Picture two singers participating in a variety concert: the first singer has weak vocal tone and after the second song, the audience has become tired of her strained and flat voice and is pleased to see her go. The second singer (a Voxtrain user!) has worked hard at improving her vocal tone and paints beautiful pictures with rich sounds and emotion with her voice. When she finishes, the audience jump to their feet and beg for more.
The difference? Vocal tone.
So how can singers improve their tone, you may ask. Here is a brief checklist of things to consider when trying to create colour and texture in your voice.
1. Did you know that your pharynx is a great tone improver?
Your pharynx is the soft palette at the back of your throat that reaches from your nasal cavity down to your voice box. If you give a big yawn, you will feel it stretch at the back of your throat. When your pharynx stretches like this, it opens up all your echo chambers, giving your voice great tone and resonance.
2. Do you have good control of your breath flow?
Control of your breath is a huge contributor to good tone. Having strong breath support muscles will help you to create different sounds ranging from a soft breathy tone to a more glottal, grunting sound. Whichever way you are going, a steady flow of controlled air is vital for creating your desired effect.
3. Is your jaw relaxed?
Having a tight jaw is a big inhibitor to singing with marvelous tone. If you can sing with a relaxed, unrestricted jaw, your voice will fill your mouth with ringing sounds and you will surprise even yourself! Do regular relaxing exercises to make sure no tension creeps in. (See the articulation line on Voxtrain for this.)
4. Have you tried experimenting?
Have you noticed that when you yawn, your voice sounds different? That’s exactly how you open your throat and lift your soft palate. Have you ever tried the inner smile while singing? Imagine smiling, but don’t move your face or mouth. Can you feel your soft palate lifting again? You may not want to sound like this all the time, but it is good to know that you can use these tricks to bring variety and interest to your tone.
5. Can you access the points in your body that can vary your tone?
To create more colour and texture in your singing, you need to be able to play around with accessing the different points in your body that create a variety of tones.
These points are:
the crown of your head,
the mask of your face,
your mouth cavity,
and your chest cavity.
If you can work on including all of these points into your singing, you will become a singer with a rich collection of assorted tones that will have your audience cheering for an encore.
Voxtrain is a great online tool for any singer wanting to learn more about their craft and improve their overall singing ability. With lots of instructional videos, vocal exercises and demos, Voxtrain can give you the tools to paint a thousand pictures with your voice.
check out www.voxtrain.com