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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Exercise 7: N Slides

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Now, as we get 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 a kind of a leveling point.
And so if you are pulling your tongue,
you'll feel it and then start learning how
to relax it.
So it just lies there.
you start feeling a little more buzzing
coming this way.
Now my tongue is
just hanging out.
And I feel more and
more resonance through this area.
It gets kind of needle nose-y, but,
you know, it's like slim.
it also kind of dances right around the
roof of the mouth.
And the back of my tongue is totally
released and just sitting there and it's
not pulling or pushing.
See with this exercise we
can actually extend the range more.
You're kind
of humming into the tongue.
if I pulled the back of my tongue up it
would be like this.
That's one way of doing it.
Rather than
Just skate it with the, where the tongue
is touching.
That's your focus.
And you can breathe through
your mou, nose if you want.
kinda through the sides of your tongue,
that's harder.
Okay, now still with the n,
I'm gonna change the melody cuz when we
get into the exercise,
we're gonna do it with two different
[SOUND] And I'll signify when we're gonna
change it, of course.
All right, this is a wider, slight, a 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.
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
And the reason why is this is gonna be
usually seated around your speaking voice,
and it'll give you room to, to move in
terms of range.
So, a guy would be like this.
I can just about get there.
And a female would be
Now on occasion a person's range is, you
know, a little diff,
different than their speaking voice.
If you're a guy your speaking voice might
be higher [SOUND] and that's fine.
So I want you to, you know, figure out for
do you need to start here [SOUND] or do
you need to start here [SOUND]?
So this, this [SOUND]
melody here with an N slide
[SOUND] starting either here or
here would be
Okay, so now I'll demonstrate this for
And again,
the tongue is just lying there and
I am not pushing the tongue up,
I'm just letting it meet
the hard palate in the front
here in an N position.
It's kinda draped a little bit on the back
of my top teeth as well.
But this whole area not just the tip.
All right, I hope that's clear cuz that's
very important.
If you 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
I'm letting the notes go where
they want and I'm staying level
with my tongue, thought wise.
you can just
kind of keep
Cuz it's not jumping up and down.
This isn't playing basketball.
This is just riding like you're surfing
the vibration.
I've never gone surfing, but I'm imagining
it like this.
Now if I did it with pushing here,
it would be like this
But again, this is all kind occurring
because I'm thinking up and
down at this point.
You just wanna coast.
Just keeping thinking
of the vibration in the tongue here.
It's not loud,
it's just a buzz.
So if I tried to over power and
use more volume, or project my voice it
wouldn't be a good thing.
I won't do it to much right now, cause I
don't want to hurt my voice.
it's not about that,
it's just about the buzz.
I'm using my finger to indicate
where I'm thinking inside.
So all notes shimmer.
And instead of notes,
they become just vibration.
If you try to make the sound from here
like you are quote, unquote, singing,
let's see how that would go.
I don't know how, you can't do it.
But so don't, just think here.
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.
Okay, that give you a good idea, I hope.
it's your turn.
I'll coach you through this, we're
starting with n slides.
And the first melody interval that we'll
All right,
so all you have to be doing, and you, you
could actually do this seated or standing.
Your choice.
You do breathe into your back before
you begin, tongue in an n position.
If you need to find it, just say [SOUND],
[SOUND], nothing, or none.
None, there it is.
Tongue position.
Don't press.
Leave it gently touching and take a breath
through your nose, begin.
it going.
Don't hang on the top.
just stays fat.
Feel that buzz,
where your tongue is touching.
Take a breath.
You don't have to start at the second that
you hear the piano start.
[SOUND] Cuz you want to.
[SOUND] Hear the note, and then know where
you're starting.
Keep it going.
One more.
All right, good.
Now we're gonna change it to the fifth.
The wider interval.
Again, just thinking this way.
It'll be like this.
Go ahead, start here.
Listen to the note first,
breath, that's right.
Just think straight ahead.
Feel the vibration.
Feel the vibration where
the tongue is touching.
We're almost done.
Let the back of your tongue stay relaxed.
Easy on the volume.
Just enough to buzz.
the last.
All right, good.
Now remember, the more times you do this,
you sort things out.
Watch the instructions, do the exercise.
Watch the instructions, do the exercise.
It takes doing it to perfect it and get
the most out of it.
Our next lesson will be the NG slides.