Would you like to learn how to strengthen vocal cords? When I hear the phrase “powerlifting,” I immediately think…BIG: massive arms, bulging veins, a wide stance, and a strained, determined expression as the athlete attempts a nearly impossible feat.
So, it’s only natural to associate powerlifting with the most obvious large muscles. But, in actuality, the powerlifting principle can be applied even to the smallest, most delicate muscles in our body: our vocal cords.
Powerlifting is usually broken up into three segments and we can apply this same idea to vocal training. Vocal “powerlifting” does not refer to vocal weight. It simply means utilizing controlled, strong, evenly timed increments of vocal exercises. This is the first step in showing you how to strengthen vocal cords.
Do a series of exercises, arpeggios and scales in increments of 3-5 minutes. Then, rest for the same amount of time. Come back and hit it again, following this same breakdown for a workout lasting 30-40 minutes.
Some of the muscles we are specifically targeting are your arytenoids. These are the muscles positioned are either side of your vocal cords. They aid in cord closure as you apply controlled, lateral tension.
As a fair warning to all the beginning vocalists out there: you will tire quickly. This is normal and to be expected. After all, you’re engaging muscles you are not used to using, if even at all.
A few tips:
- Consistency is key
- Make sure the “cry” is in your vocal presentation
- Avoid volume spikes
The benefits of powerlifting are “enormous.” These short bursts of concentrated workouts will pay off in the long run. As you continue your training you can extend your increments, so you can sustain your workouts for longer periods of time without stopping.
Remember, muscles need time to develop. Stay consistent and you’ll be strengthening your vocal muscles, building good muscle memory and confidence at the same time.