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Can I change my "natural" voice? The best solution is to control "resonance"


"Timbre" is something everyone holds in an unique way. Even if several people sounds the same in frequenzy, we still can identify each other's voice. There's no good or bad in timbre. However, the "texture" of voices can be distincted due to the shape of mouth and the area of resonance.


In fact, we have our own "instrument" in our body. Our voices would be thin and weak if we only use our vocal cords to work. By vibrating our inner chambers, our voices can be loud and clear. "Resonance" is the key part to improve our phonation.


 

Phonation


To control the volume, keep your body unbending and mouth vertically open when we talk. After that, diaphragmatic breathing will lead to a perfect voice of yours. Typically, we have several resonance areas when we talk:


Laryngeal cavity

Most of the people phonate via this area. It will damage your vocal cords and lead to uncomfort and hoarseness. If you have friends who constantly act as a low-pitch character in this way, please stop them from doing so. It's all for sustaining one's vocalist career.


Nasal cavity

Singers and masters of ceremonies would benifit from this technique, and it's the reason of the so-called "infantile speech". Using this technique, your voices could be loud and clear. At the same time, you and your audience get tired easily. It's not the best choice to use it in speeches or time-consuming programs.


Chest cavity

Common voice talents adopt this techinque in their works. Breathing from chest cavity, you'll get a full, clear and sustainable voice.


Abdominal cavity

Professional voice talents are all familiar with this technique. Breathing from the abdominal cavity, your voice will be more breathy and loud. The key to train this technique is to hold your admominal area tight, and breath from lower part of your phonation mechanism.


It takes creativity to find your best area for resonance. We can train by recording our voice and listening from headsets.


 

Preparation before recording


Before we start recording, we have to make sure that our voice is in an ideal condition. It helps us to prevent voice cracks or other embarrassing occasions. On the other hand, it will enhance our confidence little by little, even develop new features in our voices.


There are some advices below, but it's not for everyone. So test it and choose wisely.


Don't eat

Some food can physically change your inner body condition. Doing so can help us gain control over our voices.


Talk

No matter what we say, just talk. It's all for keep our phonation mechanism active and ready.


Drink warm water

It can stabilize our voice texture and prevent noises of saliva.


Tuning

Finding pitch is crucial if we are doing acting works. It's about muscle memory. If you're not experienced in memorizing certain voice, try this out.


 

Long-term sustainability


We hope that every voice talents can work with delight, and deliver their best performances over decades. There has been a lot of cases that vocal cord got damaged due to fatigue. In order to fight this occupational disease, we have to stay cautious.


Voices can get dirty. Like some serious diseases, there's no symptom in early stages. Keep doing works in a wrong way, when listeners aware of dirty voices, it's already too late. We'll have to rest for at least half a month to recover.


It's not like we only get physically damaged. Mental health is something we need to be aware of. The most common metal issue for voice talents is burn-out. A dry, swelling throat can lead to a tight neck, hoarseness and inability to swallow. Eventually, we don't like this job anymore. Get some rest once a while can charge ourselves mentally and physically.


There's some advices to sustain our career. Once again, it's not for everyone. So test it and choose wisely.



Could be effective in most scenarios

  • Take adequate rest, prevent staying up

  • Have consumption of water everyday, about 3000-5000cc

  • Talk by diaphragmatic breathing to maintain stamina

  • Prevent shouting

  • Prevent inhaling dirty air

  • Quit smoking

  • Reduce drinking

  • Prevent clearing throat with force

  • Prevent talking when having fever or cold

  • Prevent whispering for long time or with force

  • Prevent changing your nature tone

Could vary from person to person

  • Eat foods which help produce saliva and slake thirst

  • Twist tongue often to create saliva

  • Prevent overeating

  • Prevent eating cold food (to maintain open trachea)

  • Prevent eating fried food (to maintain health trachea)


 

And...that's it for today. Hope this article can help potential voice talents to grind in a healthy way! Next time, we'll talk about "voice acting". Stay tuned!


If you can sing or talk properly after eating "heavy" foods, or have any better advices for phonation, let me know in the comment section below!




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