Updated: Oct 4
The question I get asked the most (by far😂) is, "How does such a huge sound come from such a tiny person?"
As someone who never quite reached the loftiness of Queen Victoria, I've never aimed to make a "big" sound, but I have worked hard to maximise my assets and to look after my vocal health. Whilst I agree that beside most folks, I am indeed vertically challenged my ribcage is pretty big. I also do a lot of work on my core strength. We have a gym at home, and I do yoga most days along with aiming for 12,000 steps a day and some sea swimming. Your voice is only as healthy and robust as your body. Next, I've worked hard to maximise my natural resonance. The roof of my mouth is naturally quite high (which is great for resonating!), but from side-to-side it's really narrow, so I use my soft palate to help me out (see Where is My Soft Palate and How Do I Raise My Soft Palate). I also use my mouth shape to "focus" my sound in order to turn all of the exiting breath into "tone". And I was lucky that my very first teacher, a wonderful lady called Liz Matthews, taught me the importance of the Messa di Voce (see YouTube link) which I still practice regularly.