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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: The "What If" Approach

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I call this
the what if approach.
What if some of the ways that you approach
sound are actually ways you don't need to
What if the muscles of your voice worked
for you as you imagine the vowel and
imagine the melody instead of you trying
to make them work for you?
If you take on a what if approach, your
discoveries will multiply.
You are going to become your own explorer.
Finding out what is the difference between
manipulation versus natural function.
That's a tricky path to walk.
But I'm going to give you various vocal
exercises which will help
you to expose manipulative approaches
versus natural function.
So let's actually define what is
Any time that you manipulate aspects of
your voice, or
ways of singing, it will harden certain
muscles and you'll feel the tension.
That would be manipulation.
On the other hand, if you were for example
just to say,
like we did earlier, open your mouth and
say aah.
And don't push your tongue down.
Just let it lie there.
You would get to find out, does the tongue
need to move?
If so, how would it move normally and
normally and I'll give you a hint.
Most of the time the tongue doesn't need
to move anywhere near the amount that
we all tend to assume.
Often without realizing we're assuming it.
But we, we kind of get accustomed to a lot
of tongue movement.
And, I've discovered, and so have many
many others,
that the tongue really doesn't really need
to do a whole lot.
Especially where it has to do with the
creation of your voice, itself.
Consonance is a different story.
But, yes, there will be movement if you
were doing eye-ee, eye-ee, try that.
Open your mouth, hold it open, tip of
tongue stays
resting against the back of the bottom
teeth and take a breath.
Eye-ee, eye-ee, eye-ee, eye-ee.
So there is movement, but it doesn't need
to pull up and push down.
Let's get into some exercises now, and
these different aspects
will begin to unravel for you as you
assume a what if approach.