- Why vocal strength is important to singing
- The function of the muscles related to strength
- Types of muscle fibers and how to develop them
Strength refers to the stability and stamina of the voice.
Improving strength is important because it will help you:
Vocal strength is dependent on the muscles directly attached to the larynx used for speaking and singing. This includes the thyroarytenoids and cricothyroids, along with the adduction and abduction muscles.
There are two types of muscle fibers that can be found throughout the body:
Both types of muscles take time to develop and can be strengthened through both direct and indirect training. However, exercises specifically designed to target the dimension of strength can dramatically improve their development.
Take a deep, relaxed breath and sustain a steady “Ee” sound on any pitch for as long as you can. Using a stopwatch, record your time and then repeat the exercise, while making small adjustments to volume, pitch, tone and posture. Your goal is to “beat” the previous attempt.
NOTE: This activity targets stamina, stability of the folds, and application (or use) of the breathing muscles.