Voice “support”

Tip for Week of January 10, 2011

Singers often rely on good breathing techniques to give them “vocal support”. Whilst good posture and breathing are essential to healthy singing they are not the answer to all our singing problems. Voice support is not only created from adequate airflow but also from our vocal cords which is after all where pitch is created. In order to have good “support” we need a balance of airflow and cord tension. One without the other is essentially useless. Put simply, lungs give air but not notes, and vocal cords create pitch but only when combined with airflow. One without the other and we no longer have a voice but just mutually exclusive bodily organs. So lungs plus cords are like bread and butter… They go together and are of equal importance when singing!

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