Listening to the radio as a young boy I always had a dream to be both an announcer and also a singer. That meant that I would always be singing or doing grocery store announcements. I am glad my parents supported me through out my child hood. I am sure they were annoyed a time or two. So as I got older I had enough money to pay for some private lessons from my local music teacher. I was thrilled.
Today is different and you can find great lessons on line to develop your voice. I have found two great resources for you today that you can start with. The great news is there is no startup costs involved. Just your time and practice. First things first though, Glenn Halbrooks gives some pointers on what not to do and a few ideas.
Working On Your Authentic Voice
People who work in broadcasting want to develop their voice for TV or radio so that they sound professional the minute they first speak into a microphone. Decades ago, finding your broadcast voice was simple. Men tried to speak with as deep a voice as possible, while ladies wanted to sound happy, as if they’d just baked a pie.
Today, such speech sounds artificial on the air, which often makes the audience suspicious of what’s being said.
Vocal training means sounding less like an announcer and more like your natural self when the TV or radio microphone is turned on.
Listen to Your Voice
To build a natural-sounding broadcast voice, listen to yourself. Record a conversation you have with a friend and compare it to how you sound on the air.
What you want to hear is the tone of your voice. A conversation has peaks and valleys in inflection, speed and emphasis. Too often, a broadcast voice sounds flat, especially when you are reading from a script. The opposite extreme is a vocal delivery with a repetitive punch, which sounds sing-songy because the pitch goes up and down at the same rate in each sentence.
Here’s an exercise: Take a script that you would read on the air and put it aside. Now record yourself saying the same information — not in script form, but as you would say it to a friend. That is the vocal delivery style you want on the air. Full article here.
Doing Some Exercises To Develop Your Voice
With speaking or singing, it is always a good habit to have good posture. This will help you breathe better as well as speak. It promotes wellness in the body and is more attractive in appearance. We have followed up with Kevin McClintock for some tips.
You want to make sure that you have good balance and relaxation in your body and we have some great tips below. Keeping a good attitude and following these steps will allow you to take control of your breathing. Remember to go easy on yourself when learning because this won’t happen over night:
1. Make sure to be conscious of your hips and that there is no tension in them. Try to find the center of your hips which gives you that straight line position with everything else in your body.
2. Give yourself enough room between your feet and rock back and forth on feet to find that balance of your body weight.
3. Make sure that there isn’t a lot of tension in your knees. Knee tension can put strain on your back and move up and down your body affecting your voice.
4. Make sure you have that “proud” chest to give your lungs enough space to function properly.
5. Make sure your neck is tension free and is in line with your frame.
6. Rotate your shoulders lifting them up and down to release tension. Put your shoulders in the low position when done.
When doing breathe work, you always want to engage the diaphragm and fill up the bottom portion of your lungs. This will help you carry and support your voice. We have included some exercises to help your technique. Now you make feel light headed at first and it might be a good idea to take breaks, but keep at it.
Some Breathing Exercises so that you can try:
Feel free to practice this as often as you like. Full article here: http://www.snagmusic.com/free-online-singing-lessons/
Youtube video music lesson:
The more practice you put in, the better your voice will become. If you have not checked out Snag Music, there are a lot of tips there as well as other resources on the web. If you need any vocal help I would recommend reaching out to Kevin McClintock.