Voice Culture is a branch of knowledge, which deals with the techniques of right Voice Production. Musical study and Vocal study are two different things. Musical study involves the science of music, variety of ragas, compositions and the training of complex rhythm patterns etc. But Vocal study deals with the right way of voice production and presentation of various styles of singing. Although the classical system of music has been enriched with many exercises to develop the skill of singing, a comprehensive study of all the scientific aspects related to voice cultivation and also the practice of technically developed exercises will help the singers to analyze the own voice and to manipulate the vocal apparatus for the perfect voice modulation.
Voice quality is the result of a combined action of basic function of the vocal organs (vocal tract configuration) and developed components by scientific and systematic training and practice. Genetically determined factors of the vocal mechanism cannot be changed but with the help of the techniques one can manipulate them to make the voice more melodious. A good singer is supposed to sing all the styles of music with its original flavor and voice modulation has a major role to retain this originally
Voice Culture is actually a science and all the techniques and exercises are developed after an in-depth study of Physiology â€“ Anatomy, Psychology, Physics, Yoga and Music.
Voice becomes flexible with an ability to sing in all the three octaves with out any strain.. Breathing capacity will be increased enabling the singer to sustain a note for a longer period and also to express variety of phrases, gamakas, tonal colors and feelings on the voice. A singer can also reduce the age factor on the voice by applying the technique of Tone Placement. By controlling certain mussels and ligaments of the Phonatory, Respiratory and Resonatory systems of the body one can develop the depth and range of the voice. Negative aspects like Stage fear, Anxiety, Tension and many other phobias can be eliminated by techniques to develop Positive thinking and Self-confidence.. One will be trained with the preventive measures to keep away a variety of vocal problems, which are formed through Vocal habits and Vocal abuse.
The primary source of energy to produce the voice is the smooth flow of air provided by the breathing apparatus. All varieties of voice modulation and the voice leveling can be mastered only when we have enough breathing capacity. Incorrect breathing can cause disorders in voice production. Hence Yoga and Pranayama are integrated in the voice training methods with a set of Asanas, Breathing exercises, Bandhas and Meditation specially selected and developed.
Many disorders of voice and failure of successful performance are due to psychological reasons. One has to condition the mind to get rid of all negative aspects of mind. Techniques of Auto Suggestion, Visualization etc are incorporated to enhance the Unconscious Competence and also to build High Self Esteem.
Voice disorder is a common problem faced by all voice users like Singers, Actors, Dubbing Artists, Teachers, Public Speakers and many more. Voice problems are due to Organic and Functional disorders. Organic disorder is due to chronic infections, diseases and genetic factors. But functional disorder occurs because of incorrect breathing, singing in unleveled voice, wrong way of practice, imitation of somebodyâ€™s voice and vocal abuse in the day today activities. Functional disorder will reduce the voice quality and range developing a kind of uneasiness and strain on the voice. If neglected it may lead to injury to the Vocal Cords resulting permanent loss of voice.