“When any voice has been developed through voice training, it should come to the point where in all ways it is found in the same condition which the naturally great voice has without training.”

– BARBEREUX-PARRY, M. Vocal Resonance: Its Source and Command

Q: Why Is Voice Training So Important?

Larynx & Your Vocal CordsA: Your voice is an instrument like any other – except this instrument is much more fussy! Essentially, your vocal cords (lying flat inside your larynx) create a basic pitch and tone by resisting the air you send to them (from your lungs), the tongue modifies that basic tone into what we hear as the vowel, and your body gives it amplification.

However, there are many considerable differences (and challenges) that make your voice very different from every other instrument:

  • To start, you can’t buy new vocal cords if you sang with too much tension, or if you blew a bit too much air too hard on a particularly rapturous night. If you do strain your voice by singing improperly, depending on the severity, you must at minimum stop singing for however long it takes until you recover your vocal health, IF your vocal cords can fully recover. That can be frustrating if people are depending on you.
  • Worse, the voice does not even have the advantage of, say, the guitar with it’s touch and turn tuning keys on the bridge. You can’t see or touch the vocal cords at all – the voice can ONLY be tuned by adjustments from your thought and feel alone!!
  • tiltConsider that for every pitch you can make, there is a wide variation of vowels (around 10 or so in english) that must be coordinated on each of those pitches. No other instrument has this kind of variable for every pitch. Granted, singing through many vowels on *some* pitches isn’t such a bad thing, but on others, different vowel and pitch combinations can potentially create a tremendous amount of instability due to slightly differing feedbacks of compression that each vowel creates. If you experience a “crack” or strain at certain places with certain vowels in your voice, that is what I’m talking about. These changing conditions occur at “bridge” areas of the voice that directly influence the ability of your voicebox to stay stable, and your vocal folds to vibrate efficiently.
  • As your vocal cords are part of the vast system of your body, the healthy condition of your vocal cords that is required when you sing requires the much more challenging, prime condition of your body in it’s entirety. Your vocal cords are mostly mucous, and one of the least important vital systems. That means when the health of any part of your body begins to waver, whether it be from allergies, lack of sleep, or hard night of partying, resources will be diverted away first from areas like your voice to take care of what’s causing you ill-health elsewhere. Great for survival, but terrible for singing. If vocal cords swell up on the day of a gig, understanding how and what to do can make all the difference.
  • And last but not least, after your voice is tuned up and ready to go, you have to be able to shift between coordinations quickly, if you want to sing at and sound your best all the time.

Just like learning to play the guitar though, *anyone can learn how to coordinate their vocal mechanism* so that their vocal folds may vibrate freely within a balance of harmonics and compression that change not only on every pitch, but on every vowel. So, unless you’re one of the miraculous few born with fully functioning voices (and even then, how long will it stay that way?), you will probably find that you may need some help learning how to coordinate and maintain your own voice to fully tap your vocal potential.

Q: Wait a minute!! Isn’t singing supposed to be EASY?

Yes! Singing IS remarkably easy – but only when you’ve done the right kind of voice training. SLS is the only proven voice training system to tune your voice across your widest range possible with the most of ease, and consistency.

Voice Training Basics Part 2

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