Vocal Tips by Cantor Nesanel Carmen

“I believe there needs to be a balance between the control we think we have over the voice, and a feeling of freedom. It’s important to free the body from all tensions in order to allow the voice to function optimally. I encourage my students to open the back and the neck in partcular. The tongue needs to drop as well the larynx. The posture, with the chest open and relaxed is also important to complete the areas of relaxation required for a free sound. Then, I work with getting the resonance bright, and work each vowel to ensure it is ringing. I encourage the natural release in a vocalise, like ha, ha, ha, and allow the natural function of the breath and vocal cords to work. Finally, one needs a child’s uninhibited sense of release.”

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