Updated: Mar 17
As a professional singer, vocal coach and singing teacher, I am always excited to learn more from other coaching professionals. It is important to stay on top of the information of singing, although most of it has been the same for years. However, there are a lot of ways the explanation the technique has changed. I love learning about the amazing instrument that is our voice. I also like to do research on the information that is out there on “the voice” and singing. Much of it is very good and a lot you can throw away.
1. The voice is a muscle, and like any muscle in the body can grow and get stronger even into your 70’s when trained correctly.
I can say this is correct, my eldest student was 83 years young and she was an inspiration, she gave all of us reason to want to work at it and improve.
2. People that are diagnosed with “nodes” or “polyps” can in many cases avoid surgery with proper vocal techniques and vocal exercises.
I tend to agree with this as I personally experienced “blisters” on my vocal cords. I had to take 3 months off of singing and go back to my vocal coach and work on extreme vocal care. Since then, I have been very much into vocal care for myself and my students.
3. Most singers have no idea what their “true” vocal range is. Many resign themselves to “lower” vocal registers because they do not know how to access their upper register.
I have found this to be true in both upper and lower range access, depending on what the experience of the singer is. Working with trained singers who wish to sing jazz or pop, it is very difficult for them to use the lower range.
4. Many female singers “flip” into their head voice registers too early which inhibits power in the mid voice.
I tend to agree with this but it is just because they are afraid to sound bad. It is easier to do it than to work through the process of how to smooth out the transition. Everyone has a break.
5. The over-use of air is one of the biggest “enemies” of the voice.
Absolutely true. It is called topping up the breath. It can be harmful and it can make you dizzy!
6. When experiencing cold or flu, it is better to continue to “exercise” the voice with proper training which will maintain more consistent vocal health and lessen “down time” from singing.
I somewhat agree with this, however, a person with a cold or hoarse instrument should take some time and not overuse the injured voice. I maintain the idea of very gentle vocalization not full on vocals. You can not change a vocal cord like you can a guitar string.
7. The voice has a biological clock and likes to be warmed up at the same time every day.
The voice will be happy to be warmed up at anytime of the day but I have found the best place for the first warm up is in the shower or the bath. Gentle warm ups to greet the day. Always warm up before you sing!
8. Most singers have a much higher range than they realize but due to “panicking” they quickly “squeeze off the air in the throat” which seriously impedes and inhibits range.
I do agree with this and learning how to relax and use your jaw, mouth and eyebrows helps.
9. A tenor can actually sing well into the soprano range when trained correctly.
I am watching a young male student work on this part of his voice and again, this can be done but it is a slow and steady process. Allowing yourself to make mistakes and learning from what "doesn't" work, can be very helpful.
10. A baritone can actually “stretch” his chest voice well into the tenor range safely.
Again, it takes a lot of work to achieve these steps and no one should think this is an easy fix. If the singer is willing to work at it, you will see results. Be patient with yourself.
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