Whether you’re a singer, speaker or actor, we all use our instrument that is voice and often take it for granted.
Richard Fink IV, the Worlds online leading vocal coach and mastermind behind Throat Yoga- THROGA, recently visited JMC Academy to help our Music performance students reach their full singing potential.
We got a chance to pick his brains to get you his top tips to help increase your vocal range in 3 simple tips.
1. Vocal Health
The first thing to do to access your full vocal range is to have your instrument in good health. To do this, Richard provided his essential steps to preserving your voice.
- Get enough sleep
. Sleep is essential for the rehabilitation of your vocal folds. It keeps them from swelling to prevent damage and so you have better access to your range.
- Don’t wait to hydrate.
Always drink more water than what your body tells you to. Your body doesn’t care that you want to sing, so you have to anticipate its needs. Richards key tip to knowing if your body is hydrated? ‘If your urine is clear then you drink enough.’
- Don’t do anything stupid.
Essentially, what he means is do whatever you can to minimise vocal trauma. Don’t talk late for ages on the phone, don’t yell over music at the club or scream at the ball game, do what you can to minimise the basic trauma effects.
2. Vocal Exercises
Vocalise. Carry out basic warm up stretches and simple exercises to train your voice. Richard developed a helpful THROGA App, free to download on all platforms, which includes all the vocal exercises necessary to keep your voice healthy and help to increase that vocal range. Pick a few of your favourites and use these daily.
When rehearsing a specific song, try replacing the lyrics with ‘bubbles’ or other vocal exercises to strengthen your range. Then sing the melody in a lighter volume, before you start exploring the song at full volume.
The main goal here is to focus your vocal training on the transition between vocal registers. Practise theses transitions to stretch your range.
3. Get on the floor
We’re not joking. Practice singing the song lying down on the floor to remove body tension. Start off doing the above exercises lying down, and then once comfortable with this; rehearse the song lying on your back.
Richard’s book ‘THROGA: 7 Dimensions of Singing’ is available now with a special discount for JMC Academy students at just $20, or you can find copies kindly donated in the JMC Libraries on each campus.
Many thanks Richard for your time spent here at JMC Academy.
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