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... the voice can only create and duplicate those sounds which the ear is able to hear...

Try an Exercise “The Tomatis Effect”

Dr. Alfred Tomatis, one of the world's leading otolaryngologist, developed a principle, called "The Tomatis Effect", that states that the voice can only create and duplicate those sounds which the ear is able to hear. As a music teacher and vocal coach I have encountered the truth of this many times over. My first job is always to teach people how to hear.

Let's do a simple exercise that will help with that.

When was the last time you took a few moments to really listen to yourself?
How can one learn to listen to oneself?
What does it actually mean to listen?

First, find a quiet place where you won't be distracted by other people. Turn off the radio, stereo, television, or any other source of external noise.

Think of the last time you called to someone some distance away. Your voice would have naturally taken on a certain cadence, a certain sing-song quality, usually two notes, the first higher than the second. (sol-mi or G-E for those with access to a pitched instrument).

Keep that calling sound in mind, and begin to gently call your own name. Try to use an entire exhalation to call your name each time; stretching out your vowels as much as possible. Explore this a few times, sometimes a bit quieter, sometimes a bit louder, but never so loud as to bother your ears.

The next time you call your name, using the gentlest touch possible, place your fingertips on the front of your neck. Get a sense of where the vibration of your voice begins. Continue calling your name as you explore this.

Using the same gentle touch, bring your fingertips to your face. As you continue calling yourself try to discover where else the vibration of your voice can be found. Around your mouth? Near your ears? Around your nose? Behind your ears? It is neither "right" or "wrong" to sense vibration in any of these areas. These are only suggestions to guide you.

Now, place a finger INSIDE each ear canal. Once again, begin to call your own name. How does it sound different from calling with "unplugged" ears? How is it the same? Can you feel your voice vibrating in any particular places in your head or face? Still using a complete exhalation to each call continue to explore this.

For the next piece of this exercise, still with your fingers in your ears, you'll simply close your mouth while calling yourself. What this means is that you'll be now humming your name. Use full exhalations and play with the volume a little bit. Try several hums.

Has your awareness of where your voice vibrates changed? Can you sense how the bones of your skull are involved in this vibration? Are you hearing your voice differently? Are you feeling your voice differently?

Now, take your fingers out of your ears, sit up straight and call yourself one last time, with your regular voice. How does your voice seem to you now?

This exercise is not on my CD. It is, however, often one of the very first explorations I do in group classes. The pace and focus of it are very much like most of the exercises and movements I teach.