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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Exercise 5: Connecting Vocal Range & Tone - Hmm -NEW!

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One of the things that I've found in
developing the voice, not that this
apply to life as well, is that the simpler
the better.
On the other hand, we can get very used to
things being complicated,
and as a result, when we go for something
simple, expect that it's
going to be complicated, and add extra
things that aren't needed.
This approach uses a very common sound
you might use, when you're just
considering something.
You're just kind of thinking about
something, and then you go, hm.
So, just try that, hm.
And your voice might be pitched higher or
lower, but whatever your kind of go to
note as it were is,
in speaking, hm, or hm, or hm.
Whatever it is, find it first.
Hm, you'll notice that there's vibrations
coming through the lips.
This simple approach applied in an
exercise, can help to
balance the muscle actions of your voice
that need to occur to make the sounds,
with the other element that enriches your
voice tonally,
and gives you an improve quality of sound,
which has to do with resonance.
The primary area of resonance is going to
be the mouth and
through different portions of the head,
face, but
it also will flow downwards as long as you
aren't driving it up,
it will also flow into the chest and the
So, this balance of vibrational energy, is
very important to discover.
This very simple approach will help you to
develop it.
I'm going to do a little bit of what this
exercise is.
After I sing a little bit of a song, and
then I'm gonna sing the same part of
the song so you can hear the difference in
my voice.
now here's,
this is
the exercise.
[SOUND] Again we're going to use hm.
So it buzzes in the lips.
And the more you find the focus here,
you'll discover that your tongue can
remain just lying inside your mouth.
Not pulling up, not pushing down, no
emphasis back here.
We're not trying to lift your soft palette
or lower the back of your tongue.
We're not trying to create a big space
back there, at all.
Everything inside your mouth and throat,
muscularly will stay
very what we could call in a neutral
Like when you're not making sound,
that would be neutral.
Thinking here, hm, hm, hm, takes some time
to sort out, so give yourself that chance.
I'm gonna do a little bit more, [SOUND]
Interestingly enough [SOUND] you don't
need to use a lot of range [SOUND] when
you're doing this exercise.
[SOUND] And yet, it provides more range.
[SOUND] Just like when you stretch your
arms and
leg muscles, you can do more with them, by
using this hm,
we're limbering the muscles so that
they'll be able to
provide you with more range, as well as
improve your tone.