Voice Skills

by Judy Apps

Disciplines that will help to improve your voice

Screaming is bad for the voice, but it’s good for the heart.

Conor Oberst

Your voice is influenced to a large extent by how you relax and move your whole body. Various disciplines can be very helpful in teaching you how to achieve the state of bodily relaxation which will release your voice. All of the following are, of course, also wonderful stress busters and therefore good for your general health and well being.

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais method teaches, through movement, how you can fully use your body, and with a greater range of ease and skill. You learn to relax and to abandon habitual body patterns, and develop awareness, flexibility and coordination.

See www.feldenkrais.com.

Alexander technique

The Alexander technique is a practical way of learning to get rid of harmful tension in the body. Mind and body are re-educated to use the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, discovering a new balance in the body.

See www.alexandertechnique.com.

Bioenergetics

Bioenergetics is a way of understanding personality in terms of the muscular patterns in a person’s body and their relationship to movement, breath, posture and emotional expression. Every habitual physical expression of the body tells the story of past experience. Bioenergetic therapy helps people to resolve their emotional problems and realise their potential.

See www.bioenergetic-therapy.com and www.bioenergeticspress.com.

Singing

Learning to sing is a great way to expand your breathing, connect thought to sound, and increase your expressiveness. It also teaches you how to treat your voice well, and extend its range and volume without harming the vocal cords.

No good singer will allow you to force your voice, or give you exercises that are over-strenuous. You will never feel hoarse after a good singing lesson. Seek for recommendations for a singing teacher, and feel free to try different teachers, as each teacher will have a different emphasis.