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The Voice Coach Podcast is for people who work with the spoken voice - speakers, actors, podcasters, voiceover artists and presenters. Nic Redman, leading vocal coach, shares insights and knowledge on how to improve your speaking voice and vocal health, whether you are performing or presenting on stages, on microphone or presenting on camera. Vocal care impacts your performance, your vocal clarity and your presentation delivery. Learn how to go beyond a basic warm up to stand out vocally and look after your voice properly.

The Voice Coach Podcast Nic Redman

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The Voice Coach Podcast is for people who work with the spoken voice - speakers, actors, podcasters, voiceover artists and presenters. Nic Redman, leading vocal coach, shares insights and knowledge on how to improve your speaking voice and vocal health, whether you are performing or presenting on stages, on microphone or presenting on camera. Vocal care impacts your performance, your vocal clarity and your presentation delivery. Learn how to go beyond a basic warm up to stand out vocally and look after your voice properly.

    039 Getting Your Voice Back in Shape After Summer

    039 Getting Your Voice Back in Shape After Summer

    This week, I've decided to remind you of the main three things you need to check with your voice before autumn continues. We will go through a few things that you can ask yourself and that you can do to make sure you are in the right place for the rest of the year's lessons. 
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - The importance of constantly checking our hydration levels
    - Why checking our alignment before voicing is crucial to have a nice and smooth performance
    - How to avoid trivialising warmup and prevent lots of headaches
    The first days of September are the ideal time to take a step back, breathe, and get ready to crack into the last quarter of the year. After a tough year full of anxiety and uncertainty, take a moment to check your voice, go through the fundamentals and the principles learned so far, tweak, and adjust what needs to be corrected. 
    Resources:

    - Sign up to Back to (Voice) School Week
    https://nicolaredman.com/instagram-links/
    - The Voice & Accent Hub
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevoiceandaccenthub

    • 8 min
    038 Articulation 007: Yawning and How It Can Help Your Voice and Articulation

    038 Articulation 007: Yawning and How It Can Help Your Voice and Articulation

    Today, in the shortest episode of the history of this podcast, we will learn to release and stretch the soft palate. We will go through the benefits of stretching and releasing this movable articulator, and then we will perform a cheeky voice exercise to stretch and release the tension of the naughty kid in the back, the soft palate.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - Why it is useful to release and stretch the soft palate
    - The role of the soft palate in our voicing  
    - How to stretch and release the soft palate
    The soft palate is exclusively responsible for a couple of sounds and serves as the back door of the nasal cavity. Raising awareness of our soft palate will help us increase and decrease nasality in our vocal tone, encourage oral resonance, and help us with the volume when speaking. 
    Resources:

    - Yawning - A Critical View
    http://baillement.com/voice/voice.html 
    - Yawning to exercise the face, throat diaphragm and voice
    https://parkinsonsdisease.net/living/the-power-of-a-good-yawn-exercise
    - The Voice & Accent Hub Facebook group
    https://m.facebook.com/groups/160080935058642

    • 5 min
    037 Articulation 006: Lip Release for Improving Vocal Clarity

    037 Articulation 006: Lip Release for Improving Vocal Clarity

    This episode is another instalment of our movable articulator release journey. We will learn how to release the lips to help us improve our vocal clarity and communication. We will talk about the benefits of lips release, and we will go through a simple yet effective lip release exercise.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - The benefits of lip release
    - The importance of awareness of the lips
    - What sounds our lips helps produce
    - How to do the Martian speak exercise
    The lips have a central role in many of the sounds we produce, like bilabial plosives, bilabial nasals, bilabial approximants, and labiodental sounds. Releasing the lips is very important for articulation, but it is also crucial for volume and vocal quality. 
    Resources:
    - Vocal Arts Workbook by David & Rebecca Carey
    https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/david-carey-jr/vocal-arts/9780713688245?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvO2IBhCzARIsALw3ASoqCzOjurSCnOgVmGVJIKyr7X-T2Q7besYNSJs7MQEO1gYt4ohNG0oaAvlkEALw_wcB
    - The Voice & Accent Hub Facebook group
    https://m.facebook.com/groups/160080935058642
     

    • 6 min
    036 Articulation 005: How to Release the Tongue for Extra Vocal Clarity

    036 Articulation 005: How to Release the Tongue for Extra Vocal Clarity

    Today, we will work on the release of another movable articulator - the tongue. We will explore the tongue, analyse its connection with resonance and the quality of our voicing, and perform a tongue release exercise.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - The effects of tongue tension on our voicing and resonance
    - A simple yet effective exercise to release tongue tension
    As the tongue is crucial in shaping consonants and vowels, it can accumulate unhelpful tension. Excessive tongue tension can cause speaking difficulties, also known as tripping over our own tongue. That is one of the main reasons why tongue release is so important. 
    Resources:
    - Jaw Release Week downloadable course https://nicolaredman.com/voice-coach/downloadable-courses/jaw-release-week-downloadable/
    - The Voice & Accent Hub Facebook group https://facebook.com/groups/160080935058642
    - Voice Work by Christina Shewell https://www.wiley.com/en-gb/Voice+Work:+Art+and+Science+in+Changing+Voices-p-9780470019924

    • 7 min
    035 Articulation 004: Jaw Release and Improving Your Speaking Voice

    035 Articulation 004: Jaw Release and Improving Your Speaking Voice

    In today's episode, we talk about jaw tension, the different reasons that might cause it, and how to release it. Then, as an intro to jaw release, I will share some exploratory exercises to help relax the jaw, which is one of our main articulators. 
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - The possible reasons why you are experiencing jaw tension, and the benefits of learning to release it
    - The link between jaw tension and how we've been conditioned throughout our lives
    - The role of awareness in releasing jaw tension
    - How we can massage the tension out of our jaw
    Releasing jaw tension will help us reach higher volume, extra vocal variety, and clearer speech with minimal effort. It also helps with anxiety, as it gives us a sense of mental release. In some cases, it can also help to stop teeth grinding and jaw clicking. 
    Resources:
    - Jaw Release Week - Downloadable Course https://nicolaredman.com/voice-coach/downloadable-courses/jaw-release-week-downloadable/ 
    - The Voice & Accent Hub Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevoiceandaccenthub
    - Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/kristin-linklater/freeing-the-natural-voice/9781854599711?keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAjwruSHBhAtEiwA_qCppmOSvZS5EFAyAVP5wldnvXyhp7HqiCl_QC-

    • 13 min
    034 Articulation 003: How to Improve Vocal Clarity through Releasing and Toning the Articulators

    034 Articulation 003: How to Improve Vocal Clarity through Releasing and Toning the Articulators

    In this episode, continuing with our articulation series, we will talk about the two steps we need to take to warm up and get our articulators ready - releasing and toning. As usual, we will perform some exercises to explore different ways to release and tone our articulators.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - The importance of releasing and toning our articulators
    - How gurning can help us release and stretch the articulators
    - What is the drawstring bag face, and how it allows us to release and tone the articulators
    Releasing our whole face is beneficial not only for articulators but also for resonance, because it removes tension and stretches the muscles involved in articulation. The more we understand and perfect releasing and toning exercises, the more we will get from our articulation in our voice warmup, which will save us a lot of time. 
    Resources:
    - Voice & Accent Hub https://www.facebook.com/groups/thevoiceandaccenthub
    - Knight Thompson Speechwork https://ktspeechwork.org

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Randye Kaye ,

A Must Listen for speakers of all Sorts

Each episode is like a free voice lesson for your vocal health as well as your delivery. Nic is a true expert … and fun to listen to as well. But wait there’s more….show notes galore. Thanks!

RosiA VO ,

So grateful!

Nic you make me feel like you're with me and only me, helping me one on one. Plus I love your sense of humor! I’m a full time voice actor and singer in Boston who began struggling with hoarseness a couple of years ago. I’m on a journey using semi-occluded straw phonation multiple times a day and much more. Your podcasts reminds me of important practices, has helped me adopt your 5 minute warm-up and up mu nebulizer use. I am confident I’ll continue to heal and want to thank you for being a wonderful part of that journey so I can use my singing voice healthfully to bring myself and others joy, and keep my voiceover clients happy with my sound. 🙏🏼

BofferStickAngel ,

Very useful

I love Nic’s down-to-earth style of sharing this important information. I learn so much each episode. Plus, I love listening to her voice.

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