In this lesson, Jeannie shares a vocal exercise that is designed to help create vocal ease and good tone. The exercise, demonstrated by a guest singer, is done by pressing your lips into an "o" shape (as if you are trying to "kiss someone across the room") and then making the vowel sounds of the particular song you have chosen to practice. In the video, it is "amazing grace".
- If you do any kind of physical exercises,…you may have found that sometimes,…you are asked to put your body in a certain position,…and then you work certain muscles,…like your leg let's say,…and you kind of invert it,…and then you do these kicks.…I don't know if you do these sorts of exercises,…but sometimes, you have to put muscles…in a certain position, and then exercise them,…and you get more development out of it.…
I found the voice, at times, can require that,…and so I came up with this approach…that I call a "Trumpeted Ooh."…Now, normally, and you will hear me say,…throughout many lessons in this school,…that consonants are not your sound, the vowel is,…and when we are singing a song,…not to close into your consonants,…and crunch your vowel,…and thus the muscles of your voice.…
However, in this case, with the trumpeted ooh,…we are going to use the muscles of the lips.…It can get a little tiring sometimes,…you have to take a break, and then go back into it,…but this will release the muscles here, inside,…so that as you sing, whatever melody it is…
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