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Voice Training And Protection - Essential For The Aspiring Singer

May 31, 2008
At a very early stage in Joanne's life, her mother and father became aware of the fact that their little girl had a passion for singing. The discovery happened during a Church service and resulted in Joanne becoming a member of the choir.

We all know that as a child enters into puberty, along with many other changes the voice also alters, making those high notes a little less easy to reach. This is the point where voice training comes into play.

In Joanne's case, her parents searched the web and found that one of the best ever coaches within the singing business was Renee Grant-Williams, who has such well known stars as Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Linda Ronstadt and Bo Bice, (the season four runner up of American Idol) as part of her distinguished success list of performers.

This coach clearly sees voice training as a way to instruct people how to master any obstacles experienced and to sing in perfect tune.

Breathing, support and resonance are the three components of singing. These can all be performed properly by making a point of not straining at the neck, and allowing the lower muscles of the body to let the pitch come out freely. You may remember this technique was used by Elvis Presley, who whilst keeping the chest free to resonate, allowed himself to smoothly carry out his stage act.

Of course, feeling empathy towards the song being sung will also encourage the singer to sing it well. If, for example, the song was all about love, this emotion needs to be put over by the singer and this will allow communication with the audience in an extremely powerful way.

Voice protection is essential in order to always sound good and there are some simple steps which can be taken to achieve this.

First of all, a singer should drink at least eight glasses of water each day as this stops dehydration of the throat. Alcohol should be reduced to a minimum, along with caffeine intake, as this causes water loss in the body.

Spicy food should also be avoided by those wishing to become stage celebrities. Food of this kind encourages acids to play up in the stomach and this will eventually cause harm to the throat and esophagus areas.

A well balanced diet of the right amount of fruit, vegetables and grains will keep the mucus membranes in the throat in a continually healthy state.

Although it is often said that practice makes perfect, if a singer follows the above tips gets good quality rest, and keeps on with those scales, the voice is sure to be strong, healthy and sound great.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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