Today we are going to discuss ways on how to thin our your voice. You need to thin our your voice as you approach your bridge and enter into your mix voice (or head voice). If your vocal cords do not thin out during this transition, you will bring up way too much vocal weight and cause your tone to sound strained, squeezed, tensed, and whatever other adjective you can think of that relays the idea of not sounding good.
Because thinning out your voice is such a vital component in developing your mix voice, it is crucial that you learn how to thin out your voice as soon as possible. Shelby Rollins, a new Brett Manning Associate at Singing Success, has made an excellent video that describes one way to thin out your voice. However, this is not the only way to thin our your voice. There are other ways to thin out the voice (which we will discuss below the video).
As the video pointed out, vocal fry is an excellent first step towards thinning out your voice, but it could use some help along the way too.
I have found that another way to thin out your voice is to simply practice scales in a lighter sound volume. This is much tougher than it actually sounds. The reason why practicing at a lighter sound volume helps your voice thin out is because it forces you to learn how to bring your vocal cords together in the lightest manner possible in order to produce that light sound. Try this out by using the “mum” exercise. Start out at your normal volume and gradually get lighter and lighter as your practice through your scales. Once you find a volume that proves to be somewhat difficult to connect, stay on that volume until you have taught your vocal cords how to connect at that soft volume. You will notice that as you learn how to connect at lower volumes, your voice will thin out better at a normal volume. It has worked wonders for me – surely it will work for you too.
Another way to thin out your voice is to intentionally practice your exercises with your sound resonating more in your head. For example, let’s take the lip roll. The lip roll can take on many different weights. If you intentionally shift your resonance towards your head when doing lip rolls, your vocal cords will automatically thin out more than if you were to practice lip rolls normally. You can practice lip rolls in this manner in order to develop the sense of how thinning out feels in your own voice.
Learning how to thin out your voice can be tough, but it is well worth the effort and time. What steps have you taken in order to learn how to thin out your own voice?
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