How to Speak With a Full Voice

Ramesha Nani
A free video tutorial from Ramesha Nani
Professional musician, performer, and voice teacher
4.4 instructor rating • 4 courses • 4,660 students

Lecture description

In this section you will learn how to produce a full sound and why it is important to your vocal development.

What does it mean to have a full voice? The voice is full when you can produce sounds that are not "airy", because the vocal cords close properly, so no air can leak through them. With the right exercises, you can teach the various muscles of the throat to work together to make your sound full, round, and smooth.

When your voice is full, speaking becomes easier because you're able to "optimize" your breath, achieving the same results with less effort.

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English [Auto] Hello everyone and welcome to lesson number one searching for a full sound. What does it mean to have a full sound. First of all so if you think of the vocal chords like two pieces of tape which is pretty much what they look like. So when we're not using the voice when we're not speaking or singing the vocal chords are separated. And so the air can go through and that's what happens when we're breathing as soon as we make a sound whether singing or speaking the vocal chords come together and they create a resistance to the air. And so if this happens perfectly meaning the two vocal chords come together and close together well the sound that we hear is a pure sound there is no air in the sound. If for some reason that we'll talk about later these two vocal chords don't close perfectly what you'll hear is a sound mixed with air. And so this is what we want to get rid of because 1 it doesn't sound as good to hear a sound. And two in the long run when you speak a lot and you have this breath leakage let's say what happens is you really get a lot more tired. And so we want to optimize the breadth that we're using. So how do we learn to make a full sound. So the vocal chords and all the muscles around them are for most people are not always working in the perfect way. There's some bad habits that we acquired there. There are some emotional components that sometimes block the sound and you know prevent the sound from coming out completely full and resonant. So what we can do though is to retrain these muscles. And so we can with particular exercises we can teach the vocal chords to really close together so that the sound comes out and it's really really full. So one of the exercises that we can do to do this is very close to speech and it's in fact just enunciating the vowels when when we talk. Oftentimes we don't enunciate it evolves very well. We tend to speak a little bit like this and we just go very fast and we don't put a lot of energy in enunciating and the result is a breath sound. So a breathy sound is like as opposed to. So both in speaking and singing. This is really important because as soon as you have a full sound in a certain way you command more attention from the people that you're talking to. And so it's definitely something desirable to have as a speaker. So one exercise that we can do is just enunciate intervals. And when I say emancipating I mean actually over enunciating way more probably than what you're used to doing. Normally when you speak so we're going to start and we're going to work on all the five vowels in this order. We're going to do. E a r or two. The reason for using all the powers is pretty obvious if you're speaking and you're used to you know how to place your voice correctly only on one or two vowels. Then when you to say all these other words you don't really know how to place it. So let's work with all of them. And so this is what we're going to do. We're going to overinvested the bows. Imagine that you are teaching somebody who doesn't know your language how to say Davalos in English. He they all do. But we're going to do it on a particular note. And there's a reason for this. We'll talk later about expanding the speech in range. So I'll explain later why it's important to do it on particular notes so that we make sure we cover all the speaking areas and not just one or two notes making your speaking range very narrow. So we're going to be they are all who and what I like you to focus on is really really super enunciating your bowels. Imagine that you are projecting your sound out very far away from you but not yelling. It's more because you are really really enunciating the balls. So let's start here together. Answer sorry one more time and then I'll just play the note and I'll let you do it. We all do and try to make this sound as pure as possible with no breath it. So let's do this together. Growing up a little bit. Going to do the same thing. A whole new. And now I let you do it. I'm here. First he all who bring them into over really emphasize the key. Nancy when you're studying again. And one more thing here. Make sure that every single vowel that you're saying is equally full. Don't let anyone slip by. Make sure that put a lot of concentration on each one too. Just a couple more and then we're going back down. OK start here on the OK. Now we don't want to go too high because when you speak you're not likely to use a super wide range. And we are going to focus on expanding the range in our next lesson. So now let's go back here. This time we're going back down. And we're going a little farther down than where we started. Let's start here. Remember to year and also when it gets lower Don't try to be loud if you feel that it's a little too low for you. Don't push it just enunciate. Even if it's softer in. But keep in enunciation very clear and very crisp. Couple more to start with. OK. So this is an exercise that is simple and doesn't require you know use. It's just a few notes. You can even do it on your own even if you don't have a keyboard in front of you you don't know which notes you're doing it on. Just make sure you select a certain number of notes that are comfortable to you there in your speaking range. So you can easily head. It's not about how high or low it is it's more about making sure that you put that focus to have a clear enunciation. And again let me emphasize what we're trying to do. We're trying to get rid of possible air in the sound so that the sound that we make is really really full and pure. So this is the purpose and it's one of the most important things that we need to have when we speak in order to have you know full sound helps really carry the sound tends to project out very far away from you but it doesn't just carry the sound it carries really your your energy a lot more. It's not just about sound. So if you can consciously project out with a full sound then you're able to really be a lot more to convey more what you're trying to say. And at the same time because the sound is pure You won't have any effort involved in your throat and your vocal chords and the whole process of speaking will be a lot easier and and a lot more enjoyable really. So in our next lesson we're going to talk about how we can expand the range because that's also important. But for now this is a good one to practice and have fun with it.