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Speech Level Singing: A Modern Singing Approach!

Sunday, 15 February 2009 05:52 danX HITS : 5322 times
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You may not have heard of speech level singing before, but it is a technique used by many singing stars, including Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson, among others. The idea of speech level singing is to produce tones easily, as if you were speaking, without the discomfort or voice strain that is usually associated with singing exercises.

You see, between your chest voice and your head voice is something that is commonlypop-star-singing.jpg referred to, in speech level singing, as your mixed voice. When the resonance begins to go behind your soft palate, the split leaves some of it in your head and some in your mouth. The mixture of both head and chest voices is called a mixed voice.


Your larynx, also known as a voice box, has two very different sets of muscles that you should be concerned about, inner and outer. Many singers try to use their outer larynx muscles to control their voice, but that will just cause your vocal chords to tense up. Therefore, it can create discomfort and it certainly won’t help you improve your singing voice.

If you try singing a high note and your Adams Apple moves, you are singing with too much tension. That sort of thing can cause you to have bad sore throats. The tension involved is going to make you sing worse, too! Speech level singing, on the other hand, will be much more effective and without causing so much discomfort!

Speech level singing accomplishes that goal by helping you to train your inner larynx muscles, not your outer larynx muscles. Your inner larynx muscles are much better at controlling your vocal chords properly. So, your larynx can stay in one position, just as it does when you are talking. Even as your larynx adjusts your vocal chords, you can sing comfortably, without straining your voice, as a result.

One interesting side-effect of training your inner larynx muscles to stay still is that it will also have the added benefit of helping you to regulate your resonance and breathing automatically. Many singing coaches recommend vocal breathing exercises to do just that, but they often have poor results, since they utilize the outer larynx muscles, not the inner larynx muscles.

So, if you want to sing better, you really should consider exercising your inner larynx muscles, rather than your outer larynx muscles. That way, you can improve your breathing and your resonance, as well as being more comfortable as you are singing. As a result, your vocal range, tone and vocal power are all bound to improve. All it takes is a lot of time, a lot of patience and a lot of practice. When you consider all of those benefits, why not give speech level singing exercises a try?

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