In this lesson, Jeannie talks about the lips and throat and how they are connected. As she has said before, tension spreads. So if one area of your body is tense, the surrounding areas are likely to be tensed up as well. Reducing tension is the key to a good voice.
- Now we're going to talk about…an intimate aspect of your body, your lips.…You may find that when you tighten your lips…as you're singing, you might not have thought…about this, so I'm introducing you to it.…When you have tension here, it creates tension here.…You ever hear anybody say you shouldn't…sing from your throat?…That's a mixed message, and usually…it's not accompanied with how not to do it,…or what does singing from your throat actually mean.…
Usually it means simply that there's tight muscles…throat-wise, and that you shouldn't have tension…in your throat, which is a lovely thing,…but how to not have tension is really the question.…The lips have a lot to do with tension…that you might end up experiencing in the throat area.…Muscles work in pairs, and often as a triangle.…
And in this case, like I said,…tension in the lips creates tension here.…Try it, feel it right here, now let go.…Feels better.…Double check it.…Stretch, stretch, tighten.…Okay, so the lips have nothing to do…with forming vowels or reaching notes,…
Note: The course is part 2 of the Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva series, recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Improving breath management
- Relaxing your stomach
- Practicing rib cage exercises
- Using songs as warm-ups
- Strengthening your voice with lip trills and nose buzz
- Improving pitch and resonance
- Nailing song phrasing, timing, and dynamics
- Moving from practice to performance