How do you create sound?
It’s really important to understand the inner workings of your voice. When you start to understand your voice more and start to develop control over your technique - you will feel more confident.
And confidence is very important when you perform in front of people or in a recording studio.
So let's look at how you create sound with your voice.
First, you create sound from your vocal chords, which are located in your voice box (or larynx).
You have these two chords that go from the back of your voice box to the front.
And the way you create sound is that air or wind comes through your windpipe. And this air vibrates over your vocal chords, causing sound to come out.
If you were to look down from the top of your head while you are singing, you would see your vocal chords close. And in this closed position they will vibrate and the sound will begin to be heard.
Now you have a basic understanding of how the sound is created, the next thing you need to do is be able to control it.
This can mean a whole range of things such as the note you hit, the tonality you get, the volume you get, and it goes on and on!
But the number one thing that negatively affects how much control you have over your sound is this:
You lose control of your voice when your voice box is moving around too much.
For example, if you try to sing up to a high note and you feel strain come over your voice…
… It means your voice box is being pushed upwards. And now that your voice box is now out of position, your air gets cut off.
And then naturally because you don’t feel like you have enough air, you push harder!
The same thing can happen when you sing down to your lower notes, except this time your voice box moves lower than it should.
The purpose of all the exercises, tips, and concepts that I give you on this website is to re-train your body so your voice box stays in place when you sing.
This allows your vocal chords to work more optimally, which in turn gives you much more control over your voice.
At times this process of getting more control of your voice can be a frustrating one. I know that when I was learning I had many challenges to get through and at times it seemed useless!
The thing to realise is that if you’ve been singing in a way that goes against how your voice is designed to work, it can take some time to reprogram your body.
But it will definitely happen if you stick with it!
I am proof of that and I’ve seen so many singers over the years successfully retrain their voices to where they become wonderful singers.
You can too, so I hope you will stay positive and keep singing!