The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11527   Message #86368
Posted By: Jeri
13-Jun-99 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: The Mouse that Roared (Finding Your Voice)
Subject: RE: The Mouse that Roared (Finding Your Voice)
Wow - your history sounds just like mine. This is what I needed to do. It might work for you, it might not. I've already mentioned I'm not exactly an expert, so if I'm saying something wrong, I hope someone corrects me.

Sit up straight, don't lean forward, don't raise your head. Say "Hmmm," as in "My, that's interesting."
Sing the note as a vowel (I like "A") Concentrate on relaxing your throat - the only thing you should be using it for is to keep your vocal chords vibrating and staying on pitch.
Let the air and sound come out of your nose. The feel of this lower note should be the same as with higher notes. People (well, me) have a tendency to "clamp down" on lower notes when trying to sing them louder, and sing with a shouting voice.
Now, as you sing the vowel, push more air out as if you were blowing up a balloon. It's the air that makes you louder - nothing else.

I don't know if this will work for you. Like I said, I had to hear it several times in different ways to finally understand it. Don't give up - that monster voice is in there somewhere!