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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Exercise 10: Tongue Release

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[MUSIC]
This is your final
tongue exercise.
Woo-hoo.
So what I want you to do, now since you're
such an expert at sticking your tongue
out, is to put your tongue out.
Again, pulling it from the front, don't
push it from the back.
Then you're going to use an sustaining it
right around your speaking voice pitch,
which, of course, you use more pitches
than one when you talk, but, you know,
kind of average it out.
For me,
it would be
[SOUND]
huh?
Now, notice that it's not auk,
I'm not trying to create a big cavern back
there, like we've discussed before.
Or eh, or.
There's many ways to sound terrible.
But it's just, let your tongue lie there.
Think.
[SOUND] Let your vocal folds vibrate it.
You don't need to condense them, you don't
have to kick start them to get going,
just decide you're gonna say and sustain
it.
I can sustain it often longer than other
people,
so don't worry about how long you can
sustain it.
Do it until you, you're comfortably at the
end of your breath.
I don't want you sort of get into the last
bit and
you start choking the muscles here.
So let's say you do it [SOUND] breath.
[NOISE] Then you put your tongue inside
your mouth.
Breath, [NOISE] oh, and then you choose a
higher pitch.
So with your tongue inside your mouth,
breath, [SOUND] So we're gonna use two
pitches,
your average lower speaking voice pitch
and
then something that's slightly higher.
So again, we go like this.
[SOUND]
However
long you can do
it comfortably.
And then you choose a slightly higher
pitch.
Tongue is in your mouth, tip resting
against the back of the bottom teeth.
[SOUND]
No.
Just whatever is a comfortable higher
pitch.
You don't have to match mine.
Whatever is okay for you, but there will
be a difference.
Now when you're on the higher pitch, the
idea is to
be able to do it without using any tongue
pulling or pressing.
Remember, does not need you to make space
for it.
The sound will swim through your body.
It doesn't have to be a cavern.
Ready?
We'll get into the exercise now.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So open
your mouth.
Aah.
Tongue inside, tip against the back of
your bottom teeth.
Take a breath, choose a higher pitch, not
too much higher.
Aah.
Hear what happens if you pull.
Aah.
That's the tongue.
Aah.
Now, tongue out again.
Aah.
Tongue inside.
Let it rest against the tip.
Rest against the back of the bottom teeth.
Take a breath.
Choose a higher pitch.
You do it.
Okay.
Now do the lower one.
Tongue out.
And again you don't have to, sorry your
tongue is sticking out.
You don't have to match my pitch.
You can do whatever you want, pitch wise.
As long as it's in your speaking range.
Aah.
Now, we'll do the higher one.
Aah.
Okay.
Should start feeling more limber.
If you want to do more, just start it from
the beginning of this lesson.
Or, do it by yourself without the video.
What you're looking for, is a relaxed
tongue, not associated with your aah.
All right.
[MUSIC]