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How The Voice Works: Video and Diagram

how the voice worksHow The Voice Works

The voice is simply made up of two pieces of flesh, made up of tissue, like a muscle. Understanding how the voice works is important as a singer. The illustration on the left shows where your true vocal cords are.

Vocal cords or vocal folds, vibrate when air passes over them, producing a sound. If you place two fingers in the middle of your neck, locating your Adam’s apple, you will find the voice box.

You can feel the vibration the vocal folds makes when you say your name. Speak your name. This is the ideal placement for your voice box.

Keep your fingers on your voice box. Now swallow. You’ll notice your voice box shift upward and then return to it’s starting location.

Now yawn. Your voice box drops, the returns to its normal position. This position of a relaxed voice box is where the term “speech level singing” comes from. This is where your voice wants to remain. Your vocal folds like to be in a relaxed position. If you raise or lower your voice box, you will cause strain on your voice.

In the video, Joe Genuardi explains how the voice works in further detail. Understanding how your voice works is the first thing you need to find your true singing potential. Joe Genuardi teaches advanced voice lessons in Orlando, Florida.