After all, what do the vocal folds do? They vibrate. What is resonance? It is sympathetic vibration. The Vibrant Voice Technique uses series of exercises, like the one shown in the video below, to target specific muscles in the head, neck, and shoulders that are typically associated with vocal tension and fatigue.
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David Ley began exploring what became the Vibrant Voice Technique when a friend and client came to him experiencing intense vocal fatigue. A scope of her vocal folds at the otolaryngologist’s office showed no damage, but she was badly in need of a way to release the tension that was contributing to her voice loss. David knew vibration is something that is commonly used to break down muscle tension – "What vibrates and is small enough to place on the front of the neck?" A lightbulb moment and a subsequent purchase at a Canadian “love shop”. This grew into the Vibrant Voice Technique.
The University of Alberta video that started it all:
David Ley holds an MFA in performance from York University with a diploma in Voice Teaching. He is a Professor in the Drama Department at the University of Alberta where he teaches Voice and Speech, Dialects, and Acting. David has extensive experience in private practice teaching vocal skills to a wide array of professional voice users from schoolteachers to politicians and has taught many voice workshops both across Canada and abroad.
David spent ten seasons as a Voice Coach at Canada’s Stratford Festival and continues to be a regular instructor in Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory. He has done numerous feature newspaper interviews commenting on dialects and vocal performance and has been featured in two CBC documentaries on Canadian speech. Media outlets around the world have covered his work on the Vibrant Voice Technique including: the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, The Guardian UK, the Huffington Post, Metro News International, and many others. David has 30 years of experience working as an actor in theatres across Canada and has acted in numerous film and television productions.
Elissa Weinzimmer is a vocal health educator, presence coach, and the founder of Voice Body Connection. Her mission is to help performers and professional speakers share their authentic voices more fully and more often.
Elissa attended the University of Alberta to earn her MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy, where she encountered David Ley and his idea to use vibrators for the voice. In 2013 she began working with David to build Vibrant Voice Technique. Elissa is also a certified instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and Hatha yoga, and in 2014 she was the recipient of the Clyde Vinson Memorial Award from the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Elissa is based in New York City, and is also a director, a performer, an avid yogi, and a meditator.
What vibrator are you using?
We have a list of devices we suggest which are outlined here (with links). The device we were recommending up to this point was the LELO Siri original model but as it is no longer available, we have a number of other options listed.
We continue to work on a device designed specifically for the Vibrant Voice Technique, and look forward to sharing more news on that in the future.
How do I do it?
Vibrant Voice is more than just the idea of applying a vibrator near your voice box. It’s a whole technique – a series of exercises that target the specific muscles that have a tendency to become tense and reduce vocal quality, and the “sweet spots” that can help enhance vocal resonance.
The exercises of the Vibrant Voice Technique fall into four categories: 1) reducing muscle tension, 2) stimulating vibration in and around the voice box, 3) enhancing resonance, and 4) energizing the articulators. If you’re curious to learn Vibrant Voice, we currently offer workshops and private coaching, and offer our How-To Guide as a companion to coaching.
Who should use this technique?
David developed this technique specifically as a tool for the professional voice user. Therefore, many of the people we work with are singers, actors, and public speakers looking to improve their vocal performance.
Though we work with professional voice users, we’ve also received positive feedback from everyday speakers experiencing relief from vocal fatigue and tension. Additionally, we’ve shared our work with a few speech language pathologists who are interested in exploring the use of the technique to help those suffering from more serious vocal issues. If you’re experiencing pain, abnormal fatigue, roughness or persistent hoarseness, or if you have any concern that something may be wrong with your voice, you should consult a medical voice specialist before pursuing this technique.
How did you come up with this idea?
David came up with the idea to use external vocal vibration when working with a client who came to him a month after a case of laryngitis. This client hadn’t regained her ability to project her voice or speak for long without suffering vocal fatigue. Weeks earlier, she’d gone to see an otolaryngologist who looked at her vocal folds via stroboscopy and confirmed that there was nothing functionally wrong in her larynx. After observing the client and listening to her speak, David believed that much of her fatigue and hoarseness might be attributable to tension in the small muscles around the larynx that had overcompensated during the laryngitis. He hoped to use manual laryngeal massage as a way of addressing the lingering tension. Like many others though, she was uncomfortable with having her throat massaged or massaging it on her own. That’s when David got the idea to use a small personal massager to help... and Vibrant Voice Technique was born.
Is it safe?
We have shared this technique with thousands of people, with overwhelmingly positive results. However, we cannot guarantee the technique’s efficacy for every individual, as outlined in our medical disclaimer. If you have any safety concerns or if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you should consult your doctor before exploring Vibrant Voice Technique.
What if I have more questions?
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