Day 2, same as Day 1.
I thought I would share with you some of the details that I pay attention to while I’m vocalizing.
#1 I keep the volume the same throughout. The challenge is bringing out the volume of my low notes, while not pushing for my high notes.
#2 I remind myself the FIRST note after an intake of air is the most important. If the first note doesn’t get good closure, the notes that follow certainly will not.
#3 I check my jaw for tension by occasionally allowing an up and down movement (almost bouncy).
#4 I make sure my larynx is “neutral” and free. How do I know? I put my finger on it. I’m careful not to confuse the sensation of tilting with the sensation of rising too high. Rising too high will cause a straining or choking feeling in my throat.
#5 I incorporate exercises with a slight “dopey” sound to maintain a sense of low larynx.
#6 I incorporate tongue-out exercises. I’m careful to note the “tug-of-war” sensation between a “neutral” larynx and the tongue hanging out. I consider the volume of my mix where I can bridge successfully, while staying relaxed and in control of my voice.
#7 I always engage my rib cage and upper stomach to ensure my breath intake and output is balanced.
#8 I pay attention to the edge of my vocal cords. I listen and feel for a crisp, clean glottal attack with a beautiful warm vowel to follow. I manage this with careful attention to my volume, as well as incorporating the “cry” at the onset of the first note following a breath intake.
#9 I allow myself to run out of breath. This engages my body and instinctively helps me engage my rib cage and back muscles as I catch my next quick intake of air. I’m careful not to tense up my neck, throat or shoulders. I am aware of the sensation of my body rhythmically being involved with my breathing. This is a huge part of my control.
#10 I only start to increase my overall volume when I have everything in good control.
How about you? How did your day go?