In this lesson Jeannie talks about vocal strain and how to reduce it. Vocal strain is normally brought on by a singer trying to reach notes that are to high for them to be able to reproduce, and when that happens the note, sound, and pitch all fluctuate.
- There are many possible reasons for vocal strain.…But the main thing is,…it really needs to be gotten rid of if you have it,…or encounter it at any point in a song.…A lot of times, a singer will strain more and more…as the notes go higher.…For example,…♫ The very sight of you…♫ Makes my heart sing ♫…Not much singing going on in that place.…
So, you might notice how tight my jaw was…when I was doing that.…And there were other things going on, of course,…but jaw tension is something very common…and this exercise is going to help you loosen…tension in the jaw while it then decreases strain,…and increases resonance, which is all about tone,…and is used for any kind of vocal strength,…power, flexibility, and lots more.…
This is going to start with your lips closed.…We're going to find a buzz of your voice…in the closure of your lips.…Mm, mm, mm.…So do that.…Mm, mm, and find that buzz.…Just go to your, whatever natural pitch you're going to do.…I don't want you to try to sing it,…just find, just how do you say hm, hm, hm.…
Note: Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Keeping your voice limber with neck massage
- Practicing tongue exercises
- Correcting bad vocal habits
- Stretching and exercising the tongue with slides
- Warming up with lip trills
- Reducing vocal strain
- Improving vocal range
Skill Level Beginner
1. Warming Up
2. Tongue Exercises and the La-Ga Series
3. Slides, Trills, and Tone
4. Quick-Fix Exercises
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