The Intricacies of Your Voice

Do you ever wonder how your vocal cords work? Whoever thinks that whatever comes out comes out, or you’re born with what your born with hasn’t fully done their research. Although there are people who have more of an advantage towards this art, as a model has for staying thin, you can always work out your voice, with guidance from voice lessons, as you would work any other part of your body at the gym. Of course this doesn’t mean that you should attach weights to your throat and PULL! But enough of the witty banter, let’s get to it. Like I said, your voice is a muscle, two muscles to be exact. Within these two muscles there are two basic adjustments that your muscles stretch, adjustments that we like to call “Registers”. The two basic registers are called head voice, which brings you your high notes, and chest voice, which brings you your low notes. When you’re in head voice your muscles stretch long and thin, which makes you sound very airy and breathy, because a lot of breath is being wasted when vocalizing. When you’re in chest voice the muscles will become shorter and thicker making it so that no air is being wasted, it also makes it a very loud, powerful, and even obnoxious sound. When we sing, we sing in what is called a mixed registration, but you can only achieve a healthy and beautiful registration if both muscles are balanced. If your vocal muscles were unbalanced, it would be like walking with one leg and expecting to walk with two, you would fall! If one side of the voice is unbalanced, it tries to make up for that weaker side, and that is when you run into vocal issues. The place that everyone has to start is by separating these extreme “registers” and balancing out both registers through exercise, so that they can become equally strong. Learn all about this and more in voice lessons at Fox Music. When this is achieved you will have a strong, healthy, and beautiful voice!