30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days
No. 15 KEEP YOUR VOICE YOUNG
Just when I thought I knew everything there is to know about singing rats, I stumbled on bit of research from University of Illinois about the aging voice.
We all know that aging affects our voices; you can make an educated guess about someone’s age just by listening to them. Many people find that when they hit 60 or 65 their voices start changing it in ways they’re not happy with. That’s because their voices are doing what the rest of the body is doing: age stuff. Stiffer muscles and joints, dryer…everything, and physical responses to neural impulses that are slower or less specific.
What the singing rats study found, though, adhered to the use-it-or-lose-it truth of aging. The older rats that didn’t sing were the ones that suffered atrophy of the vocal muscles. The older rats that sang expressed “vocal intensities” similar to the young (singing) rats. As a voice teacher, I’ve observed that the same is true for people.
TAKEAWAY: For a strong and responsive voice, particularly as you get older, make vocal exercise and singing a regular part of your life.