PRACTICE GOAL: MINIMUM 4 DAYS x 30 MINUTES
THIS WEEK’S LESSON
Exploring “Grace” - The Diatonic Scale
This week, we will be working on sustaining musical tones with uniform power and intensity. In singing musical tones which are smooth and even in volume and intensity from beginning to end, the pressure of the air inside our vocal instrument aligns with the vibration of our vocal folds. With attention to this during our warmup and practice, balance is found gradually - Each breath is an opportunity to relax again as you employ a gentle quality to your inhale, and an equally graceful “brush” of the voice on top of the breath as you begin to make sound.
When this technique is performed consistently during your practice, the space in the back of the throat behind your tongue will begin to soften and release down, allowing the vibration from your singing voice to escape down into your chest. As you are able to accomplish this technique on command over time, singing becomes profoundly more efficient and enjoyable. This “open throat” is one of the hallmarks of my vocal technique, and attention to how you use your air is an important building block to arriving there.
For this week, please discover what the word “graceful” means in terms of your breathing and singing, and if you wish, let me know how you’re progressing.
WARM - UPS
1. Hollow Voice Exercise - Please Repeat Exercise With All Vowels (a, e, i, o, u): (Click)
2. Smooth Octave Slides: (Click)
3. DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL - Extended Intonation Exercise:(Click)