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Country Vocals Lessons: The Power Belt Exercise

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[MUSIC]
Now we're just gonna vocalize a little
bit in the key of C just
to kind of touch base and
get a little muscle memory working
on [SOUND] this part of our range.
This, for girls,
this would be from a G [SOUND] above
middle C up to the C above middle C.
So that octave [SOUND] above middle
C [SOUND] and we're gonna start here.
And just start on a
[MUSIC]
and we're gonna work our way up to that.
[MUSIC]
Up on that high C.
And I don't want you to push,
I don't want you to get out
of your relaxed shoulder and necks,
I want you to keep your base.
Make sure you've got
a nice full tank of air.
And we're going to just
vocalize on the G [SOUND] and
a sweep down and then up a step,
A [SOUND] sweep down.
And I just want you to pay
attention to the muscle memory,
the feeling of where this
effort lies in your voice.
And keeping your air forward and
your tongue forward, and
thinking about directing
the sound out of your forehead.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna hey on a G and sweep down
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
Now you.
[MUSIC]
Now you.
We're gonna step it up to the A.
[MUSIC]
Now you.
[MUSIC]
And now you.
[MUSIC]
Taking it up another whole step to the B.
[MUSIC]
Remember, staying relaxed
out through your eyeballs.
[MUSIC]
Now you.
[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna
go for that octave C.
[MUSIC]
Imagine it, keep your body relaxed.
To your neck and shoulders especially,
keep that air focused, a nice simple
effortless hey on that high C and
sweep it down.
[MUSIC]
Now you.
[MUSIC]
Now you.
[MUSIC]
Hopefully that gives you a chance to have
some muscle memory exercise
where you're really
identifying the feeling of
that register up at the top
of your chest voice in a way
that's nice and relaxed.
Not straining from your throat or
your neck.
Not pushing or straining from
your respiratory musculature.
Just pumping enough air through across
your chords to spin it out your eyeballs.
And feel the natural resonance
that happens up in your head
as you deliver those notes at
the top of your chest voice.
So we wanna start putting
some of these exercises and
some of this muscle memory to work.
Using a backing track that we have,
we have a couple of options.
We've got something in a guy key,
we've got something in a girl key, but
they're both gonna be
hopefully challenging for you.
And put you in a place where
you can really practice and
experiment with this upper
register of your chest voice.
Really mixing in and
feeling the resonance that you create
when you sing in your head voice.
Another good way to practice connecting
these feelings of your chest voice
being expanded up into your
upper power belt register,
is that you are combining or
mixing the power of your
speaking register with the resonance
that you creates in your head voice.
So let's sing those notes
again in our head voice.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna sing that same set of notes
now in our head voice first and
then place our chest voice on
that note with the resonance of our
head voice, and I'll demonstrate.
[MUSIC]
So we're gonna go from the G above middle
C sweeping down.
Here it is in head voice,
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] I can feel my lips and
my nose buzzing,
[MUSIC].
That's how far forward I want the air and
how expansive a resonate cavity I
want when I send my chest voice,
the power of my chest
voice up on to that note.
So I wanna mix the residents of my
head voice with the power of my chest.
[SOUND] Here is just my chest.
[MUSIC]
That's head.
[MUSIC]
Here's chest.
[MUSIC]
Down in this register on this G,
it sound kind of similar.
We're gonna open up this vowel because
the E sound makes you naturally,
are compressing your resonant cavity, your
closing naturally your resonant cavity.
It makes it very difficult to
keep that nice hollow space
up in your head open
when you're on E vowel.
So we're gonna open back up to our A.
A, [SOUND] here's our A,
our note A, [SOUND] above middle C.
[MUSIC]
Here's that A in head voice.
[MUSIC]
Here's chest voice.
[MUSIC]
But
I'm really feeling the resonance
buzz right behind my eyes.
Here's the B.
[MUSIC]
Head voice.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm combining that resonance
space with the power of my chest voice.
[MUSIC]
Making sure I keep my neck and
shoulders relaxed and
we're going up to the high C now.
[MUSIC]
Here's head voice.
[MUSIC]
All of that nice resonance
is happening up high in my head.
Now I'm gonna add the power
of my chest voice.
[MUSIC]
I am concentrating on grounding
my mountain pose base and
filling my lungs and
keeping all of this relaxed.
Everything in my body relaxed
when I go for that note.
[MUSIC]
Okay, we've done good work in exercising
our chest voice, feeling that
resonance from our head voice as
we mix the resonance of head voice
with the power of our chest voice.
Now you're gonna practice in a song.
We've got some backing tracks,
and a couple of different keys.
You can find what's comfortable for you.
There's a song of mine called, That's My
Baby, that gives you a chance to exercise
chest voice, head voice,
a little bit of falsetto if you want to.
You can copy a few riffs and licks.
It gives you a chance to work and
exercise a lot of the tools that
we've been playing with here for
the last many lessons.
So you can listen to the guide and
then submit your version
of That's My Baby.
[MUSIC]