Category Archives: Voice

Voice Projection Exercises

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Integrating vocal behaviors We have seen elsewhere (see Effective Voice Projection) that the key to projecting our voice with sufficient loudness, and without exertion, is to integrate a handful of vocal behaviors, i.e. diaphragmatic breathing easy onset relaxation of the head, neck and shoulder muscles Good posture In addition to the above, whether standing or […]

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Stop Throat Clearing!

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Clearing the throat can be traumatic to the vocal folds (vocal cords). It’s rather like smacking them together with too much force. Doing this excessively, and over a prolonged period of time (known as chronic throat clearing), can injure the vocal folds and this will in all likelihood impair the quality of the voice – […]

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Head and Neck Exercises

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Overview In order to produce easy, relaxed voice, there should be no excessive tension in the muscles around the head, neck and shoulders. Head and neck exercises are used to gently increase the flexibility and range of movement of the neck and shoulder muscles. They can be particularly useful in case of muscle tension dysphonia […]

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Mindfulness of Breathing

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Overview This relaxation technique allows us time to slow down, to focus our attention and to calm our body and mind. It’s adapted from an ancient Indian practice known as anapanasati (literally ‘mindfulness of breathing’). In essence it’s very simple – we watch the flow of the breath as it enters and leaves the body. […]

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Easy Onset

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Hard attack The phrase ‘Annie ate an apple’ is often used by voice therapists to test for what is known as hard attack. This is when the vocal folds are brought together with too much force. It is typically heard on vowel sounds and is caused by too much tension in the laryngeal muscles. There is […]

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Diaphragmatic Breathing

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Why is breathing important for my voice? Good breathing patterns are essential for producing a strong, effective and efficient voice. People with voice difficulties often use shallow, inefficient ways of breathing. Because of this, they can run out of breath when talking. Breathing should be relaxed and easy. There should be no straining. You shouldn’t […]

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Maximizing Your Physical and Emotional Health

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Looking after yourself People are a business’s most important resource. Your voice is, arguably, your most important asset. If you don’t look after your voice, who will? It’s something only you can do. Whatever job you do (whether in paid employment, volunteering or as a stay-at-home parent or carer) you are likely to experience some […]

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Managing the Speaking Environment

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Types of speaking environments The Department of Education, Victoria, Australia (DET, 2000), recommends that if you use your voice extensively in the following environments (at work or outside of work), you will likely benefit from arranging for changes to be made to these environments and/or from being particularly vigilant in using good voice care strategies: […]

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Effective Voice Production

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Three concerns Effective voice production involves at least three things: an appropriate breathing technique to provide the air support required to produce speech (diaphragmatic breathing) easy onset of the vibration of the vocal folds when speaking projecting the voice effortlessly without any strain or pushing The following provides some ideas that you can try on […]

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Improving Vocal Habits

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Scope This article provides advice on how to minimize inefficient or harmful vocal habits. Eliminating vocal misuse and abuse Generally, vocal misuse and abuse refers to using the voice in potentially harmful ways and/or exposing the voice to potentially damaging situations, medications, and similar. For example: exposure to second-hand smoke food allergies bulimia frequent coughing […]

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