1) Breathing exercise
Sit in a neutral position at the edge of the chair
Have a metronome set at 60bpm
4 counts take a deep breath using the muscles around
Hold your breath for 4 counts enabling lungs to
adjust to the stretch
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.
Repeat steps A-E but expell air over 8 counts, then
12, 16, 20, 24, 28....
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
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