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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Introduction to the N and NG Slides - Exercise 7 and 8

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Now I'm gonna teach you
a series of exercises that are really
Very simple, big results.
I know that sometimes doing something
simple is hard.
How could it be that way?
But the point of doing this very simple
is to help you in a number of different
One is that you get to spot and release
bad habits.
And while as you do that, as you shed that
off, it just gets simpler and simpler.
And as that occurs, the results of the
exercise expand.
Now, we're going to be using basically
buzzing of your voice
to massage a series of different muscles.
From here through the mouth that have a
lot to do with
executing notes, expanding range, and
getting a fuller voice.
But again, it's not done using a big
voice, it's done in fact not
really singing as you would think it, you
know, when you think of singing.
[LAUGH] So we're gonna use the tongue kind
of like
a like a conduit of, or an electrical
And the vocal folds will be vibrating, and
the vibration goes through the tongue.
The first position we're gonna put the
tongue is in an n position.
[NOISE] So say nothing.
Okay, do it again.
Notice how I'm sustaining some vibration
through the end.
That's what I'd like you to do.
That's, that's the idea.
The other approach, of course I'm gonna
give you more details on both.
But, the other approach is using the NG so
at the end of the word nothing, you have
nothing, [NOISE].
Put the tip of your tongue against the
back of your bottom teeth when
you do that.
Back of the tongue just gently rises.
I don't want you to press it, just let it
be like a helium balloon that sort
of drifts up and touches the roof of your
mouth in the back.
Now check out what would happen if you
fold your tongue away from your teeth.
[NOISE] Don't do too much cuz hm, it
doesn't give you good result vocally.
[LAUGH] So could you now put the tip of
your tongue against
the back of the bottom teeth and go
Feel better?
I hope so.
Do it again.
Notice I'm using a, just a, kind of a
speech level pitch.
I'm not trying to sing high low, nothing.
Just use a speech level pitch when I'm
doing it right now.
All right now lets go back to the N.
We're gonna use, two different melodies,
and I'll,
when we, once we get into the exercise, of
course, I'll coach you through it.
But, [NOISE] I'm gonna demonstrate some of
it for you right now.
[NOISE] And I'll give you the do's and
don'ts [NOISE] so you have a clue.
All right, here we go.
This is, a, what's called a slide of a
Now you might wanna see my fingers playing
it on the piano for a moment, so
we're gonna show you that.
And we cover from this note to that note
and back down.
I don't want you to hang up in the middle,
it's not gonna be [SOUND] you know, like
Of course doing it with an n, it ends up
sounding like this.
[SOUND] So it's like one continuous road
from start to finish.
Instead of.
I don't want you to hold that note
cuz it isn't high.
Okay, you say wait a minute, that's a
higher note.
[NOISE] I wanna re-educate the way you're
So that you're not thinking of this note
as go up, come down.
We're not climbing a mountain, it's just a
New way of thinking, sound is sound.
[NOISE] So now I'm gonna do a series in a
I have the top of my tongue touching the
roof the mouth,
not just the tip but the whole top of the
It can tickle depending on where you've
placed your tongue so if it's a little too
much on the teeth,
lll, it just did it for me, it tickles a
little bit.
So position your tongue where, where it's
best going to create buzzing vibration.
We're not looking for voice, we're looking
for vibration.
Do it again.
[SOUND] I want you to try it out with he
here and there.
[SOUND] Okay, so, if it feels tight that's
cause you're
pressing your tongue too hard up against
your palette.
[NOISE] And you'll feel it pull up.
Put your fingers here [SOUND].
I don't want you to use what's called a
swallowing position.
That's when the tongue in the back pulls
You're just gonna let that tongue lie
there and only buzz from the front.
Think of your tongue as getting fat, or
staying fat,
not condensing where it gets hard.
All right,
I'll continue demonstrating it for you.
And it feels a bu, buzzing starts moving
But my focus just stays on the tongue.
And then that becomes like the heart of
the sun, and the sun rays,
which are the vibrations, start moving
through up the sinus cavity, and
you'll feel it various places.
Don't think where it's going, just let it
And if you keep the buzzing just
radiating from the tongue that helps.