Choosing a Karaoke room and practicing singing

I will now explain some informative tips and factors when choosing a private Karaoke room for the purpose of practicing singing.
(1)Room Size
I always take the biggest room, and if possible a room with a small stage or platform.
If you are able to practice singing on the stage you can train in posture, breathing techniques, improve your expressiveness, and get used to singing in a concert-style atmosphere. Facing center, and having confidence in this room will also aid in overcoming nervousness or stage fright in the future.
(2)The shape of the room
The shape of the should be rectangular and have a high ceiling. You can not expect to produce great sound in a triangular room, circular room or a room that has a big pole. Sound should travel freely balanced and openly, not bouncing off too many objects.
(3)A state of the art/good quality karaoke machine
A newer karaoke machine is always better. Be aware that some rooms might still have dated old microphones and speaker equipment, even if the karaoke machine is new. Check every aspect of the equipment, especially if you plan to frequent that Karaoke establishment on a weekly or monthly basis.
(4)A Quiet room
It’s not good for your voice if you sing in a room where you can hear someone singing in another room close to yours. This is because you may unconsciously try to sing loudly to block other noise. Singing loudly is good, but you don’t want to strain your vocal muscles trying to drown out other people’s sounds. Also, additional noise from neighboring rooms may be a distraction and affect your rhythm and sound production.
(5)A Non-smoking room
Try to avoid choosing to take or share a room with smokers. If you stay in a smoking room for an extended amount of time, even though you don’t smoke in the room, you may possibly feel sick or feel a dryness in your throat. This is from smoke build-up, poor air ventilation/circulation, or maybe the person who recently used the room before you.
Additionally, it’s not good to sing a song and drink alcohol in you are practicing singing seriously. I recommend drinking room temperature water.

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Having trouble with your high-pitch voice? Please try (1) Air in (2) Compulsory vibrations

You should try the following, if you are having trouble with your high-pitched voice.
(1)Air in
(2)Compulsory vibrate

1:Air in
You purposely put air into your voice.
To put air into your voice you have to control the obturator muscle and the dilator muscle. You also need flexibility of the muscles relevant to vocalization.
The flexibility conditions are:
1. No sound when twisting the larynx
2. When squeezing, palpating, and/or inverting the thyroid cartilage by means of using your fingers to touch the outside of the throat, you can touch and move these muscles easily.
2:Compulsory vibrate
Make vibrations of your voice forcibly and consciously.
You should be able to ease and relax the contracted muscles with vibrations. Do this by using proper breathing techniques and the cricothyroid muscle together, to produce a higher-pitched voice easier.
The most of good singer use “air in” and “compulsory vibrate” without thinking.

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Note1: The front of muscle in the cervical area relating to vocalization does not move by itself, because it’s composed of soft tissues.

Note2: This blog and our Voice Care Clinic’s purpose is to support all areas of the musculus extrinsic laryngis. Confirm proper movements surrounding the voice, as well as figure out the degree of flexibility of active of muscles relating to vocalization. We wish to improve your vocalization!

Muscle hardness impairs rhythm and pitch

There is a high probability to having LDP, if your muscle hardness of the musculus extrinsic laryngis is more than 30 Tone.
LDP stands for “Larynx” “Deep” “Position.” Which is the habit of rigid muscles. It is a condition, not a disease. This next group research study is to find out whether LDP disturbs the rhythm and pitch of the voice, and how much or little muscle hardness will affect that vocalization.
I asked 5 people who have the measurement of muscle hardness less than 20 Tone, as well as 5 people who have the measurement of muscle hardness who are more than 30 Tone.
I chose 3 people to judge their singing and present a score for each of the 5 research study participants. The judges focused on observing 1:pitch 2:rhythm 3:expressiveness.
When comparing and analyzing their scores, It was shown that people who have less muscle hardness scored higher. People with less muscle hardness had more than double the score of the people that had more muscle hardness.
As a result, the conclusion is that hardened muscles (more than 30 Tone) relating to vocalization noticibly impaired singing.

Illustration of male throat anatomy

Note1:LDP obstructs the cricothyroid articulation, stopping it from moving in a widened range and letting out a high-pitched voice. You might have LDP even if you practice vocalizing so hard, and notice that you cannot let out a high-pitched voice.

Note2:LDP causes problems with the following
(1)narrow pitch range
(2)cannot keep/hold rhythm
(3)boxy voice
(4)shortness of breath
(5)easy to get a hoarse voice
(6)talking time to warm up the voice

How does slouching and poor posture affect the voice?

It’s true, bad/poor posture is not good for the voice!
To support that statement I have done a research study to observe the larynxes of people who have a slight stoop or slouching habit.
Totaling 18 people who are singers, voice actors, actors, students and housewives, which are in age ranging from 20 to 50 years old. Also I examined and determined all of them had LDP (larynx deep position).
A curved cervical spine is defined as slouching or having a hunchback. Let me explain how in this study I have defined exactly how poor posture affects the voice. The conclusion and results of this research study have shown that this type of poor posture, even so slight, decreased the space between the thyroid cartilage and the vertebral body, hindering the athletic performance of vocalization. It is important to be aware of posture when singing, performing arts, giving speeches or any kind of activity that uses vocalizing, because posture does directly affect the voice.

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Note:LDP is usually caused by the musculus extrinsic laryngis shrinking toward the cervical spine. In the instance of slouching or having a slight stoop, which is in some ways similar, the cervical spine moved toward the larynx (decreasing space). Either way, both of the above issues are in no way positive influences for the voice, and should be recognized and/or corrected.