In today’s episode, Tara talks about what it looks and sounds like when a voice ages. This is a topic that hasn’t been talked about enough and yet there are ways to do something to help stop some of aging effects. And to keep singing through the years with your best voice!
Do you notice when people’s voices sound different as they age?
UT Southwestern Medical center says: Muscles and tissues in the larynx have atrophy (shrinkage of muscles), thinning of the mucous membranes and a stiffening of connective tissue.
It shows ups in these ways:
- Higher pitch in men
- Lower pitch in women
- Loss of projection and resonance
- Volume and endurance is reduced
- Vocal tremors
- May sound weak or raspy or breathy
- Voice is drier
From The Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons—The aging of our muscles related to breathing, as well as our spine and its curvature can affect the voice. The heart muscle also becomes less able to propel large quantities of the blood, causing tiredness.
Helps to keep our voice singing with good quality:
- Be aware of your sound and if it’s breathy, raspy, etc.
- Get regular exercise.
- Drink tons of water.
- Use your voice daily.
- Do SOVT exercises.
- Watch the foods you put in your body.
- Get a full night of sleep.
- Do vocal exercises that help with flexibility.
- Seek out finding a vocal coach.
There are some amazing singers who are singing into their senior years like:
Tony Bennett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTdKZllVqpw
Angelo La Forese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5JU95a2Z0o
Micheal Trimble (episode 25)
Montserrat Cabelle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKB2wAYZTYw
Barbra Streisand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kP-EP3ucis
Don’t ever give up on your voice, no matter your age!! Keep training and keep
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flexibility vocal warmups.
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