Friday, November 14, 2014
Vocal Damage: Bad Vocal Habits Backfire… Adapt and Embrace a New Modality of a New Vocal Behaviour
Nowadays, a lot of singers are susceptible to a variety of vocal disorders.
That happens because in the first place they never “owned” the right vocal technique, the kind which would prosper their voice to the fullest capacity possible; and at the same time it would save and protect their voice for life.
The result – Voice Disorder.
Now the process of restoration of one’s voice begins.
A lot of those students, “who were really very good students,” have learned the wrong technique really well and formed it into their vocal habits.
Not only do we have to fix their “vocal instrument,” so to speak, but also have to get rid of bad habits, like: dropping their jaws down, sticking their stomach out, scooping and sitting under the notes, excessively using their nasal passages, or their very throaty sounds.
It’s easier said than done, though.
Those habits are usually deeply embedded in the person’s psyche and the body muscles, which are also retaining the memory.
Now we have to re-teach the body and the brain to feel differently, and rather than interfere with the voice, help the voice to be supported, structured, placed and projected to its aimed destination.
The lower abdominal muscles have to be conditioned to be tucked in for the greater support of the height of the sound.
The upper diaphragm muscles have to learn to work on the principle of an accordion, so to speak.
The singer has to be able to access the length of the phrase coming and open the upper diaphragm muscles accordingly. (No pun intended).
If the phrase is short, but the upper diaphragm open to the fullest, it will backfire, as the singer will not be able to close the diaphragm back in, and instead will end up working with the old air, the result of which, quite possibly, would produce hyper-ventilation, which in turn could cause shortness of breath, dizziness, heart palpitation, and deprivation of oxygen, altogether.
Al those symptoms could be completely deadly to the human body, and may not only damage the voice, but could become literally fatal.
So the wrong singing business could be more dangerous than anybody could anticipate.
Therefore, it is a must for anybody who attempts any singing (even at the karaoke) to know what they’re doing vocally.
You will not visualize a figure-skater who attempts to jump a triple-axle without a very specific training, as this, too, could result in a great injury.
So please do not attempt to do any vocal “escapades” unless you know predominantly what the result would be.
Thus, you would be able to prevent any vocal injury occurrence.