“Every person with a superior voice is a capitalist. There is always a ready market for this talent, be it as a speaker or singer”
– Eugene Feuchtinger
Exercises For Lesson 3
Keep up the exercises in Lesson 2, especially the groove way back in the tongue. You can now omit the exercises in Lesson 1. While practicing the groove daily, add to your practice these exercises in breathing:
Many singers and speakers experience at times a nervous, uneasy feeling of weakness. The chest falls and sinks together; there is a lack of breath and they feel a great weakness, particularly in the region of the stomach. From these symptoms they conclude that a weakness of breath is the cause of the weakness of voice. In fact, this idea is quite generally taught, but it is incorrect. Bad breathing is due to bad speaking or bad singing. If the muscles which stretch the vocal chords are too much relaxed or too weak they cannot close the air passage tightly enough and the breath meet with no resistance. When the vocal chords are firmly drawn together, only a very little breath can squeeze through but whenever the chords are relaxed and separated, the breath bursts through in quantities with each sound and is therefore quickly exhausted, and if one continues speaking without very frequent inhalations, he does so only at the expense of muscular strain. Hence the weariness felt in the chest and the diaphragm.
The almost universal mistaken view, that loss of breath or weakness of the breathing organs are the cause of poor voice needs to be fully exposed. The reverse is true. Prove this to yourself, try the following experiment: