Jeannie walks you through the N slides, which is a tongue limbering exercise. She wants you to make an "N' sound and move up and down in pitch from a set note. She demonstrates many different notes along with helpful reminders throughout the lesson.
- Now as we extend the range. Notice I'm not using the word high here. As we extend the range, you may feel initially like you wanna pull or reach. That's another reason for using the vibration of the tongue in that sensation as kind of a leveling point. (tongue buzzing) And so if you are pulling your tongue, you'll feel it, and then start learning how to relax it.
(tongue buzzing) So it just lies there, (tongue buzzing) and you start feeling a little more buzzing coming this way. (tongue buzzing) My tongue is just hanging out. (tongue buzzing) And I feel more and more resonance through this area.
(tongue buzzing) It gets kinda needle nosey but it's like slim. (tongue buzzing) But it also kinda dances right around the roof of the mouth. (tongue buzzing) And the back of my tongue is totally released and just sitting there. It's not pulling or pushing. (tongue buzzing) See with this exercise we can actually extend the range more.
(tongue buzzing) You're kinda humming into the tongue. (tongue buzzing) And if I pull the back of my tongue up it would be like this. (tongue buzzing) That's one way of doing it. (tongue buzzing) Rather than. (tongue buzzing) Just skate it with where the tongue is touching.
That's your focus. (tongue buzzing) And you can breath through your nose if you want. (tongue buzzing) Or kinda through the sides of your tongue. That's harder. (tongue buzzing) Nose (tongue buzzing) Okay now still with the end I'm gonna change the melody, 'cause when we get into the exercise we're gonna do it with two different melodies and I'll signify when we're gonna change it of course.
This is a wider, few more notes. I'll show you with my hands on the piano so you get a sense of it. So we're gonna go, here's the starting note for example, and here's the ending note. (tongue buzzing) When you do this exercise, females will start where I'm playing on the piano, but men or boys start, what's called an octave lower.
And the reason why is this is gonna be usually seated around your speaking voice, and it'll give you room to move in terms of range. So a guy would be like this. (tongue buzzing) I can just about get there. And a female would be. (tongue buzzing) Now on occasion a persons range is a little different in their speaking voice. If you're a guy, your speaking voice might be higher and that's fine so I want you to figure out for yourself, do you need to start here or do yo need to start here.
So this melody here with an N slide, starting with the here here, would be. (tongue buzzing) Or, (tongue buzzing) Okay so now I'll demonstrate this for you. (tongue buzzing) And then again, the tongue is just lying there and I am not pushing the tongue up.
I'm just letting it meet the hard pallet in the front here. In an N position. It's kinda draped a little bit on the back of my top teeth as well. The whole area, not just the tip. Alright, I hope that's clear 'cause that's very important. Just do the tip, your tongue starts getting tight and this is a tongue limbering exercise so we wanna keep it like that.
Okay we'll continue. Demonstrating it for you. (tongue buzzing) I'm letting the notes go where they want and I'm staying level with my tongue. Thought wise. (tongue buzzing) And you can just kinda keep releasing.
(tongue buzzing) Not (tongue buzzing) 'Cause it's not jumping up and down, this isn't playing basketball. This is just riding, like your surfing the vibration. I've never gone surfing but I'm imagining it like this. (tongue buzzing) Now if I did it with pushing here it would be like this. (tongue buzzing) But again, this is all occurring because I'm thinking up and down at this point.
You just wanna coast. (tongue buzzing) Just keep keeping of the vibration in the tongue here. (tongue buzzing) It's not loud, it's just a buzz.
So if I tried to overpower and use more volume or project my voice it wouldn't be a good thing. I won't do it too much right now, 'cause I don't wanna hurt my voice, but, (tongue buzzing) It's not about that, it's just about the buzz. (tongue buzzing) I'm using my finger to indicate where I'm thinking inside. (tongue buzzing) So all notes shimmer.
(tongue buzzing) And instead of notes they become just vibration. (tongue buzzing) If you try to make the sound from here like you are, quote on quote, singing. Let's see how that would go. (tongue buzzing) I don't know how, you can't do it, so just think here. (tongue buzzing) If my voice happens to sound loud to you, it's only because the vibration is just swimming around and it's multiplying and you get more resonance that way, and resonance has a lot to do with the size of the voice, but we're not really trying to do that, it's occurring.
(tongue buzzing) Okay, that gave you a good idea I hope.
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