The average person has no idea what voice type they have,.. or their range. If they were asked to describe their voice they could find it difficult to identify whether they we’re a tenor, baritone or bass, or an alto or soprano. That’s fine for the average person, but if they want to be a singer then identifying voice type, range, and some voice habits they may have is a very good place to start.
Typical voice habits can be a big obstacle to discovering voice type and range that, over time, become nagging or even serious voice issues that might look like this:
A singer, starting on a relatively low note, begins singing gradually higher and higher, their voice might falter or flip over notes, only to become breathy and weak. Some may find they hit a barrier that keeps them from reaching the upper part of their range. Vocal strain then becomes an ever increasing problem.
These common singing habits are easy fixes when you know how to address them correctly. But without knowing how to overcome these common problems a singer will continue to struggle and could easily hurt their voice, even give up singing altogether.
How about a little exercise? Repeat the phrase “nay, nay, nay, nay” in a comfortable speaking voice. Feel the vibrations in your chest, throat, face and nasal cavities. Notice how relaxed your vocal cords feel? Can you identify all the places you feel vibration? Can you mentally identify and isolate the vocal cords?
Now repeat the same exercise in a comfortable speaking voice only this time while saying, “nay, nay, nay, nay” try a sliding-up sound. Something like the sound of a question. If you did it right it will feel very comfortable… like speaking, but you are moving into singing.
Now again, repeating the, “nay, nay, nay, nay” sound while rising higher and higher and then falling down again. If you focus on the vibrations and the relaxed position of your vocal cords you might find that your voice is freer and you’ve moved past some of the vocal habits I spoke of earlier.
This little exercise is one of several “First Steps to Vocal Freedom.” It may seem silly but, trust me, you will begin to love those silly sounds over time as they help you transform your voice and reveal the true singer within.