I recently received a comment on YouTube about a video that I made regarding my own personal progress with the True Connected Voice Method. I included a lot of information so I wanted to include it on our blog. Plus I realized I wrote too much for YouTube.
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Thanks for your comment. We have a lot more information about us on our website http://trueconnectedvoice.com, but allow me to answer your question.
This concept of speech level singing really only refers to the position of your larynx. We have a video called How The Voice Works at http://trueconnectedvoice.com/how-the-voice-works/ which explains the basics of the position of the larynx.
Speech level singing instructors teach some of the same concepts we teach such as keeping the vocal folds connected as you sing (true connected voice). Our method is designed for conditioning the vocal folds and singing muscles as well as muscles you use to swallow, speak, smile, etc.
The way I have learned to sing while keeping the vocal folds connected has allowed me to expand my range significantly.
I sing 5-6 nights per week in a live music venue and usually for 3-4 hours per night. The True Connected Voice method is like conditioning your voice for vocal athletics. Much like an athlete prepares for a competition, a game, or the Olympics. It’s a method of conditioning your voice and singing muscles to sing easily and effortlessly while producing a quality vocal performance.
There are instances when I have been used to singing certain songs a certain way that my voice becomes unconnected. It’s based on muscle memory http://trueconnectedvoice.com/muscle-memory/. My muscles remember the feeling of how it feels to sing certain songs. It’s subconscious. I still have some training to do with a lot of my songs. I’m comfortably able to sing most material now from a low make E to a high make C which is almost 3 octaves, but that’s for performance quality singing.
The vocal exercises I do allow me to reach a range of nearly 5 octaves, which is rehearsal quality singing. Many of the sounds I produce may be limited to certain vowel shapes or exercises, however, I was only able to sing within a 2 and a half octave range when I began my vocal exercises.
So I believe that if it is possible to make that type of change it is also possible to increase my performance singing range as well. But the truest benefit that I have seen from using the True Connected Voice method is the ability to maintain quality performance vocals 3-4 hours per night, 5-6 nights per week. I recently sang 11 nights in a row without much vocal fatigue. Where as before I was limited to singing 3-4 nights per week and I would need at least 2 days vocal rest.
I am learning to use my voice in an effortless manner. I used to have to push and strain to sing higher, however this causes inflation and damage to the vocal folds.
At the True Connected Voice we are always available for one on one training and lessons, weather via Skype or if you are in Tampa FL, Orlando FL, or any of the surrounding Central Florida areas contact us today and unlock the true potential of your singing voice.
John Kenney is a musician in Central Florida and is training to become a certified vocal instructor.