For all performers who perform on any sort of stage, their singing voice has to be at its absolute best. It’s something you’ll pick up on our London stage school.
To ensure that their performance entertains their voice has to be projected loudly and clearly so that the audience can hear them well is important. To achieve this, there are many exercises that can be used to help singers and they can return fast results whilst they are also suitable for any scale.
1. Lip Trills
This is done by blowing air gently through closed lips whilst keeping them relaxed and then by singing an “uh” vowel underneath. This will cause your lips to trill and because of the movement of lips causes resistance it means that it helps to maintain cord closure which is a vital part of singing well.
2. Glides using a straw
Using a small straw, blow air through it whilst phonating glides up and down your range. This creates backpressure as a result of the resistance from the straw and this press down on the vocal cords which helps to ease puffiness which is one of the main causes of vocal problems.
3. Squeaky Doors
This is an exercise that works to improve the coordination that is required to hold the correct cord closure. Start by making a sound that is a little edgy like a squeaking or creaky door. Using this sound, go through a scale whilst using as little air as possible, the point of the exercise is to not sound too breathy or forced.
4. The Hooty Gees
If you are a singer who is experiencing too much tension then the Hooty Gees can help. The idea behind this is to use a dopey sounding voice that could be likened to that of yogi bear and then you say the word Gee. This should result in you feeling your larynx lower. It is possible for the g consonant to help ease cord closure because of the backpressure created and this will enable access to the upper register with a larynx that is stable but also with closed cords. Experiencing this coordination is a great way to achieve a singing voice that is healthy. As soon as this exercise becomes comfortable it is possible to stop using the dope sound and use a more natural sound whilst singing.
5. Say aaaaaaah
For those singers who are weak in their lower register or find themselves breathy, this is a useful exercise. This is a sound that can be exaggerated by holding the tongue out. Carry out this exercise in your lower register and in a five-tone scale whilst using as little as a possible to help eliminate any breathing within the sound.
6. Mums and Googs
When cord closure is intense and producing a clear sound is difficult then this is the time to use Mums and googs. Using the word goog whilst making the “oo” sound like the “oo” in food makes use of the hard consonant that helps cord closure and a vowel that helps to provide stability for the larynx. Maintaining the vowel in the upper register will help to stop vowel widening which can cause tension. The vowel and consonant of mum offers a smaller amount of help that goog which makes it an exercise that is slightly more advanced.
7. Using the Ooh-Oh-Uh-Ah
Moving from a closed or narrow vowel to one that is wider can help to balance resonance. If a vowel is more closed then it ca help you to move into the upper register and then as you open into the wider vowel is will help the resonance to remain in the same place. If the sound becomes strained then move back to the narrow vowel to maintain balance once again.
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