My subject this month might surprise you, especially if your voice has always been robust and happy to perform in any circumstance. However, I would suggest that if you have some understanding of how easy it is to damage your voice, that might help you to protect it throughout your life.
So, let’s have some science….
The voice is made in the voice box by the vibration of two vocal cords against the breath. We then amplify it in the head before sending it forward from the hard palate in the mouth out into space. The ears of the listener(s) then catch the sound waves from the air.
The vocal cords are tiny and they can be affected by lots of things.
GOOD PRACTICE FOR THE VOICE
BAD PRACTICE FOR THE VOICE
This is not an exhaustive list but it covers most of the key areas.
I work extensively with individuals and businesses who used their voices all day i.e.
When your voice is your main means of earning a living you need to understand it. I have met many people who carried on regardless and ended up with nodules on their vocal cords, total loss of voice and surgery – not pleasant – so don’t abuse your voice. Remember, it is your chief ambassador to the world and you owe it some respect.
I hope you have all had a good month. Mine has been quite exciting and I’ll tell you about it in December from a distance as I’ll be in Hong Kong from 16th November till just before Christmas. In the meantime…..