In the previous lesson we defined the vocal range, the register we feel safer and the register we feel tense and now we can start with some simple singing exercises. I really love them and I always use them. They are easy but continuously and do wonderful work.
It is good for you to start with easier exercises and then to continue with more difficult ones without pushing your voice too hard. Do the things smoothly and gracefully. Respect your voice. It is your instrument. Do the exercises every day. This is not a joke. When I say every day I really mean it- EVERY DAY! If you want to succeed this is a significant part of the process. Do not rely only on your teachers and the time you spend with them. The most important is the work you do on your own!
A piece of advice: if you don’t have a vocal teacher, you can record yourself while singing and then listen to the recordings. I find it very useful. It gives you a better idea of how you sound. You should not sound out of tune but pleasantly and harmoniously.
😉 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH1ro89KlhU How about this? 😉 “The acoustics of the singing voice”
When you sing the whole face and body are involved. Your lips, tongue, teeth, cheeks, breathing organs, brain-they together help to the singing process. If you do some physical exercises in the morning you may notice that you are actually ready to start singing. Why is that so? There are some very interesting exercises to prepare your face but we will talk about them in the next lesson.
Start going up and down your vocal range singing the letter M or N. These sounds are suitable to prepare the lips, too. In the low register you can use your chest more to strengthen your tone quality.
The head resonator is unique for every person. If you start singing with your mouth shut you will find out what a head resonator is.
If you learn how to control the breathing and the resonators the tone will become stronger and broader. Professor Yosifov says that the right position of your throat is as if you are yawning or when you say the German “ng” in the word “singen” for example. Then besides the head resonator and open throat you get the notion of singing vault.
(!) NB: In Bulgarian m, n, l, r are nasal sounds. When you pronounce them through the nasal cavity an air flow passes through. But be careful we talk about head resonator not a nasal one. It is true that we use the nose to pronounce these sounds but you do not need to sound like the dispatcher at the train station. Control the sound as hard as you can.
When we finish the first part of the exercise we have to add the broad vocals, In our case “A”. So you get ma and na. The vocals are formed in the throat. The lips only help.
On your way to self- perfection you must be systematic, determined and with a clear purpose!
Maybe you don’t see any sense in doing this again and again but trust me there is.
So, what did we learn today?
Two new and easy exercises to prepare yourself for singing that you can use every day!
What is next?
Now we have to learn how to breathe properly while performing these simple exercises.
Here’s a demonstration of my student VASILIA. She is 11 years old.We have been working together for three months. She also enjoys singing Bulgarian national folk music. She is trying to find a balance between the two different styles and that is a difficult task for her.
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