How to Expand Your Vocal Chest Range Without Damaging Your Vocal Cords

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When trying to expand your vocal chest range it is important to try to do so without damaging your actual vocal cords. Expand your vocal chest range without damaging your vocal cords with help from the developer of the "Singing Made Simple" technique in this free video clip.

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Hi there, Roger Burnley, vocal coach here in Hollywood, California. I'm going to talk today about how to expand your chest range without damaging your vocal cords. That's probably one of the biggest questions that I get, how to develop that power, how to develop bringing your chest sound up higher without hurting yourself. Now let me explain that. When we're talking about chest sound, it's really just a terminology that means you're experiencing the sound of where you're creating that sound, in this lower part of your body right? Then there's this middle place, ah, where most times you will be singing then there's a higher place which a lot of times we call head voice. I don't like to, I'm not talking about falsetto or those things, I'm just talking about the head voice, the middle voice and the chest voice. Most people especially when they're doing contemporary music are going to want to have a stronger chest sound in a lot of their vocals right? The main problem is that most people have with that is they think that what they're going to do is kind of push to try to get that to happen. That is how you will damage your vocal cords because what's happening when you're pushing to try to get there, ahh ahh ahh ahh, you're pushing your larynx up, your vocal cords are out of place, that's how I like for you to think about it, they're rubbing together in an unnatural way and so you're going to end up causing damage. There's a very different way that I'd like for you to develop feeling this power and this is very bizarre but you'll start to get it. I'm going to have you think that what you're doing I'm going to use an exercise to show you this so what you're doing is that you're grabbing your sound and you're pulling it down to you and your power will come from pulling it down and you'll start to see that over time. You'll start to develop that really strong chest mixture, chest sound, much higher in your range. So I'm just going to play an exercise that I can demonstrate this on. Aaaaaaaaaa, Aaaaaaaaaa, Aaaaaaaaa, Aaaaaaaaaa, Aaaaaaaaaa. I'm pulling it down. Aaaaaaaaa, Aaaaaaaaa. Now, most times again I'm going to show so you know the difference. A lot of times people, I hope I can do this, Aaa, people are pushing up for it, Aaa, and that's when you get tight. That's where everything gets cut up. So the opposite way, and you'll find that this is going to be so great for you is to think you're just pulling it down. You're going to start to feel that power develop all the way through your range. Again, this is Roger Burnley, vocal coach in Hollywood, California, showing you how to create that strong chest sound much higher in your voice.

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