Since I have begun teaching voice students at our local arts center, I have found that there are three basic concepts that I want my students to grasp from the start. These are some of the fundamental concepts that other voice teachers may also want to communicate to their students.
1. Pursue Healthy Vocal Usage
Another part of good vocal usage is maintaining good overall physical health. Being overweight does not help anyone to sing opera arias better, despite popular opinion. Good cardiovascular fitness, firm muscle tone, and balanced nutritional intake will all enhance your ability to sing well, just like it does for any other physical task. Drinking plenty of water will also help singers to maintain vocal health.
Some other things to be aware of are bad vocal habits outside of singing. Yelling at the ballgame (or in any crowded or noisy area) can damage the vocal mechanism, especially if done repeatedly. Avoid yelling, screaming, excess whispering, coughing, or using the voice while sick.
2. Breath is Our Foundation
Finger or pick
Barrel / bell
Tubing / bell
Pharynx / mouth / etc.
3. Vowels Are the Key To Consistent Tone
Exercises using the vowels are crucial then, since the vowels will be what characterizes the musical sound of the voice. Having the vowels all in the right "place" will cause the singer to have consistent and beautiful tone which can be employed in any song. Students should understand from the beginning that vowel exercises are not to just make nonsensical sounds, but to shape the singing voice to be a worthy instrument capable of powerful, beautiful expression.
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