Well, here’s a topic!  Who doesn’t have tension?  As we age, more and more establishes itself throughout our body and mind.  We work to release it through exercise, meditation, relaxing, etc., but what about the effect it has on the voice?  The more I teach, the more I see that focusing on relaxing the throat and jaw area, the more we can drop our sound down in the body and produce a bigger sound and clearer words.  Grabbing for breath in the high chest and back (around the clavicle bones and thoracic area) doesn’t serve our purpose.  We want the thought to carry and mean something for the listener.  So next time you feel tension taking over your voice, stop, take a deep breath and use it on the sound.  Don’t just dump it out and then talk.  Breath is the fuel.  Make your vowels more open and value words-don’t just spew them out to get them out!

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