The big voice ………

Do you have a loud speaking voice? Are you the one everyone can hear yelling at the local arena because it’s so easy to do? Do you get hoarse easily? If so, and you are a singer, you need to know about thinning your vocal cords in order to sing into your high register. Without the ability to thin the cords you will simply be yelling louder and louder to reach higher notes, and the stress and damage this causes is hard on the vocal cords.

The first thing a singer with a big voice needs to recognize is how easy it can be to overuse the vocal cords without even realizing it. Because you find it easy to speak loud or yell, you are not aware it is damaging your voice by stretching the cords frequently. If this has been going on for years, your vocal muscles may have this memorized, and you are now faced with the challenge of creating a new memory of thinning the cords.

It is a common problem among singers, both male and female, but steps can be taken right away. It starts with your speaking voice. Instead of simply allowing your voice to do what it has been doing for years, now you can take steps that will allow you to ascend higher in your register.

First, try to add a “cry” to your voice. Let your volume come down and be aware of your intent to add this sensation when you talk. Get in the habit of talking this way. Notice the cry with help you take control of your voice in a way that you can be aware of. Another sensation that will help you stay in this mode is thinking a silent laugh. This will relax the muscles around the vocal cords and give you an easier starting point to put a cry in your speaking voice.

How do they do it?

That’s always the question? How do they do it?

The masters of rock and pop singing? Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Steven Tyler, and more, how do they do it?

They are masters, indeed! Some may say it’s genetics, but vocal experts will say that there are a few key issues going on here.

First, the cry. This is a essential. A primal sound that is key to helping everyone sing better. It is more apparent in some styles, but it is a basic concept in helping the vocal cords come together and stay together for a duration in the higher voice.

Second, the twang. This is essential as well, in every form of singing. It is more apparent in some styles than others, but it is there. In Speech Level Singing, we experience this with “nay, nay, nay”. As I understand it, this, and the cry, will tilt the larynx, and change the vocal tract, and allow you “to mix” your lower chest tones with your higher tones”. If done without constriction for external factors (such as throat constriction, or false cord constriction) then the voice can resonate well and exhibit a loud, strong mix quality to the voice.
Do you have questions about the “cry” and “twang” of the voice? Please let me know. Susie Q.