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Debra Lynn: Speech Issues

The structural engagements and adjustments we make in bel canto for singing, carry over into vocal health support for speaking. English speakers, Americans in particular, often find themselves struggling with their voices. Some of the issue are caused by our natural propensity to be less animated than our Italian friends. Many of us have a difficult time, for example, smiling naturally and continuing to do so throughout any given phrase we speak. This alone makes a huge difference, as we open our nasal resonators and bring them online to help us with more natural clarity and volume.

Our breathing process is dramatically impacted by bel canto orientation, for when added to our understanding, shifts us to a gentle air pressure system vs. a pushed or pressed air flow instrument. Most of us are using too much air in general, particularly when we look at how the vocal mechanism actually works. Once the breath control is engaged at the level of the ribs, all pressure is taken off the voice itself. Ease and free sound is a natural by-product of this work.

Speech anomalies, like spasmodic dysphonia or even pre-nodule conditions, can be minimized and in some cases healed completely, once someone understands how not to press inconsistent and uneven breath through the vocal cords. Email us if you are interested in more information about how this process works and ask for Debra's introductory video for those dealing with vocal health related issues.
How Bel Canto Impacts Speech