Achieving Your Full Vocal Potential

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Subject: Singing » Vocal Coaching
Last updated: 17/11/2016
Tags: accent reduction, accents, speech, vocal potential, voice

Most of us are lucky enough to be born with the ability to make sound, and our voice quickly becomes our primary means of communication. As toddlers we are free and unabashed with our voices; we laugh, scream and cry using our voice, and we use our bodies well to do so. As we get older, however we begin to develop habits. We may carry our bags over one shoulder, or slouch and this leads us to changes in our alignment which in turn can affect our voice. We are probably still able to speak, but these changes can inhibit us from reaching our full vocal potential.  

Voice work starts with releasing tension and working on alignment in an attempt to reduce our habits and to take us back to our body use as toddlers. Once we are able to find our natural posture as opposed to our habitual one, our breathing mechanism is able to function more efficiently.  As actors and professional voice users, this really is essential if we intend to use our voices for hours on end. Focused work on breath allows us to tune back into our natural rhythmic breathing, and from this point we can then begin to introduce sound.  

In order to bring colour and contrast to the voice, we can then focus on developing vocal resonance and range which will open up exciting opportunities and will prevent us from sounding monotone. For actors this is essential if we are to tackle different and demanding roles but it is also important for businessmen and women and teachers in order to engage and convince clients, colleagues and students. The more vocal choices we have, the more likely we are to connect to an audience.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly we must focus on articulation. We may have the most beautiful sounding voice in the world, but if we are unable to articulate what we want to say and are not understood as a result, we make little impact. Tongue dexterity, articulator work and muscularity will ensure that the message we intend to convey is delivered effectively. This work is also vital for non-native speakers of English. Finding the exact tongue placement for each sound in English will allow you to be understood with ease.  

If you rely on your voice for your job, friendships and communication perhaps it is time to investigate the world of voice training to unlock your full vocal potential.

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