YOUR THROAT SHOULD BE OPEN, LIKE THERE IS AN EGG IN THE BACK OF YOUR MOUTH, AND NO TENSION IN THE NECK/THROAT!
*If your throat hurts DO NOT sing. If it starts to hurt while you are singing, STOP and talk to me about it!
1) Sirens- Slide your voice up into your head-voice like a fire siren. Slide down in the head-voice as well. (Stuffed Dog) Do this 3-5 times.
2) YaYaYa- Sing 3 notes down on YA keeping a tall vowel. Start in your lower (chest) voice and work up to the head-voice.
3) ViViViViVi- Sing 5 notes up then down. Use lots of VVVVV. Remember you can sing on a V.
4) The Lips, the Teeth, the Tip of the Tongue, Enunciate, Articulate, Exaggerate! - Use the tip of your tongue to make the words crisp.
Bubble Gum, Double Bubble Gum, Triple Double Bubble Gum- Exaggerate the consonants- especially “B, G, D”. Use your diaphragm to make the sounds crisp.
5) Sing scales on different starting notes. Use the Curwen Hand Signs and Solfeggio.
Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la ,ti, Do
YOUR HANDS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PLACED ON YOUR “BREATH BAND” DURING BREATHING EXERCISES
1) Diaphragmatic Hold- Take a LOW breath (belly gets fat with air) and hold for as long as you can. Count the seconds and repeat.
2) Sniff- Breathe in “through a straw” -Take 5 short breaths and fill up all the way, then 4, then 3, then 2 and finally 1. Your shoulders should be relaxed and your belly and diaphragm do all the work!
3) Hiss- Take a LOW breath and hiss out the air in a steady flow! Do not let all your air out right away. Count the seconds and repeat.
4) Hum- Take a LOW breath and hum on any pitch. Again, do not let the air out all at once and make sure there is no tension (tightness) in your throat! Count the seconds and repeat.
5) Pant- Open your mouth into an “AH” position and take a LOW breath. Your belly comes out then let out the air so your belly goes in. Start slowly then keep repeating until you can move your belly quickly without your shoulders moving. Pant like a dog!
*You can record your results from 1,3,4 and 5 to see your progress. Keeping a breathing chart is very helpful!
*Lay on your back and place a textbook on your belly. Take a LOW breath and the book will raise, then let out your air and the book will lower. If the book does not rise when you breathe in, then you did not take a low breath into your belly. Next, take a LOW breath to raise the book and hiss out the air steadily to lower the book. The book acts as a visual aide so we can see our breath moving.