or as a singing exercise, moving either from lower to higher tones, or the other way around. The sound should be concentrated, metal, non-airy and nasal.
This exercise is essential for learning to make “mask sound”, or frontal resonance sound. It should increase your resistance to vocal stress and prevent involuntary
Vocal cords closing exercise:
Consonants invigorate the sound and enhancing its momentum.
Warning: do not practice it in case of hoarseness or vocal cords ailments.
Make the following sounds:
“d-t-d-t”, and so on.
“b-p-b-p”, and so on.
K-g (like “game”)-k-g” (this should make your rear palate and lower tongue more flexible).
Pronounce these consonants by blocking the airflow, and then letting it burst. Make the pronunciation as short as possible.
You may also increase the range, to make the exercise more challenging.
Gentle vocal exercises for singers can make your voice glow more freely when you speak. It also works the other way around: you can sing more powerfully if you practice fluent and articulate speech, using many vocal muscles, especially practicing smooth movements between consonants and vowels, and strengthen your lazy vocal muscles.
This should make you feel your vocal muscles are more resistant to vocal stress, and prevent vocal muscles involuntary contractions.
In cases of vocal stress and other vocal disorders, a combination of TMRG solutions and exercising should shorten the recovery of your voice. It also helps regular vocal maintenance.
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