VOCAL INTENSITY PLAY
Vocal Intensity Play Therapy is simply a way to play or experience the voice without judgement. Its easy and the basic tenets have been proven effective for many decades in voice science. Attaining intensity will allow you to have a competitive vocal "edge" that will improve you voice quality and volume without compromising energy and voice fatigue.
The basic tenets of Vocal Intensity Play (VIP) factors into therapy as well. What is different is that the singer and speaker are phyiscally compromised either by vocal injury and vocal malfunction. There is also emotional trauma and fear from the loss of voice function. VIP guides the voice user through finding a voice that is functional, energy efficient and resonant.
Singing and Speaking are clearly related behaviors. There is much overlap in training the singing and speaking voice. Singing is a timed event and usually requires a bit more "work" from the body. Like singing, speaking is free from time constraints, but is a highly complex and coordinated action. It is critical for a singer to have an exceptional speaking voice. it is inconceivable to separate the two.
In order for speakers and singers to produce an energetic sound while maintaining healthy vocal folds the goal is to avoid forceful use of misdirected energy. In the voice science world it is hypothesized that efficient vocal tract filtering allows the singer and speaker to avoid potentially harmful vocal behaviors, like forcing too much air and causing excessive laryngeal muscle constriction, particularly when using a loud, strong voice.
My vocal philosophy is based on the premise that use of loud speaking and singing voice can be achieved in a healthy manner by maximizing the filter function of the vocal tract. This is achieved by utilizing specific vocal exercises that guide the singer and speaker to focus on the sensation of energy or "buzz" in or around the face or hard palate (inside the mouth). rather than focusing on the sound of their voice. Alternatively, a sensation of absence of tension in the throat is a good indication that the sound has been well directed.
WHAT IS POSSIBLE
Your voice tells a story without words. The first thing people notice is the quality, how it sounds. Communication is mostly non verbal (90%). But how you sound can make or break a great presentation and performance. These are hard based facts.
There is a history of learned behaviors in your voice and body. You acquire these behaviors early in the developmental years. Some are useful, but some can be unproductive and possibly cause the voice to weaken or lose power over time. Voice Science and voice research have proven that the voice can change by revising old ineffective habits with correct ones.
Through voice training this is accessible with conscious attention to "feeling" and limiting listening and judgement. Repetition of vocal exercise and identifying sensation can lead to positive behavioral changes. Muscle memory is established during this time within 3-4 weeks.