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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Exercise 1: Reducing Vocal Strain -NEW!

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[MUSIC]
There are many possible reasons for
vocal strain, but the main thing is
it really needs to be gotten rid of if you
have it or
encounter it at any point in a song.
A lot of times,
a singer will strain more and
more as the notes go higher,
for example,
[MUSIC].
Not much singing going on at that place.
So you might notice how tight my jaw was
when I was doing that.
And there were other things going on of
course,
but jaw tension is something very common.
And, this exercise is going to help you
loosen tension in the jaw,
while it then decreases strain and
increases resonance, which is all about
tone.
And is used for any kind of vocal
strength, power,
flexibility, and lots more.
[SOUND] This is going to start with your
lips closed.
We're going to find a buzz of your voice
in the closure of your lips.
Mm, mm, mm.
So do that.
Mm.
And find that buzz.
Just go to your natural, whatever natural
pitch you're going to do.
I don't want you to try to sing it.
Just find, just like how do you say mm,
mm, mm.
All right, so, then you're going
to go mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum.
That's supposed to be your joining in with
me.
Mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum-mum.
Notice that you start
with your, close your lips and
just bounce your jaw from closed back to
it being closed.
So the, the m resonance, or buzz is your
go to place.
Your start off and your go back to it.
Your jaw will be as though you are a
marionette,
and like you have a hinge here, which you
don't.
But mum-mum-mum and it just flaps.
I don't,
I want you as you work on this exercise to
find how you can let go of any grip.
We're gonna work on that.
[SOUND] You're gonna go like this.
[MUSIC]
Again.
[MUSIC]
Now if your [SOUND] voice is naturally
lower, you would be here.
[MUSIC]
So either way, [SOUND] I'll play both,
[SOUND] and we will do the exercise.
[SOUND] As you do it, you'll notice that
bouncing,
the buzz, the release of your tongue,
everything very relaxed inside your mouth.
And then when you go back to singing,
you've got,
[MUSIC]
the very thought of you makes
my heart sing.
And it's easy.
So let's get into the exercise.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now we're going to
get in to the exercise.
The vowel that will pop out will either be
A or
something close to it but it's not that
important.
All right, find your note and take a
breath.
[MUSIC]
Buzz buzz.
[MUSIC]
It's always a mm.
[MUSIC]
And you'll feel that.
[MUSIC]
If you just keep your thought on the M.
[MUSIC]
Bounce, bounce.
[MUSIC]
Flap it up.
[MUSIC]
Uh-huh.
[MUSIC]
Always
a hum to begin
and end.
[MUSIC]
Tongue stays relaxed,
take a breath.
[MUSIC]
Let's exercise
this part of your voice.
[MUSIC]
We'll just go back and forth a little bit.
[MUSIC]
Always focusing on the lips.
[MUSIC]
Just
a little more.
[MUSIC]
Keep that jaw loose.
[MUSIC]
Flap it, flap it.
[MUSIC]
And again, hum.
[MUSIC]
Few more.
[MUSIC]
Two more.
[MUSIC]
And the last.
[MUSIC]
Repeat it.
[MUSIC]
Sing a song now.
It should feel really good.
[MUSIC]