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Weakened vocal cords can be caused by a number of conditions, including accident, illness, or other reasons altogether. In order to strengthen this part of the body, a number of techniques can be used. Often, patients are encouraged to work with a speech language pathologist. In addition, developing good posture, participating in breathing exercises, and engaging in a physical activity program can all be effective. It is important for those interested in strengthening this part of the body to be patient — in some cases, results can take months or even years.

Working with a speech language pathologist is very important for those who wish to strengthen their vocal cords. These individuals can provide guidance as to the types of exercises which can aid in strengthening the cords. While patients are not typically required to work with these individuals for years on end, they are encouraged to devote at least a few months to treatment. Once a patient has mastered the techniques taught by the speech language pathologist, they are encouraged to continue practicing the exercises at home.

Developing good posture has also proven effective when it comes to having stronger vocal cords. In order to ensure proper breathing, the lungs should be allowed to expand as needed. This cannot occur in individuals who are slumped or slouched over. Those who wish to develop this part of the body should keep their spine stretched while seated and standing. Strengthening the muscles of the back and core can aid in the development of good posture.

Individuals are often also instructed to perform breathing exercises. Inhaling as deeply as possible, and then exhaling slowly over a 20-second time period has proven effective in the strengthening of both the diaphragm and the vocal cords. This process can be repeated as many times as desired.

Regular participation in physical activity may also help strengthen the vocal cords. Cardiovascular exercise is effective at reducing stress and anxiety, which are often to blame for weak vocal cords. Good examples of cardiovascular exercise include walking, hiking, swimming, or biking. Those who have never exercised before should start slowly, and gradually increase the intensity of their exercise. In addition, consultation with a physician may be necessary to make sure the individual in question is healthy enough to start an exercise program.

Important: All exercise involves some stressing of muscles, but be especially careful to do voice exercises in a gentle manner. Never strain your voice to the point of pain. Don’t do any exercise that causes you pain or discomfort.

Voice Exercise Routine One [ edit | edit source ]

1. A relaxed body is required for proper breathing, correct posture and optimum resonance. Begin this exercise routine by gently stretching your muscles in your legs and shoulders. Reach your arms up, then out to the sides. Hold the stretches for a count of 10. Gently rotate your shoulders slowly, first in one direction, then the other.

2. Your jaw and neck should be relaxed for proper breathing. Using both hands, gently massage your jaw and neck. Continue until your jaw and neck feel relaxed.

3. Neck stretches can be very helpful exercises, but be especially careful not to overdo it. Gently stretch your neck (only as far as comfortable) to the right, then to the left, then forward. Hold the stretches for a count of 10. Don’t stretch your neck backward. Gently twist the neck (again, only as far as comfortable) to the right and to the left.

4. Stretch mouth open wide as far as you can; hold for a count of 10. Relax and repeat.

5. Gently wag your jaw back and forth a few times. Then bend forward slightly and gently shake your jaw.

6. Smile very widely, then quickly pucker your lips. Try to do this 10 times rapidly.

7. Point and stretch your tongue; first right, then left, then up, then down. Relax and repeat.

8. Do scales, upward, start as low as comfortable; downward, start as high as comfortable.

9. Inhale as you count/hold/then exhale as you count. Start with a count of 10, work up to 25.

10. Practice reading copy with pinkies stretching sides of mouth (or pencil in mouth).

11. Practice reading copy while deliberately over articulating.

12. Practice reading copy while alternating high and low pitches.

13. Practice reading copy at different speeds; first as fast as you can, then very slowly.

14. Practice reading copy at different volumes; first as loudly as you can, then very quietly.

15. Practice reading copy while inflecting as if you were reading a story to a child.

Practice copy: A few words about announcing [ edit | edit source ]

(You may use the following paragraphs as practice copy for use during your exercise routines.

Broadcast announcing is an exciting profession, one that employs thousands and affects millions. It’s hard to imagine anyone who has not heard a friendly voice on the airwaves. We wake to our favorite music introduced by a disc jockey. The weather reporter tells us to bring an umbrella to work. We catch up on what’s happening by listening to a newscaster. The sportscaster brings alive the excitement of athletic competition. We buy products that are extolled by voice-over artists on radio and television. The announcer’s voice can be heard almost everywhere—in the bedroom, the kitchen, the living room, the family room, the office, and of course, in the car. Yes, it is hard to imagine a world without announcers.

Broadcast announcing continues to be a popular career choice among young people. In fact, most radio and TV stations confirm that there are many more applicants for announcing positions than there are openings, and this has resulted in a very competitive job market. Still, if one is willing to work hard at developing the skills and talent necessary for successful announcing, the chances of being one of those “at the top” increase greatly. If you have dreamed of being a famous newscaster, DJ, sportscaster, weather reporter or voice-over artist, then the surest way to achieve that dream is to practice, and practice, and practice some more.

Voice Exercise Routine Two [ edit | edit source ]

1. Always begin any voice exercise routine by gently stretching and massaging your jaw, neck and throat. (See the stretching exercises in the first voice exercise routine.)

2. You may find it easier to breathe from the diaphragm while lying down. For the next series of exercises, lie on the floor. Place your hands on your abdomen and inhale, concentrating on pushing your hands up and out. Exhale while concentrating on pulling your hands down and in. Try to focus on your abdominal muscles as they stretch (inhale) and contract (exhale). Continue in this position as you do the following:

  • Purse your lips as you exhale, blowing out a thin stream of air.
  • Hum a low note (near your optimum pitch) as you exhale. Try to find the note where you feel maximum vibration in your lower abdomen.
  • On this note, sing each of the vowel sounds as you exhale (AY-EE-I-OH-OO). Sing each vowel sound once on a single breath, trying to hold the sound as long as possible. Then try to sing all on one breath, gliding between the sounds.
  • Again on the same note, loudly speak each of the vowel sounds in a staccato fashion as you exhale. Do this first individually with each vowel, then as a group.
  • While concentrating on breathing from the diaphragm, speak the following sentence loudly and slowly in a low, resonant voice: “Long and low, connected and slow.” Say this with gusto, deliberately and slowly, with as much resonance as you can.

3. Stand up but hold your hands to your abdomen as when you were lying down. Try to focus on breathing from the diaphragm in this standing position. Now speak loudly and with as much resonance as you can: “Long and low, connected and slow.”

4. While breathing from the diaphragm, read the following tongue twister. Try to read it with clean articulation and with expression, conveying the meaning of the copy.

Betty Botter bought some butter. “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter and if I put this butter in my batter it will make my batter bitter.” So Betty Botter bought some better butter and put the better butter in her batter so her batter wasn’t bitter. “That’s better,” said Betty.

5. Look at yourself in a mirror. Practice reading the following sentences while looking in the mirror. Try to express the emotions listed after each phrase with both your voice and your eyes.

Don’t do that to me. [hate; fear; pain]

I’ve been waiting for you. [love; despair; sarcasm]

What are you doing? [surprise; anger; curiosity]

How to exercise your voice

Does your voice convey confidence and conviction every time you speak?

Or does your voice need strength training?

A Six Minutes reader whose career depends on a strong, confident voice sent in this question:

“One thing I need help in is voice control. For some reason my voice quivers. Is there some kind of exercise that may strengthen my vocal cords? Any ideas what may contribute to that?

Also, as a Realtor, I encounter the quivery voice as I’m talking with my clients and it conveys an impression of not being sure of what I’m saying.”

Your Speaking Voice

The voice is made up of muscles, cavities, tissues, nerves, fluids, etc., just like the rest of you. It can produce at least 325 different pitches. There are more nerves in the muscles of the larynx than any other muscles in your body, with the exception of your eyes. In addition, you use three quarters of your body when you speak a word, and even a stubbed toe can affect the sound of your voice. So it’s not surprising that your voice can be adversely affected by excitement and stress.

Just as with the rest of your body, some people naturally have more vocal strength, while others need to pump up theirs just to keep up with their daily vocal requirements. I cannot know the exact cause of the reader’s quivers without speaking with them, but it is likely that the cause of their quivering voice is either nerves, or lack of vocal strength, or both. Regardless of the case, voice training using proper vocal exercises can make a world of difference in both control and endurance in the voice.

Unless you are a voice practitioner, or have studied with a voice professional (which I highly recommend!) you may not know what proper vocal exercises are. So here is a mini-workout that you can use every day to get your voice in shape and get control of those tremors, quivers, and flips when you speak.

A Strength Training Workout for Your Voice

  1. Breathe deeply and exhale on a hisssssssing sound. Repeat 10 times.
    • Proper breathing is the foundation for a healthy voice AND control over nervous energy that can make the voice quiver.
  2. Say “Mm-mmm (as in yummy) Mmm-hmm (like yes) ” Repeat 5 times.
    • This develops mask resonance, which creates a clean and vibrant sound by creating a clean approximation of the cords and a resonance that will sound great and project easily.
  3. Say “Mm-mmm. Mmm-hmm.” up and down your vocal range, from low to middle to high and back again, 10 times.
  4. Raise your volume a bit and say “Mmmmmmmmy name is…” Repeat this ten times up and down your vocal range.
    • This enhances vocal flexibility and coordination.
  5. Say “Ney, ney, ney, ney, ney” loudly but without yelling 10 times up and down your vocal range.
    • This is more mask resonance training.
  6. Starting at mid range, make a siren sound with Oooo and Eeeee by sliding down your vocal range several times, starting higher each time.
    • Again, the focus here is on more flexibility and coordination.
  7. Say “Mmmmmmm” until you feel a buzzy sensation in the front of your face. Repeat 5 times.
    • Mask resonance again.
  8. Now, for isolation of muscles for articulation, try some tongue twisters like those below. To get the full workout, say them each several times but only as fast as you can go and keep them clear. You can increase your speed over time:
    • The blue bluebird blinks.
    • Three free throws.
    • What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
    • Strange strategic statistics.
    • Freshly fried flying fish, freshly fried flesh.
  9. To bring it all together, speak a few sentences out loud. Use an opening or closing of a talk, a favorite poem or long quote, or song lyrics.
  10. Every good work out needs a cool down. End with 5 more big, deep breaths.
  • Speech Pauses
  • Filler Words (um, ah)
  • Speaking Rate
  • Vocal Volume
  • Vocal Projection
  • Vocal Strength Exercises
  • Breathing

Taking Your Vocal Workout to the Next Level

The workout above will help you get some awareness of your voice and start to strengthen it. To go to the next level, I recommend the following:

  • Practice your speeches out loud.
  • Warm up your voice everyday, but especially before public speaking. Ideally, spend as much time practicing as you will in front of an audience.
  • Learn to breathe properly and apply that technique to your public speaking.
    See Breathing: The Seductive Key to Unlocking Your Vocal Variety
  • Hum a lot. Explore and develop mask resonance.
    See Speak Up! A Guide to Voice Projection
  • Take a singing class or private singing lessons. This is true strength training for your voice.

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How to exercise your voice

Want to keep your voice sounding young? Sing along to your favorite song!

En español l A quick hello is all it takes for others to form a snap judgment of you, according to a 2014 study whose authors found that it takes no more than that one-word greeting for a listener to decide how likable and trustworthy you are. And, accurate or not, those instant impressions often stick.

As you enter your 60s and 70s, your voice starts to change. Your vocal folds weaken, cartilage in the larynx begins to ossify, and your respiratory system (which helps power your voice) begins to work less efficiently. The result? Men’s voices go up, and women’s go down. You may start to sound breathy or wobbly or hoarse. It’s a common part of growing older, but it can affect how others think of you and how you think of yourself.

Don’t let it. Here’s a secret that voice experts say few people know: There’s plenty you can do to keep sounding young and strong. Even better, many voice exercises are easy and require little time. Keep at them and your “Hello” may sound just like it always has.

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Gradual voice changes are a normal part of aging, but it’s not a bad idea to consult an ear, nose and throat specialist to rule out health problems. Hoarseness, for example, can be a sign of chronic acid reflux, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions, and laryngeal cancer.

1. Have fun with a straw

Like other muscles in your body, your vocal folds need exercise to stay fit. So does your respiratory system. Here’s a simple workout for both: Grab a straw and hum into it. “It helps stretch and strengthen the muscles of the voice,” explains Eric Hunter, an associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Start with a wide straw and progress to a smaller one, such as a coffee stirrer, as your voice gets stronger. Warm up with simple “hmmm, hmmm” hums, then vary your pitch by imitating a siren. Do this for about 10 minutes a day. Stop sooner if your voice feels fatigued. As with any exercise, you’ll build stamina over time.

2. Practice your storytelling

Reading aloud keeps your voice working, and that’s crucial to vocal health, according to Aaron Johnson, an assistant professor of voice and speech science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ” ‘Use it or lose it’ applies to the voice,” he says. “Do you start your day with the newspaper? Read one article out loud each morning — to your spouse, your pet or just yourself. You may feel shy or a little silly about it at first, but it’s a great way to build some regular voice use into your day.”

3. Sing along

“The benefits of healthy singing can’t be underestimated,” says Edie Hapner, director of speech language pathology at the Emory University Voice Center in Atlanta. “Trained singers have been found to be able to keep their vocal youth much longer than nonsingers.” Sing along to the radio or a CD or join a church choir. Hapner also recommends karaoke, with a caveat: If the joint’s really rocking, you’ll have to compete with a lot of noise in order to be heard. Look for somewhere quieter. Go too loud for too long, says Hapner, and you may lose your voice to laryngitis, a swelling of your vocal folds.

4. Move it or lose it

Your voice works best when your whole body’s in good shape, Hapner notes. “Your voice is a reflection of your health,” she says. “If you let your body become deconditioned, people are going to hear that in your voice.” So be sure to stay physically active. Even an exercise as simple as walking can provide fitness benefits that extend to your voice.

5. Go pro

Humming into straws, singing your favorite songs, reading out loud — these and other exercises can help keep your voice youthful. But you have to practice them correctly to benefit. To do that, seek out a vocal coach, a singing instructor or a vocologist, a speech language pathologist with additional training in voice. Such experts, says Johnson, a former singing teacher himself, will evaluate your voice, teach you exercises tailored to your needs, and work with you to be sure you’re doing them right.

“You can learn a lot in just a few lessons,” he points out. Vocal therapy may also be right for you. Effective therapies for the aging voice teach exercises that build up the voice muscles and the respiratory system. Once you learn them, you can practice at home; only a few minutes a day can help your voice. Be sure to check with your insurance company to make certain you’re covered. Although Medicare and Medicaid will pay for voice therapy that a doctor deems medically necessary, some private insurers won’t, says Johnson.

“This is an area of contention in our field and something we are continually working on.” Such therapy is likely to become much more common thanks to increasing awareness and demand from boomers, who will want and need strong voices in the workplace and elsewhere. “Our voices are much more important to us,” says Hapner, who observes that many boomers will continue to work past the traditional retirement age of 65. “I predict that I am going to be busier.”

Matt McMillen is a freelance writer for AARP Media.

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How to exercise your voice

How to Warm Your Voice Up Before Singing

No matter what venue you are singing at, an effective vocal warm-up is a crucial step to making sure you sound good from your first note to your last.

Whether your singing in a coffee shop or a stadium, without a decent warm-up, your voice can crack, strain, get raspy or sound slightly off-pitch.

And depending on how much you’ve sung that week, it could take you an hour to get your voice to its peak.

If you don’t warm-up, and your set is only 30-45 minutes long, the audience won’t really get to see what you’re made of.

If it’s not clear by now, you need to warm up your voice before every performance.

In the article below, we will discuss a 5 vocal warm-up exercises you can use to get your voice ready and performing at its peak.

Table of Contents

How to exercise your voice1. The Vocal SeeSaw

One thing that should be included in every vocal warm-up is an articulation exercise.

You need to really get your mouth moving because you do not want to mumble during your performance.

That’s where the vocal seesaw can help.

Start at the bottom of your vocal range, and in one breath, sing up and back down over a major scale.

Make sure to anchor your bottom note so that you sing the same note in between every other note you sing, so it resembles a seesaw.

In the key of C it looks like this: CD, CE, CF, CG, CB, CC, and then back down.

As an added bonus, do this exercise using the words “doo bah” to get your lips and jaw loose.

2. Lip Bubble

The lip bubble will get your voice warm and reduce vocal tension all at the same time.

You might remember these from your childhood or if you have kids now. Lip bubbles are very similar to blowing a raspberry.

To do a proper lip bubble, start by putting your fingers into your cheeks near your lips on both sides of your mouth. Make sure to relax your lips, jaw, and tongue.

Now the fun part. Blow a raspberry without any sound until you can get that going consistently without breaking the flow of air.

Once you’ve got it going consistently, add an “ahh” sound while you do it.

Now that you have that under control, you can use the lip bubble with any simple vocal exercise such as a major scale or arpeggio.

3. Octave Jumps

You need to be sure to vocalize and relax during your warm-up, but that’s not all you need to focus on.

You also need to work on your intonation and connecting with your breath.

Octave jumps are a fantastic way to do just that.

Keeping your notes short and detached, start from one of the lowest notes in your vocal range, and then quickly switch between that note and the same note an octave above three times.

Because you’re keeping your notes short, your pitch accuracy may falter, so just concentrate on hitting both notes straight on each time.

People commonly make the mistake of falling flat on the top note or singing sharp on the bottom note. Try to avoid that if possible.

Once you’ve done that, move up a note and repeat.

4. Elevator Slides

How to exercise your voice

With elevator slides, you can work through your vocal registers and smooth out any breaks.

To do an elevator slide, you’ll make a noise similar to a long, slow siren.

Start by using an “ah” sound and slowly descend from high to low and back up.

Be sure to keep your throat relaxed and don’t let your notes catch in your throat as you sing higher.

This can easily happen if you don’t move the resonance up into your head voice.

Speed the exercise up as your voice gets warmer, and switch the “ah” sound to an “ee” and then an “ooh” sound that’ll work a slightly different vocal placement each time.

5. Tongue Rolls

Tongue rolls are similar to lip bubbles because they can warm your voice quickly and reduce vocal tension.

Your tongue is actually what causes most vocal tension, so it only makes sense to practice rolling your Rs to keep your tongue loose and flexible.

Practice rolling your Rs first to see if you can keep that consistent without breaking or spluttering for the length of one breath. Once you do, add an “aah” sound to it.

While you’re doing a tongue roll, do a simple vocal exercise like moving up and down three notes.

You might not be able to sing up quite as high with this exercise because tongue rolls keep your larynx down slightly. Unfortunately, there are individuals who struggled to roll their Rs in general, which would make this warm-up significantly difficult or borderline impossible.

If tongue rolls come easy to you, move onto doing tongue rolls with major arpeggios.

Warm Up And Sing Your Heart Out

How to exercise your voice

Above are five great warm-up techniques you can use to get yourself ready for your next show.

Make sure you warm-up as long, or as short, as it needs to be to get your voice to its peak performance level.

A good way to test your vice is to sing a range of songs that include the lowest notes you can sing, all the way up to the powerful belt notes.

When you do that, you’ll know if you’re done warming up, or if you need to go a little longer. Remember to stay hydrated and take it easy at first as you build up to the belt notes.

If you do all of this, you’ll sound amazing as soon as you hit the stage.

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I want to share with you some vocal scale exercises that will improve your voice automatically as you practice them.

I’ve got a little twist for you that will make practicing fun!

These vocal scale exercises will help you to increase your singing range. And also help to improve your tone AND take tension off your voice…

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Let me tell you the reason these exercises are so effective…

There are certain words that bring about a specific reaction in your voice.

Here’s a hint. It has a lot to do with the vowel sound in the words that you sing. Some words have open sounding vowels, while some have a closed sound to them.

Take that word “cat” for example.

Say the word “cat” and notice how it sound “open” and “wide”. This is due to the vowel “A”.

Now, instead of “cat”, say the word “Mom”.

Notice how this is much more closed off than the more open “cat”.

Here’s The Secret

How to exercise your voice

Closed vowels are easier to sing. Much easier. This means that we can use “closed vowels” to practice our singing to train our voices to function correctly.

For example, if you practiced singing a high C with a closed sounding word like “mom”, pretty soon your vocal chords would get used to making the coordination necessary for a “high C”. Also, you would automatically begin to use the right amount of air pressure to hit this high C every time.

It would eventually get so easy to sing this high C that you would be able to gradually widen the vowel. At this point you would be able to sing any word on the high C.

So long story short. Some words are easier for your voice to sing than others. If you practice singing with these “easier words”, and master your voice at this level, you can begin to sing harder words.

Pretty soon you will be able to sing any word you like on any note.

Onto The Vocal Scale Exercises…

Ok, here’s a vocal scale exercise that will get you off to a flying start!

Firstly you need to find a song that you know and enjoy singing. Go get it now.

Now, you need to sing this song, except instead of singing the words, replace them with the word “mom”.

That’s right! I know it sounds a little silly singing, “mom mom mom”, but practicing this will eventually allow you to hit every note perfectly.

Here’s An Experiment You Can Try

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Sing your song through once, and write down the difficulty that you felt when you sung it. Pay special attention to the hard bits. Maybe even give the song a difficulty rating out of ten.

Now, sing the song through three times using just the word “mom”.

Feel how tension begins to drop off, being replaced with a more relaxed sensation.

After this, sing the song again normally. Note the difficulty rating.

You can do this vocal scale exercise with any word with a “closed vowel” sound. Once you have mastered the “closed” words, you can try doing the exercise with more “open” sounding words.

Here’s some words to get you started.

Mom, Nay, No, Go, Gug.

All these words have a very closed sound. Experiment and find out which is easiest for you. Once you have your favorite, take a few songs and replace the words with your chosen word.

Learning to sing really well is about repeating “successful singing”. Using these words will put your voice in a “success” state. Use this technique and you are building your voice on a correct foundation. Muscle memory will develop and you will find that singing will become much easier.

Want to learn more?

To learn much more about developing your voice and putting it in a “success state”, check out the vocal scale exercises in the Singing Made Simple vocal program. These exercises are highly effective at erasing bad habits, and replacing them with a “successful”, great sounding voice. You’re voice will improve out of sight as you practice the vocal scale exercises in this excellent program.

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About The Author

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that.

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status.

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

About The Author

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that.

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status.

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

A speech coach shares some of the techniques that can help you speak at a lower pitch.

How to exercise your voice

Every guy has his own ideas about what it means to be a man. For some, it’s all about being confident in who you are. For others, it’s about, how they act and present themselves to the rest of the world. For instance, the first impression they make on the phone. And for many guys, their voice can be a source of insecurity if it’s not as deep or “manly” as they think it should be.

Does a deep voice really make you more of a man?

“A deep voice is commonly associated with manliness and being male and, until recently, the majority of marketing from a male perspective has relied on the depiction of the male voice as being deeper in pitch,” says Vinny Raval, a speech and language therapist, and director at The Speech Coach. “Accordingly, men wish to fit the ‘norm’ or the ‘stereotype’ and sound like men, with a higher pitched voice being mostly associated with being increasingly feminine.”

Of course, this stance relies on an internal logic that assumes it is “good” to be considered masculine, and that having a voice which is interpreted to be feminine—or, by extension, gay—is an inherently negative thing. This attitude persists, even in our supposedly progressive society.

How to exercise your voice

The 2014 documentary Do I Sound Gay? explored the degrees to which a higher-pitched or so-called effeminate voice can have on a man’s perception of his own masculinity, and highlighted that even out-and-proud gay and bisexual men can struggle with this. This is sometimes due to internalized homophobia or misogyny (“femme” = “bad”) which is fueled by the media and information about gender roles we grow up consuming.

“Due to societal stereotypes, men feel like men when they speak with a deeper voice,” says Raval. “A deeper voice is also associated with control and sincerity, again aspects that one associates in a biased manner with male characteristics.”

There is, of course, another reason why a man might want to change the way he speaks: studies have shown that women tend to be more attracted to men with deeper voices (quite possibly for the same outdated-but-prevailing reasons).

What can I do to make my voice deeper?

While it is impossible to permanently change your voice without medical intervention, there are a range of exercises that men can practice in order to speak with a deeper pitch, although their implementation is dependent on the individual and their specific goals. Raval advises that anyone looking to recalibrate their tone or vocal register should first seek the guidance of a speech therapist or voice coach, in order to avoid accidentally damaging the vocal folds.

Diaphragmatic breathing.

It’s possible that the way you usually breathe is having an impact on the way your voice sounds. Try inhaling deeply through your nose, bringing the air all the way in and as far down as possible; then, while exhaling slowly, say something. You should feel a vibration as you speak. This technique—popular among singers and actors—might be able to help you control the pitch of your voice.

Blowing bubbles.

We’ve all, at some point, idly blown bubbles through a straw into a soda or milkshake. Turns out, this is a widely used “reset” for the voice. According to the National Center for Voice and Speech, the straw technique stretches and relaxes the vocal cords. It can help make your voice stronger, and make it less likely to go hoarse or raspy.

Yawning and sighing.

Speaking in a breathier, aspirated way, as if through a sigh, can help to bring down the pitch of your voice. After a long yawn, you can use the voiced sigh to go down through the scales to a lower tone. An advantage here is that husky, breathy voices are considered among the sexiest in men.

Humming.

When you hum, you’re warming up your voice, which can give you a greater level of control over it. Try taking a deep breath and then hum for as long as possible, once again going down the scales to find a lower tone.

Inflection.

There are three kinds of inflection; upward, neutral, and downward. Neutral inflection results in a robotic, monotonous way of speaking, while upward inflection can make every sentence sound like a question. Aiming for downward inflection, on the other hand, can make your voice sound deeper as you’re ending the sentence at a lower pitch.

Introduction: How to Lower Your Voice

Before you read any further you much first understand one HUGE misconception. That misconception is the belief that you cannot lower your voice and that you are forever stuck with the one you currently have. Not every radio DJ or voiceover specialist was born with a low voice. It took vocal training and practice.

Step 1: Be Patient and Stick With These Excercises

You can’t get a masculine voice overnight but that doesn’t mean you can’t get one fairly quickly. Within a few weeks you can have a deeper and more commanding voice just by practicing some vocal exercises. That being said, you must treat these exercises as if you were working out your muscles at a gym. If your goal was to get bigger you wouldn’t just go to the gym whenever you felt like it and you sure as hell wouldn’t slack off while you were there.

The same can be said about lowering your voice. You can’t expect to get a lower voice if you don’t give it the time that it needs.

Step 2: The Exercises

There are lots of different exercises that you can perform to help get a lower voice. One exercise is to sing DoTiLaSoFaMiReDo in a descending manner. If you do not have a singing background you can youtube scales going downward and learn how to sing this properly.

After singing that first set start by singing the next “DO” one note lower. Then repeat the whole set. The idea is to get progressively lower until you can’t anymore. This exercise and some others are better described on 100voice.com but you should get the general idea.

Repeat this exercise (along with others) 2 times daily until you cannot get lower with your voice. Make sure not to overdo it.

Step 3: Watch This Video

Watch this video and check out the full guide that he talked about. Click here to visit the DVM guide that he mentions. Consider getting the guide if you really want a low voice. It looks a little weird and some of the techniques are strange but it works. If you want to get a deeper voice this is the best way to do so.

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