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June 2nd

 

1) Breathing exercise

  1. Sit in a neutral position at the edge of the chair

  2. Have a metronome set at 60bpm

  3. 4 counts take a deep breath using the muscles around the diaphragm

  4. Hold your breath for 4 counts enabling lungs to adjust to the stretch

  5. Over 4 counts slow expell the air over a "tsss" sound to allow your body to adjust to getting used maintaining air control versus allowing it to excape your body all at once.

  6. Repeat steps A-E but expell air over 8 counts, then 12, 16, 20, 24, 28....

  7. See how long you can make it without the panic!

2) Breathing exercise

  • While in a situation you aren't doing much like driving or watching a movie,  experiment with taking a deep breath but DON'T hold the air in by closing the mouth or throat. Try and maintain the air in the lungs only using the muscles around the abdomen.

  • When SINGING remember to retain air and not let it escape before phonating

 

3) Body Awareness

  • SOFT PALLET!!!  Lots of yawning to learn how to use it. Then when singing anything try and smile even on the closed vowels. You'll feel stupid but it does help. Think "cathedral" or "rainbows" to give yourself a visual.

  • When singing do you feel vibration in your body?

  • Where do you feel the vibration because that is where your sound is

  • When singing, close your nose to ascertain where the sound is escaping to. Is it through the nose or mouth?

  • Notice if your sound feels like it's being swallowed in your throat

4) Singing Exercises

  • "THOO" gently slide up and down just a little on the voice trying to the sound forward. Try and feel for vibration at the front of the face and for that vibration to move up when singing higher and then back down when singing lower. Remember the soft pallet. It can help to touch the noise

  • When singing through your vowels remember to start with: Eee-Aaa-Ahhh-Ohhh-Oooo  Go through the whole range of voice without pushing

  • Belting (do this 5 times only on A above middle C) - Pretend to yell to a person a cross an imaginary street then hold that tone. This can start getting you in touch with forward singing

 

4) Belt exercise

 

2) Low note - (F3 - Chest A4)

     Head Voice - (F5 - C#6) 

 

3) Record yourself and evaluate through nose, mouth or swallowing

 

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