How Do Voice Lessons Strengthen Your Voice?

The human voice is one of the most natural and beautiful instruments known to humanity. It can express emotions all people know of and experience. Feelings of joy, sorrow, excitement, and tenderness, and love. Voice actors also have a talent when it comes to creatively expressing the written word into action and human emotions. Some voice actors also take voice lessons to learn strengthening techniques for their voice.

Did you know that people use over three-quarters of their body when they speak? With the exception of the eyes, there are more nerves in the larynx than any other organ in the body. Many singers, even the most accomplished, take voice lessons and perform daily voice exercises. They also find different techniques to improve their voices and to strengthen their vocal box. These drills also help you strengthen the diaphragm which is a large horizontal muscle that is used to control breathing.

Below are some helpful exercises:

  • Relax the lips and mouth – Trilling your lips is an exceptional way to warm up the vocal folds and loosen the mouth and lips. This is also an excellent way to help entertainers synchronize their breathing and vocal folds to achieve outstanding vocal control.
    • In this exercise, the jaw is relaxed and closed while air is blown out of the mouth, through the lips. Be sure to take a full breath when doing this and the lips should vibrate in this exercise. It’s similar to blowing bubbles in the pool. The emphasis is controlling the air in the diaphragm as you move the air through the lips. Next, try humming while doing this exercise.
  • Practice deep breathing – Breathing is one of the essential parts of singing. Breathing exercises for singers develops good breath control and help them become more in tune with their breathing.
    • A suggested exercise is to sit erect with shoulders back and feet flat on the floor. Put either hand on your stomach while you breathe. When you do this, you will feel your stomach rise as you inhale and lower when you exhale. This is the diaphragm at work; it is contracting and expanding when you breathe. The trick is to breathe but keep your ribs and shoulders still and steady when you breathe. Don’t let them raise when you inhale.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – Drinking clear liquids at room temperature, especially water, will keep you hydrated. Fluids will also help your voice from becoming dry. Sometimes when a voice becomes dry, it can crack at the most inopportune times and cause embarrassment for the performer. Occasionally singers even drink a raw egg before a performance.
  • Practice Humming – Humming is an exercise that can give an entertainer better resonance and pitch and will give a bright, vibrant sound. This drill will also help performers project their voices with less effort.
    • It’s best to start with a low pitch and work your way up the scale, but keep your mouth closed. As you change pitches, you should feel vibrations in your chest, and skull. An alternative humming strategy is to say the word “mm-mm” or
      “mm-hmm” and repeat it five to ten times.

There are many more exercises to strengthen the voice box. Voice lessons are the perfect way to learn how to increase an entertainer’s talent as well as take it to the next level.