We hope you've been enjoying the warm-ups from our YouTube Channel: Voice Building Exercises!
Did you get a chance to watch the one on Head Voice Vs. Chest Voice?
Check it out! One of our most frequently asked questions is "What is Head Voice and what is Chest Voice?'
So...what is head voice?
A quick definition: Head voice is the light, high, air flow-driven sound produced when singing.
Another definition: Head voice is the lengthening and stretching of the vocal folds by the cricothyroid (CT) muscle which produces a lighter sound. Some singers describe the feeling of singing in head voice as if the sound comes from their head, thus, head voice.
Ok, great. What is chest voice?
A quick definition: Chest voice is the voice associated with our speaking voice, often lower and more "powerful" sounding.
Another definition: Chest voice is the thickening of the vocal folds by the thyroaretenoid (TA) muscle which produces a sound that can rumble or vibrate in your chest.
Did you know you can mix the two voices for another sound?
This is what we call a mix! Makes sense, right? We use the airflow needed to support head voice mixed with the vocal fold thickening of chest voice. The result is a powerful healthy way to belt!
Want to see if you can create all of these voices? Please fill out an "Enroll Now" form and we will set you up with your first voice lesson! Happy singing, everyone!
Finely Tuned Voice Lessons is pleased to announce the release of online warm-ups on our YouTube channel!* We know that practicing on your own at home can be challenging, so we recorded examples of warm-ups for both male and female voices! We hope you find them to be an excellent complement to your lessons for at-home practice between lessons with live feedback. Your voice is a muscle, so warming it up is so important before you really begin to work it by singing a song. Just as an athlete wouldn't curl 50 pounds before warming up, you should warm-up your voice before putting it through the demands of a song!
Not sure if lessons are for you? Use the warm-ups and find out! Then, when you're ready, sign up for your first lesson for live feedback with Maria! She will guide you through the warm-ups and explain how to do them and why you're singing those specific syllables. By watching these warm-ups, you'll get an idea of how she works and what you'll be working on when you come to the studio. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page if you are still feeling unsure about beginning voice lessons.
Already an accomplished singer? You can use these warm-ups to complement the warm-ups you're already doing in your own practice. If you need a tune-up, please schedule a lesson with us and we will be happy to give you feedback. It's always nice to have another set of ears listen to your work!
For singers who are already taking lessons in our studio, please keep doing your warm-ups at home before you practice the songs we're working on!
If you'd like us to record a video explaining a specific vocal/singing concept, please let us know! We are looking forward to hearing you sing-have fun with the warm-ups! :)
*Use the link above to access our YouTube channel. The playlist "Voice Building Exercises" features many warm-ups for you to use!
I am a firm believer that you don't need a reason to tell someone how much they mean to you...you should just tell them! With that being said, I do enjoy Valentine's Day. The stores are full of sweet treats and sayings, and love is in the air. One of my Valentine's Day traditions with my husband is to cook dinner together! We always have a wonderful music playlist running while we cook and talk and sometimes it turns into spontaneous kitchen dancing! This is always hilarious as neither of us are trained dancers!!! :)
The playlists we've listened to in years past are: Italian Cooking Music Radio (Pandora), Valentine's Songs (Spotify), '90s Country Love Songs (YouTube), Love Songs (Amazon Music).
I look forward to this tradition every year! Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's playlist...something new/funky/different? Let me know in the comments! :)
"The couple that sings together stays together."
Maria Palombo is a Voice Instructor and Singer living in Central NJ. She is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio in Mercer County, NJ.