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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.

By KTB Music, Sep 16 2016 12:09PM

Wow, what a night. Upon entering Turpin Green Methodist Church Hall, we immediately felt we had stepped into middle-age England. Leyland Methodist Music & Drama group had thrown themselves head over heels into plague infected times, even the raffle tickets were themed (personally, I was rooting to win the box of Spam on the raffle). Everything, all evening was just brilliant.

Spam (tin of)
Spam (tin of)

It was very hot inside the hall, but no one seemed to mind because almost every line onstage drew laughter from the audience. Spamalot is outrageous and it was the confident and enthusiastic delivery of the cast that enabled the audience to relax in such a hot atmosphere.

Individual cast members and characters can’t be named, purely because everyone and everything was so fantastic. Harmonies and melodies were negotiated skilfully all round. The staging was perfect: two turrets on each side of the stage enabled easy access for surprising entries from the actors, and later the stage manager. The scenery was changed in such a slick, professional manner, you had to keep blinking to remind yourself you weren’t in a west end theatre. The cast moved from scene to scene with grace, and there was barely a moment for the audience to catch their breath.

To say my face is aching this morning from the laughter is an understatement – I had tears in my eyes from laughing when the final singalong of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side’ commenced. And sadly, tears remained and grew when the notice that the show was dedicated to John Sangster was displayed at the end.

Well done, Leyland Methodist Music & Drama Group. And thank you. Thank you for an evening of fun, laughter and singing.

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