“Please release me let me go!”…Creating a Balanced Release in Your Singing and Speaking
Noticing vocal fatigue, lack of clarity in your tone, feeling less free and flexible?
It could be the way you are releasing your sound that is irritating your voice…
Last week we talked about creating a balanced vocal onset, and this week, let’s talk your release when singing or speaking…
As Engelbert Humperdinck sang so beautifully –
“Pleeeeease release me let me go!”
Similar to the onset, we have a soft release, a hard release, and a balanced release.
Soft Release: when sustaining sound, the vocal folds slightly separate and additional air is released creating a breathy or “whisper” tone.
Hard Release: when sustaining sound, the vocal folds tighten or hold to accentuate the ending of the note. It’s similar to the constriction of a “grunt.”
Both the soft and hard release can occur on any note and at any dynamic, forte or pianissimo
Balanced Release: when sustaining sound, either in speech or in singing, you neither add more air nor tighten to close off the sound, there is an ease to the end of the tone that doesn’t depend upon where you are in your range or whether you are creating a soft or a loud note.
1. Begin with a relaxed inhale
2. Create a balanced onset
3. Sustain the tone
4. Release the tone with the same ease you used to create it
I like to keep the open feeling of the inhale through the tone and during the release… allowing the sound to just drift away.
– Ha – Ha – Ha – Ha
– On any pitch say or sustain “Ha”
– Begin the Ha with a balanced onset and allow for a gentle balanced release. Not too hard, not to soft, but just right.
Use the either the hard or soft release as a color when needed to paint the landscape of your song or speech.
Make it a conscious artistic choice – not a unconscious habit.
The vocal folds help us express ourselves…. But you may be noticing extra fatigue, lack of clarity in your tone, feeling less free and flexible. It could be the way you are releasing your sound that is irritating your voice and affecting your communication and artistry.
Do some investigating, play with this…. and see what comes up for you. Let me know how it goes int he comment section below. I love hearing from you 🙂
Until next week, Rejoice in Your Voice™!