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Ep. 7 「弱い声を強くするには」【VLTTW翻訳】

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Ep. 7 "My Voice Is Weak"- Voice Lessons To The World
エピソード7 「弱い声を強くするには」
Hi everybody. My name is Justin Stoney and I'm the founder of New York Vocal Coaching here in New York City.
Welcome to Episode 7 of Voice Lessons to the World, the show where we wanna help you guys as singers by answering your questions from all over the world.


We're going to give you a chance to ask questions later, but our question of the week comes from Mary S. in Galway, Ireland.
And Mary says, "Dear Justin, I'm a new singer. I'm a beginner. And my voice is very weak. What can I do to strengthen it?"
Well Mary, first of all, welcome to singing. It's great to hear that you’re a new singer and a beginner.
But we know that you're going to strengthen your voice and work really hard at it. And encourage you just to keep going.
But one of the things that I find with brand new singers, one of tendencies is this sort of weakness that you're talking about.


And I can do a lot of videos in the future about different ways to strengthen the voice cuz there's actually a lot. But one of the very first things that people start off with is breathiness. 
And I betcha', Mary, that that's what's going on in your voice. I bet that it's a little bit breathy.
And for those of you that don't know what a breathy sound is, it's sort of this leaky sound where there's air passing through my vocal chords. They're kind of slack. They're kind of apart. They're not coming together cleanly and making a clear sound, but they're breathy.
So if I try to sing a phrase and I try a "mum," I get: "mum mum mum mum mum." I don't have any, "mum mum mum mum mum," any clarity and strength in my voice.
Most beginning singers struggle with that, Mary, and we can fix that as long as we know how and why.


So one thing before we start with that, that I want you to know, is breathiness is not a bad thing.
A lot of people think it is. But actually we're gonna want that later for stylistic effect. And it can actually be a really good thing. But we want to be under control with it.
And at first, it just sort of happens. And so one of the very first things to fix as a new and beggining singer is that breathiness.


So let me give you a few reasons why the breathiness might be happening.

1. 息が多過ぎる


The very first is too much breath. A lot of beginning singers, they take these high breaths that we talked about, these - (inhales) up (exhales) and down breaths - which expels the air really fast across the cords.
ひとつめは、息が多過ぎることです。初心者の多くは、以前お話ししたハイ・ブレス(胸式呼吸)になっていて - このように肩を上下して呼吸しているので - 声帯に対して息をとても速く吐き出してしまいます。
One of the cords' defense mechanisms is just to get the heck outta the way of that airSo they go slack because there's too much (exhales) exhale coming at them.
And so you get a - "huh" - breathy sound. So you get this up and down - (inhales) "mum mum mum" (inhales) "mum mum mum" - breathiness that's coming from that too fast air.
So you gonna want to work on your support, Mary, you're gonna want to make sure that you bring the air down here (inhales). And that you don't blast on your exhale. That's one thing that will help you correct your breathiness.

2. 歌はきれいなものではない

The second thing, is a lot of times it's psychological. 
A lot of times people that are new to singing think, "Well, you know, what do I have to do to sound good. And singing, it's so beautiful, it's so pretty, I need to make my voice sound pretty."
That's a big mistake. You wanna - you don't wanna make your voice sound pretty. You want to make your voice sound like you.
So if you go in thinking that singing is a "pretty" thing then, you're probably going to manipulate your voice and instead of singing clearly "mum mum mum mum mum," you're going to think, "Well, I gotta be pretty. mum mum mum..." and then we get this sort of airy, breathy tone.
So change up the thinking. Pretty sounds will happen later. But don't try to be pretty. Let your voice be strong, let it be clear. Even if it doesn't sound good to you, it probably sounds a lot better than you think, if you just go clearly into the sound and don't try to be pretty.

3. 話し声を歌声に

Point number three is, a lot of times people aren't aware how much their speaking voice carries over into their singing voice at first.
And we really are going to need to use your speaking voice, Mary, if we're going to get those strong sounds into the voice.
So if I walked up to somebody and I said, "hey there!", I would just say, "hey there." I wouldn't go, "hey there." If I did I might get arrested or something like that.
If I said, "hey there," and I let my cords go apart. I'd just say, "hey there." So I have no problem with my speaking voice. I don't just all of a sudden randomly become breathy.
Alright so you don't want to randomly become breathy in your singing voice. So if I can just close my cords and be clear in my speaking voice, I can close my cords and be clear in my singing voice, too.
So I don't go, "hey there." I speak into the sound, "hey there." And I use my speaking voice on pitch.


Now I'm gonna do that with you right now. We're gonna try this. But first, before we do, let's practice that. So just try speaking clearly. Just say, "hey there." Go ahead. Good. Now I hope you didn't go, "hey there." Alright. So you can speak clearly. "hey there." K great.
So now if you can speak clearly, you're gonna take your speaking voice and put that to pitches. Guys are gonna be down here, and you're gonna do, "hey there." Ladies up here, "hey there."
And you're gonna speak right in. Don't let it go breathy. Don't let it be pretty. Don't blast the breath, just speak on pitch. Here we go. [Exercise]
So already you can see that just by speaking into your sound - not letting it be too pretty, not letting it be too airy, you already have more strength to your voice.
So that's a really simple way to start developing strength. Like I say there's a lot of other components to vocal strength. But when you're starting off, that's the first thing you wanna fix. Don't let those cords go slack. Don't be pretty.
Don't be afraid to use a more speaky tone into your sound and you're gonna get a lot more strength, Mary, and everybody out there who is new to singing or may struggle with breathiness that they didn't intend.


So I hope that's been helpful for you guys today. If you have questions for us that you wanna see answered on the show, you can send an email to:
今回の内容がシンガーのみなさんの役に立てば幸いです。このショーで答えてほしい質問がある場合は、 Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com にメールしてくださいね。
So we just encourage you, especially if you're new to singing, to just not lose that joy. Don't lose that passion. Work really hard with your voice and get with a voice teacher you trust in your area.
If you're ever in New York City, you can check out our website at:
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I'm Justin Stoney. We'll see you next time.









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