Audrey Hunt, a renowned vocal coach, shares her expertise in singing.
Connect With Nature as You Sing
Begin With This Exercise for Professional or Shower Singers
Is it really possible to find your natural singing voice? The answer is yes. Whether you are a professional singer or a shower singer you can actually hear and discover your natural singing voice.
When you sing, the sound you hear should be different than anyone else. There is not another you in this entire universe. While it's possible to find a direct look-alike, that person will not have your personality, thoughts, and feelings. So it is with your singing. Your desire must be to free your own sound, embracing every tone.
But to find your vocal sound you must be willing to complete the exercise I'm about to introduce to you. This important group of steps will help you accomplish three things:
- Introduces air into your lungs needed to sustain a tone.
- Completely relaxes the entire vocal instrument, which is your body.
- Aligns significant areas of the body so that vibrations are felt in critical areas in the face.
Because the entire body is the singer's instrument, we will be using both the body and air to help place the vocal vibrations, which makes the sound, in just the right place. I urge you to refrain from judging your sound. It will no doubt be something you have not heard before and it may even be a sound you dislike.
Do not judge your singing. Avoid comparing your voice to any other voice. Refuse to listen to negative criticism directed at your singing voice. Your goal is to discover your authentic voice. It's there, right inside you, and it's time to claim it!
Before you begin, have a bottle of room temperature water ready to hydrate your throat. Avoid cold water during this lesson or anytime you sing as cold temperatures restrict the vocal cords.
Step 1 Good Singing Posture
Part 1: The Half-Windmill Position
There are 2 parts to the exercise that will lead you to find your natural voice. Here, you will learn part 1 which is called the half-windmill:
- Using good posture stand with the legs shoulder-width apart. Make sure the knees are unlocked. (This is important.)
- With arms at your side, take a deep breath as you lift your arms out and then straight up and above your head. As you lift your arms out, you will feel an expansion in the lung and upper ribcage area. This expansion is necessary to help you to take in more air.
- Next, lower your arms as you slowly exhale all of your air. Your arms are now at your side. Relax your neck muscles.
About the Ragdoll Exercise
The following exercise is a relaxation exercise known as "The Ragdoll", an Alexander Technique Method of relaxation. When you do this exercise you will experience an improvement in your posture and less tension and stress in the upper body and even the back area.
For singers, The Ragdoll position will allow vibrations to be felt in the face while in the dropped position. Some call this 'singing upside down.' These vibrations act as resonating speakers for the voice.
This body position involves the following sections of your spine.
- The Cervical vertebrae which are the neck.
- The Thoracic vertebrae which are the middle of your back.
- The Lumbar vertebrae which are the lower back.
If you're ready, you are about to unhinge these 3 sections.
Beginning the Ragdoll Exercise
How to Do the Ragdoll Exercise
- First, standing with good posture, unlock the knees. Legs will be shoulder width apart.
- Next, roll your spine (cervical—neck) slowly until your chin is tucked into your chest.
- Bringing your shoulders forward will help with touching your chin to the chest.
- Now, you will roll the thoracic or middle back area slightly forward like you are doing a cat stretch. Allow your arms to loosely dangle at your side.
- Keeping the chin tucked into the chest, roll the lower part of your spine, the lumbar region, down until you touch your toes or as close to your feet as possible. Keep the knees unlocked and the arms loose in a dangling position. Avoid tension by trying to touch your toes.
- Remain in this position for about 5-10 seconds releasing all the tension in your body.
- Don't forget to breathe through your nose as you release the tension.
Note: Remember to keep your knees unlocked the entire time you are doing this exercise.
Completing the Ragdoll Exercise
- Now slowly roll back up, one vertebra at a time, (counting 15-20) until you are upright and reaching for the sky.
- You now have an up-stretched body alignment, ready for singing.
At this point, you have learned exactly what to do with your body to prepare it for finding your singing voice. And now you're ready to add sound to the Ragdoll position.
Adding a Hissing Sound to the Windmill and the Ragdoll
Beginning with the windmill exercise as shown above in part 1—
- As you stretch your arms overhead, inhale deeply and hold your breath until your chin is tucked into your chest.
- Then very slowly begin to release your air while you make a hissing sound (like a flat tire.) Continue rolling your spine downward toward your toes and keep hissing for 5-10 seconds in a bent-over position. Keep the knees relaxed.
Be sure to release your air as slow as possible. This air must last throughout the hissing. You are now learning how to control your air as you sing. This is a very important point for a better sounding voice.
3. Release all of your air, then roll your body back up slowly.
4. When your body is completely stretched upward, let your arms slowly fall to the side.
Adding the Sound of 'ing' to the Ragdoll
To help you to feel your own singing vibrations, repeat the above windmill and ragdoll exercise replacing the hissing with an 'ng'. Here's how to do this:
- Produce the sound of 'ing' as in the word sing.
- After initiating the "ee" sound, hold on to the "ng" by allowing the back of the tongue to make contact with the hard palate (roof of the mouth.)
- This position brings the tone forward allowing the singer to feel the vibrations of sound resonating (vibrating) in the face. This is known as "the mask."
- Make sure you sing this 'ing' in a comfortable tone, not high and not low.
Practice this entire exercise a few times, then proceed to the final stage to find and hear your true sound.
The Five Primary Singing Vowels
The Final Step to Finding Your Natural Singing Voice
Now you've come to the exciting part of this exercise. Providing you have followed the instruction up to this point, you will discover your natural singing voice. This is all that is left to do:
- Repeat the entire exercise, both the windmill and the ragdoll, replacing the 'ing' sound with the vowel 'ee.'
- If you are completely relaxed and rid of all tension, you will feel vibrations in the area of the hard palate, the nasal area, as well as under the eye sockets. This is sometimes referred to as the 'mask.'
- Be prepared to discover your true, natural singing voice.
Note: The vowel 'ee' is the easiest sound to produce so we begin with 'ee.'
But don't stop here. Experiment with each of the 5 basic vowels used in singing. These vowels are EE - EH - AH - OH - OO. How to Sing the 5 Basic Vowels
A Fun Way To Sing For The Whole Family
Are You Breathing Correctly?
In order to find your true, natural voice, you must be sure that you are breathing (inhaling) by expanding around your waistline. This is known as diaphragmatic breathing (belly breath). The sound you make when singing is determined to a large extent by air which acts as a cushion for the tone to ride on. This is what "vocal support" is all about.
As a world-wide vocal coach, I find that the number one reason for 90% of all vocal problems can be traced to insufficient air and the use of air.
Shallow, chest breathing does not provide the stamina needed for the tone to ride on. I can't state this enough. Singers must inhale and exhale using the diaphragm, thoracic, and costal areas. Need help? Here you go!
Proper Inhalation of Air Occurs in the Abdominal Area and Not in the Chest
Summary: Singing Is Your Birthright
Singers use the entire body as they sing. Combining natural talent, hard work, and skill will bring a good result and the more you exercise your voice, the better you will sound.
Tension is an enemy to the voice. Most tension lurks in the neck, back and face including the tongue. The windmill exercise combined with the ragdoll position helps to release tension. To release tension in the face, warm up with trill exercises for the tongue and use specific exercises for the lips.
Because the body itself is the singer's instrument, the singer must treat the body like any good musical instrument. Avoid screaming, smoking, alcohol and straining the vocal cords (bands) at all costs.
Another way to do reduce all tension from the body before singing is to practice the ragdoll exercise. This exercise also provides an easy method for the singer to 'feel' where the musical vibrations are located. In this case - the face and the chest.
Not only does this body position allow the singer to 'feel' the natural vibrational locations, but it also gives the singer a way to hear his own voice. This is the true, natural sound. If you are able to hold your ragdoll sound while you roll up into a standing position, you will be singing with what is known as a 'forward' sound.
Is this a good thing? You bet it is! As you progress to singing the five primary vowels, as shown above, your vocal sound will be rich and full. And when you sing, wake up to your emotions not only to kindle your own heart but the hearts of your listeners as well.
A voice is as unique as the person it belongs to. Those singers that we love and admire know this. They use their authentic vocal sound.
Your voice comes into this world supplied with power, dressed with individuality and uniqueness. It's not about having the perfect singing voice. You are music and singing is music that enters your body the minute you are born. You are the song itself and singing is your birthright.
Singing is your birthright. Embrace your natural, authentic voice.
I wish you joy as you sing.
If I cannot fly, let me sing.
— Stephen Sondheim
What's Your Answer?
Questions & Answers
Question: What pointers would you have for singing in a choir?
Answer: Choral singing and participation can be a wonderful experience. However, all choir conductors are not vocal experts so here are a couple of tips to remember. Always sing within your vocal range. If you're asked to be in the soprano section when you're an alto you can strain your voice and this holds true for baritones, tenor and bass. So, stick to your guns with this.
Never strain your voice and use a good vocal technique which means using diaphragmatic breathing, warming up your voice and using a comfortable tone. If you are ill, avoid singing. Also, drink plenty of water and make it room temperature.
Question: When I use my natural voice, it is light and not heavy, unless I want to sound mature. My friends say that I have a cute voice, but I just hate it. What should I do to become a singer?
Answer: When you learn how to use your resonating system, your voice will take on a rich, mature, sound. This means that you must "place" your tone in the nasal area, called "the nasalpharangel" area.
Question: Is breathing done through the nose and mouth when singing? I have found that it sounds nasaly when I breathe through my nose.
Answer: Good question! When you inhale, always breathe through your nose. Let the air out slowly as you are singing each word. Avoid breathing through the mouth as this will dry out your vocal cords and we need plenty of moisture as we sing.
Now, about the nasality, you're experiencing. When the back of the throat is closed, the sound goes into the nose. Practice lifting the soft palate as you sing to keep the throat open and the nasal sound will disappear.
Question: What can I do to sound like a star when singing on stage?
Answer: I could write an entire book on this question and I may do just that. A “star” is a complete package consisting of ingredients like providing a unique singing style, a magical voice, and unbridled showmanship. The most important step to take is to make sure your voice is in top shape! Get professional feedback from a qualified vocal instructor and learn all you can about how the voice works. Learn vocal technics and develop a unique style using your natural voice.
© 2014 Audrey Hunt
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 11, 2020:
It's best to have your singing evaluated by a qualified vocal teacher and I stress the word qualified. If you send me a vocal clip of your voice I will give you some free feedback.
Thanks and keep on singing!
/ on April 10, 2020:
How can you tell wether or not you are good at singing without having to sing in front of someone?
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 03, 2019:
Hello. It's so nice to see you here and thanks for your great comments. I'm s pleased as punch to know that my article helps you. Because our body is our singing instrument it's important to establish a relaxed feeling before doing warmups or singing.
I hope to see you again.
Sing with joy.
shinetiger on December 01, 2019:
Thanks Audrey—I've been singing in a choir for several years, but recently decided to use the internet to improve my voice. This exercise is interesting and effective. I'm going to use it from now on to relax and tune in to my body before doing vocal warmups.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 14, 2019:
Thank you for your kind words. So happy to know you enjoyed my article. My door is always open.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 14, 2019:
"Does it resonate?" A super-high quality for singers. Most of us just sing without noticing the vibrations located in different parts of the body - especially in the face.
It's always a joy to float through your comments. My brain thanks you because you continue to open the door to my thought center.
Old friends are the best!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 15, 2019:
Ms. Audrey thank you for dropping by my place to remind to visit yours. You make the Sound of Music come alive. I just love this stuff. One of my favorite notions is "Does it resonate?"
This was also fun to see all our old friends.
Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on December 06, 2018:
Thanks Aud. I think i find hope in terms of singing in you!!!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 05, 2018:
I'm happy to hear that you tried the stretching and enjoyed this exercise. Do it often for some good results. Love seeing you here and enjoy the holidays, my friend.
So glad you enjoyed reading my article. Singing does love you...just keep on practicing and you'll soon experience some good changes in your voice. Remember...I'm here to help!
Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on December 05, 2018:
This is hub is for me...hahaha. I enjoyed reading it and will be trying these steps. I really wanted to find my natural true singing voice. I love singing but it seems singing doesn't like me. So, I will try this and let see the result. Very helpful hub.
DREAM ON on March 01, 2018:
I had fun just stretching and making the sounds you suggested. I never realized how I force a lot of sound when I sing. Back to the drawing board. I think I need a bigger board. Thank you so much for your wonderful tips. Have a splendid day.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 18, 2015:
Oh, dear, Bill - I'd best be getting to this soon. We can do a 'before and after' vocal lesson to confirm the name of the studio! :)
WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 18, 2015:
BTW, Audrey, when is my local "We Can Teach Anyone to Sing!!" studio scheduled to open here in Phoenix?
I heard myself at a Birthday Party, and I'm desperate!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 18, 2015:
Thanks for being here. Very happy that you are sending this hub to your son. Let me know what he has to say about this vocal exercise.
Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on January 15, 2015:
This was sure interesting and looks fun. It's probably important, too. I'm sending the link to my son who I'm sure will enjoy it.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 15, 2014:
These exercises work! You may have to give it several tries to adjust the ear to the sound. A background in piano and violin will be helpful because your ear is already trained to hear musical pitch and sound.
It's not too late. I'm here to help you, anytime.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 15, 2014:
I´m intrigued by these exercises. I didn´t realize tension is such an enemy of singing. When I was young, I focused on playing the violin and piano instead of exercising my voice. Now I regret it! But maybe it´s not too late. I look forward to trying this! I hope it works for me!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 06, 2014:
Hi there. Tell me how these exercises are working for you? Make sure to do them often. The more, the better. Thanks.
I'm so happy to learn that you like to sing. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. Send me an email when you can. Thank you.
I love your comments Diana. In February I am offering a couple of free singing lessons (video) to 10 people on HP in celebration of my birthday. Let me know if you're interested. :)
Appreciate your kind words.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 22, 2014:
Just like taking a prescription to mask pain, it's better to cure the cause. Your problem could very well be that your body is holding too much tension. If so, the rag doll will help more than anything else. Thanks.
Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on October 22, 2014:
Someone told me once that drinking warm to hot liquid will help my singing voice. Didn't work. Then another said gaggling with raw eggs down my throat will. Naa..! Honey and lemon, ginger anyone? None of that work.
This is the first time I'm reading on something that I think might actually work. I will try the Rag roll, looks simple enough. I've also been trying the lip roll. Saw that video on Youtube.
Thanks. Voted up and useful.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 16, 2014:
Very nice to know that you like the photo. She is a professional singer and the picture was taken across the street.
I'm delighted to find that you are a singer and your family sings too. A wonderful thing! I'm so glad you like the exercises.
Thanks Paula for your contribution. - Audrey
So great to see you my friend. How are things in NY? I love hearing about you singing and your dad playing piano. What a musical family. Big thanks for the wonderful votes. Take care - Audrey
You're already well acquainted with the rag doll exercise. Fantastic! Thank you for your very nice and welcomed comment. Enjoy your day - Audrey
Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 16, 2014:
This is wonderful and thank you for sharing your exercises with us. I do the rag doll as a meditation or relaxation exercise, but I will add the vocals to it now. This is so helpful to singers of all ages and I like that you say everyone can sing. What an musical inspiration you are to everyone!
Mary Craig from New York on October 05, 2014:
Such great exercises. I can remember singing and just not feeling right, this is certainly the answer. I was always singing with my Dad playing the piano and then in a folk group for 30 years. Now I just sing at home but it never hurts to be ready.
Thanks for these great exercises.
Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.
Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 04, 2014:
This is an excellent article on singing. First of all I love your model and the top picture is wonderful. I used to sing in choir and in voice contests in junior high and high school and take voice lessons. We sing a lot in my family and it was really fun. Enjoyed the explanations of the exercises and am sure they would be great for breathing also. Bravo!
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on October 04, 2014:
I thank you for your kind words and also echoing the sentiment about my favorite musical instrument. I will read the article you recommended right now. I am very much in your debt. Much Affection, Bob.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 04, 2014:
Thank you for your wonderful, very interesting story. I love hearing experiences like this. You truly are "a person of sound." Because you appreciate how sound works, you may find my hub https://vocalcoach.hubpages.com/hub/Sounds-Have-Po... enlightening and fun to visit.
Stay with the program and the beautiful clarity of the ocarina, second only to the human voice :)
Hello my friend. Thanks for the link and I enjoyed it. LadyFiddler has potential alright. Hope things are just great in your world. - Audrey
You are an ideal singing student. Repeating the rag doll and incorporating your singing at the same time is absolutely the best way to develop your voice. This exercise forces you to feel as well as listen to your own body. Something even the pro's have to learn if they want to maintain their great sound. - Hugs, Audrey
Hello beautiful lady with the beautiful voice. Wow, when I get a return visit from YOU along with a thumbs up, it really makes my day!
Hello my friend. Thank you for being here and rating my hub well. That means much to me. I am honored to be your singing teacher. I hope your school year is going great. - Audrey
"Let it go, let it go", ah yes :) Absolutely enjoy singing this song as you go from the rag doll position into the full standing position. In time, you will soon be advancing to all you favorites!
Thanks - Audrey
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on October 04, 2014:
Playing around with music is very educational. I really never listened to main parts of singing and to diction and to vibrato. I began to really listen to the ocarina players and when they held a note or added vibrato to give a depth to a piece of music. I was then amazed to hear that singers do the same thing (which takes a lot of air and air control). So this exercise I never would have thought how it may help with singing or finding a singing voice. I remember Bible camp when my pastor called me a "wuss" and challenged me to go and join the choir that always was recruited for every conference we attended. So I went up knowing I had no real singing capability. My voice was creaky squeaky and leaky. I did my usual thing and sang with the highest pitch group of guys because for some reason my voice sounded best in my ear with an unnatural girly pitch to it. The director, an old man that had given his life in tasks such as I proved to be, pulled me from where I was standing and put me next to a guy with an impossibly low timbre in his voice. I wondered why that was. The director said, "Sing more like him," which I took to mean pace and rhythm and not pitch. After another attempt the director looked at me again. I was really feeling like a wuss now. He explained as if I was about 5 years old. He said, "I believe you are singing in a pitch that is too high. I believe that if you sing at the same pitch as this man you will be closer to how you should sound and it should feel more natural to you and your poor throat." Then he began again. I must say I sounded to myself like I was a traditional rendition of "Old Man River," complete with baritone. It just couldn't be right. But the director's smile was telling me that it was right and my poor throat said thank you. I spent much time finding myself popping between pitches and I still will not sing in my voice if I am not thinking about it. That is why I love playing music. I can hear accurately what is sounds like because it is not originating from inside of me. I feel like my ocarina is singing and now I've learned how and which sounds to place vibrato. I am slowly becoming a person of sound. Well, I have taken up so much space but I have enjoyed the article and reliving that old memory from LeTourneau Christian Camp. Voted up and awesome. Now I will go and try the exercise (when no one is around). Laughter always distracts from my attempts. hahaha
FlourishAnyway from USA on September 18, 2014:
I can imagine doing this so I can belt out my rendition of Frozen's "Let it go, let it go." Very useful for those of us who are just winging it through life singing here and there.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 11, 2014:
Very inspiring hub. Audrey, I love all your tips and you always be my singing teacher. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!
Audrey Howitt from California on September 11, 2014:
Came back for another read Audrey! Well done!
Nell Rose from England on September 09, 2014:
This is great Audrey, I do those exercises, well the rag doll one everyday anyway as part of my exercise warm up! so now to add the singing! I made myself laugh actually as I was reading this I was making the sounds too! lol! great hub as always, and if this can help me sing better then that's a great bonus too, nell
WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on September 09, 2014:
Have you heard Lady Fiddler, Audrey?
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 07, 2014:
Brownie the cow. How precious is that. What fun memories you now have and thanks for sharing. What a free feeling to be able to belt out your songs. I love the childhood you were blessed with. Thank you.
The 'rag doll' is a great exercise for releasing any tension. We, as writers, hold way too much tension in our neck and back from sitting so long at the computer. Thank you my friend.
Your comment made me chuckle. :) Thank you for being here and I like your hubs.
Hello dear Maria. I love the sound of your voice, the color and texture of your tones. The 'rag doll' is one of my favorite exercises. I use it to relax my back when I sit too long at the computer as well as for singing.
I hope all is well in your world and I thank you for taking time to read this. Peace and much love to you.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 06, 2014:
I can't thank you enough for sharing your singing experience with us. I appreciate your confirming the dangers of tension to the vocalist. This is even more powerful coming from a professional like yourself.
When you give me a 'thumb's up' on a vocal hub, it says volumes. With your knowledge, talent and experience with voice, I am honored.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 06, 2014:
Thank you for finding my hub useful. Yes, the entire body is involved when we sing. Most singers do not realize this. Enjoy your day.
I'm happy to see you here and learn that you will be using this exercise. We actually learn to sing correctly by 'feeling' techniques in the body. With that said, 'feel' for vibrations in the resonating areas - the face, the chest etc. Choir is a good place to practice singing!
Dianna Mendez on September 06, 2014:
I wish you were around when I was a child to learn these wonderful music lessons. I am always amazed at your methods of vocal exercise and your posts are so well written.
Lori Colbo from United States on September 02, 2014:
So glad I found this. I have been meaning to find out how to sing better. I can't afford lessons so I was going to go on Youtube or look it up on google. Thanks for posting this.
Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 02, 2014:
Am going through this immediately!!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 01, 2014:
Doing proper vocal warm-ups are important for good singing. I'ts like a tune-up for the car. In addition to vocal warm-ups, preparing the body to sing is also a good thing to do. Thanks for your comments Sha.
I'm riding on a cloud to find that you've tried these exercises. Great!
Do be careful with your back. The main objective here is to rid the body of neck and back tension. What a good student you are Ruby. So proud of you!
Mike, you hilarious man. I'm still laughing at your comment. Thank you for you very kind words. Happy days to you. - Audrey
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 01, 2014:
I felt calmer reading this...will practice these positions, sweet Audrey and maybe a warble or two. Love you, Maria
Jim from Kansas on August 30, 2014:
Lots of great advice. I used to sing in a choir, but I finally decided it wasn't nice to punish innocent people, because I liked to sing.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 30, 2014:
Interesting and informative hub. Never knew about the rag doll exercise till now, will try it out. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.
Nancy Owens from USA on August 28, 2014:
I love this! When we were kids and there were no computers for gaming and television was still a treat instead of a necessity, we girls would sing the songs of the day including show tunes. Out there on the farm we would just belt it out with the animals for an audience. Once we made up a skit complete with Brownie the Cow as our elephant for the circus! Singing can make a heart glad. Thank you for sharing this.
Audrey Howitt from California on August 27, 2014:
I love the ng--I use it all the time--both myself and with students--Happy Wednesday Audrey
Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on August 27, 2014:
It is impossible to sing beautifully and be uptight! Just the other day, I was at a wedding doing prelude and postlude music. As the time got later, I was worried I wouldn't be able to sing the last number. The more worried I was, the tighter my voice became. I had to concentrate on relaxing in order to allow the sound to come through. It was a testament to what you are teaching here!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 26, 2014:
I'm all lit up like a Christmas Tree after reading your comments. I love writing about singing. Which reminds me - it's time for me to give you a call. :)
Sending love and hugs,
Nick Deal from Earth on August 25, 2014:
I can't wait to practice this. I've been thinking about my natural voice as I just joined a choir and I seem to jump between voices.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2014:
Wonderful suggestions and exercising tips to sing in a soulful voice!
I agree, the entire body is involved while singing and anxiety or tension has no place.
Very useful advice for prospective singers. Thanks for sharing your expertise! Voted up and shared on HP!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 24, 2014:
I will be sure to 'tune in' to your latest video. I think what you're doing is just wonderful. Thanks for being here and appreciate your comments. - Audrey
Glad to hear that you are forwarding this hub on to your son. If he continues to 'force' his voice, he will run the risk of losing it altogether. Thanks.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 24, 2014:
Divine intervention? :) Thank you for being my first visitor and for the great comments. I suggest that you go slow at trying to touch your toes. Begin by just going half-way down. Then little-by-little stretch a bit more. The important thing is to relax your neck, back, arms and face.
Thank you dear Faith for the generous votes and for sharing this with your daughter. Live with joy ~ Audrey
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 24, 2014:
Hello Audrey you are brilliant. Your work makes the world a better place.
Me not singing makes the world a better place.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 24, 2014:
I went through all the exercises and enjoyed doing it. I was able to touch my toes with my knees bent, i'm sure i could not do it with locked knees, due to an L5 disk herniation. This was interesting and useful and a totally new technique to me. Thank you Audrey....
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 24, 2014:
Interesting Audrey. I makes sense to limber up before singing. Athletes do it. I wouldn't have thought about exercising before singing had I not read this. Thank you!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2014:
The "voice" of experience. What a pro you are. If I had a child I would send him/her to you in a heartbeat. Wonderful suggestions and tips from a wonderful human being. What could be better?
love from Olympia coming your way
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2014:
Sharing your hub with my son who insists on singing with a forced voice. I really think he needs to second this his decision to do so.
Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on August 24, 2014:
Good morning vocalcoach very interesting hub about singing. I love singing so much and its even more ironic as faith said i just answered a comment to a song video i did lastnight and i saw this so it drew my attention. You can hub over and listen if you like you won't regret its my latest hub :).
Thanks again for sharing these techniques a bless sunday to you.
Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 23, 2014:
Hi Dear Audrey,
So ironic that I was just about to shutdown my computer and head off to be when your hub popped in, and the reason I say it is ironic is that LadyFiddler just popped in one of her singing videos too. You have provided great insight as to finding our natural singing voice. How interesting are the windmill exercise and rag doll position. I know I have much tension in my neck, but I am afraid if I try that rag doll position, I would not be able to get back into the upright position. Who am I kidding, not sure I could all the way down to touching the ground : )
I will try though, as I do love singing and one can always improve in all areas of our lives. I will pass this on to my daughter!
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