What is vocal compression? Vocal compression is the art of using the arytenoids to compress the vocal cords, giving your tone flavor and texture. Many singers find vocal compression scary because they confuse it with “tension”. In reality, all singers must use some sort of tension in order to produce tone. However, there are many instances where singers use unhealthy vocal tension to produce tone, which eventually damages the vocal cords. Vocal compression can be used as a way to produce healthy tension – tension that is quite necessary to help keep you completely connected through your passaggios or “breaks”. Dave Brooks, a vocal coach at Brett Manning Studios, has done an excellent job at explaining vocal compression in a video update done by Singing Success. Watch it and discover the correct way to use vocal compression. It can do wonders for the voice!