HOW TO HAVE A POWERFUL VOICE WITHOUT STRAIN
A vibrant and solid singing voice, rich in overtones needs to be heard over an orchestra, band or recorded track without straining. The difference between a balance full voice and a pushed (forced) voice can be confusing. It’s all about balance and singing with ease.
The powerful voice sounds full, yet released (not forced). The full and healthy sound (with ease) has a lot to do with the posture of the larynx (see blog “Unlock the Key To Your Voice – Training the Larynx” posted 11/4/20). Keeping the larynx neutral, letting it rise and fall naturally without force will provide a fuller, richer sound. Also, there needs to be a balance between the different aspects of the vocal instrument (like engaging the diaphragm, breath, ect.). The use of the diaphragm is really a by-product of a balanced and powerful voice.
After the tone has been released, it’s time to add more intensity or power to that tone. The adding of power causes an increased resistance of air pressure in the vocal cords (throat muscles are opening the throat, not constricting) and your larynx remains neutral. The balanced increase of breath pressure, open throat, neutral larynx, and engaging the diaphragm will produce a stronger sounding voice. A forced and strained voice lacks a fuller and richer sound.
Listen to Audrey Diaz singing “All I Want For Christmas” with full and power sound in her voice!
JOKE FOR THE DAY:
How many lead singers does it take to change a light bulb? One. He holds the bulb while the world revolves around him.