Monthly Archives: July 2012

My Vocal Progress Report

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

John Kenney is a musician in Central Florida and is training to become a certified vocal instructor.

Why Every Singer Must Drink More Water

Every singer knows they need to drink water. You hardly ever see a singer without a glass or bottle of water around. However, the importance of staying hydrated and how to achieve super hydration may be misunderstood. In this article, I plan on breaking down the elements of the human body, where water goes, why your voice needs water, and why your mind and body need water to ensure a higher quality performance for any singer.

1. Why The Voice Needs Water

Your voice is produced by vocal cords or vocal folds located in your larynx. They way the sound is produced is the vocal cords vibrate around and against each other to produce the sound of your voice. The vocal cords are tissue in the body, that responds to electrical signals from your brain.

Since the vocal folds are vibrating so much and very rapidly, water acts as a lubricant and a cooling agent to keep them from becoming enflamed. When your vocal folds swell up and become enflamed, it take more effort to make them vibrate correctly. Dehydration is one of the major cause for laryngitis.

2. Where Water Goes

Your body is 80% water. You have major organs like the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and the brain that require water for survival more than your voice. Your body automatically distributes water to these organs before it delivers it to your voice. Your vocal folds are the last man on the hydration totem pole for survival. So it is important to over hydrate to ensure that your voice is properly hydrated.

3. How Dehydration Affects the Mind and Body

When you body becomes dehydrated, it shuts down. Your organs and muscles cannot work properly if you are dehydrated. Fatigue sets in, you feel pain in your body, and the body taps into emergency reserves to preserve the body’s life. This mode of tapping into to water reserves takes water from unessential organs and distributes it to the organs that need it most. This is why your voice dries out when you drink alcohol and caffeine.

When your mind is dehydrated you become irritable, tired, and you lack the mental fortitude to perform at a peak state of mind. You can’t think or focus, and all you want to do is rest. Super hydrating your body not only helps your voice, but it helps your mental attitude, and emotional state of mind. Dehydration can wear on your emotions and make you misconduct yourself in public.

4. How Do I Super Hydrate Myself?

When you wake up in the morning, drink two glasses of water within 20 minutes of waking. Keep drinking 2 glasses of water every hour, and urinate frequently. The classic saying is”to sing clear, pee clear.” If you notice your urine is dark and not clear, you are not hydrated enough. Drink enough water until your urine turns clear.

5. What Should I Avoid?

To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water, and stay away from the following:

•Alcohol

•Excessive Caffeine

•Fatty Foods

•Excessive salts

•Dairy products

•Prescription Medications

•Drugs or illegal substances

•Smoking

•Prolonged direct heat or sun (anything that cause the body to sweat)

*note: if you work out regularly, and you are going to sweat, drink water throughout your workouts to maintain hydration.

 

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

John Kenney is a musician in Central Florida and is training to become a certified vocal instructor.

Signs of Bad Vocal Techique

Joe explains some of the tell tale signs of bad vocal technique and what to avoid.

Some of the key things to watch for yourself doing to avoid using bad vocal technique are explained in this video. Creating an awareness of some of these signs can help provide a longevity for your voice. Eliminate vocal fatigue and strain using these tips.

•Avoid mashing your chin into your chest.

•Keep track of the positioning of your larynx. Don’t let your larynx drop.

•Avoid breathy sounds by forcing air.

•Keep the muscles in your face, neck and chest relaxed. The more strain you put on your body, the more strain your voice takes.

 

Joe Genuardi is a vocal instructor in Central Florida and performs voice lessons in and around Central Florida, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay area.

Loving Your Chest Voice


Your chest voice and your head voice are two of many areas you are able to sing in. A lot of men tend to love to stay in their chest voice, while many women prefer singing in their head voice only. Listen as Joe explains why it’s important to mix both voices.