Keep your voice healthy


Relaxing your voice before, during & after your on-air shift or voiceover session is essential for a continuously successful speech performance.

In part 1 of this series on voice techniques for radio presenters (and station voiceovers), we’ve covered perfect breath control through diaphragmatic breathing , which is the basis of professional speaking. This second part offers techniques — and an amazing vocal tool — to relax your voice, and improve or maintain its condition . Most of the voice training and vocal exercises, including audio examples, can be done both during and before & after your performance.

"Thanks for your informational blog with so many useful tips that I can't imagine radio NOT benefiting every listener in your reach. I've injected several tips into my shows, and seem to have a good response from listeners. Rgrds, John"

There are simple, fun, and constructive steps you can take to strengthen the bonds between members of your family. Not only can familial relationships be sources of happiness and stability, they often provide us with lifelong friendships. Increase your attention to the relationships within your family by taking steps to emphasize enjoyment, communication, and trust. [1]

This version of How to Keep Relationships Healthy Within Your Family was reviewed by Tasha Rube, LMSW on July 15, 2017.

1.  Train your voice and body just like an athlete:  Learn proper singing technique, don’t overuse the voice, get plenty of rest, eat a balanced, healthy diet.  Singers are like vocal gymnasts who traverse their artistic range with apparent ease and flexibility. Gymnasts are extremely disciplined people who spend hours perfecting their craft and are much more likely than the general public to sustain an injury.  Professional singers carry some of these same risks and must maintain a disciplined practice schedule with intervals of rest and recovery to perform at an optimal level, regardless of genre.

2.  Let your voice shine.  Attempting to imitate someone else’s voice or singing style can require you to sing or do things outside of your comfortable physiologic range or current vocal skill level.  This could result in vocal injury.  Also remember that if you are imitating someone who is already famous, their millions have been made.  You want to be the next star that they hire, not just a copycat.

3.  Pace yourself.   When you are preparing for a show or audition season, you must pace yourself and your voice.  You would not think of trying to get all of your exercise in at the gym by going one day a week for 5 hours.  Rather, you should sing (and exercise) in smaller increments of time (30-45 minutes) each day, gradually building muscular skill and stamina.  As you improve, you should be able to increase the amount of time as well as the difficulty of vocal skill.

First of, Fach is a German word and is pronounced like the composer Bach, only with an f. For the proper pronunciation, check out Google Translate and click on the Listen button .

The Fach System was developed by German opera houses towards the end of the 19th century and the reasoning behind it was to create distinct categories for all the roles in an opera, as well as, for singing voices, in order to aid auditions and casting.

Fach means classification, specialty, category. Singers were placed in a Fach according to their voice types and they would only study the characters that belonged in that category. Opera houses would keep records of singers according to Fach and they would call them in for auditions according to which roles were available.

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Relaxing your voice before, during & after your on-air shift or voiceover session is essential for a continuously successful speech performance.

In part 1 of this series on voice techniques for radio presenters (and station voiceovers), we’ve covered perfect breath control through diaphragmatic breathing , which is the basis of professional speaking. This second part offers techniques — and an amazing vocal tool — to relax your voice, and improve or maintain its condition . Most of the voice training and vocal exercises, including audio examples, can be done both during and before & after your performance.

"Thanks for your informational blog with so many useful tips that I can't imagine radio NOT benefiting every listener in your reach. I've injected several tips into my shows, and seem to have a good response from listeners. Rgrds, John"

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