Your true voice
Your body already knows what to do. My job is to show you how it feels when everything is "lined up" and working properly. Your job is to find that feeling each time you practice so you condition your body and develop new muscle memory. Then during performance, you can forget about technique because it will be a healthy habit, and you can focus on connecting with your audience and having fun. When you're having fun, your audience feels it, and they have fun too.
Mix creates connection. Connected vocal folds are happy vocal folds. In order for you to create sound, the vocal folds must come together. The more surface area that touches, the better the sound will be. When less of the folds make contact, the tone is more airy, breathy, or light. By teaching you mix, I'll give you a natural, full sound through your entire range.
Harmonics and resonance
Every sound you make has a particular "color." You could make a squeaky sound like a mouse or a broad sound like when you say, "Ah" at the dentist. The difference between those two sounds can be described as a different color of sound. Another word for that is timbre (pronounced 'tamber').
The color or timbre of your sound results from the many sound waves and frequencies that bounce around your head and neck. How you hold your lips, tongue, and jaw affects how those waves bounce and interact with each other. By synchronizing the waves produced by your vocal folds with the naturally occurring resonances in your mouth, and throat, you can increase your loudness by as much as 20 decibels without pushing more air through. And by tuning those resonances in different ways, you can switch between classical and pop, Broadway and jazz. It's all about tuning.
Don't help the Pitch!
Whatever you may be doing to reach the note is not helping you sing it. Only the TA and CT muscles control the voice. They are tiny muscles in your larynx. Flexing any other muscles in your neck, chest, abdomen, etc. is only going to make things worse.
Again, my job is to help you recognize the sensations or how it feels to sing correctly. That includes feeling relaxed. You must be committed to doing nothing to help the pitch. I'll help you find the pitch another way.
Singing and speaking use the same tools: vocal folds, lungs, lips, tongue, mouth, throat. To your body, singing and speaking are basically the same. In singing, you lengthen and connect the sounds while raising and lowering the pitch. Speaking employs the same tools, but doesn't push them to their limits the way singing does.
What does this mean?
- If you can speak, you can sing. Singing doesn't require a 'special' kind of voice.
- Good vocal technique helps your speaking. Improving your sound and tuning helps you speak with strength while reducing fatigue and hoarseness.