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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: What's Air Overblow?

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[MUSIC]
So, air overblow basically means that too
much air pressure is being sent out when
you're singing,
which is creating too much pressure
against
your vocal folds, and will tend to lock up
muscles.
If you let that air pass out, then it's
pushing your local folds
open when they need to actually be
side-to-side to vibrate.
And that will give you a weakened voice,
it will make pitches harder to get more
difficult to really be on pitch.
That's not the only reason for
being off pitch if that's an issue but it
is one of them.
And it will shorten your range, it will
make embellishments difficult to do,
it will tire out the voice, and on, and
on.
So what we are getting into is a method by
which
to assist your body as an instrument so
that it can regulate that air up
to your vocal folds perfectly without you
having to think about breathing at all.
And thus, my ribcage expansion technique
which,
many of you have already gotten into.
So so that's what air blo,
overblow is, and the pro, some of the
problems that it creates.
How does it happen?
Well, the first is thinking that you
actually need to have air going
out through your vocal folds like an
exhale when you're singing.
Many, many singers that have come to me
through the years have that idea.
Wherever they got it from, maybe they were
told it, which would be a false direction.
Or maybe they just some, I don't know,
it doesn't matter [LAUGH] where it comes
from.
But, if that is in your mind, if you think
that air is supposed
to pass through the vocal folds as you
sing, it will in fact override
the, what otherwise natural process and
make that happen.
The oth, another reason for air overblow
would be reaching for
notes, because the body thinks then,
getting that command from you,
its up there, have to reach for it.
The body will react as though that
airstream now has to go up to a position
higher than where your vocal folds are and
so, the, it,
it will compress the lungs and shoot extra
air up.
Another reason would be pushing on
consonants.
Most consonants use an air flow.
The air flow that consonants use is
totally different
than the air that's needed to vibrate your
vocal folds for vocal sound.
Consonants cause constriction of muscles
in the back of the mouth or
the front of the mouth.
Whereas vowels don't want that at all.
[LAUGH] It would be like crunching your
sound or stepping on it
rather than allowing it the space and the
freedom to be sound.
[LAUGH]
There's two more reasons for air overblow.
One would be the ribs, which house your
lungs,
falling, pushing them in, and pushing air
out.
That air being pushed out has nothing to
do with the type of air
that the vocal folds need for vibration.
We would call that pushed out air, rather
than regulated.
Which I have a very specific lesson on the
difference
you may have already watched it.
The final one, would be pushing your
stomach in as you're singing.
Some people have been told to do that as a
technique for singing.
And let's take a look at it.
What it's doing is, you're use, you would
be using your abdominal wall to push in,
which is squishing organs in and driving
them up against your diaphragm.
The lungs are sitting on your diaphragm,
so that would be pushing your diaphragm,
ugh, against your lungs.
And that also pushes air out rather than
sending up the perfectly regulated
air that's need to vocal, that's needed to
vibrate your vocal folds.
So, those are the five reasons for air
overblow,
and in my school here we have specific
lessons that handle each of those aspects
and
free your voice in exchange.
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