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By KTB Music, Jan 24 2017 10:47AM

Do you know whereabouts in your body your voice is?

Do you know what your voice looks like?

If you gently lay your hand across the front of your neck below your chin, you are touching your larynx, which is home to your voice. Now, as you sing a low note and slowly slide upwards, you should feel movement and vibration underneath your hand. This movement is caused by your larynx which is tilting upwards as you sing higher. Inside your larynx are your vocal folds, suspended across your trachea and as you breathe out they can vibrate together to create a buzz. There’s a great way to see this for yourself by blowing a balloon up and pulling the opening tight while the air comes out to make it squeal. This is a very similar buzz to the one your vocal folds are making.

This buzz then resonates in two directions: down your trachea and upwards into what is known as your vocal tract. This is made up of your throat, mouth and nasal cavities. It is these things combined that make your voice unique and it is this that you must remember. Your voice is completely unique to your body – and everyone’s body is a different shape and size. So when anyone asks you who you sound like, your answer is you! As soon as you try and change your voice to sound like someone else, you may be tensing something which can often lead to habitual tension which in turn, further down the line, may lead to vocal problems. Imitation every now and again is absolutely fine, but not all the time.

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