VOICE TRAINING

1. Relaxation

Sigh - “Aahh” downwards yawn - release tension in te throat.

Soft palate  Use “Hung-ah”  and hard “K” sound to release.

Release slowly and hear the sound change.   

Smile - make as if holding back a laugh


2. Breath

Stomach expansion - lie on floor and raise stomach, use a plate sitting on stomach.

Breathe in though nose - it filters and humidifies the air. Exhale though the mouth.

When speaking or singing inhale through the nose not the mouth to avoid drying out the mouth but exhale through the mouth.

Exercise A.
3 stages:  Inhale 1/3 capacity - hold for 3” - inhale a further 2/3 capacity - hold for 3” - complete inhalation - hold for 3” - exhale - hold empty for 3” - repeat.

Exercise B.

Long inhale 4” - hold 4” - exhale 4” - hold empty for 4”.

The 4-7-8 breathing  a breathing pattern developed by Dr. Andrew Weil based on an ancient yogic technique called pranayama.
Prepare for the practice by resting the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth, right behind your top front teeth. You’ll need to keep your tongue in place throughout the
practice. It takes practice to keep from moving your tongue when you exhale. Exhaling during 4-7-8 breathing can be easier for some people when they purse their lips.
The following steps should all be carried out in the cycle of one breath:
First, let your lips part. Make a whooshing sound, exhaling completely through your mouth.
Next, close your lips, inhaling silently through your nose as you count to four in your head.
Then, for seven seconds, hold your breath.
Make another whooshing exhale from your mouth for eight seconds.
When you inhale again, you initiate a new cycle of breath. Practice this pattern for four full breaths.
The held breath (for seven seconds) is the most critical part of this practice. It’s also recommended that you only practice 4-7-8 breathing for four breaths when you’re first starting
out. You can gradually work your way up to eight full breaths.

3. Lip trills.

Say the word “Brrrr” (like its really cold !) - the lips will vibrate at the end of the word. Try to extend the vibration into a continuous sound.
Michael's Breathing Exercises
4. Tongue trills.

The rolling R sound is made by vibrating your tongue against the back of your top teeth, which is very similar to the way your mouth moves when you say an English T or D.

Start by saying the letter R, in English, out loud. Pay attention to how your mouth moves while you say the letter R. You’ll notice that your tongue does not touch the back of your teeth, it sort of just hangs there in mid-air.

Now say the letters T and D, in English, out loud. Pay attention to how your mouth moves when you say T and D. You’ll notice that your tongue touches the back of your upper front teeth - almost like your tongue is pushing your teeth forward.

The placement of your tongue while you say T and D in English is the same placement you need to perfect when attempting to roll your Rs. But in addition to your tongue simply touching the back of your front teeth, it also has to vibrate. It’s this vibration that creates the trill or rolling sound.

The important part of this step is to recognize how your mouth and tongue should move in order to roll your Rs. When you move forward and start practicing the actual rolling R sound, remember to pay attention to your tongue placement.


5. Head voice.

Focus on the space above the nose and jaw.

Siren sound with mouth closed (As if you've eaten something really good)

Maintain siren sound but open the mouth whilst retaining the sound

KLMVC
King's Lynn Male Voice Choir
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