In this lesson, Jeanie Deva explains the warm-up technique of "lip trills". A process where both lips are pressed together in a way so that some air, not all, can escape the mouth when exhaling, causing the lips to rattle and bounce off each other. She then puts the technique to a pitch.
- Certainly, my saying get rid of the tension…is all well and good,…but how to do it is the important…aspect of the process.…The first way we're going to do it…is by actually limbering these muscles,…and we're going to do that by using what I call lip trills.…So this is kind of a motorboat flapping of your lips.…Some find it easier to do,…you may find it more difficult.…
Maybe not, I hope not.…But I'm gonna lead you through…a few steps that you can take…to discover how to do it.…Done the easiest way,…which you may need to build up to,…is simply this.…(trilling lips )…It has to do with not shoving air so hard,…'cause if you do,…it just blows them out.…If you've ever tried to make sound with a blade of grass,…you put it between your thumbs,…I was never that good at it,…and you sort of blow in and if you blow too hard,…it won't vibrate and you won't get any sound.…
So you have to find that balance of just how much air,…or like if you're playing a flute,…or blowing into a bottle,…(whistling)…if you blow too hard, no sound.…
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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