Friday, October 11, 2013

Vocalscience ™ Method - The Alternative Approach to Speaking and Singing.





We often hear the saying, “ you are what you eat”.

I can also, with absolute certainty, say that you are what you speak and sing. How so, you may ask?

With the holistic approach in mind, I should mention that the voice (in my definition) is an expression of who you are and identification of the state of your being. The voice is a very important tool for communication. When you speak with the person, by his/her voice tone, you can determine the person’s mood and even the state of the person’s health; especially if you are at least somewhat familiar with that person.

On that note, I could say that when I work with the Voice Repair client and get their voice 'out of their throat' by restructuring it to the facial and abdominal muscles, the person starts sounding completely different, i.e., the voice starts to sound much healthier, more vibrant, more colorful and more reflective of the actual person’s make-up.

The sound becomes much clearer and the words are more announced and pronounced. The hoarseness disappears and the tone of the voice changes. When we are talking about the voice disorder, the voice often sounds quite "soprano'ish". It is especially pronounced with the male gender where the condition, described above, causes a lot of discomfort and insecurities.

These peoples’ lives become (in a manner of speaking) "handicapped", as they are afraid to communicate in person and terrified by phone conversations while simply not ever picking up the phone, let alone, initiating any phone conversations of their own. Nevertheless, it does affect both their social lives and their professional lives.

Needless to say, most of them are depressed and some of them are even suicidal.
Once the voice is improving and they are gradually reclaiming their lives, they are also gaining back their zest for life. Their mood becomes exponentially happier, their spirit is rejuvenated and their 'soul is now singing', even though that some of them have never sung in their lives.

Those, however, who are singers (or I should say, ‘have had been singers before they damaged their voices’), have been experiencing the "double whammy". They need to restore their speaking voice first, and then, and only then, their singing voice. However, the good news is that after the speaking voice falls into place, it is much easier to fix the singing voice - as ultimately, the voice mechanics for both - the speaking and singing voice - are very similar in their nature.

With the singers, however, I have to restore their tone and mainly pitch which, in some cases, becomes very challenging. Usually, in these cases, the confidence is really damaged, as the singer is scared to reach the high notes as he/she is naturally trying to protect his/her voice. Therefore, on the background, there is a lot of psychological counseling that is required for those cases.

“I have to say, it has been the making of me meeting you Diana in more than just the voice,” - wrote to me, one of my former Voice Repair clients; presently a United Kingdom Opera Singer.

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